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August Music History

Sunday, 21-Aug-2016

1980 : Deepest Purple becomes Deep Purple's third #1 album.

1918 : Songwriter Irving Berlin, still a Sergeant in the US Army, debuts his WWI-themed musical Yip Yip Yaphank, at New York's Century Theatre.

1923 : A fourteen-year-old clarinet player named Benny Goodman lands his first professional gig, playing for a cruise ship operating on Lake Michigan near Chicago.

1926 : On this date in 1926, Tony Bennett was born in Queens, New York. In 1962, he performed "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for the first time, and it became his signature song.

1940 : In exile in Mexico, Leon Trotsky is attacked with an ice pick by Stalinist agent Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río. Trotsky dies of brain injuries the next day in a Mexican hospital. His assassination is immortalised in The Stranglers' song "No More Heroes."

1945 : Van Morrison is born George Ivan Morrison in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1951 : Guitarist Tommy Bolin, of Deep Purple and the James Gang, is born in Sioux City, Iowa.

1957 : Buddy Holly's group The Crickets play the first show of a six-night engagement at Harlem's Apollo Theater. They were booked due to confusion with a black group (led by Dean Barlow) that was also called The Crickets. Nonetheless, Holly and his band win over the crowd.

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.

1966 : South Africa bans all Beatles music as a result of John Lennon's recent comments claiming the band is "bigger than Jesus."

1967 : Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, England, alongside such acts as Donovan, Cream, The Small Faces, and Chicken Shack, featuring a young Christine Perfect (later known as Christine McVie)

1969 : Diana Ross holds a party for 350 at Beverly Hills' Daisy Club to announce her discovery of the singing group The Jackson 5 -- even though Gladys Knight actually recommended them to Motown head Berry Gordy. That night, the group gains even more exposure by performing at the first Miss Black America pageant.

1969 : It's the day before Woodstock, and thousands of people show up early and camp out.

1969 : It's day 1 of the Woodstock festival on Max Yasgur's 60-acre farm in Bethel, New York. The festival was originally going to be in Woodstock, New York, so they kept the name. Day 1 didn't have the biggest names, but massive crowds made it clear that something big was happening. Artists to appear this day include Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Arlo Guthrie.

1969 : It's day two of Woodstock, featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who's set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone. After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend hits him with his guitar.

1969 : The Birmingham band Earth changes its name: Ozzy Osbourne announces onstage that the band's new name is Black Sabbath. The band had played "N.I.B.," "The Wizard," "Black Sabbath," and "Warning."

1969 : It's the first day of the two-day Isle of Wight Festival. Performers include Bob Dylan, the Moody Blues and The Who. This was the second festival.

1970 : At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin's "Summertime."

1970 : After being found crawling along a motel hallway in La Jolla, California, incoherent and "combative," Stephen Stills is arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates.

1971 : Long before Live Aid, there was "The Concert For Bangla Desh" at Madison Square Garden in New York. George Harrison organized the event to help victims of famine in that country. A-list performers included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr.

1973 : Butch Trucks, drummer for The Allman Brothers Band, crashes his car while driving in Macon, Georgia, breaking his leg in the process. This happens within sight of the spot where Duane Allman had died in a crash two years earlier

1974 : Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join The Doobie Brothers.

1975 : The first all-female hard-rock band is formed when producer Kim Fowley puts together The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett, future Bangle Michael Steele, and Lita Ford.

1976 : Elton John begins a historic record-breaking ten-night run of concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden..

1977 : Elvis Presley's funeral is held at Graceland, where 150 guests are invited inside and about 75,000 fans pay their respects outside.

1979 : Led Zeppelin make their last live performance in the UK.

1980 : Deepest Purple becomes Deep Purple's third #1 album.

1985 : Three years after their duet "The Girl Is Mine," Paul McCartney advises Michael Jackson to invest in publishing. Jackson makes a winning bid of $47.5 million for the rights to over 250 Lennon-McCartney Beatles songs owned by ATV publishing, which turns out to be a great investment, but kills their friendship.

1987 : Sonny Bono of Sonny And Cher announces his intention to run for mayor of Palm Springs, California, after frustration over his inability to get a new sign approved by the city council for his local restaurant, Bono's. He wins and serves one four-year term, and eventually becomes a Congressman for the district in 1994.

1990 : Rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin, at age 35.

1991 : Nirvana shoots their video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It was set to look like a deranged pep rally at "Anarchy High School," and featured fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video was a huge hit on MTV and helped propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

1992 : Opening for Guns N' Roses at a show in Montreal, James Hetfield of Metallica is injured by the pyrotechnics, which burn the entire left side of his body. Metallica can't continue, and Guns N' Roses cuts their set short after just 15 minutes when Axl Rose claims throat problems. A near riot ensues at Olympic Stadium as fans are not pleased

1993 : (8-21-93) John Denver blows a .14 when his Porsche is pulled over in Aspen, Colorado, where the legal limit is .10. He pleads guilty to driving while impaired and is sentenced to 28 hours of community service, which includes performing a benefit concert for the Tipsy Taxi service.

1994 : (8-21-94) John Denver crashes his 1963 Porsche into a tree near his home in Aspen, Colorado, exactly one year after a previous arrest for driving while impaired.

1994 : Jimmy Buffett crashes his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket. He swims to safety.

1995 : The original members of Kiss play together for the first time since 1980 when Peter Criss and Ace Frehley join the current band to record their MTV Unplugged special, which is later released as the album Kiss Unplugged. Not counting Ace Frehley's 1976 wedding, it also marks the only time the original members performed without makeup. The appearance goes over so well that Criss and Frehley rejoin the band in 1996, replacing Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. The subsequent tour becomes the top grossing tour that year

1997 : The "Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway" is dedicated in Alabama, where the singer was born. The 50-mile stretch on Interstate 65 starts at his childhood home of Georgiana and ends in Montgomery, the site of his grave. The ceremony takes place in Montgomery (the state capitol), with Hank Williams Jr. on hand to speak.

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

2009 : Though tensions within Oasis are nothing new, Noel Gallagher issues a statement on the band's website, saying he's leaving the band. There had been warning signs in previous months of escalating tension. In April, Noel mentioned that he wanted to spend time focusing on his first solo record rather than write the follow-up to the band’s 2008 album, Dig Out Your Soul. The day he issued his statement, Noel had fought against his brother Liam backstage at the Rock en Seine Festival in Paris before the show they were about to perform, which was cancelled just minutes before it was to begin. The band also immediately cancelled upcoming shows in Germany and Italy.

2011 : At the Indiana State Fair, music fans are assembling for a performance by country band Sugarland. Although police had issued a warning to the attendees that they may have to take cover due to severe weather, the concert is going on as planned. During a gust of high wind, the rigging from the top of the stage is blown off, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. A sixth person would die several days later from injuries. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, choose to cancel their appearances.

2012 : Rap star LL Cool J hears his alarm go off one night in his Los Angeles home and rushes downstairs to confront an alleged burglar, name of 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 Cool quoted one of his own songs, "Mama Said Knock You Out," during the altercation.