29 August

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2021 Lee "Scratch" Perry, a transgressive reggae musician who produced albums for Bob Marley, The Clash, and many others, dies at 85.

2013 Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel have their first child: a boy named Axl. She says the name came to her in a dream where she was watching Axl Rose perform.

2011 Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards dies of congestive heart failure in Chicago, Illinois, at age 96.

2009 Two months after Michael Jackson's death on what would have been his 51st birthday, 13,597 people in Mexico City perform the Thriller dance, establishing a new Guinness World Record.

2006 Rockabilly singer/songwriter Jumpin' Gene Simmons dies after a long illness in Tupelo, Mississippi, at age 73.

2004 Jet take home the award for Best Rock Video for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" at the MTV Video Music Awards and perform the song live during the strangely un-hosted ceremony at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

1999 HBO premieres Cher: Live In Concert From Las Vegas. The singer performed at the sprawling MGM Grand Las Vegas, the second largest hotel in the world (by number of rooms).

1998 Country/rockabilly musician Charlie Feathers dies of complications from a stroke-induced coma in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 66. Known for '50s hits like "Peepin' Eyes."

1995 The US Internal Revenue Service places a lien on Aretha Franklin's home for $600,000 in back taxes.

1994 During the Meat Puppets set opening for Stone Temple Pilots at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the famous DJ Howard Stern joins them on stage to jam on "Lake of Fire."

1993 Liam Payne of One Direction is born in Wolverhampton, England.

1980 David Desrosiers (bassist for Simple Plan) is born in Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada.

1980 UB40 release their seminal debut, Signing Off. It climbs to #2 in the UK, becoming the first reggae album to reach those heights. In 2010, to mark the group's 30th anniversary and Signing Off's far-reaching influence, the band performs the record in its entirety during a series of intimate concerts across the UK.

1976 At a concert in Santa Monica, California, Neil Young joins Firefall on stage, who are opening for Spirit. When the headliners take the stage, Spirit's bass player asks Young to join them, but when he does, Spirit's frontman Randy California pushes him off the stage to the horror of his bandmates, who stop playing and leave.

1976 Bluesman Jimmy Reed dies of respiratory failure in Oakland, California, at age 50. Known for hits like "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" (1956) and "Bright Lights, Big City" (1961).

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The Beatles Play Their Last Paid Concert


The Beatles play their last paid concert, wrapping up their tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Jaded by poor sound systems and the rigors of the road, they turn their attention to studio work.

About 25,000 fans show up to see the group perform, but they don't know it will be their goodbye, as The Beatles haven't announced the news. One of their publicists records the show on cassette; it is never officially released, but does show up on bootlegs. It's a typically windy day in San Francisco, and the group responds with alacrity. "It's been wonderful being here in this wonderful sea air," Paul McCartney tells the crowd. The show opens with a cover of Chuck Berry's "Rock And Roll Music" and closes with little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," two songs they often played in their formative years. The Beatles do one last performance on January 30, 1969 when they play impromptu on the rooftop of Apple Records in London (footage appears in their documentary Let It Be). Their decision to focus on studio work doesn't ease tensions in the band but does result in some of the most popular and acclaimed albums ever recorded, including Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album and Abbey Road.



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