Tuesday, August 29, 2017

More Music History for August 29, 2017 (with links)


1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Alan Freed's Big Beat Show opens at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn. Those performing included Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Chuck Berry, Bobby Freeman, Bill Haley And His Comets and The Elegants.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
The Quarrymen perform for about 300 teenagers at the opening of The Casbah Coffee Club, located in the basement of a family home owned by Pete Best's mother, Mona. The group consists of John, Paul, George and guitarist Ken Brown. Still without a drummer, the band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. system and would return for six more Saturday night engagements for 15 shillings each per night.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Billboard magazine reports that guitar sales in both the US and the UK, have skyrocketed in the wake of the British Invasion.

August 29
Rob Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" is released. It will reach Billboard's top spot just four weeks later and enjoy a three week stay.

August 29
The Honeycombs top the UK chart with their first release, "Have I The Right". The record will also go to #1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden and reach #5 in America.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Seven years to the day since John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison first performed together at Liverpool's Casbah Coffee Club, The Beatles play their last paid, public concert in front of 25,000 fans at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. The band did 11 songs in just over a half an hour, opening with "Rock & Roll Music" and closing with "Long Tall Sally". Although their latest album, "Revolver" had just been released a few weeks earlier, the band chose not to play even a single cut from it.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Brian Epstein's funeral is held in Liverpool. The event was not attended by The Beatles, who wished to give his family privacy by not attracting the media and fans.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Edwin Starr's "War" was the top tune on the Billboard singles chart. It would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Jimmy Reed, who reached the Billboard Pop chart with "Honest I Do" in 1957 and "Baby What You Want Me To Do" in 1960, died following an epileptic seizure, just days shy of his 51st birthday.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Three people are arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result, his remains would be moved to Graceland.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
The East LA band, Los Lobos had the number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with a remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", from the movie of the same name. Singer Cesar Rosas said that the song itself is a traditional Mexican tune that means "wedding song."

1990 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Elton John checks into a rehab center in Chicago to get treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Billy Joel's remake of Elvis' "All Shook Up" peaks at #92 on the US singles chart. The song was from the soundtrack of the film Honeymoon In Vegas.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
A 1970 interview with John Lennon, in which he revealed some of the reasons that The Beatles split, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. John said that his band mates disrespected and "insulted" his wife, Yoko Ono, adding, "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko, and I chose Yoko." He also took a shot at his former songwriting partner, saying "We got fed up with being sidemen for Paul."

2014 - ClassicBands.com

August 29
Smokey Robinson earned his highest charting album since 1981 when his latest release, "Smokey And Friends" went to #12 on the Billboard 200.

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