Sunday, August 20, 2017

Today in Music History...August 20, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 20th

2016 Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is found dead in a Wisconsin hotel room at age 38, presumably from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

2016 Tom Searle of the band Architects dies of skin cancer at age 28.

2012 Edgy alt band Green Day continues its hip appeal by partnering with the smash hit video game "Angry Birds." A special 10-level edition of the game, featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool as green pigs, is launched by video game maker Rovio and players can even unlock a new Green Day song from the tenth level of the game.

2011 Jazz singer Ross Barbour (of The Four Freshmen) dies of cancer in Simi Valley, California, at age 82.

2009 Keyboardist/bassist Larry Knechtel (of Bread) dies of a heart attack in Yakima, Washington, at age 69.

2005 On what would have been Phil Lynott's 56th birthday, a concert is held in Dublin featuring Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Eric Bell, the original lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, and Gary Moore share the lead on the classic "Whiskey In The Jar."

1992 Demi Lovato is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1991 Spin Doctors release their debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.More


1990 Prince releases his album Graffiti Bridge, which contains the tracks "Thieves In The Temple" and "New Power Generation."More
1987 Lindsey Buckingham, who helped turn Fleetwood Mac into one of the biggest-selling groups of the '70s, leaves the group after refusing to tour behind its latest album, Tango In The Night.

1981 Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott appears at Kingston Crown Court where he is fined £200 for possessing cocaine.

1979 Rod Stewart and his first wife, Alana Hamilton, have a baby girl. Kimberly Stewart grows up to become an actress and model.

1979 Bob Dylan releases Slow Train Coming.

1977 The Voyager 2 space probe is launched, carrying with it a "Golden Record" of sounds and images representing Earth. More

1973 The Rolling Stones release "Angie."

1970 Nu-metal pioneer Fred Durst (frontman for Limp Bizkit) is born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Cosmo's Factory hits #1.

1969 Frank Zappa shuts down his Mothers of Invention - he will resurrect the band a few months later.

1969 Andy Williams' LP Happy Heart is certified gold.

1968 The Beatles finish recording "Mother Nature's Son."

1967 The New York Times reports on a pioneering method of noise reduction created by Dolby Labs which makes home recording on blank cassette tapes possible.

1952 Folk rocker John Hiatt is born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

1952 Country singer/guitarist Rudy Gatlin (of The Gatlin Brothers) is born in Olney, Texas.

1952 Doug Fieger (lead singer for The Knack) is born in Oak Park, Michigan.

1947 Trombonist James Pankow (of Chicago) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1946 Ralf Hutter (lead singer, keyboardist for Kraftwerk) is born in Krefeld, Rhine Province, Germany.

1944 Blues drummer "Uncle John" Turner (of Johnny Winter's backing band) is born in Beaumont, Texas.

1944 Jon Povey (keyboardist for The Pretty Things) is born in London, England.

1941 Space rock musician Dave Brock (of Hawkwind) is born in Isleworth, Middlesex, England.

1940 John Lantree (bass guitarist for The Honeycombs) is born in Newbury, Berkshire, England.

1940 In exile in Mexico, Leon Trotsky is attacked with an ice pick by Stalinist agent Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río. Trotsky dies of brain injuries the next day in a Mexican hospital. His assassination is immortalized in The Stranglers' song "No More Heroes."

1939 Orrin Tucker records "Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny, Oh!"

1935 Country singer/songwriter Justin Tubb is born in San Antonio, Texas, to Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb.

1934 Country/rock musician "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow (of The Flying Burrito Brothers) is born in South Bend, Indiana.

1931 Paul Robi of The Platters is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1931 Jazz drummer Frank Capp is born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1926 Jazz trombonist Frank Rosolino is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1924 Jazz vocalist Joya Sherrill is born in Bayonne, New Jersey. Known for "I'm Beginning to See the Light" with Duke Ellington's orchestra.

1923 Country singer Jim Reeves is born in Galloway, Texas. Known for the 1957 hit "Four Walls."

1920 In Detroit, what will become WWJ (950 AM) becomes the first radio station in America to start broadcasting.

1882 Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow.

Two killed at Monsters of Rock Festival

At the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, two fans are killed during a set by Guns N' Roses, whose frontman Axl Rose had implored the crowd, "Don't f--kin' kill each other." With the ground wet and a record crowd of 107,000 at the festival, the surge of bodies during the set causes the two fans to be trampled or crushed to death.

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1997 The "Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway" is dedicated in Alabama, where the singer was born. The 50-mile stretch on Interstate 65 starts at his childhood home of Georgiana and ends in Montgomery, the site of his grave. The ceremony takes place in Montgomery (the state capitol), with Hank Williams Jr. on hand to speak.

1995 After a lengthy press-fueled feud culminates in simultaneous singles releases, Blur's "Country House" beats Oasis' track "Roll With It" to the #1 spot in the UK. Oasis go on to enjoy worldwide mainstream success, while Blur later veer from the Britpop sound, developing an artier, more experimental style – heavily inspired by Pavement.

1992 Sting marries Trudie Styler at their estate in Wiltshire, England. The couple first met in 1977 when Sting was a struggling musician and Trudie was trying to make it as an actress.

1977 The Emotions hit #1 in the US with the disco track "Best Of My Love" for the first of five weeks. Two years earlier, the Eagles hit #1 with a song with the same title.

1949 Bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy) is born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.

1948 Robert Plant is born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. Best known at Led Zeppelin's lead singer, he wins the Album of the Year Grammy for Raising Sand, his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss.

1942 Soul superstar Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Tennessee.

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