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August 17th to August 23rd

Classic Rockers In The News - Rock & Roll Birthdays - Number One Records



1906 - ClassicBands.com

August 22
The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture a record player they called the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, retailed for $200. Records were purchased separately, usually in the appliance stores that sold the machines, at a cost of between $1 and $7. Famed conductor John Philip Sousa predicted "a marked deterioration in American music" and said that generations of amateur musicians would give way to "canned music."

1920 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
America's first commercial radio station began operations in Detroit, Michigan. They were assigned the call letters 8MK by the United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Navigation. In 1922, the call letters were changed to WWJ and today the station's listenership ranks as one of the highest in its market.

1950 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
"Hard Luck Blues" by Roy Brown And His Mighty Mighty Men hit the top of the US R&B chart. Brown wrote Wynonie Harris' 1948 hit, "Good Rockin' Tonight", which is recognized by many Rock historians as a precursor to the Rock 'n' Roll era and was covered by Elvis Presley in 1954.

1954 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
The Platters, B.B. King and Johnny Otis top the bill at a sold out show at the Savoy Ballroom in Hollywood, California.

August 21
Elvis Presley appears at his first gig outside Tennessee at The Mint Club in Gladewater, Texas. The show was promoted by Tom Perryman, a local DJ, who will continue to book Elvis in the northeast Texas area well into the following year.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Comics Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman have the number three song in America with a novelty tune called "Flying Saucer". The premise of the record was two radio news reporters who ask questions which are then humorously answered with snippets from mid-'50s hits. Buchanan and Goodman were sued by 17 different record companies for copyright infringement, but all were dismissed by a ruling that said the parodies did not infringe on the sales of the original hits.

August 22
Three days after signing with Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley begins filming his first movie, The Reno Brothers, later renamed Love Me Tender, just as his double sided hit, "Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog", reaches number one in the US.

August 22
The Five Satins make their debut on the Billboard R&B chart with a song they recorded in a New Haven, Connecticut church basement, "In The Still of the Night". Originally issued as a "B" side on the tiny Standard label, the song was re-released by Ember Records after some strong local sales. The 45 would rise to #3 on the R&B chart and #24 on the Pop chart, selling over a million copies.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Actress Debbie Reynolds led the Cashbox chart with "Tammy", featured in the movie Tammy and the Bachelor. The song would go on to earn a Gold Record and was the best selling single of the year. It was nominated for the 1957 Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "All The Way" from the film The Joker Is Wild, which finished at #15 in total sales.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Italy's leading male vocalist, Domenico Modugno, hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). The song would become the year's best selling record and win three Grammy Awards.

August 18
"Patricia" by 41 year old Perez Prado is certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Three years earlier, the Cuban born band leader had his first US chart topper with "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White".

1960 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
The Beatles perform for the first time using that name. They appear at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany, where they play for four and half hours a night and six hours on the weekend, during a 48 night stay.

August 20
Connie Francis begins working on her acting debut as filming for MGM's Where the Boys Are starts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

August 22
Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" is released in the UK following a wait to obtain a copyright clearance. The song is really just a re-worded version of Enrico Caruso's 1916 hit, "O Sole Mio".

1961 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
The Highwaymen had the top tune on the Cashbox chart with their million selling version of the African-American spiritual "Michael" (Row the Boat Ashore). The five Wesleyan University students would achieve another hit next year with "Cotton Fields" before splitting in 1964 after eight albums and ten singles.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
After a two hour rehearsal, Ringo Starr plays on stage with The Beatles for the first time at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, Birkenhead.

August 22
An early form of karaoke is introduced at the Radio Show at Earl's Court in London, England. A new machine allows the integration of voice to guitars, tapes and even radio, making it possible to sing and play along with records.

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 19
Peter, Paul And Mary perform, "Blowin' In The Wind" for civil rights marchers in Washington D.C. who had gathered to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak.

