Music History: August 15th
2012 Members of the metal band Baroness are injured when their tour bus falls off the road while traveling in England. Lead singer John Baizley's left arm is shattered and his left leg broken; drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni each suffer spinal fractures. Baizley manages to keep his arm and resume his duties as frontman/guitarist, but Blickle and Maggioni leave the band.
2011 Lyricist Betty Thatcher (of Renaissance) dies of cancer in Hayle, Cornwall, England, at age 67.
2009 Rock musician Jim Dickinson (frontman for Mud Boy and the Neutrons) dies after triple-bypass heart surgery in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 67.
2008 Music producer Jerry Wexler dies of congestive heart failure in Sarasota, Florida, at age 91. Known for reviving Aretha Franklin's career in the '60s and producing Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming album.
2007 The Osmonds reunite for the first time in over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.
2005 Leonard Cohen files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that his former manager, Kelley Lynch, mismanaged his retirement funds to the tune of at least $5 million. The fraudulent activities purportedly began during the five years Leonard spent away from his career in seclusion at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center.
2005 Sly Stone comes out of a long seclusion to visit the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, where his little sister Vet headlines with the latest version of the Family Stone.
2004 At their Coventry Festival in the group's home state of Vermont, Phish play what they say is their last show, ending with the song "The Curtain With." The breakup proves temporary: in 2009, the band gets back together.
2000 David Bowie's wife, the supermodel Iman, gives birth to their daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones. "The couple are overjoyed," says a spokesman for Bowie. "David assisted in the delivery and he cut the umbilical cord."
1996 A New York women's shelter refuses to take money raised by a recent benefit concert when they learn that one of the performers was James Brown, often accused of emotional and physical abuse of women.
1992 Reggae musician Jackie Edwards dies of a heart attack in Jamaica at age 54. Penned "Keep On Running" and "Somebody Help Me" for The Spencer Davis Group.
1991 Nirvana play a concert at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for their first video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which they are filming two days later. Response is overwhelming, and hundreds of fans have to be turned away.
1989 Joe Jonas (of The Jonas Brothers) is born in Casa Grande, Arizona.
1984 Rock 'n Roll musician Norman Petty dies of leukemia in Lubbock, Texas, at age 57. Petty is best known as Buddy Holly's recording engineer and first manager.
1981 "Endless Love," a duet between Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, tops the Hot 100 for the first of 9 weeks. It's the theme song from a movie of the same name, starring Brooke Shields.
1979 Led Zeppelin releases their eighth and final studio album In Through The Out Door. It would be the last album released by the band while John Bonham was still alive.
1978 Tim Foreman (bassist for Switchfoot) is born in Lake Arrowhead, California.
1973 Baltimore, Maryland, declares today "Cass Elliot Day" in honor of the native singer for The Mamas & The Papas.
1972 Michael "Mikey" Graham (of Boyzone) is born in Raheny, County Dublin, Ireland.
1971 Singer Thomas Wayne dies in a car accident in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 31. Known for the 1959 Rockabilly hit "Tragedy."
1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Lookin' Out My Back Door" enters the charts.
1969 It's Day 1 of the Woodstock festival on Max Yasgur's 60-acre farm in Bethel, New York. The festival was originally going to be in Woodstock, New York, so they kept the name. Day 1 doesn't have the biggest names, but massive crowds make it clear that something's happening here. Artists to appear this day include Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Arlo Guthrie.
1969 The Beatles record "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," "The End," "Something" and "Here Comes The Sun."
1969 Three Dog Night's self-titled LP is certified gold.
1968 The Beatles record "Rocky Raccoon."
1966 Bobby Darin records "If I Were A Carpenter."
1964 After the massive success of The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, United Artists rushes to sign up-and-comers The Dave Clark Five to a film project entitled Catch Us If You Can (which was released in the US as Having A Wild Weekend).
1964 Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1960 Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1958 Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his childhood home in Lubbock, Texas.
1957 Notorious Californian groupie Sable Starr is born. As well as counting Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart and David Bowie among her conquests, she is the muse for Iggy Pop's 1996 song "Look Away."
1956 "Colonel" Tom Parker, actually a Dutch immigrant who merely played at being a Southern aristocrat, becomes "special adviser" to Elvis Presley, effectively taking over management duties from Bob Neal, who knew managing the King was about to become a full-time job.
1953 Perry Como's "No Other Love" hits #1.
1951 Jazz/Soul singer Bobby Caldwell is born in Manhattan, New York.
1948 Tom Johnston (frontman for The Doobie Brothers) is born in Visalia, California.
1946 Singer/songwriter/composer Jimmy Webb is born in Elk City, Oklahoma.
1942 Pete York (drummer for The Spencer Davis Group) is born in Redcar, Yorkshire, England.
1941 Country musician Don Rich (of The Buckaroos, Buck Owens' backing band) is born in Olympia, Washington.
1941 Ben Bernie records "Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams."
1940 Mark Marush, saxophonist for the Fabulous Wailers, is born.
1939 After five directors, several script drafts, and endless casting changes, the movie musical The Wizard Of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1933 Country singer Bobby Helms is born in Bloomington, Indiana.
1933 Floyd Ashton (of The Tams) is born. Known for the UK hit "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me."
1932 Pop singer Johnny Thunder is born Gil Hamilton in Leesburg, Florida.
1930 R&B singer/saxophonist Jackie Brenston is born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Sang lead on Ike Turner's "Rocket 88."
1925 Jazz pianist/composer Oscar Peterson is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1925 Bill Pinkney (of The Drifters) is born in Dalzell, South Carolina.
1909 Composer/arranger Hugo Winterhalter is born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
1896 Leon Theremin - inventor of the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments - is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1995Spanish pop duo Los del Rio release the single "Macarena" in the US. Inspired by a beautiful flamenco dancer, the song lights a fire in Miami beach clubs and spreads across the country, igniting the '90s hottest dance craze.
2009 On the first UK gig of their world tour, U2 breaks the Wembley Stadium Attendance record when 88,000 show up. Their "claw" set design allows more fans to fit in the stadium and breaks Rod Stewart's record of 83,000 set in 1995.
2000 The estate of Jimi Hendrix acquires jimihendrix.com, which was registered in 1996 by a domainer who is using it to sell email addresses (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is one of many cases that rules against registrants who are squatting names of famous people.
1983 Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, famous for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is Simon's best man; Penny Marshall is Fisher's maid of honor. Guests include Robin Williams, Billy Joel and his wife Christie Brinkley, Randy Newman and George Lucas. The couple split up a year later, but resume their relationship in less formal terms throughout much of the '80s.
1980 George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to release an autobiography when his book I Me Mine is published.
1965 The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York - home of The Mets. It's the first time a rock band headlines at a stadium, and is probably The Beatles' most famous concert. With Beatlemania in full force, the screaming girls drown out the band in a less-than-intimate, but very memorable performance in front of 56,000.