12 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1968 The New Yardbirds, later to be known as Led Zeppelin, begin their first rehearsal beneath a record store at 22 Gerrard Street in Westminster, London, performing a cover of the old Johnny Burnette & the Rock and Roll Trio number "Train Kept A-Rollin'."

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).

1966 At a Beatles press conference in Chicago to promote their American tour, the big topic is John Lennon's quote, "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity."

Lennon, clearly shaken by the controversy, explains: "I was pointing out that fact in reference to England - that we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion, at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down, I was just saying it as a fact."

1966 The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.

1963 Sir Mix-a-Lot, who likes big butts and cannot lie, is born Anthony Ray in Seattle, Washington.

1961 Roy Hay (guitarist/keyboardist for Culture Club) is born in Southend, Essex, England.

1960 Pete Best becomes the drummer of the Silver Beetles, who are renamed The Beatles.

1958 The Crests record "Sixteen Candles."

1958 On "compassionate leave" from the Army, Elvis Presley travels to Memphis' Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mother, Gladys, who is quickly deteriorating from acute hepatitis.

1957 Johnny Mathis releases his first #1 hit single, "Chances Are."

1957 Encouraged by Roulette exec George Goldner and his recent success in England, Frankie Lymon officially leaves his group to pursue a solo career.

1954 Jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny (of the Pat Metheny Group) is born in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

1953 The Four Lads record "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)."

1950 August "Kid Creole" Darnell (of Kid Creole & the Coconuts) is born in The Bronx, New York.

1949 Musician/film score composer Mark Knopfler (frontman for Dire Straits) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Woodstock: The Sequel


Woodstock 2 - officially "Woodstock '94" - begins in Saugerties, New York, with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.

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