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.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The Beatles fly across the Atlantic to begin their first full concert tour of the US, with the debut show slated for the following day at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. Opening acts included The Righteous Brothers, The Exciters, Jackie DeShannon and Bill Black's Combo.

August 19
Beatles' manager Brian Epstein meets Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

August 22
After releasing a half dozen singles that either stalled in the upper reaches of Billboard's Hot 100 or failed to chart at all, The Supremes scored their first hit record when "Where Did Our Love Go" went to number one in the US for the first of two weeks. It made it to #3 in the UK. The song was first offered to The Marvelettes, who disliked the tune and refused to record it.

August 22
Martha And The Vandellas' "Dancing In The Streets" is released. The song will become the group's biggest hit, reaching #2 in the US and #28 in the UK.

August 22
Liberty Records reports that the album "The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles" is selling 25,000 copies a day.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
The Byrds were forced to cancel a concert during their UK tour at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, when only 250 of the 4,000 tickets were sold.

August 21
The Rolling Stones album, "Out of Our Heads" is number one on the US album chart on the strength of "Satisfaction", "Play With Fire" and "The Last Time".

August 21
Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction" and The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe In Magic" are released.

August 22
Guards at Granada Television's studio in Manchester turn fire hoses on about 200 screaming teenagers after they broke through security barriers in anticipation of the arrival of The Rolling Stones.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
As if he hadn't said enough already, John Lennon makes another controversial statement when he expresses his admiration for American draft dodgers.

August 19
The Beatles are on the receiving end of an assassination threat during a concert in Memphis, Tennessee. During the second show, a firecracker is thrown on stage, but the band continued to play and the night went on without further incident.

August 20
Following the success of their million selling hit, "Time Won't Let Me", The Outsiders enter the Hot 100 again with a song called "Respectable", which would rise to number 15 on the US charts.

August 20
14,000 fans crowded into the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York to hear The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Gary Puckett And The Union Gap record "Woman Woman". The song would break first in Cleveland in November and would rise to #4 on the US national charts, but could only manage #48 in the UK.

August 19
Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen have a baby boy named Jason. On the same day, The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" hits #1 the Pop charts.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
The Rascals' "People Got to Be Free" reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It will be awarded a Gold record a week later, eventually selling over 4 million copies.

August 17
Cashbox magazine lists The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" as the best selling single in America. After charges of plagiarism, UK courts would rule that the tune was lifted from The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night" and British royalties would go to Ray Davies.

August 17
Deep Purple's "Hush" is released in the US, where it will climb to #4 by mid-September.

August 19
After 58 episodes, the final Monkees TV show airs on NBC. Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972

August 20
The director of the University of Tennessee's audio lab, Dr. David M. Lipscomb, reported that a guinea pig subjected over a three month period to 88 hours of Rock music recorded at a Knoxville disco at 120 decibels suffered acute damage to the inner ears. Steve Paul, the owner of a New York disco replied "Should a major increase in guinea pig attendance occur at The Scene, we'll certainly bear their comfort in mind."

August 22
Cynthia Lennon files for divorce from John on the grounds of adultery on the day before their sixth anniversary. She came back from a vacation and found Yoko Ono living in the Lennon's London home.

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 18
The Woodstock festival closes after morning performances by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na and finally, at 9 AM, Jimi Hendrix, who performs his rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner".

August 18
Mick Jagger nearly had his hand blown off when an old gun backfired during the filming the movie Ned Kelly in Australia.

August 20
Frank Zappa temporarily disbands The Mothers of Invention right after an eight day tour in Canada. Zappa says he's "tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons."

August 20
August 20th marks the last time that all four of The Beatles are together in a recording studio. They completed "I Want You" for the "Abby Road" album at EMI's London studio.

August 22
The Beatles are photographed together for the last time in the grounds of John and Yoko's Tittenhurst Park home.

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".

1970 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
Creedence Clearwater Revival's album "Cosmo's Factory" reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 200, a position it would hold for 9 weeks.

