Music History: August 1st:
2014 The BBC screens Elvis: That's Alright Mama 60 Years On to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the recording of the song: July 5, 1954.
2012 Tony Sly (frontman for No Use For a Name) dies in his sleep at age 41. No cause of death is revealed.
2006 30-year-old Andy Richardson dies after he is beaten in the mosh pit during the Deftones' set at the Family Values tour in Atlanta.
1996 Bill Buchanan, known for a songwriting partnership with Dickie Goodman that produced the 1956 hit "The Flying Saucer," dies of cancer at age 81.
1994 The Rolling Stones politely refuse an invitation to play at the Bill Clinton White House, though they play his 60th birthday party in 2006.
1989 The Rolling Stones release their album Steel Wheels, which contains the hit "Mixed Emotions."
1988 Mudhoney's first-ever single is released: "Touch Me I'm Sick" b/w "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More," via Sub Pop Records.
1988 Cincinnati AM radio station WCVG changes its format, becoming the first US all-Elvis radio station. The burning love for the format dies out after a year, and on August 16, 1989, it switches to talk.
1987 MTV Europe makes its debut. The first video shown is Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing," a song where Sting proclaims, "I want my MTV."
1987 Guns N' Roses head to Park Plaza and 450 South La Brea in Hollywood and shoot their first video, for "Welcome To The Jungle."
1985 Tom Waits releases Rain Dogs, widely considered one of his most important and innovative works. Synthesizers and samples - very common in the 1980s - are deliberately absent as Waits develops the unique approach he began on Swordfishtrombones.
1984 Jermaine Jackson appears on an episode of CBS's long-running soap opera As The World Turns.
1981 Ashley Angel (of O-Town) is born in Redding, California.
1980 Def Leppard perform their first US live gig, opening for AC/DC in New York City.
1980 George Harrison forms a movie production company called Handmade Films, which produces the films Monty Python's Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, and Shanghai Surprise.
1978 Dhani Harrison is born to George Harrison and his soon-to-be-wife Olivia. Dhani, who like his dad becomes a musician, would be the couple's only child.
1977 Elvis: What Happened? a tell-all book written by his closest confidantes Red West and Sonny West, hits the bookshelves and makes no impact until Presley's death two weeks later, when it confirms what many had suspected: that Elvis had been abusing prescription drugs. Some say the revelatory book hurt Elvis and indirectly hastened his demise.
1976 Gladys Knight gives birth to her third child, Shanga-Ali.
1972 The Eagles release "Witchy Woman."
1972 Elvis Presley releases "Burning Love."
1970 After two years of sitting on the shelf (namely due to shocking sex and violence scenes), the gangster movie Performance, featuring what would have been the acting debut of the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger (Ned Kelly was released first), premieres in London.
1969 Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys is indicted in Los Angeles for failing to perform his required community service hours, which were imposed upon him after he refused to be drafted as a conscientious objector; rather than the janitorial duty he was sentenced to at LA County Hospital, Wilson taught music classes there instead.
1969 The Beatles record "Because."
1965 Marianne Faithfull collapses during a performance in Lancashire, England, and is taken to a hospital, canceling the remainder of her tour.
1964 Adam Duritz (frontman for Counting Crows) is born in Berkeley, California.
1964 A brand new group called The Steampacket, featuring lead vocals by one Rod Stewart, opens for The Rolling Stones at the London Palladium.
1964 It's the heyday of the harmonica, as the industry publication Billboard points out that The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder have all had hits with the instrument.
1964 The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1963 Coolio is born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in Compton, California. He gets his stage name when a friend sees him playing guitar and says, "Who do you think you are, Coolio Iglesias?"
1963 Beatles Monthly magazine debuts. It will continue for six years.
1960 Suzi Gardner (guitarist and vocalist for L7) is born in Sacramento, California.
1960 Rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) is born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in Queens, New York.
1960 Aretha Franklin begins her first non-gospel recording session, an abortive attempt at jazz-pop with the Columbia label.
1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist," starting a dance craze that soon grips the nation.
1959 Joe Elliot (lead vocalist for Def Leppard) is born is Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1958 Songwriter/composer Michael Penn, brother of actor Sean Penn, is born in Greenwich Village, New York.
1958 His contract up at Sun Records, Johnny Cash leaves Memphis, moves to Los Angeles, and signs with Columbia Records.
1953 Blues guitarist/singer Robert Cray is born in Columbus, Georgia.
1951 Guitarist Tommy Bolin (of Deep Purple and the James Gang) is born in Sioux City, Iowa.
1951 Tim Bachman (of Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1947 Bassist Rick Anderson (of The Tubes) is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1946 Boz Burrell (bass player for Bad Company) is born in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England.
1946 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) is born Erik Michael Coonce in Los Angeles, California.
1942 Jerry Garcia (of Grateful Dead) is born in San Francisco, California.
1942 In response to what it sees as a threat from the new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on strike (but only for recording, not live, gigs).
1942 Jimmy Dorsey records "Charleston Alley."
1934 Leadbelly is released from prison after a four-year stint for attempted homicide.
1930 Composer Lionel Bart is born in Stepney, London, England.
1779 Francis Scott Key is born in Carroll County, Maryland.
1981MTV goes on the air, bringing music videos to the masses - at least the ones with cable.
2014 The movie Guardians of the Galaxy opens in America, reviving '70s favorites like "Hooked On A Feeling" and "Come And Get Your Love."More
1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announce that they are married, having wed at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic 11 weeks earlier.
1973 The first big oldies revival kicks off in earnest as George Lucas' new film, American Graffiti, premieres in Los Angeles. Portraying a night in the life of several California teenagers in 1961, it makes stars out of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and more, and also inspires the ABC-TV smash Happy Days.
1971 Long before Live Aid, there is "The Concert For Bangla Desh" at Madison Square Garden in New York. George Harrison organizes the event to help victims of famine in that country. A-list performers include Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr.
1971 The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour, starring the popular duo, premieres on CBS television.