31 August

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In Music History

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2019 Ellie Goulding marries the art dealer Caspar Jopling at York Minster Cathedral in a wedding attended by Katy Perry, James Blunt, Princess Eugenie, and Sarah, Duchess of York.

2014 Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison dies from a heart attack aged 63.

2014 The Raskins, who have paid $1 million to join Mötley Crüe on tour, are accosted by members of the headliner's road crew who come on stage and spray them with urine during their set at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to a lawsuit filed by the band.

2012 Eddie Van Halen, of Van Halen lead-guitar fame, is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his digestive system to correct a severe bout of diverticulitis. Tour dates with Van Halen are rescheduled as he recovers.

2012 Entertainer Max Bygraves dies after a battle with Alzheimer's disease in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, at age 89.

2010 Papa Roach release their first live album, Time for Annihilation. Alongside nine live tracks, the record contains five new studio tracks.

2001 Aaliyah's funeral is held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, New York, six days after her death in a plane crash in The Bahamas. Hundreds of weeping fans march alongside the singer's casket, which is carried by a horse-drawn carriage to a private service with Gladys Knight, Lil' Kim, Sean Combs, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott in attendance. After the service, 22 doves are released in her memory, representing each year of her life.

1992 Prince extends his contract with Warner Bros. in a deal reported as being worth $100 million, but worth far less in reality.More

1985 The serial killer Richard Ramirez is captured in Los Angeles and later convicted for 13 murders. At one of the crime scenes, he left behind an AC/DC hat. The media dubbed him the "Night Stalker," and speculated that the band's song "Night Prowler" compelled him to kill, an assertion that is never substantiated, but unfairly links the killer to AC/DC, which is horrified by the association.

1980 Karen Carpenter (of the Carpenters) marries her first and only husband, a California real estate developer named Thomas Burris. She files for divorce the following year.

1978 The Grateful Dead perform "Shakedown Street" live for the first time ever at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

1974 The final Partridge Family episode airs on ABC, starring the musical family.

1973 The Rolling Stones release Goat's Head Soup.

1971 Seeking payment of back royalties, The Rolling Stones sue both their former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and their ex-publisher, Allen Klein.

1970 Singer/songwriter Debbie Gibson is born in Brooklyn, New York.

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Van Morrison Plays On Cyprus Avenue


On his 70th birthday, Van Morrison plays two shows on Cyprus Avenue in Belfast, inspiration for his song "Cyprus Avenue."

Morrison grew up in a humble home on Hyndford Street, and would often spend time a few blocks away on the upscale Cyprus Avenue, where he would wander and think. The song is a nostalgic look at this time, with Morrison remembering looking in awe at the mansions. Released on his acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks, "Cyprus Avenue" became one of his most durable songs, and his closing number at many of his concerts. This birthday celebration is special for the Vanatics (his hardcore fans), many of whom travel from other countries for the celebration, which is part of the EastSide Arts Festival. Robert Pattinson, Kim Cattrall and Rick Stein are among the hundreds who attend. Morrison plays two shows from a stage at the end of the avenue, the first one in the rain. For the second show, he is joined by Chris Farlowe, who sings with him on a special version of "Stand By Me": I won't cry I won't ever shed a tear As long as Van Morrison stands by me He never plays "Cyprus Avenue," but closes out with "On Hyndford Street," a song about where he grew up. The show is included as a bonus feature on his 2018 DVD In Concert. Photo: Sarah Jeynes, BBC


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