Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Today in Music History...August 2, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 2nd

2009 Rockabilly musician Billy Lee Riley dies of colon cancer at age 75. Known for the 1957 hit "Red Hot."

2007 Elvis Presley Enterprises announces plans to revamp Graceland, the singer's home, with a visitor's center, convention hotel, and high-tech multimedia displays.

2004 Eric Clapton bails out Cordings clothing store in London, a favorite of his since his teenage years, by purchasing a 50 percent share in the retailer.

2001 Ron Townson (of The 5th Dimension) dies of renal failure as a result of kidney disease at age 68.

1997 Fela Kuti, a multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of Afrobeat, dies of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, at age 58.

1992 While performing his song "Don Henley Must Die" at an Austin nightclub, the psychobilly artist Mojo Nixon is surprised when Henley, who happened to be in the neighborhood, climbs up on stage and starts beatboxing along with it. Nixon says it was the first time in his life he was left speechless. Henley seeing the humor in the song forces his critics to rethink what they perceive as his earnest arrogance.

1987 David Martin (bass player for Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs and co-writer of "Wooly Bully") dies of a heart attack at age 50.

1983 James Jamerson, session bassist for Motown Records, dies at age 47 from a host of problems caused by alcoholism, including cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia. Accompanied The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and Marvin Gaye, among others.

1982 Jose Feliciano marries Susan Omillian in California.

1980 Olivia Newton-John's "Magic," from the Xanadu soundtrack, hits #1.

1973 "Papa" John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas files suit against his former label, Dunhill, alleging $60 million in unpaid royalties.

1972 Brian Cole (bass guitarist for The Association) dies of a heroin overdose at age 29.

1971 Now down to a trio and driven by infighting, Creedence Clearwater Revival embark on their last US tour with a gig at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Assembly Center.

1970 Zelma Davis (of C and C Music Factory) is born in Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa.

1969 Bob Dylan makes a rare return to his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, to attend his 10-year high school reunion. Accompanied by his wife, Sara, he joins classmates at the local Moose lodge before the event, and it proves awkward. He never makes it to the reunion itself, and makes no more public visits to the town.

1969 Badfinger records "Come And Get It."

1961 Pete De Freitas (drummer for Echo And The Bunnymen) is born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

1961 The Beatles begin what would be a two-year stint as headliners at Liverpool's Cavern Club.

1956 This month's issue of Look magazine reports that Elvis Presley is now receiving 3,000 fan letters a week.

1953 Skeeter Davis, still a member of the Davis Sisters, breaks both her arms and legs in a car crash near Cincinnati, Ohio, a crash which also kills fellow Davis "sister" Betty Jack Davis.

1951 Andrew Gold, known for the hits "Lonely Boy" and "Thank You for Being a Friend," is born in Burbank, California.

1950 Ted Turner (guitarist for Wishbone Ash) is born in Sheldon, Birmingham, England.

1944 Jim Capaldi (drummer for Traffic) is born Nicola James Capaldi in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

1943 Kathy Lennon (of The Lennon Sisters) is born in Los Angeles, California. Had hits with "Tonight You Belong to Me" and "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)."

1941 Doris Kenner-Jackson (of the The Shirelles) is born Doris Coley in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

1941 Andrew Steele (drummer for The Herd) is born in Hendon, North West London, England.

1939 Edward Patten (of Gladys Knight and the Pips) is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1937 Garth Hudson (of The Band) is born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

1935 Country singer Hank Cochran, who co-wrote Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," is born in Isola, Mississippi.

1921 Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso dies of peritonitis at age 48. Son Enrico Caruso Jr. attributes his father's downward health spiral to an onstage injury, having being struck by a falling pillar during a production of Samson and Delilah the year before.

1910 Scottish playwright Roger MacDougall ("The Emperor Of Lancashire") is born in Glasgow.

1900 Torch singer and actress Helen Morgan is born in Danville, Illinois. She sings "Bill" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" in the original run of Show Boat in 1927.

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Featured Events

1998 The Beatles are named "Favourite Recording Artist Of All Time" in a poll conducted by the UK music magazine Mojo, beating out Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Queen, and Elton John in that order.

1975 The Eagles' "One Of These Nights" hits #1 in the US, where it stays for one week.

1962 Aretha Franklin makes her television debut, singing "Don't Cry Baby" and "Try A Little Tenderness" on ABC's American Bandstand.

1962 An obscure folk singer named Robert Zimmerman has his name legally changed to Bob Dylan.

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