Music History: August 31th:
2014 The Raskins, who have paid $1 million to join Mötley Crüe on tour, are accosted by members of the headliner's road crew who come on stage and spray them with urine during their set at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to a lawsuit filed by the band.
2012 Eddie Van Halen, of Van Halen lead-guitar fame, is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his digestive system. The surgery is to correct a severe bout of diverticulitis. He is expected to recover within six months. Tour dates with Van Halen are rescheduled.
2012 Entertainer Max Bygraves dies after a battle with Alzheimer's disease in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, at age 89.
2010 Papa Roach release their first live album, Time for Annihilation. Alongside nine live tracks, the record contains five new studio tracks.
1992 Prince extends his contract with Warner Bros. in a deal reported as being worth $100 million, but worth far less in reality.More
1985 The serial killer Richard Ramirez is captured in Los Angeles and later convicted for 13 murders. At one of the crime scenes, he left behind an AC/DC hat. The media dubbed him the "Night Stalker," and speculated that the band's song "Night Prowler" compelled him to kill, an assertion that is never substantiated, but unfairly links the killer to AC/DC, which is horrified by the association.
1980 Karen Carpenter (of the Carpenters) marries her first and only husband, a California real estate developer named Thomas Burris. She files for divorce the following year.
1974 The final Partridge Family episode airs on ABC-TV, starring the singing family.
1973 The Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup.
1970 Pop singer/songwriter Debbie Gibson is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1969 Acoustic rocker Jeff Russo (of Tonic) is born. Composer for the FX series Fargo.
1968 Jefferson Airplane headline the first Isle of Wight Festival, a one-day event that grows to two days the following year and five in 1970.
1963 Keyboardist/pianist Larry Waddell (of Mint Condition) is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wrote the group's gold-certified single "What Kind of Man Would I Be" (1996).
1960 Tony DeFranco (of The DeFranco Family) is born in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
1957 Glenn Tilbrook (guitarist/lead singer for Squeeze) is born in Woolwich, London, England.
1957 Gina Schock (drummer for The Go-Go's) is born Regina Ann Schock in Baltimore, Maryland.
1955 Folk rocker Anthony Thistlethwaite (of The Waterboys) is born in Lutterworth, England.
1948 Guitarist Rudolf Schenker (founder of Scorpions) is born in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, Germany.
1945 Bob Welch (guitarist for Fleetwood Mac) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1945 Violinist Itzhak Perlman is born in Tel Aviv, Israel (then British Mandate of Palestine).
1945 Van Morrison is born George Ivan Morrison in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1939 Frank Sinatra records "All Or Nothing At All," one of his first big hits.
1939 Jerry Allison (drummer for The Crickets) is born in Hillsboro, Texas. Co-wrote the Buddy Holly hits "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue."
George Harrison Guilty Of "Subconscious Plagiarism"
George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" in a bizarre lawsuit that leaves songwriters baffled.
2004 Green Day release the title track of their new album American Idiot as a single three weeks before the album is issued. Both the song and the album are wildly successful and highly acclaimed, with each nominated for multiple Grammy Awards (winning for Best Rock Album). American Idiot later becomes a successful stage musical.
2001 Aaliyah's funeral is held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, New York, six days after her death in a plane crash in The Bahamas. Hundreds of weeping fans march alongside the singer's casket, which is carried by a horse-drawn carriage to a private service with Gladys Knight, Lil' Kim, Sean Combs, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott in attendance. After the service, 22 doves are released in her memory, representing each year of her life.
1994 R. Kelly, 27, marries 15-year-old Aaliyah at the Sheraton hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (her age on the marriage certificate was listed as 18). The marriage is annulled when Aaliyah's family finds out, and few details emerge as neither party will talk about it publicly. Kelly, who produced Aaliyah's debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which was released before their wedding, tells GQ in 2016: "I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close."
1971 John Lennon leaves England to start a new life with his wife, Yoko, in New York City. He never returns to England.