August 19th: On this day
1964, The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130. Playing 12 songs which made up their repertoire for the entire tour: ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘You Can’t Do That’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘If I Fell’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Boys’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’. Supporting acts were The Righteous Brothers, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, and Jackie DeShannon.
1967, The Beatles scored their 14th US No.1 single with ‘All You Need Is Love’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithfull and Walker Brother Gary Leeds all sang backing vocals on the track.
1968, After 58 episodes, the final Monkees TV show airs on NBC. Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972.
1969, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Jefferson Airplane all appeared on the ABC TV Dick Cavett Show from Television Center in New York City.
1971, Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police.
1972, David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in England on his current 182-date Ziggy Stardust world tour.
1973, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married in Malibu, California. Kristofferson had just enjoyed a number 1 country hit with ‘Why Me’, which included Coolidge on backing vocals. The couple divorced near the end of 1979.
1974, The Three Degrees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When Will I See You Again.’ The girl group’s only UK No.1. They were Prince Charles’ favourite group of the 70’s.
1977, The Sex Pistols started an undercover UK tour as The Spots, (an acronym for Sex Pistols on tour secretly).
1978, The Commodores started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’
1979, American Rockabilly singer Dorsey Burnette died from a heart attack at his home in Canoga Park, California. He wrote ‘It’s Late’, a hit for Ricky Nelson and Shakin’ Stevens. After his death, singer and friend Delaney Bramlett organized a benefit concert for Dorsey’s widow at the Forum in Inglewood, California, in which Kris Kristofferson, Hoyt Axton. Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell, Duane Eddy, Delaney and Bonnie, Gary Busey and Roger Miller appeared. Dorsey Burnette’s pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
1988, ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.
1996, James Brown appeared in Montauk, New York, as part of his Back at the Ranch tour. Brown who had a history of beating his wife, offered money that was raised at the event to an anti-violence organization called The Retreat, but was turned down.
1999, A TV ad featuring the late Linda McCartney urging a boycott of fishing was banned by the Advertising Clearance Centre in the UK.
1999, Lauryn Hill won New Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year at the US ‘Source Hip Hop Music Awards’ in Los Angeles. R. Kelly won R&B Artist of The Year; DMX won Artist Of The Year and solo and live performer Of The Year.
2000, Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, James, Toploader, Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Beth Orton, Joe Strummer, Feeder, Dandy Warhols and Coldplay all appeared at this years V2000 festival in Staffordshire, England.
2001, American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61. She had the 1964 US No.6 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss’), later covered by Cher.
2003, A man from Nottinghamshire who sent threatening emails to S Club singer Tina Barrett was jailed for six months. 41 year-old Steven Hindley, showered the singer with roses, chocolates and teddy-bears. But when the messages were ignored, he began to mention threats to the band, including a potential sniper attack. One email begged Miss Barrett to visit him at his home, claiming he was the victim of an incurable brain-tumour and had just three weeks to live.
2005, A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Lynott who died in 1986 aged 36 had a string of hits including ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, ‘The Boys are Back in Town’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Waiting for an Alibi’.
2008, Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died aged 46. Publicist Ambrosia Healy said he died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in June on his Virginia farm.
2014, Kate Bush requested fans did not take any photographs or record footage using mobile devices at her upcoming 22-date run of performances in London, England. The 56-year-old star said on her website: “I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras.” The musician added it would mean “a great deal to me” but admitted that it was “a lot to ask”.
August 19th: Born on this day
1939, Born on this day, Ginger Baker, drummer with Cream who had the 1966 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’. Baker was also a member of the Graham Bond Organisation, Blind Faith, and Ginger Bakers Airforce and is also known for his numerous associations with World music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Public Image Ltd.
1940, Born on this day, Johnny Nash, singer, (1972 US No.1 single ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Tears On My Pillow’).
1940, Born on this day, Roger Cook, songwriter, as a member of Blue Mink, (1970 UK No.3 single ‘Melting Pot’). Cook has had more than 80 top 30 hits, including ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’, ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’ , ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ and ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.’
1943, Born on this day, Billy J Kramer, singer, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children’).
1945, Born on this day, Ian Gillan, vocals, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’, 1973 US No. 4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’).
1951, Born on this day, John Deacon, bass, Queen. He was the last to join the band and also the youngest, being only 19 years old. Deacon wrote a number of Queen’s hit singles, including ‘You’re My Best Friend’, ‘Spread Your Wings’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, and the band’s biggest selling single in the United States, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.
1963, Born on this day, Joey Tempest, Europe, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘The Final Countdown’).
1970, Born on this day, MC Eric, Technotronic, (1989 UK No.2 single ‘Pump Up The Jam’).
1980, Born on this day, Darius, singer, 2001 UK TV’s Popstars contestant, who became famous for his rendition of Britney Spears ‘Baby One More Time’. (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Colourblind’).
1983, Born on this day, Missy Higgins, Australian singer-songwriter, (2004 Australian No.1 single ‘Scar’, 2007 Australian No.1 single ‘Steer’).
1989, Born on this day, Lil’ Romeo, rapper, actor Lil’ (Percy Romeo Miller Jr), appeared in his own Nickelodeon show called Romeo. Son of rapper Master P, (2001 US No.4 single ‘My Baby’).