Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 30






1959 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" debuts on Billboard's Pop chart. The song, taken from a 1928 German play called Three Penny Opera, will be Darin's biggest hit, reaching number one and winning a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
24 year old Gene Chandler records "Duke Of Earl" for Vee Jay Records. It will become the label's first number one and first million seller next February.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
John and Yoko hosted the One To One concert in New York's Madison Square Garden, where they raised over $250,000 to aid mentally challenged children. Among the music greats appearing were Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
The 3-day Texas International Pop Festival opens at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. Performers included Chicago Transit Authority, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Santana.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were joined by Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na at a fund raising concert for the One To One charity at New York's Madison Square Gardens. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon's, "Live in New York City" album.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
The Doors officially disband, two years after Jim Morrison's death. Over the years, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robbie Kreiger attempted several reunions.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
After charting twice in the UK, KC And The Sunshine Band finally scored a hit record in the US when "Get Down Tonight" topped the Billboard singles chart. It made #21 in Great Britain.

August 30
Orleans enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "Dance With Me", which would climb to #6. They would return a year later with "Still The One" (#5) and again in 1979 with "Love Takes Time" (#11).

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
"Sailing" by Christopher Cross was Billboard's top single. The record would sweep the Grammy Awards the next Spring when it won for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Steve Winwood, former lead vocalist for The Spencer Davis Group, had the number one record in the US with "Higher Love". It made #13 in the UK.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother-in-law Frank Weber after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel later took him to court and sued for $90 million.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Paul Anka, who was born in Ottawa, Canada, is naturalized as an American citizen in Las Vegas. During the ceremony, his illegally parked car was towed away.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
The Late Show with David Letterman premieres on CBS, with Billy Joel as the first musical guest.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together for the first time since 1979 when they sang in front of 10,000 fans on Martha's Vineyard, in Massachusetts. Their marriage had come to an end in 1983.

August 30
Sterling Morrison, a founding member of the Velvet Underground died of cancer at his home in New York, one day after his 53rd birthday.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
Alleging that Elvis Presley "was unjustly exploited during his lifetime by his record company," his estate announced a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Arista Music, formerly RCA Records, demanding proper payment over new media income such as ringtones, downloads and entertainment apps.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 30
The 2017 edition of Guinness World Records said that Ringo Starr's copy of "The White Album" was officially the most expensive LP ever sold at auction. Guinness confirmed that a December 2015 sale at Julien's Auction House set a new high for album prices when the first-edition copy with the catalog number 0000001, which was kept in a vault in perfect condition by Starr for more than 35 years, sold for $790,000.






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