Sunday, August 6, 2017

Today in Music History...August 6, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: August 6th

2012 Composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch dies from complications after a kidney transplant at age 68 in Los Angeles, California. He wrote the music for "The Way We Were."

2008 Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West take over the Windy City as yet another Lollapalooza weekend sweeps into Chicago.

2005 Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones' original drummer) dies of lung cancer at age 66 in Cleadon, Tyne and Wear, England.

2004 R&B performer Rick James dies from a culmination of health problems - including heart issues, diabetes and stroke - at age 56 in Los Angeles, California.

1998 Jazz performer Nat Gonella, founder of the big band The Georgians, dies in Gosport, Hampshire, England at age 90.

1997 In a Spinal Tap moment, U2's giant lemon they are supposed to emerge from onstage doesn't open at a show in Oslo.

1994 Singer/actor Domenico Modugno dies of a heart attack at age 66 in Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy.

1989 With their song "F--k tha Police" causing an uproar, Detroit police stop N.W.A's performance before they can perform the song, and escort them back to their hotel. No charges are filed, and officers tell the rappers that they just "wanted to show the kids that you can't say 'F--k the police' in Detroit."

1988 Thanks to its inclusion on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, the Contours' 1962 hit "Do You Love Me" makes another chart run, peaking at #11.

1988 Yo! MTV Raps premieres on MTV, with Run-DMC hosting the pilot episode.

1987 Nike takes out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times responding to the controversy over their use of The Beatles song "Revolution" in a commercial.More

1984 Eric Roberts (bassist for Gym Class Heroes) is born in Edmeston, New York.

1981 Travis "Travie" McCoy (lead singer of Gym Class Heroes) is born in Geneva, New York.

1973 A devastating car accident drops Stevie Wonder down to two senses, as he temporarily loses smell and taste after the vehicle he's riding in runs into the back of a logging truck, and a log hits him in the face. He is in a coma for four days, but makes a strong recovery and returns to the studio in a few weeks.

1972 Geri Halliwell (The Spice Girls' "Ginger Spice") is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

1972 Procol Harum records "Conquistador" (live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra).

1970 On the 25th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, a Concert For Peace at Shea Stadium in New York features Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf and Johnny Winter.

1964 Rod Stewart makes his TV debut on BBC-TV's The Beat Room, singing as a member of his group, The Hoochie Coochie Men.

1958 Randy DeBarge (of DeBarge) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1955 Elvis Presley releases "Mystery Train" as the B-side of "I Forgot To Remember To Forget."

1951 Singer/songwriter/musician Pat MacDonald (co-founder of Timbuk3) is born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1946 Allan Holdsworth (guitarist for Soft Machine) is born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

1929 Saxophonist Mike Elliott (of The Foundations) is born in Jamaica, West Indies.

1928 Andy Warhol, who made his mark on the music world as manager for the The Velvet Underground and designer of the Rolling Stones lips logo, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1921 Jazz/Blues musician Buddy Collette (tenor saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist) is born in Los Angeles, California. He became a founding member of Chico Hamilton's quintet.

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1981 Stevie Nicks releases her first solo album, Bella Donna.

1960 Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" for the first time on TV when he does it on American Bandstand. The song goes to #1 and starts a huge dance craze.

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