Saturday, August 19, 2017

More Music History for August 19, 2017 (with links)


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.

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.

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.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
More than six months after their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles arrive in California to kick off their first American tour at the 17,000 seat Cow Palace in San Francisco. After a 33 minute concert, John, Paul, Ringo and George were whisked away by ambulance after their limousine was swarmed by fans. Joining them for the entire tour was journalist Ivor Davis, who would later chronicle his experience in the book The Beatles and Me on Tour.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

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.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

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 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

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".

1973 - ClassicBands.com

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

1978 - ClassicBands.com

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 19
After placing three songs on the Billboard Top 40 with Jim Messina in 1972 and 1973, Kenny Loggins has the first of his own fourteen hits when "Whenever I Call You Friend" enters the chart. The duet with Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks would enjoy an amazing fifteen week chart run.

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.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 19
The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb announced the release of his first ever solo album of new material, "In The Now" on October 7th of this year.

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