August 2nd: On this day
1957, The official Elvis Presley Fan Club was launched in the UK.
1957, Touring with Clyde McPhatter, The Cadillacs, Edna McGriff, Otis Rush, Lee Andrews & The Hearts, Oscar & Oscar, The G-Clefs, Buddy Holly and the crickets appeared at the Howard Theater, Washington, DC. With “That’ll Be The Day” sitting at No. 2 on the US charts, this was Buddy’s first major tour.
1960, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shakin’ All Over’. Their only UK No.1. Kidd died in car crash in 1966. Many acts have covered the song, including: The Who, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and The Guess Who.
1962, Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.
1964, The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a ‘new and unknown London group’, was The Kinks.
1964, After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves’ death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstrom. Thousands of people travelled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves’ final resting place near Carthage, Texas.
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. During this period a typical set list included: Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze and Burning Of The Midnight Amp.
1968, The Doors started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello I Love You’, the group’s second US No.1. The Doors scored 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.
1969, ‘Wet Dream’, by Jamaican reggae singer Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart. The song gained notoriety due to its lyrics which were of an explicit sexual nature, was banned by the BBC and most radio stations.
1970, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Wonder Of You’ his sixteenth No.1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.
1973, The Mamas and the Papas filed a lawsuit against their record label Dunhill for over a million dollars in unpaid royalties.
1975, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One Of These Nights’, the group’s second US No.1 single and the first to chart in the UK where it peaked at No.23.
1976, Peter “Puddy” Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the groups The Dark Side of The Moon album.
1977, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.
1980, The Clash released their single ‘Bank Robber’ after it been available as an import only. The band’s record company CBS didn’t want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.
1983, James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s and early 1970s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.
1986, Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film ‘Karate Kid II’, ‘The Glory Of Love’, it made No. 3 in the UK.
1986, Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Lady In Red’, it was his first No.1 after twenty-four single releases, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks.
1987, David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack aged 50. Martin co-wrote the group’s 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single ‘Wooly Bully’.
1991, Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.
1998, Beastie Boys started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hello Nasty’, the bands third US No.1 album.
2000, Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating. Had the 1975 US No.1 single ‘Get Down Tonight’ and the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up.’
2000, Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group’s with musical instruments.
2001, New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honour of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.
2004, Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16, and had become a regular shopper their. Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother, the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson.
2005, Status Quo filmed a cameo appearance in UK’s Coronation Street playing themselves. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt were set to appear in three episodes of the long-running ITV soap.
2005, Brandon Flowers from The Killers married Tana Munblowsky in a private ceremony held in Hawaii.
2013, Nielsen SoundScan reported that US album sales totaled 4.68 million for the week ending July 28, the lowest weekly total since the tracking system was formed in May, 1991.
August 2nd: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, Garth Hudson, Organ, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single ‘Up On Cripple Creek’, 1970 UK No.16 single ‘Rag Mama Rag’).
1939, Born on this day, Edward Patten, vocals, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single with Gladys Knight ‘The Way We Were’).
1941, Born on this day, Doris Coley, vocals, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’). She died on 5th February 2000.
1941, Born on this day, Andrew Malcolm, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’).
1944, Born on this day, Jim Capaldi, drummer, singer, songwriter, Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’) & solo, (1975 UK No.4 single ‘Love Hurts’). Died 28th Jan 2005 of stomach cancer aged 60.
1949, Born on this day, Fat Larry, singer, Fat Larry’s Band, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Zoom’). He died on 5th February 2000.
1950, Born on this day, Andy Fairweather-Low, singer, songwriter, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’). Solo (1975 UK No.6 single ‘Wide Eyed And Legless’). As a session guitarist has worked with Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton George Harrison, Elton John, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow and Ringo Starr.
1951, Born on this day, Andrew Gold, singer, songwriter, solo, (1977 US No.7 single ‘Lonely Boy’, 1978 UK No.5 single ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’), Wax, (1987 UK No.12 single ‘Bridge To Your Heart’). Gold died in his sleep on June 3, 2011 from a heart attack age 59.
1951, Born on this day, Joe Lynn Turner, singer, Rainbow, Deep Purple.
1953, Born on this day, Donnie Monro, Runrig, (1995 UK No.18 single ‘An Ubhal As Airde, The Highest Apple’).
1957, Born on this day, Mojo Nixon, US singer, guitarist. Wrote the song ‘Bring Me The Head Of David Geffen’.
1957, Born on this day, Butch Vig, record producer and the drummer with Garbage, (1996 UK No. 4 single ‘Stupid Girl’). Produced Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish and Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
1961, Born on this day, Pete De Freitas, drums, Echo And The Bunnymen, (died in a motorbike accident. 1983 UK No.8 single ‘The Cutter’).
1962, Born on this day, Lee Mavers, guitar, Vocals, The La’s, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘There She Goes’).
1965, Born on this day, Al MaCaulay, drums, Tindersticks, (1993 album ‘Tindersticks’).
1970, Born on this day, Zelma Davis, C & C Music Factory, (1991 UK No.4 single ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm… ,1991 US No.1 single ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’).