Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today in Music History...August 19, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 19th:

2016 Former music mogul Lou Pearlman, creator of 'N Sync and the Backstreet Boys, dies at age 62 while serving a 25-year sentence at the the Federal Correctional Institution in Texarkana, Texas. In 2008, he was convicted of conspiracy and money laundering related to a massive Ponzi scheme.

2008 Saxophonist/arranger LeRoi Moore (of The Dave Matthews Band) dies after being injured in an ATV accident in Charlottesville, Virginia, at age 46.

2003 MTV debuts the reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, following the recent marriage of Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey. The show is a hit thanks to Jessica's "dumb blonde" antics and lasts three seasons, after which the couple promptly divorce.

2001 Soul singer/pianist Betty Everett dies from heart-related issues in South Beloit, Illinois, at age 61.

1990 Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, playing Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

1989 Lou Reed breaks his ankle after a soundcheck in Cleveland, and is forced to cancel the remainder of his tour.

1989 Rapper Lil' Romeo is born Percy Romeo Miller Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1983 Having been sporadic since it was originally shut down in 1968, "pirate radio" station Radio Caroline makes its comeback on board the ship Ross Revenge in the North Sea's international waters. Six years to the day later, it would be shut down again.

1979 Dorsey Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) dies of a massive coronary in Canoga Park, California, at age 46.

1972 Chicago's LP Chicago V hits #1.

1969 The Beatles finish recording "Here Comes The Sun."

1969 Cleanup begins at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, where the Woodstock festival has finished up. Bulldozers are used to wrangle the trash into a pit, where it is burned.

1969 Crosby, Stills and Nash appear on the Dick Cavett Show, giving a first-hand account of the Woodstock festival that took place over the weekend. Joni Mitchell, who skipped the festival to make sure she could keep her appearance on the show, performs a song she wrote about it called "Woodstock."

1968 The final episode of The Monkees TV show, starring the eponymous band, airs on primetime TV.

1967 The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.

1967 Ringo Starr and his wife, the former Maureen Cox, welcome their second son, Jason.

1966 Country singer Lee Ann Womack is born in Jacksonville, Texas.

1957 Debbie Reynolds' "Tammy" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1951 John Deacon (bassist for Queen) is born in Oadby, Leicester, England.

1948 Elliot Lurie (lead guitarist, vocalist for Looking Glass) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1948 Country/pop singer Susan Jacks (of The Poppy Family) is born Susan Pesklevits in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

1947 George Newsome (original drummer for The Climax Blues Band) is born in Stafford, Staffordshire, England.

1945 Ian Gillian (lead singer for Deep Purple) is born in Chiswick, London, England.

1943 Rock 'n roller Billy J. Kramer (of Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas) is born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Lancashire, England.

1943 Pop singer Don Fardon (of The Sorrows) is born Donald Maughn in Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

1940 Roger Cook (co-lead vocalist of Blue Mink) is born in Fishponds, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

1940 Pop singer-songwriter Johnny Nash is born in Houston, Texas.

1939 Dick Jurgens records "Day Dreams Come True At Night."

1939 Ginger Baker (drummer for Cream) is born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, South London, England.

1918 Songwriter Irving Berlin, still a Sergeant in the US Army, debuts his WWI-themed musical Yip Yip Yaphank, at New York's Century Theatre.

1911 Variety calls Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" the "song sensation of the century." 

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1988 Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" is named the most played song in the first hundred years of the jukebox's existence.

1973 They aren't quite the Sonny and Cher power couple, but Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge get married. They divorce in 1980.

1972 The Midnight Special debuts on NBC. At first just a one-off special presentation, the next year it is launched as a regular show, with Wolfman Jack serving as announcer. The first performance is "Slippin' Into Darkness" by War.

1957 In a "Special Music Report," Newsweek puts Pat Boone on the cover with the tagline, "His Refreshing Song Fills The Air."More

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