This Day in Rock Music History: September 1

    1953:  Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for KDAV's Sunday Party.  The duo began a Sunday afternoon slot the became The Bob and Buddy Show.
    1956:  Jerry Lee Lewis (19 years old at the time) pulled up to Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee hoping for an audition with owner Sam Phillips.  Phillips was on vacation so Lewis recorded some demos to pass on to Phillips when he got back.
    1956:  Elvis Presley used part of his proceeds from an amazing year to buy his mother a pink Cadillac.  Elvis and his parents had lived in low-income housing their entire lives.
    1957:  Buddy Holly & the Crickets, the Everly Brothers, the Drifters and Frankie Lymon performed as The Biggest Show of Stars tour began at the Paramount in Brooklyn, New York.  
    1958:  "Little Star" from the Elegants was #1 on the R&B chart.  
    1965:  James Brown and Booker T. & the MG's appeared on Shindig!.
    1966:  The Byrds began an 11-day run at the famous Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles.

    1967:  Boz Scaggs joined the Steve Miller Band.
    1967:  The Beatles met at Paul McCartney's house in London to decide strategy following the death of manager Brian Epstein.  The group decided to postpone their trip to Indian and instead being the already-delayed production of the movie Magical Mystery Tour.
    1967:  Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley starred in the movie The Fastest Guitar Alive.
    1973:  Elton John and Steely Dan shared a bill at Balboa Stadium in San Diego, California.
    1973:  Rod Stewart rose to the top of the U.K. album chart with Sing It Again.
    1973:  "Let's Get It On" from Marvin Gaye remained #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.

    1973:  Some of The Top Albums of 1973* were out on this date.  Chicago VI remained at #1, Pink Floyd moved back up to #2 with The Dark Side of the Moon, Foreigner from Cat Stevens was fourth while the Allman Brothers Band moved from 13 to 4 with the biggest album they would ever have--Brothers and Sisters.  The rest of the Top 10:  Touch Me in the Morning from Diana Ross, A Passion Play from Jethro Tull dropped from 2, Machine Head by Deep Purple had been out a year and was moving up to #7, We're An American Band from Grand Funk moved from 15 to 8, Made in Japan by Deep Purple was #9 and Fresh by Sly & the Family Stone completed the list.
    1974:  The Osmonds were on top in the U.K. with "Love Me for a Reason".
    1977:  Blondie signed a recording contract with Chrysalis Records.
    1977:  The Eagles played at the Alpine Music Theater in East Troy, Michigan.
    1978:  Styx released the album Pieces of Eight.

    1979:  INXS appeared live for the first time at the Oceanview Hotel in Sydney, Australia.
    1979:  U2 released the EP U2-3 in Ireland. 
    1979:  Van Morrison, Talking Heads, Squeeze and the Undertones performed at the Edinburgh Rock Festival in Scotland.
    1979:  Chic registered week #6 at #1 on the R&B chart with "Good Times".

        The Cars' second album hit the Top 3

    1979:  Get the Knack by the Knack occupied the top spot on the album chart for the fourth week.  The former #1 album Breakfast in America by Supertramp spent its ninth straight week at either #2 or #3 since it fell, highly impressive.  Candy-O by the Cars remained at 3 while I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire came in fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from Charlie Daniels Band, the great album Discovery from ELO, Risque by Chic moved from 32 to 7, Rust Never Sleeps from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, meanwhile, was up just one, Donna Summer's former #1 album Bad Girls was now at 9 and Midnight Magic from the Commodores entered the Top 10.
    1979:  Maxine Nightingale scored a seventh week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Lead Me On".

    1979:  The 42nd career hit for Dionne Warwick was her first Top 10 in five years, launching a big comeback for her.  On this date, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" moved from 14 to 10.
    1980:  Stevie Wonder opened a six-night sold-out series of shows at Wembley Arena in London.
    1980:  Fleetwood Mac finished a nine-month tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
    1983:  Guitarist Mick Jones was fired from the Clash.
    1984:  Lionel Richie's third #1 Adult Contemporary song from his album Can't Slow Down, "Stuck On You", landed its fifth week at the top.

    1984:  Tina Turner scored one of the biggest comebacks of the Rock Era, hitting #1 on this date with "What's Love Got to Do With It".  It had been 13 years since she and former husband Ike had hit the Top 10 with their remake of the CCR song "Proud Mary".  John Waite moved up to #2 with "Missing You", Lionel Richie was stuck on 3 with "Stuck On You" and Ray Parker, Jr. dropped with his former #1 "Ghostbusters".  Prince's former #1 "When Doves Cry" was at position #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Newcomer Cyndi Lauper with "She Bop", Corey Hart came in seventh with "Sunglasses at Night", Prince had another Top 10--"Let's Go Crazy", which moved from 16 all the way to 8, Huey Lewis & the News posted their fourth straight Top 10 from the album Sports ("If This Is It") and Peabo Bryson remained at 10 with "If Ever You're In My Arms Again".