August 22
Four former session musicians who called themselves Bread, topped the Hot 100 with "Make It With You", a song written by their lead singer, David Gates. It made #5 in the UK.

August 22
Anne Murray's "Snowbird" enters Billboard's Hot 100 on its way to a million seller, marking the first time in history that an American Gold record was awarded to a solo Canadian female.

August 22
After leaving The Animals the year before, Eric Burdon made a return to the charts when his new band, War, scored a number 3 hit with "Spill The Wine". Although Burdon would split from War in 1971, the rest of the group would have many more hits without him, including "The World is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Gypsy Man", "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?".

1971 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is certified as a million seller in the US. At the time, despite singing that West Virginia was "almost heaven", neither Denver or the song's writers, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, had ever been there.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
NBC debuted their Rock and Roll TV show Midnight Special, with Wolfman Jack announcing. The first show featured War performing their million selling US hit "Slippin' Into Darkness".

August 21
Jefferson Airplane ran into some trouble with Akron, Ohio police after their equipment manager calls some officers "pigs". Paul Kanter is roughed up, Grace Slick was maced and Jack Casady was arrested and dragged off stage.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Paul Williams of The Temptations died of a self inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 34. Williams had left the Temps in 1971 because of poor health, although he continued to supervise their choreography. At the time of his death, he owed $80,000 in taxes and his celebrity boutique business had failed.

August 18
According to Cashbox Magazine, Wings had the best selling single in the US with "Live And Let Die". Produced by George Martin, the Grammy nominated song was written specifically for the James Bond film of the same name.

August 18
The Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" is released. A month later it will crack the Hot 100 and eventually reach #15. The song is based on a real town in Texas with the same name, however, the mention of "samurai" is inaccurate, as they were in fact Japanese, not Chinese.

August 19
Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson are married in Malibu, with Kris's minister / father performing the ceremony. They would divorce in 1980.

August 20
The Rolling Stones release "Angie", a Mick Jagger composition that is rumored to be written about David Bowie's wife, Angela Barnett.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Keyboardist Patrick Moraz was hired to replace Rick Wakeman in Yes. Moraz would stay for 3 years, playing on only one album, "Relayer". Wakeman returned for the next Yes album, "Going For The One."

August 17
Nottingham England's Paper Lace had Billboard's top tune with a song about a gangster shootout called "The Night Chicago Died". After the song became a hit, the band's manager contacted Chicago's mayor Richard Daley, hoping for a civic reception. What they got instead was 'a rather rude letter', ending in ...are you nuts?' Adding to the band's woes, they were forbidden to perform the song 'live' in America at the height of its popularity because of contract issues.

August 17
"When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees tops the UK chart for the first of a two week stay. It was a song that the Philadelphia trio didn't really care for, but changed their minds after it became a huge international hit, selling millions of copies.

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 17
A fanzine called Sniffin' Glue, which chronicled of the early days of British Punk Rock, is first published in the UK. Although initial issues only sold about 50 copies, circulation soon increased to 15,000. Fearing absorption into the mainstream music press, publisher Mark Perry would cease operations in September '77.

August 21
The Rolling Stones appear in front of 200,000 fans with Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc and others at England's annual Knebworth Festival. The concert was falsely advertised as "the last Stones show ever to be held in Britain."

August 21
RCA Victor announced that sales of Elvis Presley records had passed the 400 million mark.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Two Missouri girls were killed and a third was critically injured when a car being driven by an 18-year-old Memphis teen swerved into a crowd of over 2,000 mourners standing in front of Graceland's music gate at about 4 AM. The driver was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of second degree murder.

August 18
Funeral services for Elvis Presley are held at Graceland. Inside are 150 mourners, outside are 75,000 more. Presley was entombed in a white marble mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis near the grave of his mother, Gladys, but would be re-buried at Graceland the following November at his father's request.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Melvin Franklin of The Temptations was shot four times in the hand and the leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car in Los Angeles. He survived.

