Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today in Music History...August 16, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 16th

2014 To announce Syro, his first Aphex Twin album in 13 years, Richard James arranges for a blimp to fly over London with his iconic logo on one side and the year on the other. The same logo is also spraypainted on New York sidewalks.

2008 Noah and the Whale make a splash when their debut single "5 Years Time" peaks at #7 on the UK Singles Chart. It proves to be the biggest hit for the British group.

2005 Country/Bluegrass fiddler Vassar Clements (of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys) dies of lung cancer in Jamestown, New York, at age 77.

2003 The USPS unveils a new commemorative postage stamp of recently deceased composer Henry Mancini, famous for the Pink Panther theme and several other film works.

2002 25 years after the death of Elvis Presley, an album containing 30 of his #1 hits is released with "A Little Less Conversation" as a bonus track. The song was remixed in 2002 and went to #1 in the UK.

2000 Guitarist Alan Caddy (of The Tornados) dies at age 60 after a lifelong battle with alcoholism.

1997 A tribute concert is held in Memphis, Tennessee, remembering Elvis Presley on the 20th anniversary of his death. Daughter Lisa Marie unveils the music video "Don't Cry Daddy," a virtual duet with her father that features his original vocals from the 1969 tune along with her own.

1996 With the help of Broadway star Chita Rivera, over 50,000 baseball fans at Yankee Stadium break the record for the largest group dance when they bust a move to the "Macarena," the decade's latest dance craze.

1995 Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs live for the first time with his daughters Carnie and Wendy, recently famous for their stint in the trio Wilson Phillips.

1994 Barenaked Ladies release their second studio album, Maybe You Should Drive.

1991 Wilfrid Thomas, broadcaster and radio commentator, dies in London, England, at age 87. Wrote the English lyrics to "Rose, Rose, I Love You," recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951.

1986 At a soggy Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen gets a huge ovation when he takes the stage with the band. Twenty months earlier, Allen's left arm was severed in a car accident, and after extensive rehab and some warm-up gigs, he makes a triumphant return at the festival, playing barefoot behind a drum kit modified with electronic pedals. Scorpions and Motörhead are also on the bill, which is headlined by Ozzy Osbourne.

1980 "A Thousand Miles" singer Vanessa Carlton is born in Milford, Pennsylvania.

1972 Emily Robison (of the Dixie Chicks) is born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

1969 The Beckenham Arts Lab holds the Free Festival in Beckenham, London. One one of the performers is David Bowie, who memorializes the concert in his song "Memory of a Free Festival."
The festival is largely forgotten by history, probably because it happened at the same exact time as Woodstock in the United States.

1969 CBS premiers the sitcom The Debbie Reynolds Show, starring the Singin' in the Rain actress.

1969 It's Day 2 of Woodstock, featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who's set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone. After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend hits him with his guitar.

1969 The Guess Who's "These Eyes" is certified gold.

1968 The Jackson 5 perform their first official live gig, opening for Diana Ross and the Supremes at the (Great Western) Forum in Los Angeles.

1968 The Beatles record "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

1966 The Monkees release their first single, "Last Train To Clarksville."

1962 Peter, Paul, and Mary release "If I Had A Hammer."

1960 Drummer Chris Pedersen (of Camper Van Beethoven and Monks of Doom) is born in Great Lakes, Illinois.

1957 Tim Farriss (lead guitarist for INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia.

1957 Buddy Holly's group The Crickets play the first show of a six-night engagement at Harlem's Apollo Theater. They were booked due to confusion with a black group (led by Dean Barlow) that was also called The Crickets. Nonetheless, Holly and his band win over the crowd.

1957 The Everly Brothers record "Wake Up Little Susie."

1953 James "J.T." Taylor (lead singer for Kool & the Gang) is born in Laurens, South Carolina.

1949 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) is born in Washington, D.C.

1948 Barry Hay (frontman for Golden Earring) is born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

1946 Gordon Fleet (drummer for The Easybeats) is born in Merseyside, England.

1945 Gary Loizzo (frontman for The American Breed) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1944 Kevin Ayers (frontman for Soft Machine) is born in Herne Bay, Kent, England.

1942 R&B singer/songwriter Barbara George is born in Smithridge, Louisiana. Known for "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)" (1961).

1940 Frankie Masters records "Marching Along Together."

1938 R&B/Pop singer and actress Ketty Lester is born Revoyda Frierson in Hope, Arkansas. Known for her 1962 hit "Love Letters."

1938 Blues legend Robert Johnson dies after being poisoned by a jealous man. Like many famous musicians who died young, he was 27 when he passed.

1931 Traditional Pop/Swing singer Eydie Gorme is born in The Bronx, New York.

1922 Bandleader/pianist Ernie Freeman is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Also a session musician, he worked on hits like Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" and Frank Sinatra's "That's Life."

1915 Al Hibbler (former singer for Duke Ellington's orchestra) is born in Tyro, Mississippi.

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1962 Stevie Wonder's first single is released: "I Call It Pretty Music (But Old People Call It The Blues)." Motown newbie Marvin Gaye plays drums on the track.

1962 Pete Best is fired as drummer for The Beatles, replaced by Ringo Starr. The group's manager Brian Epstein does the firing by calling Best into his record shop and giving him the bad news.
1958 Madonna Louise Ciccone is born in Bay City, Michigan. Shortening her name to a mononym, she becomes the best-selling female singer of all time.More

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