Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Today in Music History...August 29, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 29th:


2013 Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel have their first child: a boy named Axl. She says the name came to her in a dream where she was watching Axl Rose perform.

2011 Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards dies of congestive heart failure in Chicago, Illinois, at age 96.

2006 Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons dies after a long illness in Tupelo, Mississippi, at age 73.

2004 "Hey Ya!" wins Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards, one of four wins for Outkast on the night. The show also marks the first red carpet appearance for Jay-Z and Beyoncé as a couple.

2004 Jet take home the award for Best Rock Video for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The band also performs the hit song live during a strangely un-hosted awards ceremony at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

1999 HBO premieres Cher: Live In Concert From Las Vegas. The singer performed at the sprawling MGM Grand Las Vegas, the second largest hotel in the world (by number of rooms).

1998 Country/rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers dies of complications from a stroke-induced coma in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 66. Known for '50s hits like "Peepin' Eyes."

1995 The US Internal Revenue Service places a lien on Aretha Franklin's home for $600,000 in back taxes.

1994 During the Meat Puppets set opening for Stone Temple Pilots at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the famous DJ Howard Stern joins them on stage to jam on "Lake of Fire."

1986 The studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.

1986 Madonna stars in the movie Shanghai Surprise, which bombs at the box office and is pilloried by critics. The film is produced by George Harrison's production company, HandMade Films. He says of the star, "She doesn't have a sense of humor, which is unfortunate, because it was a comedy."

1980 UB40 release their seminal debut, Signing Off. The album would climb to #2 on the UK Albums Chart, spending a total of 71 weeks on the charts. It is the first-ever reggae record to reach the Top-30 in the UK. In 2010, to mark the group's 30th anniversary and Signing Off’s far-reaching influence, the band performs the record in its entirety during a series of intimate concerts across the UK.

1980 David Desrosiers (bassist for Simple Plan) is born in Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada.

1976 At a concert in Santa Monica, California, Neil Young joins Firefall on stage, who are opening for Spirit. When the headliners take the stage, Spirit's bass player asks Young to join them, but when he does, Spirit's frontman Randy California pushes him off the stage to the horror of his bandmates, who stop playing and leave.

1976 Bluesman Jimmy Reed dies of respiratory failure in Oakland, California, at age 50. Known for hits like "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" (1956) and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961).

1975 Kyle Cook (lead guitarist for Matchbox Twenty) is born in Frankfort, Indiana.

1970 R&B singer Carl Martin (of Shai) is born in Lafayette, Louisiana. Known for the 1992 hit "If I Ever Fall in Love."

1970 Edwin Starr's "War" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1970 The Isle of Wight Festival hits its stride on Day 4 (of 5), with performances by Miles Davis, The Doors and The Who. Joni Mitchell's set is interrupted by a hippie named Yogi Joe who has to be removed by security. It also features Emerson, Lake And Palmer in only their second live performance, which is later released as the album Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970.

1969 Rapper/vocalist Me'Shell NdegéOcello is born Michelle Lynn Johnson in Berlin, Germany. She would be raised in Washington, DC.

1969 Bob Seger divorces his first wife after only ten months of marriage.

1968 The Beatles record "Dear Prudence."

1966 The variety show Hullabaloo airs its final episode, with Lesley Gore, Paul Anka and Peter and Gordon making appearances.

1966 The Youngbloods record "Get Together."

1964 In a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they've been since the advent of Elvis Presley.

1964 Roy Orbison releases "(Oh) Pretty Woman."

1962 Elvis' tenth movie, Kid Galahad, opens in US theaters, featuring the King as an amateur boxer. Charles Bronson also stars.

1958 The first of Alan Freed's Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York's Fox Theatre, featuring Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton.

1953 Rick Downey (drummer for Blue Oyster Cult) is born.

1946 Ella Fitzgerald records "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight."

1945 Rock musician Chris Copping (of Procol Harum) is born in Middleton, Lancashire, England.

1943 Jazz/rock musician Dick Halligan (of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Troy, New York.

1942 Sterling Morrison (guitarist for The Velvet Underground) is born Holmes Sterling Morrison Jr. in East Meadow, New York.

1927 Country singer Jimmy C. Newman is born near Big Mamou, Louisiana. Known for the 1957 hit "A Fallen Star."

1924 Jazz/R&B vocalist Dinah Washington is born Ruth Lee Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

1920 Jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker is born in Kansas City, Kansas. He is raised in Kansas City, Missouri.

Fans Respond To Clapton's Racist Rant

1976The British music magazine Sounds publishes letters responding to Eric Clapton's racist rant at his Birmingham concert earlier in the month. "Own up, half your music is black," one of them states. "You are rock music's biggest colonist."
This particular missive includes a call to action with an address to join Rock Against Racism, "A rank and file movement against the racist poison in rock music." Rock Against Racism soon becomes a viable movement, holding a series of concerts and festivals in support of tolerance.

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2005 Hurricane Katrina pounds New Orleans. One of the victims is Barry Cowsill of The Cowsills, who dies by drowning at age 50. Fats Domino, 77, survives after he is rescued from his home in the Ninth Ward.
1994 Oasis release their debut album Definitely Maybe. The record goes on to sell over a million copies in the US, spearheading a second British Invasion, but for now the band remain unknown outside of the UK.More
1966 The Beatles play their last paid concert, wrapping up their tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Jaded by poor sound systems and the rigors of the road, they turn their attention to studio work.More
1958 Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana.


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