August 19
After nine weeks at the top of the UK chart, "You're The One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is finally knocked out of first place by The Commodores "Three Times A Lady". As of 2013, it was still the fifth best-selling single of all time in Great Britain, where it has sold 2 million copies.

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.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
Dorsey Burnette, who reached #23 in 1960 with "There Was A Tall Oak Tree", suffered a fatal heart attack. He was 46.

August 22
Led Zeppelin released their final album of original material, "In Through the Out Door". The LP entered the charts at number one in both America and England and featured the Top 40 single, "Fool in the Rain". The album remained on the US top spot for seven weeks and sold over six million copies.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
A crowd of 1,400 riots in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a show due to illness.

August 20
John Lennon begins recording his final album, "Double Fantasy". It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

August 21
Linda Ronstadt debuted on Broadway in the production of Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance.

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.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
Bruce Springsteen performs at the Los Angeles Sports Arena to benefit the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and Mental Health Association.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
The City of Liverpool named four streets after The Beatles, John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
The compilation album "18 Greatest Hits" by Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five started a three week run at #1 on the UK chart.

August 21
The Ramones' lead guitarist Johnny Ramone, (real name: John Cummings) undergoes emergency surgery to remove blood clots from his brain following a fight with Seth Micklaw of the Punk band Sub Zero Construction. Ramone picked a fight after seeing his girlfriend, Cynthia Whitney, with Micklaw. The brief scrap ended with Ramone receiving kicks to the head with steel capped boots.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
Tina Turner's comeback album, "Private Dancer" is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and the single from it, "What's Love Got To Do With It" is certified Gold. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart and the single reached #1 on the US singles chart as well as reaching #5 in the UK and the Top Ten in several other European countries.

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.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
The jukebox had been around in one form or another since 1889 and "Crazy" by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" were named by the industry as the most played songs over that first one hundred years.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Eagles' drummer Don Henley expresses his displeasure over Joe Walsh performing "Life In The Fast Lane" while touring with Ringo Starr. "He wrote the little guitar riff in the intro and that's all", complained Henley.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Billy Preston was arrested in Los Angeles after a 16 year old boy reported being sexually attacked. Although he pleaded not guilty, Preston was convicted and placed on 5 years probation early in 1992.

August 20
The movie Harley Davidson and The Marlboro Man debuted in US theatres. The film featured a song called "The Bigger They Come" by Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott, which was their first work together since their days in Humble Pie, 20 years earlier.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Despite once being listed in the Guinness Book as the world's highest paid entertainer, Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy, claiming he owes $20 million.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Police in Los Angeles began an investigation into child abuse allegations against Michael Jackson. The investigation began after the son of a Beverly Hills dentist told his therapist that Jackson sexually abused him. Jackson's security staff claimed the allegations followed a failed attempt to blackmail the singer for 20 million dollars. Although no criminal charges were ever laid, lawyers for the 13 year-old filed a civil suit a month later claiming damages for sexual battery, seduction and other allegations. The suit was settled out of court in January 1994 for somewhere between $5 to $24 million.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

August 21
John Denver is charged with drunk driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.

August 21
Interrupting her concert at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, Whitney Houston asks that the spotlight be turned on Justin and Sydney Simpson, whose father O.J. Simpson is currently on trial for murdering their mother, Nicole.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
Carlos Santana receives a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
A pair of Elvis Presley's black underwear was stolen from the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Los Angeles.

August 18
The Rolling Stones announce plans for their upcoming Bridges To Babylon tour in grand style. The band rolls up to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in a red '55 Cadillac with Mick at the wheel.

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.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
Priscilla Presley won $75,000 in a defamation lawsuit against a man who claimed they had an affair before she married Elvis Presley. "I am very pleased that I have been vindicated by this judgment" Priscilla said in a statement.