    1990:  Fleetwood Mac performed at Wembley Stadium in London.
    1990:  Prince topped the U.K. album chart with Graffiti Bridge.
    1990:  The fastest-rising song on this date was "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers, a song which had reached #4 25 years previously.
    1992:  Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio organized a relief organization for victims of Hurricane Andrew in Miami, Florida.

    1995:  The United States Postal Service honored Louis Armstrong with his own postage stamp. 
    1995:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland, Ohio with a seven-hour concert featuring dozens of artists.
    1998:  David Bowie opened Bowienet, which offers basic Internet services and keeps fans informed with Bowie news and releases.
    1998:  Ian Gillian of Deep Purple was charged with assault and battery for hitting a security guard during a concert in August.

    1999:  Van Morrison was the first inductee into the Irish Music Hall of Fame in Dublin.
    2000:  A judge awarded Herb Reed of the Platters an injunction against another group posing as the Platters.
    2002:  Atomic Kitten began four weeks at #1 in the U.K. with their remake of the Blondie smash "The Tide Is High".
    2002:  Coldplay had control of the U.K. album chart with A Rush of Blood to the Head.
    2003:  Elton John had the top U.K. song with "Are You Ready for Love".
    2005:  Barry Cowsill, bassist for the Cowsills, died from injuries suffered during Hurricane Katrina at the age of 51.  His body was not recovered until December 28 from Chartres Street Wharf in New Orleans.
    2008:  Likable musician ("Amos Moses" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot") and actor (Smokey and the Bandit) Jerry Reed died at the age of 71 from complications from emphysema.
    2009:  Jake Brockman, keyboardist with Echo and the Bunnymen, died when his motorbike collided with an ambulance on the Isle of Man.

    Born This Day:
    1927:  Tommy Evans of the Drifters
    1941:  Roy Head ("Treat Her Right", a #2 song in 1965) was born in Three Rivers, Texas.
    1944:  Archie Bell of the Drells ("Tighten Up") was born in Henderson, Texas.

    1946:  Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees was born in Manchester, England.
    1948:  Greg Errico of Sly & the Family Stone was born in San Francisco, California.

    1957:  Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba.
    1984:  Joseph Mark Trohman of Fall Out Boy was born in Hollywood, Florida.

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Five Best: Cat Stevens

    The Cat gave us many great songs in the 1970's--here are his Five Best:

    1.  "Peace Train"
    2.  "Morning Has Broken"
    3.  "Oh Very Young"
    4.  "Wild World"
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Hits List: Boz Scaggs

    Boz Scaggs was originally with the Steve Miller Band, appearing on their first two albums before going solo in 1968.  Here is his complete Hits List:

    1971:  "We Were Always Sweethearts" (#61)
               "Near You" (#96)

    1972:  Dinah Flo (#86)
    1976:  "It's Over" (#38)
               "Lowdown" (#3, #28 U.K.)
               "What Can I Say" (#42, #10 U.K.)
    1977:  "Lido Shuffle" (#11, #13 U.K.)--highly underrated song
               "Hard Times" (#58)
    1978:  "Hollywood" (#49, #43 U.K.)
    1980:  "Breakdown Dead Ahead" (#15)
               "Jojo" (#17)
               "Look What You've Done to Me" (#14)
               "Miss Sun" (#14)
    1988:  "Heart of Mine" (#35

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This Day in Rock Music History: August 31

    1957:  Elvis Presley performed at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 
    1959:  Bobby Vee appeared on the music charts for the first time as "Suzie Baby" debuted.
    1963:  Little Stevie Wonder spent a fifth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Fingertips - Pt. 2".
    1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Blowin' in the Wind".

    1963:  The Angels sang that "My Boyfriend's Back", and it took them all the way to #1.  
    1964:  J. Frank Wilson released the single "Last Kiss".
    1964:  Manfred Mann released their first single "Do Wah Diddy Diddy".
    1965:  The Beatles wrapped up their tour with two shows at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California.
    1967:  The Beatles announced that they would manage their own affairs after the death of Brian Epstein.

    1968:  Guitarist Danny Kerwan joined Fleetwood Mac.
    1968:  Jefferson Airplane, the Move, T. Rex, Fairport Convention and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown performed at the first Isle of Wight Festival in England.
    1968:  Mason Williams had the #1 Easy Listening song for the third week--"Classical Gas".
    1968:  Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's partnership paid off as they scored their second #1 R&B song of the year--"You're All I Need to Get By".

    1968:  Wheels of Fire by Cream continued to set the pace on the album chart.  Time Peace/The Rascals' Greatest Hits was #2 and the Doors' release Waiting for the Sun was at position #3.  Aretha Now by Aretha Franklin was #4 with Johnny Rivers moving up to 5 with Realization.  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass had an entry in the Top 10 (which they did nearly ever week of the 60's)--The Beat of the Brass.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bookends, the great album from Simon & Garfunkel was #7, the self-titled Steppenwolf made its way onto the list, Feliciano!  by Jose Feliciano, and Disraeli Gears, another album from Cream, was at #10.
    1968:  Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A. set a Rock Era record on this date with the biggest jump of all-time, moving from #81 to #7.

