Friday, August 12, 2016

Today in Music History...August 12, 2016

Music History: August 12



1926: Joe Jones
1927: Porter Wagoner
1929: Buck Owens
1940: Rod Bernard
1941: Craig Douglas
1949: Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)


1982: Joe Tex
1985: Kyu Sakamoto
1997: Luther Allison


1877: Thomas Edison finishes the prototype of his new invention, the phonograph, and hands it over to his master mechanic John Kreusi to build. Kreusi bets Edison two dollars that the contraption will never work.
1957: Encouraged by Roulette exec George Goldner and his recent success in England, Frankie Lymon officially leaves his group, the Teenagers, to pursue a solo career.
1958: On "compassionate leave" from the Army, Elvis Presley travels to Memphis' Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mother, Gladys, who is quickly deteriorating from acute hepatitis.
1960: After "auditioning" for the band at the Jacaranda club (the band actually had no other prospects), Pete Best is hired as the Beatles' new drummer just as the band sets out for a series of dates in Hamburg, Germany. 
 1965: Jefferson Airplane make their stage debut, opening San Francisco's' new club The Matrix (3138 Fillmore).
1966: The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, IL.
1967: Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces, and Chicken Shack, featuring a young Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie).
1968: The New Yardbirds, later to be known as Led Zeppelin, begin their first rehearsal beneath a record store at 39 Gerrard Street in Westminster, London, performing a cover of the old Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio number "Train Kept A Rollin'."
1970: At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin's "Summertime."
1970: The Hollywood Bowl holds a memorial concert for recently deceased folk legend Woody Guthrie, featuring (among others) Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Odetta, and Tom Paxton.
1994: The 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert, entitled "Woodstock '94," is held in Saugerties, NY, with over 30 bands playing for a crowd of about 350,000. The multi-day show is a huge success, with little hint of the violence that would mar the 30th anniversary concert.
1997: MTV debuts the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert The Dance, marking the first time the five had been on stage together since 1982.
1999: Governor Mel Carnahan of Missouri declares today "Porter Wagoner Day" in honor of the country legend.
1999: The movie Detroit Rock City, produced by KISS and telling the story of KISS fans on their way to a KISS concert, opens nationwide.




1940: Will Bradley, "Down The Road Apiece"
1953: The Four Lads, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"
1958: The Crests, "Sixteen Candles"


1978: The Commodores' "Three Times A Lady" hits #1



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