Sunday, August 20, 2017

More Music History for August 20, 2017 (with links)


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.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

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Billboard magazine reviews Elvis Presley's "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" by saying, "This (record) is certain to get strong initial exposure. Presley is currently on the best selling charts with 'Baby Let's Play House' and the wide acceptance of this side should ease the way for the new disk." The song would go on to top the Billboard National Country Music Chart and reach #4 on the Billboard Most Played By Jockeys chart in February, 1956, giving Elvis his first national exposure.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

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

1966 - ClassicBands.com

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.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

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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."

1969 - ClassicBands.com

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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 were at EMI Studios in London. Although no actual recording took place, they completed mixing "I Want You" and discussed the sequence of songs that would appear on the "Abbey Road" album.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

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

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
The Rolling Stones release "Angie", which will top the Billboard chart and reach #5 in the UK. At the time, the Mick Jagger / Keith Richards composition was rumored to have been written about David Bowie's first wife Angela, the actress Angie Dickinson, Keith Richards' newborn daughter Dandelion Angela, and Marianne Faithfull. However, in his 2010 memoir Life, Richards said that he had chosen the name at random when writing the song, before he knew that his baby would be named Angela or even knew that his baby would be a girl.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

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.

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.

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..

1991 - ClassicBands.com

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.

1996 - ClassicBands.com

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

2010 - ClassicBands.com

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.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

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.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
A Los Angeles police task force investigating Internet crimes against children served a search warrant at the home of KISS rocker Gene Simmons. Police emphasized that neither Simmons nor anyone in his family was suspected in the case.

August 20
Michael McDonald sat in with The Doobie Brothers for an appearance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, where they performed a medley of their hits, "Long Train Runnin'" and "Takin' It To The Streets".

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 20
Canada's The Tragically Hip performed their last concert to a sell-out crowd in Kingston, Ontario at the end of an emotional fifteen date farewell tour. Lead singer Gord Downie revealed earlier in year that he was battling terminal brain cancer.

August 20
Alice Cooper told CNN that he had decided to run for President Of The United States and had chosen actor Tom Hanks as his running mate. With tongue firmly in cheek, he said that his campaign slogan is "I can do nothing as well as they can do nothing," referencing Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, adding that his platform is "nonexistent."

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