    1968:  Younger music fans ask why the 60's was such a great decade--show them this Top Five on this date.  All these songs were out at the same time.  The Rascals spent a fourth week at #1 with "People Got to Be Free", Steppenwolf was at #2 with "Born to Be Wild", Jose Feliciano edged up with "Light My Fire", the Doors were at #4 with "Hello, I Love You" and Cream had song #5--"Sunshine of My Love".
    1969:  Bob Dylan appeared in concert for the first time since his motorcycle accident in 1966 at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in England.
    1970:  R. Dean Taylor released the single "Indiana Wants Me".

    1974:  The Rolling Stones released the album Goat's Head Soup.
    1974:  Traffic performed for the last time at the Reading Festival in England, joining Procol Harum, Focus and 10cc.
    1974:  "The Partridge Family" television show ended.
    1974:  John Lennon testified in federal court that the Nixon administration tried to have him deported due to his anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, Florida.
    1974:  Roberta Flack held on to #1 on the R&B chart for the fifth straight week with "Feel Like Makin' Love".

    1974:  Paul Anka remained at #1 with "(You're) Having My Baby" while Eric Clapton's biggest career hit "I Shot the Sheriff" was at #2.  Rufus was a strong #3 with "Tell Me Something Good" while Paper Lace was down with their former #1 "The Night Chicago Died".  The rest of the Top 10:  Roberta Flack with "Feel Like Makin' Love", Donny & Marie Osmond had song #6--"I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You", Jim Stafford held steady with "Wildwood Weed", Andy Kim's great song "Rock Me Gently" was at #8, Barry White moved up from 15 to 9 with "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" and Helen Reddy's ninth career hit became her fourth #1--"You and Me Against the World".
    1976:  A judge handed down his decision that George Harrison was guilty of "unconscious plagiarism" of the Chiffons song "He's So Fine" for his 1970 hit "My Sweet Lord".
    1980:  Karen Carpenter married Thomas Burris in Beverly Hills, California.
    1984:  Prince's movie Purple Rain opened at theatres in the U.K.
    1985:  Aretha Franklin made it five weeks at the top of the R&B chart for "Freeway of Love".

    1985:  Huey Lewis & the News returned for an encore week at #1 with "The Power of Love" from the movie Back to the Future.  Another movie song, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" from John Parr moved up to challenge while Aretha Franklin made a huge comeback as her 73rd career hit ("Freeway of Love") was her first Top 10 in 12 years.  Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" was up to #4 and Bryan Adams was on the move with "Summer of '69".  The rest of the Top 10:  Tears for Fears and "Shout", Canada's Corey Hart with "Never Surrender", Kool & the Gang entered the Top 10 with the classic "Cherish", Billy Joel was up to #9 with his 27th hit "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and Dire Straits had a hot song at #10--"Money for Nothing".
    1987:  Billy Idol released his remake of the great Tommy James & the Shondells song "Mony Mony".
    1987:  Michael Jackson released his video "Bad" on CBS-TV.
    1987:  The album Bad set a Rock Era record when 2.25 million units were shipped to music stores.
    1988:  Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen.
    1988:  Bob Seger and wife Annette filed for a divorce.

    1989:  The Rolling Stones went on tour for the first time in eight years, performing at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    1991:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was the #1 album in the U.K.
    1991:  It used to be rare but by now it happened all the time as there weren't many great albums.  Metallica debuted at #1 with their self-titled release (commonly called "The Black Album").

    1991:  The movie Robin Hood starring Kevin Costner was doing well and so was the song--"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams was #1 for a fifth week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
    1991:  Bryan Adams spent a sixth week at #1 with one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*--"(Everything I Do) I Do It For You".  Roxette was up to 2 with "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)".  KLF had song #7--"3 A.M. Eternal" and the Scorpions were singing about a "Wind of Change" at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Paula Abdul's "The Promise of a New Day", Amy Grant was on her way down with the former #1 "Every Heartbeat", Hi-Five was up to 8 with "I Can't Wait Another Minute", Boyz II Men's first single release "Motownphilly" became their first Top 10 and C+C Music Factory entered the Top 10 with "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm".

    1996:  "Macarena" by Los Del Rio had been out for 37 weeks, but it was just getting started, spending a fifth week at #1.  Donna Lewis had a strong #2 with "I Love You Always Forever".
    1997:  James Brown became the first American artist to perform in Lebanon.
    1997:  Oasis owned the top U.K. album with Be Here Now.
    2000:  Harold Lee Clayton, who wrote "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" for the S.O.S. band, was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
    2003:  Poison was determined to continue their tour after a fire destroyed their instruments and stage equipment.
    2003:  Darkness reached #1 on the U.K. album chart with Permission to Land.
    2003:  Elton John had the top song in the U.K. with "Are You Ready for Love".
    2004:  Carl Wayne, lead singer of the Move died at the age of 61.
    2006:  Panic! at the Disco won the Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies".
    2008:  The Verve had the #1 album in the U.K. with Forth.

