Friday, August 5, 2016

Today in Music History...August 5, 2016

Music History: August 5

 

Births

1926: Jeri Southern
1940: Damita Jo
1941: Airto Moreira (Weather Report)
1942: Rick Huxley (The Dark Clark Five)
1943: Sammi Smith
1946: Jimmy Webb
1947: Rick Derringer (The McCoys)
1947: Greg Leskiw (The Guess Who)
1953: Samantha Sang

Deaths

1962: Marilyn Monroe
1968: Luther Perkins
1992: Jeff Porcaro (Toto)
1993: Randy Hobbs (The McCoys, The Edgar Winter Group, Montrose)

Events

1957: WFIL-TV in Philadelphia's popular afternoon dance show, Bandstand, goes national, broadcast on ABC as American Bandstand (though interrupted for half an hour in the middle by The Mickey Mouse Club). Host Dick Clark's first guest was the Chordettes; the first record danced to on the show was Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day." It would run for thirty years straight until MTV hastened its demise in 1987.
1957: Specialty Records hires a new A&R man named Sonny Bono.
1961: Themetta Suggs gives birth to Chuck Berry's second child, Chuck Berry Jr. 
 1965: Jan and Dean's upcoming debut movie, Easy Come, Easy Go, is canceled after an on-set railroad accident which injures seventeen crew members, along with breaking the leg of Jan Berry.
1972: Music mogul Clive Davis catches Aerosmith's act at Max's Kansas City in New York and immediately signs them for $125,000.
1972: One of the first "Fifties revival" shows, The London Rock & Roll Show, is held for teddy boys and greasers at London's Wembley Stadium, featuring Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Bo Diddley, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
1975: Stevie Wonder signs the largest contract for a single artist in history: $13 million over seven years for seven albums with Tamla/Motown.
1975: Kim Fowley forms the first all-female hard-rock band, The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett, future Bangle Michael Steele, and Lita Ford.
1976: NBC-TV airs the 15th anniversary Beach Boys special It's OK, featuring cameos by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
1978: Pete Meaden, the Who's first manager and a pivotal figure in London's mod scene of the Sixties, dies at his parents' home after an intentional overdose of barbituates.
1980: The Osmonds officially disband.
1981: Olivia Newton-John is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1983: After sleeping through much of his trial, David Crosby (The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash) is sentenced to eight years for cocaine and firearm possession. Within a year, however, his conviction will be overturned.
1996: Soul singer Wilson Pickett checks into a court-ordered rehab for cocaine addiction.
2000: Legendary glam rocker Gary Glitter, awaiting trial on child pornography charges, revisits England for business and is harassed by a large crowd outside his West London home, causing the police to investigate.
2007: DNA tests prove that at least two of the twelve claimants to the estate and fortune of recently deceased soul legend James Brown are found to be legitimate. His will had already named six known children.
2007: Proctor and Gamble, maker of Luvs brand diapers, upsets Beatles fans around the world with their licensing of the song "All You Need Is Love" for a new television ad.

Releases

1959: Frankie Avalon, "Just Ask Your Heart"

Recording

1964: The Beach Boys, "When I Grow Up To Be A Man"
1959: The Isley Brothers, "Shout"
1969: The Beatles: "Because," "The End"

Charts

1978: The Rolling Stones' "Miss You" hits #1

Certifications

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