Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Today in Music History...August 22, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 22nd:

2016 Legendary jazz harmonicist Toots Thielemans dies in Brussels, Belgium, at age 94.

2014 The BBC screens The Kate Bush Story: Running up That Hill.

2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney becomes yet another Republican candidate admonished for misappropriating music at his events, after Dee Snider of Twisted Sister protests his use of the band's songs. There is a long history of bands squaring off against Republican campaigns appropriating their music.

2011 Jerry Leiber, half of the Leiber & Stoller songwriting team, dies of cardio-pulmonary failure in Los Angeles, California, at age 78. The pair wrote hits for Elvis Presley, The Coasters and The Drifters.

2011 Nick Ashford, half of the husband-and-wife songwriting/production team Ashford & Simpson, dies of complications from throat cancer at age 70.

2011 Lindsay Lohan sues Pitbull, along with Ne-Yo and DJ Afrojack, for referencing her in the song "Give Me Everything (Tonight)" ("Hustlers move aside, so I'm tiptoeing, keep flowin', I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan"). The judge rules in Pitbull's favor, citing the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech and creative expression.

2006 Bruce Gary (drummer for The Knack) dies of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Tarzana, California, at age 55.

2004 Bandleader Al Dvorin, who coined the phrase "Elvis has left he building," dies in a car accident near Ivanpah, California, at age 82. He organized the King's concerts for 22 years, starting in 1955.

2003 An Elvis impersonator in Norway named Kjell Bjornestad sets a new world record by doing 26 hours of Elvis songs.

1998 With Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in the audience, Jim Carrey joins Elton John on stage at a show in Anaheim, California, where the pair duet on "Rocket Man." After a reasonably straight rendition, Carrey sits at the piano and smashes his head into the keys.

1992 Madonna begins filming her "Erotica" video at The Kitchen in New York City.

1986 The movie Stand By Me is released in theaters. It's based on a novella by Stephen King called The Body, but director Rob Reiner decides to name it after the famous song to play up the friendship storyline and keep it from sounding like a slasher film.More

1985 Rick Nelson and Fats Domino begin filming the PBS-TV special Rockin' With Rick And Fats, which will turn out to be Nelson's last television appearance before his untimely death in a plane crash.

1981 "Girls On Film" hits #5 in the UK, giving Duran Duran their breakthrough hit in Britain. It does not chart on its US release, but surges in popularity after its music video goes into heavy rotation on MTV. The clip, directed by Godley and Creme, has to be heavily edited for TV as it was only intended to be played in nightclubs and features adult themes and nudity.

1978 Jeff Stinco (lead guitarist for Simple Plan) is born Jean-Francois Stinco in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

1973 Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys is born in Orlando, Florida.

1972 Alt rocker Paul Doucette (of Matchbox Twenty) is born in North Huntington, Pennsylvania.

1970 Songwriter Elton John signs with Uni, a division of MCA, as a solo act.

1970 Bread's "Make It With You" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.

1970 Anne Murray's "Snowbird" enters the charts.

1968 The Beatles begin recording "Back In The U.S.S.R."

1967 Layne Staley of Alice In Chains is born in Washington State.

1966 Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA (aka The Genius) is born Gary Grice.

1964 Martha and the Vandellas record "Dancing In The Streets."

1963 R&B/Soul singer James DeBarge (of DeBarge) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1963 Tori Amos is born Myra Ellen Amos in Newton, North Carolina.

1963 EMI announces a half-million advance orders in Britain for The Beatles' upcoming single, "She Loves You."

1961 Debbi Peterson (drummer for The Bangles) is born in Northridge, Los Angeles, California.

1961 Singer/songwriter Roland Orzabal (of Tears for Fears) is born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

1960 Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never," an English-language cover of the Neapolitan standard "O Sole Mio," finally gets its copyright cleared for release in the UK.

1958 Vernon Reid is born in London. He is raised in Brooklyn and forms the band Living Colour - he is the guitarist and a primary songwriter.

1958 Guitarist Ian Mitchell (of Bay City Rollers) is born in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. He is just 17 years old when he joins the band in 1976.

1957 Country singer-songwriter Holly Dunn is born in San Antonio, Texas.

1949 Country musician Sam Neely is born in Cuero, Texas. Known for a string of minor hits in the '70s, including the cover "I Fought the Law."

1948 Guitarist David Marks (of The Beach Boys) is born in New Castle, Washington. Marks first meets the Wilson brothers when he moves across the street from them in Hawthorne, California, at age 7.

1947 Rock singer Donna Godchaux (of Grateful Dead) is born in Florence, Alabama.

1946 Gary "Mutha" Withem (keyboardist for Gary Puckett & the Union Gap) is born in San Diego, California.

1945 Ron Dante is born Carmine Granito in Staten Island, New York. Heard but rarely seen, Dante is the voice of the studio groups The Archies ("Sugar, Sugar") and The Cuff Links ("Tracy").

1938 Rock singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins is born in Gold Mine, Louisiana.

1938 America's most famous dancing partners, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, appear together on the cover of Life magazine.

1938 Count Basie records "Jumpin' At The Woodside."

1936 Chuck Brown is born in North Carolina. He would relocate to Washington, DC and pioneer the go-go sound, best heard on his hit "Bustin' Loose."

1926 Jazz tenor vocalist Bob Flanigan (of The Four Freshmen) is born in Greencastle, Indiana.

1917 Bluesman John Lee Hooker is born in Coahoma County, Mississippi.

1906 The Victor Talking Machine Company introduces the first "internal horn" record player, the first practical unit for home use. It sells for $200 (about $4000 adjusted for inflation).

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1964The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" hits #1 in the US.
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2012 Rap star LL Cool J hears his alarm go off in his Los Angeles home and rushes downstairs to confront an alleged burglar named Jonathan Kirby. One broken nose, jaw, and rib later, Cool J has subdued the intruder and police are on their way to take the suspect into custody. No word on whether LL quoted one of his own songs, "Mama Said Knock You Out," during the altercation.

1987 Madonna hits #1 in the US with her Spanglish ("Quien es esta nina?") hit "Who's That Girl." It's the title song to a movie starring Madonna that doesn't fare nearly as well.

1970 Derek and the Dominoes begin recording their famous album, Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs. The band features Eric Clapton, who in an attempt to lay low, downplays his involvement.
1969 The Beatles participate in their final photo shoot, which is held on the lawn of John Lennon's home at Tittenhurst Park in Sunninghill, England. Photos from the session are used on the front and back covers of their Hey Jude compilation album.

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