    Born This Day:
    1939:  Jerry Allison, drummer with the Crickets, was born in Hillsboro, Texas.
    1940:  Wilton Felder of the Crusaders

    1945:  Van Morrison was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    1948:  Rudolf Schenker, guitarist and founder of the Scorpions, was born in Hildesheim, Lower Saxon, Germany.
    1957:  Gina Schock, drummer of the Go-Go's, was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
    1957:  Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze ("Tempted" from 1981) was born in London.
    1959:  Tony DeFranco of the DeFranco Family ("Heartbeat--It's a Lovebeat" from 1973)
    1963:  Larry Waddell of Mint Condition
    1967:  Gerald Love, bassist of Teenage Fanclub
    1969:  Jeff Russo of Tonic 

    1970:  Debbie Gibson was born in Merrick, New York.
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The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era Starting Thursday!

    You know, I hate to belittle the rag called Rolling Stone (OK, I love to...), but their list of the Songs That Changed the World is beyond absurd.  Anytime you use that phrase and then trot out Britney Spears your credibility is lost forever.  Of course, the magazine lost that years ago.

    I don't know about you, but when I think of Songs That Changed the World, I think of lyrics, not music and Ms. Spears doesn't have them.  I think of deep lyrics, songs that are thought-provoking calls to action and calls to change.  So that is what I'm striving for here--songs that matter, songs that look at a piece of the world and either say "Why?" or "Why not?"

    With that in mind, I'll be highlighting one of these songs each day beginning September 1.  Some are indeed life-changing, while others just have an important message for us in our daily lives.  I realize that some songs have incredible messages but never reached the masses.  That's akin to the age-old question--"If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound?"  If the writer couldn't get his or her message heard, it really didn't do any good.  Also, a song like "Born in the U.S.A." made the list although there are millions that still think it's a song extolling the virtues of the U.S. and a song to wave the flag to!  So obviously, Bruce Springsteen didn't get his message of the idiocy of war and the terrible way America treats its veterans across, but just because all of the people didn't "get it" doesn't make it any less important.  "Pink Houses" by John Mellencamp is another biting song about the ever-increasing gap between the rich and poor but millions think having "little pink houses" is a good thing so the song didn't fully accomplish its goal.  So each of these songs had to actually be heard by more than a few thousand people.  Otherwise, it doesn't meet the definition of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era--it can't be too important if only a few people heard it.  

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This Day in Rock Music History: August 30

    1959:  Carole King married songwriting partner Gerry Goffin.
    1961:  The Paris Sisters released the single "I Love How You Love Me".
    1962:  The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England in the afternoon and then joined Gerry and the Pacemakers at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester.
    1965:  The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
    1969:  Chicago and Led Zeppelin headlined the three-day Texas International Pop Festival, which began on this date at the Dallas International Motor Speedway.  Let me get this straight--Led Zeppelin didn't want to do Woodstock because "they would be just another band on the bill", but they did the Texas Pop Festival?
    1969:  A crowd of over 150,000 enjoyed the Isle of Wight Festival.  The Moody Blues, the Who, Bob Dylan, the Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, the Nice, Blodwyn Pig, Aynsley Dunbar, Pretty Things and Gypsy were among the performers.
    1969:  Zager & Evans reached #1 in the U.K. with "In the Year 2525".

         The Archies with the #1 bubblegum rock song of all-time

    1969:  The Rolling Stones enjoyed a second week at #1 with "Honky Tonk Women".  Johnny Cash was still at 2 with "A Boy Named Sue" while the Archies moved from 14-3 with "Sugar, Sugar".  Jackie DeShannon was up to #4 with "Put a Little Love in Your Heart".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  Neil Diamond with "Sweet Caroline", teh Youngbloods had song #6 with "Get Together", CCR remained at seven with "Green River", Zager & Evans' former #1 "In the Year 2525" was #8, Bob Dylan achieved his fourth Top 10 record "Lay Lady Lay" (It would be his last.) and Tommy James and the Shondell's big hit "Crystal Blue Persuasion" was at #10.
    1970:  The Rolling Stones began a European tour in Malmo, Sweden.
    1972:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed in their "One To One" concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na joined them.  Lennon purchased $60,00 worth of tickets to the charity event to give to fund-raisers.

    1970:  Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in England.
    1971:  The Carpenters released the single "Superstar".
    1973:  The Doors officially broke up.

    1974:  The Eagles appeared at the Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Springs, New York.
    1975:  Her father had 60 career hits, but on this date Natalie Cole debuted with her first--"This Will Be".
    1975:  Rod Stewart earned his fifth #1 album in the U.K. with Atlantic Crossing.
    1975:  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds registered a #1 hit on the Easy Listening chart.
    1975:  John Denver moved from 49 to 20 with "I'm Sorry".