August 22
Elton John, playing the second of two shows at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, is joined on stage by comedian Jim Carrey. They perform "Rocket Man" as a duet.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
Betty Everett, who is most often remembered for her 1964 hit, "The Shoop Shoop Song", was found dead at her home in Beloit, Wisconsin. She was 61.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Tony Jackson, bass player with The Searchers, died from cirrhosis of the liver. The band had a 1964 UK #1 and US #13 single with "Needles And Pins".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
Dan Fogelberg announced that he has been diagnosed with advance stages of prostate cancer. The 53 year old singer scored 7 Top Twenty albums in the US during the 1970s and '80s and charted with 4 hit singles, "Longer", "Leader of the Band", "Run For The Roses" and "Same Old Lang Syne". He would pass away on December 16, 2007.

August 17
After thirteen years, General Motors stopped using Bob Seger's "Like A Rock" in their ads for the Chevy Silverado pickup. Seger would tell The New York Times that the song was actually inspired by the end of a long term relationship.

August 22
81 year old Al Dvorin, the announcer who uttered the phrase "Elvis has left the building," was killed in a car crash on the way home from an Elvis convention in California. He had been asked to announce his now famous words by Col. Tom Parker, who wanted to inform concert goers that Elvis would not return for an encore.

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 19
A bronze statue of Thin Lizzy front man Phil Lynott was unveiled in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The ceremony was attended by his former band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham.

August 21
Robert A. Moog, whose self-named synthesizers opened the door for the musical evolution of electronics, died of cancer at the age of seventy-one.

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.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

August 22
Bruce Gary, drummer for The Knack on their multi-million selling hit" My Sharona" passed away at the age of 54.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

August 22
Judge Rodney Melville ruled that a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died at a hospital soon after she was moved to make room for Michael Jackson cannot continue as filed. The suit claimed that 73 year old Manuela Gomez Ruiz was kept from critical care after she had a heart attack on the same day Jackson was brought in with flu-like symptoms during his 2005 child-molestation trial.

August 22
Queen's guitarist Brian May was awarded a doctorate in Astronomy, 36 years after starting his thesis. May, who abandoned his studies to pursue a career in music, was told of his success after taking a three-hour exam to discuss his work. The 60-year-old, who handed in his 48,000-word tome earlier in the month, said: "You can call me Dr. May!"

2008 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
Pervis Jackson, bass vocalist and original member of the Motown group The Spinners, died of cancer at the age of 70. The band had a series of hits in the 1970s, including "Rubber Band Man", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "I'll Be Around".

August 22
Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter (real name: Paul Francis Gadd) arrived back in Britain after being thrown out of Vietnam after serving two years and three months for abusing two girls aged 10 and 11. In an attempt to escape repatriation, Glitter flew 2,661 miles from Vietnam to Bangkok, then to Hong Kong, then back to Bangkok. Each country denied him entry. He spent three days in Asian airports desperately searching for another country willing to take him after at least 19 turned him down, but was left with no option but to return to Britain. Glitter had to sign the sex offenders' register and his movements in Britain were restricted to keep him from approaching children.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

August 22
John Carter, a member of both The Dells and The Flamingos, died of lung cancer at the age of 75. He is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two different acts.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

August 18
French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed up with legendary bad boy rockers The Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's first fragrance. Company executives said "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions."

August 18
Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Country / Rock band The Stone Poneys, died of cancer at the age of 64. The group, led by vocalist Linda Ronstadt, reached #13 in late 1967 with "Different Drum".

August 20
A New York judge dismissed a $300 million lawsuit brought against Michael Jackson's estate by Allgood Entertainment, who accused Jackson and his agent Frank Dileo of pulling out of the company's planned Jackson 5 shows. The turning point it seems was the fact that Michael and his brothers never signed the deal.

August 22
Plans were announced to auction the toilet seat from John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park luxury mansion in Berkshire, England. The device was expected to fetch $1,500.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

August 17
A US court refused to allow music producer Phil Spector to appeal his 2009 murder conviction. The 71-year-old was jailed for 19 years for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California home in 2003.

August 20
Ross Barbour, the last original member of the influential 1950s group The Four Freshmen, died in Southern California at the age of 82. The group's biggest hit was "Graduation Day", which reached #17 in 1956.

August 22
Legendary songwriter Nickolas Ashford passed away at the age of 70. Along with his wife Valerie Simpson, Ashford wrote some of Motown's most memorable hits, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand" and "You're All I Need To Get By".

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 18
Scott McKenzie, who sang the US #4 hit "San Francisco", the unofficial anthem for "the summer of love" in 1967, died of the nervous system disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome at the age of 73.

August 21
Lisa Marie Presley made her Grand Ole Opry debut where she wowed the sold-out audience by performing three songs from her current album, "Storm & Grace".

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 19
Richie Havens' ashes were scattered from a plane across the site of the original Woodstock concert. He was the first act to perform at the 1969 event held in upstate New York, where he made history with his performance of "Freedom". Havens died last April from a heart attack at the age of 72.

August 21
Legendary concert promoter Sid Bernstein, best known for booking The Beatles at Carnegie Hall and later Shea Stadium, died at the age of 95. He also worked with other British groups, including The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Animals.

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.











Our Featured Interview

On the one year anniversary of his death,
we look back on the career of the man who
booked The Beatles at Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium
and brought The Rolling Stones, The Kinks,
Herman's Hermits and The Moody Blues to America.

Be sure to read Gary James'
interview with Sid Bernstein

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Rock and Roll Birthdays


August 17th - ClassicBands.com

1933 - Mark Dinning
("Teen Angel")
1944 - John Seiter
- drums and vocals for Spanky and Our Gang ("Sunday Will Never Be The Same")
1947 - Gary Talley
- guitarist for The Box Tops ("Cry Like A Baby")
1949 - Sib Hashian
- drummer for Boston ("More Than A Feeling")
1953 - Kevin Rowland
- lead vocalist for Dexy's Midnight Runners ("Come On Eileen")
1957 - Ron Strykert
- lead guitarist for Men At Work ("Down Under")

August 18th - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Johnny Preston
("Running Bear")
1945 - Barbara Harris
- lead singer for The Toys ("A Lover’s Concerto")
1945 - Nona Hendryx
- vocalist for Labelle ("Lady Marmalade")
1950 - Dennis Elliott
- drummer for Foreigner ("Waiting for a Girl Like You")

August 19th - ClassicBands.com

1939 - Ginger Baker
- drummer for Cream ("White Room")
1940 - Johnny Nash
("I Can See Clearly Now")
1942 - Bob Kuban
- drummer for Bob Kuban And The In-Men ("The Cheater)
1943 - Billy J. Kramer
("Bad To Me")
1945 - Ian Gillan
- vocalist for Deep Purple ("Hush")
1948 - Elliott Lurie
- guitarist / lead singer for Looking Glass ("Brandy, You're A Fine Girl")
1948 - Susan Jacks
- vocalist for The Poppy Family ("Which Way You Goin' Billy?")
1951 - John Deacon
- bassist for Queen ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
1972 - Elizabeth Wolfgramm
- vocalist for The Jets ("You Got It All")

August 20th - ClassicBands.com

1923 - Jim Reeves
("He'll Have To Go")
1931 - Paul Robi
- vocalist for The Platters ("The Great Pretender")
1937 - Sky Saxon
- lead singer of The Seeds ("Pushin' Too Hard")
1940 - John Lantree
- bassist for The Honeycombs ("Have I The Right")
1942 - Isaac Hayes
("Shaft")
1947 - James Pankow
- trombone player for Chicago ("Saturday In The Park")
1948 - Robert Plant
- vocalist for Led Zeppelin ("Whole Lotta Love")
1949 - Phil Lynott
- bassist for Thin Lizzy ("The Boys Are Back In Town")
1952 - Doug Fieger
- guitarist for The Knack ("My Sharona")

