All the stuff that happened on this day….
1933, Born on this day, Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller), songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly. The Monkees, Cliff Richard. Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don’t, There Goes My Baby, Searchin’, Yakety Yak and Kansas City. Leiber died on August 22, 2011 in Los Angeles at the age of 78 from cardio-pulmonary failure.
1945, Born on this day, Stu Cook, bass, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’).
1945, Born on this day, Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitar, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit was 1974 No.1 single ‘Waterloo’, followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and nine No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen’).
1960, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck On You’.
1965, During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
1967, Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1970, The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘ABC’. It was the group’s second US No. 1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
1974, Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.
1977, Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Centre. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, ‘Moody Blue’.
1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing ‘Roxanne’. The single which was taken from their album Outlandos d’Amour was written from the point-of-view of a man who falls in love with a prostitute.
1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory.’ This was McCartney’s 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
1987, U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album ‘The Joshua Tree.’ Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, the album topped the charts in over 20 countries, and is one of the world’s all-time best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. The album which won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year produced the hit singles ‘With or Without You’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’.
1988, Bon Jovi’s manager Doc McGee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.
1990, The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000. His two-hour set at the 1969 festival became the longest of his career.
1994, The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question “When will the Eagles get back together?”
1997, U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
2000, Neil Young releases ‘Silver & Gold,’ one of his most intimate and personal albums. – See more at: https://rockhall.com/story-of-rock/today-in-rock/#sthash.qJZ170An.dpuf
2003, In this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, Paul McCartney was confirmed as the world’s richest musician with a fortune worth over £760m. Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Mick Jagger 6th with £175m and Elton John 7th with £170m. Ozzy Osbourne became the 24th richest musician after earning an estimated £42m from his MTV show ‘The Osbournes.’ And Simon Fuller was said to have earned over £50m from sales of the ‘Pop Idol’ TV show.
2005, Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
2007, During The Rolling Stones’ current world tour, aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band’s appearance there. Prior to the attempted booking, US Secret Service agents had already vetted the hotel, but to no avail.
2007, American singer Bobby “Boris” Pickett died of leukaemia at the age of 69. Scored the Halloween anthem ‘The Monster Mash’ in 1962. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive and wasn’t a hit until 1973. It was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato.