Thursday, August 31, 2017

More Music History for August 31, 2017 (with links)


1955 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
A London judge fined Sidney Turner three pounds, ten shillings for "creating an abominable noise" after Turner threatened his neighbors by saying, "I will drive you mad." Turner played Bill Haley And His Comets' "Shake Rattle & Roll" as loud as possible from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Elvis Presley appeared in concert outside of the United States for the last time when he performed at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada, in front of 26,000 fans. Ticket prices ranged between $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Ricky Nelson kicks off his musical concert career by appearing at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he sets an all time attendance record for the venue by performing in front of 44,221 people, spread out over two days. His fee for the gig was $10,000 and his supporting acts were comedian Henny Youngman and The Four Preps.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
The Angels become the first white girl group to have a US number one hit when "My Boyfriend's Back" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Cream's "Fresh Cream" enters the Billboard LP chart where it would climb to #39. It faired much better in the UK, reaching #6.

August 31
Decca Records releases what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Bob Seger files for divorce from his wife, Sandy, after just ten months of marriage.

August 31
Bob Dylan makes his first paid appearance since his motorcycle accident three years earlier at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival. He's backed by The Band and pockets 38,000 Pounds for the one hour show.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
The Beach Boys release their album, "Sunflower", which, despite enthusiastic critical reception, would stall at #151 on the Billboard 200 LP chart during a brief four week stay. With record buyers focusing on the likes of Black Sabbath, Neil Young, Simon And Garfunkel, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others, the effort would become their poorest performing album up to that time.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Paul McCartney receives a Gold record for "Live and Let Die".

1974 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
In a US federal court, John Lennon testifies that he believes the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami. He also suspected his phones were tapped and that he was under surveillance by government agents.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
George Harrison is found guilty of subconscious plagiarism of the song "He's So Fine" in writing his hit, "My Sweet Lord". He would eventually pay the copyright holder, Bright Tunes, $587,000 in damages.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
30-year-old Karen Carpenter married 39-year-old real-estate developer Thomas James Burris in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. The union would last just fourteen months.

1985 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Twenty years after it originally topped the UK chart for Sonny And Cher, "I Got You Babe" was a number one hit all over again for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
The largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's "Bad" album were shipped to record stores. The LP followed the Jackson album, "Thriller", the biggest Jackson-seller of all time. The "Bad" album went on to sell 13 million copies.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
At a memorial service for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sing "Amazing Grace".

2004 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Carl Wayne, the lead singer of the influential 1960s Pop group, The Move, died of esophageal cancer at the age of 61.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Elton John and Leon Russell issued the first single from their upcoming collaborative album, "The Union". Titled "If It Wasn't For Bad", the song features vocals from both artists as well as Sir Elton on piano and guest appearances by Brian Wilson and Neil Young on vocal harmonies and Booker T on the Hammond B-3. The single would later be nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
Jimi Jamison, the lead vocalist for Survivor, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 63. He joined the band in 1983 after they had released their hit "Eye of the Tiger" and went on to contribute vocals on songs such as "High on You", "I Can`t Hold Back" and "The Moment of Truth" from The Karate Kid.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 31
News reports began to surface that said Mick Jagger had agreed to pay his pregnant girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, an estimated $15,000 a month until their child turns 18. The deal, which was worth about $3.3 million, also included a home in New York City. In 1999 Jagger reached a similar agreement with Brazilian companion Luciana Gimenez.

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