Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Today in Music History...August 23, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 23rd:

2014 The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, an awesome mix of '70s hits, goes to #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks.More

2008 Erykah Badu joins My Morning Jacket during their performance in Dallas to perform her song "Tyrone."

2005 Bay City Rollers' lead singer Les McKeown is arraigned on cocaine possession and distribution charges in London. He is eventually acquitted of the intent to distribute.

2000 Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers marries his third wife, Patti Arnold, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

1995 Industrial/techno musician Dwayne Goettel (of Skinny Puppy) dies of a heroin overdose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at age 31.

1993 News of Michael Jackson's child molestation investigation is finally made public by the Los Angeles police.

1990 David Rose (leader of David Rose & His Orchestra) dies of natural causes in Burbank, California, at age 80.

1987 At a 20th anniversary "Summer Of Love" celebration concert in Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angel Camp, California, featuring the Grateful Dead, a man who escaped from a drug treatment facility shoots a policeman and is then shot dead.

1980 David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" hits #1 on the UK chart.

1978 Steve Martin's "King Tut" is certified Gold.

1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds' "Fallin' in Love" hits #1 in the US, where it will stay for one week.

1969 The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

1969 Johnny Cash's album Johnny Cash At San Quentin, which is the soundtrack to a documentary of the same name featuring Cash performing at the prison, hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

1968 Ringo Starr walks out on the White Album sessions and takes a vacation. Paul McCartney takes his place on drums for "Back In The U.S.S.R." and "Dear Prudence," but The Beatles welcome Ringo back with flowers on his drum kit when he returns.

1968 The Beatles record "Back In The U.S.S.R."

1967 The Beatles record "Your Mother Should Know."

1966 The Beatles play Shea Stadium for the second time. This one doesn't sell out, as they have been playing other shows in the area.

1962 John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Registrar office in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man. His wedding night is spent playing a gig with The Beatles at the nearby Riverpark Ballroom.

1961 Dean DeLeo (guitarist for Stone Temple Pilots) is born in Newark, New Jersey.

1954 Perez Prado records "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White."

1951 Rock musician Mark Hudson (of The Hudson Brothers) is born in Portland, Oregon. He also co-wrote several Aerosmith songs, including the 1993 hit "Livin' On The Edge."

1951 Rock vocalist Jimi Jamison (of Survivor) is born in rural Mississippi. Also known for singing and co-writing the theme for the action series Baywatch.

1949 Rick Springfield is born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in South Wentworthville, New South Wales, Australia. Before becoming a pop star, he plays Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital.

1946 Rock singer Jim Sohns (of The Shadows Of Knight) is born in Chicago, Illinois. The band is known for their popular 1966 cover of Them's song "Gloria."

1946 Keith Moon (drummer for The Who) is born in Wembley, London, England.

1942 Doo-wopper Tony "Spaghetti" Micale (lead singer for The Reflections) is born in The Bronx, New York. Known for the 1964 hit single "(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet."

1942 Songwriter/producer Roger Greenaway is born in Fishponds, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Known for collaborations with Roger Cook, including "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)," which started out as a Coca-Cola jingle.

1941 Pete Shannon (bass player for The Nashville Teens) is born in Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

1936 R&B singer Rudy Lewis (of The Drifters) is born Charles Rudolph Harrell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1917 Country/Western swing musician Tex Williams is born Sollie Paul Williams in Ramsey, Illinois. Known for the 1947 novelty song "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)."

1913 Bob Crosby, Dixieland bandleader and swing singer (of the Bob-Cats), is born in Spokane, Washington. He is one of seven siblings, one of them another famous entertainer: Bing Crosby.

1912 Song-and-dance man Gene Kelly is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1899 Dwight Hamilton Baldwin, manufacturer of the Baldwin Piano, dies in Cincinnati, Ohio, at age 78.

Call Him Dr. May

2007Brian May of Queen gets a degree from London's Imperial College. It's not one of those honorary degrees either - he earned a PhD in astrophysics. He would have gotten it sooner, but he was busy being a rock star.
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Featured Events

2008 Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour (supporting her album Hard Candy) with a show at Cardiff, Wales. Her first excursion under her Live Nation contract, it breaks the record she set on her 2006 Confessions Tour for biggest-selling tour by a solo artist: the 85 dates earn about $408 million, second only to The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour at $558 million.

1994 British duo The KLF burn £1 million on the Isle of Jura in Scotland.More

1974 John Lennon claims to see a UFO from his New York apartment. He describes it as an archetypal flying saucer, surrounded by lights with a red one on top. In his next album, Walls and Bridges, he includes this note in the booklet: "On the 23rd August 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O. - J.L."

1973 With salsa music hot in New York City, the label Fania Records showcases its acts at a concert in Yankee Stadium that draws a crowd of 63,000. Willie Colón, Johnny Pacheco and Larry Harlow are among the performers.

1970 Lou Reed plays his last gig with The Velvet Underground at the club Max's Kansas City in New York. His father brings him home to Long Island and puts him to work in his accounting firm, where he stays for two years before signing a solo deal.

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