5 August

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1979 Phonogram Records signs Def Leppard.

1978 "Substitute," a cover of a Righteous Brothers song recorded by an all-girl South African group called Clout, becomes a surprise hit, reaching #2 in the UK. Just one problem: they didn't play on the song, a male group called Circus did.

1977 The Police, The Damned and The Clash play the second Mont de Marsen Punk Festival, held at a bullring in France.

1976 NBC airs the 15th anniversary Beach Boys special It's OK, featuring cameos by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

1973 Brian Eno and Robert Fripp finish recording their first collaborative album, (No Pussyfooting). It is a combination of Eno's experiments with tape recorders and Fripp's "Fripptertronics" electric guitar technique, recorded in three sessions over the course of a year, starting on September 8, 1972.More

1972 Music mogul Clive Davis catches Aerosmith's act at Max's Kansas City in New York and immediately signs them with CBS Records for $125,000.

1972 '50s nostalgia picks up steam at the London Rock & Roll Show. Held at Wembley Stadium, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Bo Diddley, and Jerry Lee Lewis all perform.

1968 Guitarist Luther Perkins, a member of Johnny Cash's backing band, dies two days after being trapped in a house fire in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at age 40.

1965 Production is halted on the Jan & Dean movie, Easy Come, Easy Go when 17 crew members are injured in an on-set railroad accident, with Jan Berry suffering a broken leg. The film is shelved.

1964 Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1964 The Beach Boys record "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)."

1961 Themetta Suggs gives birth to Chuck Berry's second child, Chuck Berry Jr.

1959 Pat Smear (guitarist for Foo Fighters) is born Georg Albert Ruthenberg in Los Angeles, California.

1959 Frankie Avalon releases "Just Ask Your Heart."

1959 The Isley Brothers record "Shout."

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The Runaways Form, Becoming The First All-Girl Hard Rock Band


The first all-female hard-rock band is formed when producer Kim Fowley puts together The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett, future Bangle Michael Steele, and Lita Ford.

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