    1975:  K.C. & the Sunshine Band reached #1 with their first release "Get Down Tonight".  Hamilton, Joe 
    Frank & Renolds fell dropped with "Fallin' in Love" while "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell was #3.  
    1975:  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first album to debut at #1 and remained there for six weeks.  After falling from that perch, the album again rose to #1 for Elton John on this date.  
    1976:  Abba released the single "Fernando".

    1980:  Cher made a surprise appearance with Black Rose at a concert in New York City's Central Park.

    1980:  Christopher Cross rode the wind to #1 with "Sailing".  Diana Ross was up to #2 with "Upside Down" while the previous #1 from Olivia Newton-John--"Magic" was third.  
    1981:  The Rolling Stones released the album Tattoo You.
    1984:  A London auction of Beatles memorabilia netted over $271 thousand.

    1986:  Another great song first hit #1 on this date--"Higher Love" from Steve Winwood.  

    1988:  Brenda Lee sued MCA Records for $20 million in unpaid royalties.
    1988:  Papa Dee Allen of War died after suffering a massive heart attack on stage in Solano County, California.
    1989:  Izzy Stradlin of Guns 'N Roses was arrested for creating a disturbance on an airline flight.
    1989:  Billy Joel fired his manager Frank Weber, who was his former brother-in-law also.  An audit revealed serious discrepancies in Weber's work and Joel sued him for $90 million.
    1990:  Paul Anka was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.
    1991:  Jan Berry of Jan & Dean married Gertie Filip onstage during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    1993:  Billy Joel was the first musical guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS-TV.
    1994:  Usher released his self-titled debut album.
    1995:  James Taylor and Carly Simon (who divorced in 1983) reunited for their first concert together in 16 years at the scenie Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
    1999:  R.E.M. was in concert at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

    2003:  Michael Jackson was in concert at the Orpheum in Los Angeles.
    2003:  Michael Stipe of R.E.M. joined Radiohead onstage to perform "Karma Police" in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    2003:  Blu Cantrell and Sean Paul had the top U.K. song with "Breathe".
    2004:  OutKast captured MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, Special Effects and Art Direction for their video "Hey Ya".
    2007:  The Meat Loaf documentary In Search of Paradise premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    Born This Day:

    1935:  Papa John Phillips was born in Parris Island, South Carolina; died of heart failure at the age of 65 on March 18, 2001.
    1941:  John McNally, guitarist for the Searchers, was born in Kirkdale, England.
    1944:  Charles Colbert of the American Breed
    1950:  Micky Moody, guitarist of Whitesnake, was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England.
    1953:  Horace Panter of General Public was born in Crowdon, Surrey, England.
    1954:  Ronald Beitle, drummer of Wild Cherry
    1958:  Martin Jackson drummer of Swing Out Sister, was born in Manchester, England.
    1963:  Paul Oakenfold was born in London.
    1986:  George Ryan Ross III, lead guitarist for Panic at the Disco, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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This Day in Rock Music History: August 29

    1958:  Alan Freed's  Big Beat Show concert premiered at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, New York after being turned down by the Paramount.  Frankie Avalon, Bill Haley & the Comets and Jimmy Clanton performed.
    1958:  George Harrison joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney's group the Quarrymen.
    1959:  The Beatles got a break when the Les Stewart Quartet got into a clash amongst themselves and refused to play at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England.  George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney played in their place and after the show, the group was hired by owner Mona Best to play regular Saturday night gigs.
    1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton, one of the biggest R&B hits of the 60's, took over at #1.

    1960:  Elvis Presley switched directions but it didn't matter--his #1 song "It's Now or Never" was #1 for a third week.  "Walk--Don't Run" from the Ventures was second followed by "The Twist" from Chubby Checker. 
    1962:  The Elvis Presley movie Kid Gallahad opened in theaters.
    1964:  Dean Martin's hit "Everybody Loves Somebody" spent a fifth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
    1964:  The Supremes remained at #1 on the R&B chart with "Where Did Our Love Go".
    1966:  The Youngbloods recorded one of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era*--"Get Together".
    1966:  Paul Anka hosted the final Hullabaloo show on NBC-TV with guests Peter & Gordon, Lesley Gore and the Cyrkle.

    1966:  The Beatles closed their American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco California.  As events would unfold, it would be their last public concert.  The last song played by the Fab Four?  Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally".
    1969:  Bob Seger filed for divorce from his wife of ten months.
    1970:  Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Chilliwack, the Youngbloods and Ides of March performed at the Man Pop Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    1970:  Anne Murray's first hit "Snowbird" took over at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
    1970:  Cosmo's Factory produced a #1 album for CCR. 