August 21st - ClassicBands.com

1938 - Kenny Rogers
("The Gambler")
1944 - Jackie DeShannon
("Put A Little Love In Your Heart")
1947 - Carl Giammarese
- guitar and vocals for The Buckinghams ("Don't You Care")
1952 - Joe Strummer
- singer / guitarist for The Clash ("Rock The Casbah")
1957 - Kim Sledge
- vocalist for Sister Sledge ("We Are Family")

August 22nd - ClassicBands.com

1926 - Bob Flanagan
- vocalist for The Four Freshmen ("Graduation Day")
1938 - Dale Hawkins
("Susie-Q")
1939 - Fred Milano
- first tennor for The Belmonts ("A Teenager in Love")
1945 - Ron Dante
- lead vocalist of The Archies ("Sugar, Sugar")
1946 - Gary Withem
- keyboards for The Union Gap ("Lady Willpower")
1947 - Donna Godchaux
- vocalist for The Grateful Dead
1948 - David Marks
- guitarist for The Beach Boys ("Surfin' Safari")

August 23rd - ClassicBands.com

1936 - Rudy Lewis
- vocalist for The Drifters ("Up On The Roof")
1941 - Pete Shannon
- bassist for The Nashville Teens ("Tobacco Road")
1946 - Jim Sohns
- vocalist for The Shadows Of Knight ("Gloria")
1946 - Keith Moon
- drummer for The Who ("Can't Explain")
1949 - Rick Springfield
("Jessie's Girl")
1951 - Mark Hudson
of The Hudson Brothers ("So You Are A Star")
1951 - Jimi Jamison
- vocalist for Survivor ("Eye Of The Tiger")






Who sang that song that you have stuck in your head?
How high did it climb on the charts and in what year?
You can find out in our Who Sang That Hit? Section
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of some of the music world's biggest stars
Read all about Rock and Roll's Unsolved Mysteries

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This Week's Best Selling Singles

  In The USA  
August 17th to August 23rd

YearSongArtist
1956 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
1957 Tammy Debbie Reynolds
1958 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Domenico Modugno
1959 There Goes My Baby The Drifters
1960 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley
1961 Michael The Highwaymen
1962 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
1963 Fingertips (pt. 2) Little Stevie Wonder
1964 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes
1965 I Got You Babe Sonny And Cher
1966 Summer In The City The Lovin' Spoonful
1967 All You Need Is Love The Beatles
1968 Hello, I Love You The Doors
1969 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
1970 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Stevie Wonder
1971 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart The Bee Gees
1972 Alone Again (Naturally) Gilbert O'Sullivan
1973 Live And Let Die Wings
1974 Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack
1975 Get Down Tonight KC And The Sunshine Band
1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee
1977 Best Of My Love The Emotions
1978 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
1979 My Sharona The Knack
1980 Take Your Time (Do It Right) The S.O.S. Band
1981 Endless Love Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
1982 Eye Of The Tiger Survivor
1983 Every Breath You Take The Police
1984 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
1985 Shout Tears For Fears


  In The United Kingdom  

August 17th to August 23rd

1956 Whatever Will Be Will Be Doris Day
1957 All Shook Up Elvis Presley
1958 When The Kalin Twins
1959 Living Doll Cliff Richard And The Drifters
1960 Please Don't Tease Cliff Richard And The Shadows
1961 You Don't Know Helen Shapiro
1962 I Remember You Frank Ifield
1963 Sweets For My Sweet The Searchers
1964 Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Man
1965 Help! The Beatles
1966 Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
1967 San Francisco Scott McKenzie
1968 Fire The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
1969 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
1970 The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley
1971 I'm Still Waiting Diana Ross
1972 School's Out Alice Cooper
1973 I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am) Gary Glitter
1974 When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees
1975 Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) The Stylistics
1976 Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee
1977 Angelo Brotherhood Of Man
1978 Three Times A Lady The Commodores
1979 I Don't Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats
1980 Ashes To Ashes David Bowie
1981 Green Door Shakin' Stevens
1982 Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
1983 Give It Up KC And The Sunshine Band
1984 Careless Whisper George Michael
1985 Into The Groove Madonna




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