Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1957 Fats Domino releases his first album titled "The Fats."

In 1960 In Britain, Decca Records destroys 25,000 copies of the song "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson. The company refused to release the single about the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, saying it was "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility."

In 1963 The Kingsmen's controversial single "Louie, Louie" is released.

In 1964 Nat "King" Cole guest hosts TV's "Hollywood Palace."

In 1964 The Beatles appear on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

In 1964 "House Of The Rising Sun" by the Animals enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1966 Newsweek features an article about the Mamas & Papas.

In 1966 The Beatles' album "Revolver" is released in the U.S.

In 1969 The famous photo on the Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover with Paul McCartney barefooted, holding a cigarette in the "wrong" hand, and the VW with the "28IF" license plate is taken.

In 1970 Janis Joplin buys a headstone for her inspiration, blues-legend Bessie Smith, who had been buried in an unmarked grave.

In 1970 Thousands of Americans are denied entry into Canada for the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival in Mosport, Ontario. Concert goers were denied access on the grounds that they "failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves."

In 1970 "Looking Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 Eric Clapton's album "461 Ocean Boulevard" is certified gold.

In 1975 While mountain climbing in Montana, Hank Williams Jr. falls off Mount Ajax and is nearly killed.

In 1975 Director Robert Altman's Country music film "Nashville" opens.

In 1976 Boston's debut album is released and becomes the fastest-selling premiere in recent history.

In 1977 Barry Manilow appears on the cover of People magazine.

In 1980 Wendy O. Williams & the Plasmatics are banned by the London Council, who objected to the band's violent show.

In 1981 The Pretenders begin their second U.S. tour in Fort Pierce, FL, to support of their new album "Pretenders II."

In 1981 REO Speedwagon's show in Denver becomes the first concert broadcast by MTV.

In 1981 2 women go into labor during a Rick James concert in Birmingham, AL.

In 1982 Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship weds Sara Kendrick.

In 1985 Keith Richards does guest session work with Phantom, Rocker & Slick in New York, for the song "My Mistake."

In 1987 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1991 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to a marijuana possession charge.

In 1992 Metallica's James Hetfield is injured in an explosion at a concert in Montreal. At the same show, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose loses his voice and cuts the set short. Many of the 53,000 fans riot.

In 1992 "This Used To Be My Playground" by Madonna is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1993 Billy Joel's album "River Of Dreams" is released.

In 1993 "Can't Help Falling In Love" by UB40 is certified platinum, while Janet Jackson's CD "Janet" goes gold, platinum and triple platinum. In 1994 Sarah McLachlan's album "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" is certified gold, while Phil Collins' album "But Seriously" goes quadruple platinum.

In 1995 Weezer's CD "Weezer" is certified double platinum.

In 1996 Mel Torme is hospitalized after a stroke that affected his left side and speech.

In 1997 The albums "Flaming Pie" by Paul McCartney and "The Colour And The Shape" by Foo Fighters are both certified gold.

In 1998 Wearing a hat and yelling "Start Me Up," Mick Jagger brings the Rolling Stones to their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain storm before a crowd estimated at 70,000.

In 1999 About 3,000 people pack the stands of a Kenosha, WI, Little League field to watch 'N Sync play softball with a local men's team.

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