    1970:  Probably no coincidence that "War" by Edwin Starr became a #1 song and soon after, American involvement in Vietnam ended.  That generation didn't just whine and complain, they made a stand and got things done.
    1976:  Spirit played a reunion concert in Santa Monica, California
    1977:  Three people were arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for trying to steal the body of Elvis Presley.  As a result, the body was moved to Graceland Mansion in Meditation Garden.
    1978:  The Eagles performed at the Miami Baseball Stadium in Miami, Florida.
    1981:  U2, Wang Chung, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Dr. Feelgood and Lindisfarne performed at the two-day Rock on the Tyne Festival in Gateshead, England.
    1981:  ELO posted their second #1 album in the U.K. with Time.

              The great album Escape

    1981:  4 by Foreigner was #1 for the second straight week.  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks took runner-up while Escape by Journey was #3.  Pat Benatar's Precious Time was #4, the Moody Blues stayed at #5 with Long Distance Voyager and Billy Squier was #6 with Don't Say No.

       One of rock's greatest classics entered the Top 10 on this date

    1981:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie reached three weeks at #1 with "Endless Love".  They weren't close to done.  The Pointer Sisters edged up with "Slow Hand" while Joey Scarbury slipped down with the "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It or Not)".  Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers had #4--"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Jessie's Girl" from Rick Springfield, newcomer Juice Newton was up with "Queen of Hearts", Ronnie Milsap had a crossover with "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me", Foreigner's great "Urgent" moved from 15 to 8, the Commodores had song #9 with "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" and Journey entered the Top 10 with "Who's Crying Now".
    1984:  U2 began the Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand.

    1986:  The former studio of American Bandstand in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was placed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States.
    1987:  "Never Gonna' Give You Up" by Rick Astley reached #1 in the U.K.
    1987:  Hysteria hit #1 in the U.K. for Def Leppard.

    1987:  Los Lobos hit #1 with their remake of the Ritchie Valens' song "La Bamba".
    1987:  Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett had the top AC hit with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

      The most successful album of their career

    1987:  Whitney by Whitney Houston had been the #1 album every week of its release, which now added up to 10.  Whitesnake's self-titled release was 2 followed by Bigger and Deffer by L.L. Cool J.  La Bamba from Los Lobs was Fourth with Bad Animals by Heart taking the fifth position.  The rest of the Top 10:  In the Dark by Grateful Dead, U2 was at 7 with The Joshua Tree, Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls was #8, Hysteria from Def Leppard jumped from 36 to 9 and the Soundtrack to "Beverly Hills Cop II" came in #10.
    1988:  Michael Jackson was in concert at Roundhay Park in Leeds, England.
    1990:  Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago Illinois to be treated for bulimia, drinking and drugs.  Good for him--most people don't have the wisdom and the fortitude to recognize when they need assistance.
    1991:  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kicked off their national tour in Denver, Colorado.
    1992:  U2 became the second rock act to perform at Yankee Stadium (Billy Joel was the first.)
    1992:  Elton John spent a sixth week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "The One", his 43rd hit on that chart.

    1992:  Boyz II Men continued to have the top R&B song with "End of the Road".
    1994:  Oasis released their debut album Definitely Maybe.

    1995:  The pilot of a helicopter and the cameramen shooting the Meat Loaf video "I'd Lie for You" were killed in the Sequoia National Forest about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.
    1996:  Isaac Hayes, co-writer of the song "Soul Man", sent a letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole requesting that he cease using his song, which supporters had changed to "I'm a Dole Man".  Don't these people realize that you have to permission to use someone's song?
    1999:  Cher was in concert in Las Vegas, Nevada for a live HBO special.
    1999:  Lou Bega topped the chart with "Mambo No. 5".
    2000:  These aren't the kind of people you have to fancy dinners.  After winning Best Single and Best International Live Act at the Kerrang! Awards in London, the members of Slipknot attacked each other, smashed their glasses and set fire to the table.  It's called the regressing of mankind.

    2003:  Metallica gave a show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City for members of their fan club only.
    2003:  Bobby Brown served his seven days in jail for violating parole, but he would remain under house arrest for 60 days.
    2003:  Thom Yorke of Radiohead joined R.E.M. onstage in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the songs "E-Bow the Letter" and "It's the End of the World As We Know It".  How prophetic was R.E.M.?
    2003:  Missy Elliott won Video of the Year for "Work It" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
    2004:  Natasha Bedingfield owned the top song in the U.K. with "These Words".
    2005:  Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age collapsed from exhaustion during a concert in Hamburg, Germany.

    2005:  Green Day had quite a comeback with "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" as it won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Kanye West won Best Male Video for "Jesus Walks" while Kelly Clarkson took home Best Female Video for "Since U (sic) Been Gone".  What was ironic was that the channel quit showing music videos back when the suits took over from the DJ's. 
    2006:  Jumpin' Gene Simmons ("Haunted House") died in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of 73.  Kiss member Gene Simmons chose his stage name in tribute of Simmons.
    2007:  The Police began their reunion tour at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
    2009:  The Los Angeles coroner confirmed that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide, caused chiefly by the anaesthetic Propofol.  The drug triggered a cardiac arrest at Jackson's home in L.A. in June at the age of 50.

