Music History: August 14th
Nearing the end of a summer concert season where fans have been tailgating with improvised toilets, police in Mansfield, Massachusetts warn they will not be tolerated at the upcoming Jimmy Buffett concert.More
2016 Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Woolley, who played with the band from 1991-1994, falls from a ladder at his Illinois studio and dies from resulting neck injuries at age 49.
2013 Allen Lanier (keyboardist/rhythm guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult) dies of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D) in Manhattan, New York, at age 67.
2012 John Geils, former guitarist for the semi-retired J. Geils Band, files suit against the other band members to stop them from touring under his name... since he's left the band. The irony stings like bleach in a wound! Despite this move, the remaining members of the band say they'll tour anyway.
2010 Richie Hayward (drummer for Little Feat) dies of lung disease, while also struggling with liver cancer, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.
2007 The High School Musical 2 soundtrack is released, going straight to #1 US its first week, when it sells about 615,000 copies. It closes out 2007 as the second-best seller of the year, moving nearly 3 million copies. Only Josh Groban's Christmas album Noël sells more.
2007 Country singer Luke Bryan releases his debut album, I'll Stay Me.
1999 Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads guilty to drug possession in Los Angeles and is ordered into rehab.
1992 Tony Williams (of The Platters) dies of emphysema at age 64 in Manhattan, New York.
1992 Wayne Newton files for bankruptcy.
1991 The Commitments opens in limited release in the US. The film features all four Corrs in small parts, including the youngest Andrea in a speaking role as Sharon Rabbitte. While auditioning for the film, The Corrs connect with future manager John Hughes who helps the group hone their sound and eventually sign a deal with Atlantic Records for their debut album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten.
1991 Tony Orlando and his wife Francine become the proud parents of their first child, Jenny Rose.
1988 Bluesman Roy Buchanan dies of an apparent suicide (though friends and family dispute this) at age 48 in Fairfax, Virginia.
1988 Robert Calvert (frontman for Hawkwind) dies of a heart attack at age 43 in Ramsgate, England.
1987 Guns N' Roses kick off their first North American tour at a show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They're the opening act for The Cult.
1981 Four years after Elvis Presley's untimely death, a Memphis judge rules that his estate is no longer financially beholden to his manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker.
1976 Nick Lowe releases his debut solo single, "So It Goes."
1974 Paul Anka's "(You're) Having My Baby" is certified Gold.
1971 Rod Stewart releases "Maggie May."
1971 Elton John records "Indian Sunset," "Rotten Peaches" and "Madman Across The Water."
1970 Kevin Cadogan (guitarist for Third Eye Blind) is born in Oakland, California.
1970 After being found crawling along a motel hallway in La Jolla, California, incoherent and "combative," Stephen Stills is arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates.
1970 Elvis Presley's "The Wonder Of You" is certified gold.
1969 It's the day before Woodstock, and thousands of people show up early and camp out.
1967 Britain's new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act goes into effect, forcing all but one of the country's famous "pirate" (i.e., unlicensed) radio stations off the air. Radio Caroline remains on the air for another six months or so.
1965 Doo-Wop tenor Charles Fizer (of The Olympics) is shot and killed during the Watts Riot in Watts, Los Angeles, at age 25.
1965 The McCoys release "Hang On Sloopy."
1964 Johnny Burnette (lead singer of The Rock and Roll Trio), age 30, drowns in a boating accident in Clear Lake, California.
1964 The Beatles record "I'm a Loser," "Mr. Moonlight," and "Leave My Kitten Alone."
1961 Wanda Jackson's "Right Or Wrong" enters the charts.
1960 Classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman is born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.
1959 The film A Private's Affair, starring Sal Mineo, premieres in New York City. It includes the song "The Same Old Army."
1956 Sharon Bryant (of Atlantic Starr) is born in Westchester County, New York.
1956 Washington DC disc jockey Bob Rickman forms the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley after reading too many news articles that make him out to be a hick and/or a threat to society.
1951 Guitarist Bob "Slim" Dunlap (of The Replacements) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1947 Maddy Prior (lead singer for Steeleye Span) is born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
1946 Bass guitarist Larry Graham (of Sly and the Family Stone) is born in Beaumont, Texas.
1945 Steve Martin is born in Waco, Texas. Best known as a comedian and actor, he's also a renown banjo player, often performing with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
1942 Lionel Morton (lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for The Four Pennies) is born Lionel Walmsley in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.
1941 Folk rocker David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1941 Country singer Connie Smith, known for the 1964 hit "Once A Day," is born Constance June Meador in Elkhart, Indiana.
1940 Dash Crofts (of Seals and Crofts) is born Darrell Crofts in Cisco, Texas.
1926 Jazz singer/pianist Buddy Greco is born Armando Greco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recorded a popular cover of "The Lady Is a Tramp."
1924 Lyricist Lee Adams is born in Mansfield, Ohio. Known for his work with composer Charles Strouse, particularly Bye Bye Birdie.
1837 German composers Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck become secretly engaged.
Michael Jackson Buys Beatles Catalog
Three years after their duet "The Girl Is Mine," Paul McCartney advises Michael Jackson to invest in publishing. Jackson makes a winning bid of $47.5 million for the rights to over 250 Lennon-McCartney Beatles songs owned by ATV publishing, which turns out to be a great investment, but kills their friendship.
2015 The first presidential playlists are released. Barack Obama's selections include tracks by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and John Legend.More
2002 Guns N' Roses kick off their Chinese Democracy world tour with a show in Hong Kong. The album they are touring behind doesn't show up for another six years.
2000 Nineteen-year-old Craig David releases his debut album Born To Do It, which debuts at #1 on the UK Albums chart and becomes the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo act.
1994 Bob Dylan, who refused an invitation to the original 1969 festival, performs on the last day of Woodstock '94, singing "It Ain't Me Babe," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Masters Of War," "Masters Of War," and "Highway 61 Revisited" on the main North Stage. Over on the South Stage, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wallops fistfuls of mud at fans and incites an all-out mudfight. Bassist Mike Dirnt gets his front teeth knocked out by a security guard in the chaos.
1994 Clifton Clowers, the real-life Tennessee mountain man who was the subject of Claude King's 1964 country smash "Wolverton Mountain," dies at the ripe old age of 101, still on the mountain (which is actually spelled "Woolverton"). Clowers apparently couldn't keep suitors away from his daughters as well as the legend suggested, as he leaves behind fifteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren
1965 Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.