Music History: August 12th
2015 66-year-old Billy Joel becomes a father for the second time when his fourth wife, Alexis, gives birth to a baby girl, Della Rose.
2014 Lauren Bacall, the last living film star mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue," dies at age 89.
2008 Metallica releases "The Day That Never Comes," the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.
2008 The man who shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is denied parole for the fifth time.
2008 The Jonas Brothers' A Little Bit Longer, featuring the hit single "Burning Up," debuts at #1 in America.More
1997 Blues guitarist Luther Allison dies of cancer at age 57 in Madison, Wisconsin.
1997 MTV debuts the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert The Dance, marking the first time the five had been on stage together since 1982.
1992 Composer John Cage dies of a stroke at age 79 in Manhattan, New York.
1985 Singer/actor Kyu Sakamoto dies in the Japan Airlines Flight 123 crash at age 43.
1984 Lionel Richie performs his hit song "All Night Long (All Night)" at the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. One his the backing dancers is a young Cuba Gooding Jr.
1982 Alice Cooper is beloved in Britain, with "School's Out" hitting #1 in the UK for the first of three weeks.
1974 Bad Company releases "Can't Get Enough."
1969 Pop/Folk singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram is born in Munster, West Germany.
1968 The New Yardbirds, later to be known as Led Zeppelin, begin their first rehearsal beneath a record store at 22 Gerrard Street in Westminster, London, performing a cover of the old Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio number "Train Kept A-Rollin'."
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).
1966 At a Beatles press conference in Chicago to promote their American tour, the big topic is John Lennon's quote, "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity."
Lennon, clearly shaken by the controversy, explains: "I was pointing out that fact in reference to England - that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact."
1966 The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.
1963 Sir Mix-a-Lot, who likes big butts and cannot lie, is born Anthony Ray in Seattle, Washington.
1961 Roy Hay (guitarist/keyboardist for Culture Club) is born in Southend, Essex, England.
1960 Pete Best becomes the drummer of the Silver Beetles, who are renamed The Beatles.
1958 The Crests record "Sixteen Candles."
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.
1957 Encouraged by Roulette exec George Goldner and his recent success in England, Frankie Lymon officially leaves his group to pursue a solo career.
1954 Jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny (of the Pat Metheny Group) is born in Lee's Summit, Missouri.
1953 The Four Lads record "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)."
1950 August "Kid Creole" Darnell (of Kid Creole & the Coconuts) is born in The Bronx, New York.
1949 Musician/film score composer Mark Knopfler (frontman for Dire Straits) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1941 Pop singer Craig Douglas is born Terence Perkins in Newport, Isle of Wight, England. Known for his popular cover of Sam Cooke's "Only Sixteen."
1940 Will Bradley records "Down The Road a Piece."
1940 Country/Rockabilly singer Rod Bernard is born in Opelousas, Louisiana.
1929 Country singer-songwriter Buck Owens is born Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. in Sherman, Texas.
1927 Porter Wagoner is born in West Plains, Missouri. He becomes famous as a country singer and host of The Porter Wagoner Show, where he introduces Dolly Parton.
1926 R&B singer-songwriter Joe Jones is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for the 1960 hit "You Talk Too Much."
1913 The Irving Berlin song "That International Rag" is copyrighted.
1994Woodstock 2 - officially "Woodstock '94" - begins in Saugerties, New York, with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.
2015 Elvis Presley is granted the honor of a second postage stamp bearing his likeness (the first was introduced in 1993). This one features a black-and-white photograph by William Speer of Elvis in 1955 and is part of the Music Icon series that began in 2013.More
1999 The Kiss-produced movie Detroit Rock City, the story of fans on their way to a KISS concert, opens nationwide.
1978 After years on the road and substantial chart success, The Commodores finally get their first #1 hit with the Lionel Richie-penned ballad "Three Times a Lady," which is taken from their album Natural High. The single stays at #1 for two weeks.
1970 At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what will be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin's "Summertime."