    Born This Day:
    1924:  Dinah Washington ("Baby (You Got What It Takes)" with Brook Benton), was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; died of drugs December 14, 1963 at the age of 39 .
    1924:  Billy Myles ("The Joker" from 1957) was born in New York City; died October 9, 2005 at the age of 47.
    1942:  Sterling Morrison, guitarist and one of the founding members of Velvet Underground, was born in East Meadow, New York; died August 30, 1995 of non-Hodgekin's lymphoma at the age of 53.
    1943:  Dick Halligan, trombonist of Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Troy, New York.
    1945:  Chris Copping, bass guitarist and organist of Procol Harum, was born in Southend, England
    1953:  Rick Downey, drummer of Blue Oyster Cult

    1958:  Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana; died June 25, 2009 from homocide at the age of 53 after being administered the drugs propofol and lorazepam.
    1970:  Carl Martin of Shai
    1975:  Kyle Cook, lead guitarist of Matchbox 20, was born in Frankfort, Indiana.
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Discography: Chicago

    This venerable act is second only to the Eagles as the top group ever from America.  They have outlasted nearly every other one of their contemporaries from when they began in 1968 with that first landmark album.  Here is the complete Discography from Chicago.

    1968:  Chicago Transit Authority (#17, #9 U.K.)
    1970:  Chicago II (#4, #6 U.K.)
    1971:  Chicago III (#2, #9 U.K.)
    1972:  Chicago V (#1, #24 U.K.)

    1973:  Chicago VI (#1)
    1974:  Chicago VII (#1)
    1975:  Chicago VIII (#1)

    1976:  Chicago X (#3, #21 U.K.)
    1977:  Chicago XI (#6)
    1978:  Hot Streets (#12)
    1979:  Chicago 13 (#21)
    1980:  Chicago XIV (#71)
    1982:  Chicago 16 (#9, #42 U.K.)

    1984:  Chicago 17 (#4, #24 U.K.)
    1986:  Chicago 18 (#35)
    1988:  Chicago 19 (#37)
    1991:  Twenty 1 (#66)
    1995:  Night & Day Big Band (#90)

    1998:  Chicago XXV:  The Christmas Album (#154)
    2006:  Chicago XXX (#41)
    2008:  Chicago XXXII Stone of Sisyphus (#122)
    2011:  Chicago XXXIII:  Oh Christmas Three

    Live Albums:
    1971:  Chicago at Carnegie Hall (#3)
    1975;  Live in Japan
    1999:  Chicago XXVI:  Live in Concert
    2011:  Chicago XXXIV:  Live in '75

    1975:  Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits (#1)
    1981:  Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (#171) 
    1989:  Greatest Hits 1982-1989 (#37, #6 U.K.)
    1997:  The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 (Boxed Set) (#55, #21 U.K.)
    1998:  The Heart of Chicago 1967-1998 Volume II (#154)
    2002:  The Very Best Of:  Only the Beginning (#38, #11)
    2003:  The Box
    2005:  Love Songs (#57)
    2007:  The Best of Chicago:  40th Anniversary Edition (#100)
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This Day in Rock Music History: August 28

    1961:  Elvis Presley moved from 61 to 26 on this date with "Little Sister".
    1963:  The Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on the British television show Ready  Steady  Go!
    1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin' in the Wind" for Civil Rights marchers gathered at the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. to hear the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speak.  Bob Dylan also performed.

    1964:  The Beatles were on the cover of Life Magazine.
    1965:  Bob Dylan played his electric material for an audience at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium and was booed roundly.  Afterwards, we have Dylan to thank for introducing the Beatles, who met him backstage, to marijuana.
    1965:  The Rolling Stones signed a five-year contract with Decca Records and also announced that Allen Klein would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.
    1965:  "Eve of Destruction" from Barry McGuire moved from 58 to 27 on this date.
    1966:  The Beatles performed in Dodger Stadium on their final tour of the United States.  A plan to escape the cheering crowds backfired when a gate was locked.  The Fab Four had to spend two hours in the back of an armored truck before they could leave.
    1967:  The Kinks and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown appeared at the Hastings Stadium Festival of Music in Hastings, England.
    1968:  The Beatles recorded the track "Dear Prudence" at Trident Studios in London.
    1968:  The Beach Boys landed at #1 in the U.K. with "Do It Again".
    1968:  Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel was the #1 album in the U.K.
    1969:  Paul and Linda McCartney announced the birth of daughter Mary.

    1971:  "Beginnings" by Chicago was the top Easy Listening song.
    1971:  Aretha Franklin's "Spanish Harlem" was the #1 R&B song.

               One of the classics....from Five Man Electrical Band

    1971:  The Bee Gees owned the top song for a fourth week with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".  John Denver moved up with "Take Me Home, Country Roads" while Canada's Five Man Electrical Band had a solid winner with "Signs".

