Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 23






1962 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
John Lennon marries his pregnant girlfriend, Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool. Paul and George are the only others in attendance. Efforts to keep the marriage quiet were dashed when they were spotted coming out of the registry office.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
The Beatles' single "She Loves You" with "I'll Get You" on the flip side is released in the UK. It will enter the British charts on August 31st and remain there for thirty-one consecutive weeks, eighteen of those in the top three.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Ringo Starr quits The Beatles during the recording sessions for "The White Album", telling John "I'm leaving the group because I'm not playing well and I feel unloved and out of it and you three are really close." Believing that his time with the band was over, Ringo and his family went on vacation to Sardinia.

August 23
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Soft Machine and Big Brother And The Holding Company play at the New York Rock Festival in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
The Rolling Stones enjoy their fifth American chart topper with "Honky Tonk Women". The record also made #1 in the UK. It was the last hit that included original guitarist Brian Jones, who had drowned in his swimming pool on July 3rd.

August 23
Johnny Cash started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Johnny Cash At San Quentin".

1975 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
This week's number one song on Billboard's Pop singles chart, "Fallin' In Love", was credited to Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, although drummer Tommy Reynolds had actually left the group three years earlier. He was replaced by Alan Dennison, who would eventually have his name included in the band's moniker. In the UK, the record reached #33.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
The Beach Boys become the first Rock band ever to appear on the cover of People magazine. The caption that accompanied a picture of the five original members, all sporting beards, read: "Still Riding The Crest, 15 Hairy Years Later."

1978 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Comedian Steve Martin was awarded a Gold record for the novelty song "King Tut", which had reached #17 on the Billboard chart and sold over a million copies.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
The SOS Band had the best selling tune in America with "Take Your Time (Do It Right)". The Atlanta, Georgia based group, whose acronym stood for Sounds Of Success, was fronted by Mary Davis.

August 23
David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" tops the UK music chart, giving him his first #1 single since "Space Oddity" in 1975.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
There was big trouble at a Grateful Dead concert, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when police killed an escaped drug addict who had shot one of the officers. The band's "In the Dark" album was sitting at number 6 in the US and its single, "Touch of Grey", was still climbing toward the Top Ten.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Oasis' "Be Here Now" sells 696,000 copies in its first two days of release in the UK, setting a record for the fastest selling album ever. It will top the chart the following week and reach #2 in the US in September.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Queen, one of Britain's most consistently successful groups of the seventies and eighties, became the first Rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music is strictly prohibited. Lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums have been available for years.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
The woman whose son accused Michael Jackson of child molestation was charged with welfare fraud for allegedly collecting nearly $19,000 in payments while making false claims.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Jerry Leiber, a songwriting legend whose credits include "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy" and "Love Potion Number 9", died at the age of 78. Leiber and his songwriting partner Mike Stoller were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for a seventh time. In a written statement, the parole board wrote: "Despite your positive efforts while incarcerated, your release at this time would greatly undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused as a result of this heinous, unprovoked, violent, cold and calculated crime." The 57-year-old Chapman is being held in protective custody at Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Alden, New York.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

August 23
Linda Ronstadt revealed that she is suffering from Parkinson's disease, which has left her unable to sing. She now uses poles to help her walk on uneven ground and travels with a wheelchair.






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