                Rod Stewart's first big solo album

    1971:  Carole King from Stanley, Idaho made it 11 straight weeks at #1 withe the top album TapestryPaul & Linda McCartney combined but couldn't topple her with Ram.  James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon remained at 3 while Rod Stewart was approaching the group with Every Picture Tells a Story.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Carpenters were at 5 with their self-titled album, Who's Next by the Who moved into the Top 10, Aqualung by Jethro Tull was #7, the Moody Blues rose from 30 to 8 in only their second week with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, the Soundtrack to "Jesus Christ Superstar" was still at #9 after 41 weeks and B, S & T 4 from Blood, Sweat & Tears was the final entry.
    1972:  Alice Cooper owned the #1 U.K. song with "School's Out".

    1976:  "Shower the People" by James Taylor was the leading Easy Listening song.
    1976:  K.C. & the Sunshine Band had the #1 R&B song with "(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty".

              Seals & Crofts with their great summer song

    1976:  Elton John & Kiki Dee had the #1 song for a fourth week with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".  The Bee Gees were not giving up with "You Should Be Dancing".  Wings remained at 3 with "Let 'Em In", Lou Rawls had a solid #4 with "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" and England Dan & John Ford Coley's first hit--"I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was still at 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" from K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry with their only hit "Play That Funky Music", Walter Murphy's instrumental "A Fifth of Beethoven" moved from 12-7, Seals & Crofts were still at #9 after 20 weeks of release with "Get Closer" and George Benson moved in with "This Masquerade". 

    1976:  The album Frampton Comes Alive! was so good that it was now in its third run at #1 (five weeks total).  The self-titled Fleetwood Mac was moving back up after 57 weeks, Spitfire by Jefferson Starship was third while Neil Diamond held on to 4 with Beautiful Noise.  The rest of the Top 10:  George Benson's excellent Breezin' at #5, Wings at the Speed of Sound coming in at #6, Boz Scaggs and the smooth Silk Degrees entering the Top 10, 15 Big Ones from the Beach Boys, the Average White Band did some Soul Searching and Chicago X came in at #10.
    1978:  Devo released the album Are We Not Men?
    1978:  Ambrosia released their single "How Much I Feel".
    1981:  Guy Stevens, who produced the Clash, Free ad Mott the Hoople, died at the age of 38 from an overdose of prescription drugs.
    1982:  Queen appeared at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.

    1982:  Chicago led the way on the AC chart with "Hard to Say I'm Sorry".
    1984:  The Jacksons broke the existing record for concert ticket sales (1.1 million) in two months for their Victory Tour.

    1986:  Tina Turner earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1988:  The Kylie Minogue album Kylie became the top-selling ever in the U.K. by a female artist with sales of nearly two million.
    1993:  Culture Beat had the top U.K. song with "Mr. Vain".
    1993:  The new Billy Joel album River of Dreams debuted at #1.
    1993:  SWV had a big R&B hit with the #1 "Right Here/"Human Nature".
    1999:  Cheap Trick celebrated their 25th anniversary together with a concert in Rockford, Illinois.  Slash of Guns N' Roses joined them onstage.
    2003:  Missy Elliott captured Video of the Year honors for "Work It" at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Justin Timberlake won Best Male Video for "Cry Me a River" while Coldplay won both Best Group Video and Breakthrough Video for "The Scientist".
    2004:  Lou Rawls was given an honorary doctorate degree from Wilberforce University in Kettering, Ohio in recognition of his work on behalf of the United Negro College Fund.
    2005:  Oasis had the top U.K. song with "The Importance of Being Idle", the group's eighth #1 song in their native country.

    2005:  James Blunt led the way on the U.K. album chart with Back to Bedlam.
    2005:  Hillary Duff had the top album in the United States with Most Wanted.
    2005:  Green Day won seven MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
    2008:  Gilbert Moorer, lead singer of the Esquires ("Get On Up" from 1967), died of throat cancer at the age of 67.
    2009:  Noel Gallagher of Oasis quit the group, saying he could no longer work with brother Liam.
    2010:  A memorial for Dan Fogelberg was unveiled in his hometown of Peoria, Illinois.

    Born This Day:

    1925:  Billy Grammar ("Gotta' Travel On" from 1958) was born in Benton, Illinois; died August 10, 2011
    1931:  John Perkins of the Crewcuts
    1939:  Clem Cattini, drummer of the Tornados ("Telstar"), and prolific session musician featured on a record 44 #1 songs in the U.K., was born in London. 

    1941:  Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was born in Ladysmith, South Africa.
    1942:  Sterling Morrison, guitarist of Velvet Underground

    1943:  David Soul, actor and singer ("Don't Give Up On Us" from 1977) was born in Chicago, Illinois.

    1943:  Honey Lantree, drummer of the Honeycombs ("Have I the Right")
    1948:  Daniel Seraphine, drummer of Chicago, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
    1949:  Martin Lamble, drummer of Fairport Convention
    1951:  Wayne Osmond of the Osmonds was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    1952:  Dave Hlubek, lead guitarist of Molly Hatchet, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
    1961:  Kim Appleby of Mel and Tim ("Respectable" from 1987)

    1965:  Shania Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

    1982:  LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi.

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