August 20th: On this day
1965, The Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was The McCoy’s ‘Hang On Sloopy’, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico (later to join Velvet Underground), all attended the launch party. The label became the home of the Small Faces, Nice, Amen Corner and Chris Farlowe and a young producer – guitarist Jimmy Page.
1965, Davy Jones & The Lower Third released the single ‘You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving’ the last song that David Bowie (born David Jones), released before changing his name to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, and the first of two singles that he recorded with The Lower Third after leaving his previous band, The Manish Boys.
1966, The Beatles touring America for the last time, were forced to cancel and reschedule their performance in Cincinnati’s open-air stadium, Crosley Field. Heavy rain (and no cover provided) made electrocution a virtual certainty if The Beatles had attempted to perform.
1968, The director of the University of Tennessee’s audio lab, Dr. David M. Lipscomb, reported that a guinea pig subjected over a three month period to 88 hours of Rock music recorded at a Knoxville disco at 120 decibels suffered acute damage to the inner ears. Steve Paul, the owner of a New York disco replied “Should a major increase in guinea pig attendance occur at The Scene, we’ll certainly bear their comfort in mind.”
1969, After finishing ‘I Want You, (She’s So Heavy), The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of ‘Octopus’s Garden’ and ‘Oh! Darling’ were reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’. This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road studios.
1973, Bruce Springsteen played the first of a seven night run at Oliver’s in Boston, Massachusetts playing two 60-minute sets each night.
1979, Bob Dylan released ‘Slow Train Coming’, an album of religious songs, including the Grammy Award winning single, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’. The album alienated many of his long time fans.
1983, Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1986, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard made his first live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a car accident, when they appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England.
1988, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth solo album ‘Roll With It’. The title cut also topped the US singles charts.
1988, Iron Maiden, KISS, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns N’ Roses and Helloween all appeared at this year’s ‘Monsters Of Rock’ Festival, Castle Donington, England. Two rock fans died while ‘slam dancing’ as Guns N’ Roses played.
1990, Aerosmith appeared at The Marquee Club London. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam.
1992, A US Doctor filed a $35m lawsuit against the Southwest Bell phone company. He alleged that his wife died because he could not reach 911 due to all lines being jammed by demand of Garth Brooks concert tickets.
1997, BBC TV aired the documentary ‘Oasis Right Here Right Now’, with the group talking about their troublesome last year, plus performances of three new songs from the Manchester band.
2000, Janet Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Doesn’t Really Matter’. Nelly started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Country Grammar’.
2000, Spiller went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Groovejet’. The Italian DJ and producer mixed the track based on an old 1970’s hit ‘Love Is You’ by Carol Williams, with new vocals by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
2003, Madame Tussauds in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: ‘That was extraordinary. Unfortunately extraordinarily bad.’ ‘Do you really think that you could become a Pop Idol’ Well then you’re deaf.’ ‘Thank you. Goodbye and That was the worst performance I’ve ever seen.’
2004, A man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after years spent trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-out of Adams which stood at the foot of the bed and posters on the bedroom walls.
2006, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Twickenham Stadium on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. Feeder and The Charlatans also appeared.
2007, The funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson was held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. Peter Hook and Stephen Morris – two members of first Factory signing Joy Division and later incarnation, New Order attended along with Happy Mondays front man, Shaun Ryder.
2008, The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father’s name to endorse a US presidential candidate ‘appalling’. Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks ‘presumptuous’. ‘Even I would not presume to say publicly what I ‘know’ he thought or felt,’ she added.
2013, Lady Gaga asked her fans to stop sending online threats to her critics. The singer said she would not condone “hateful or abusive language” directed towards others, adding “this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions”. Some of her fans had tweeted death threats to dance producer Deadmau5, who criticised Gaga’s video collaboration with artist Marina Abramovic.
2013, It was reported that Beyonce had spent almost £1,500 at an Essex branch of chicken chain Nando’s following her performance at the V Festival in the UK. The headliner’s receipt was posted on Twitter and Nando’s Chelmsford manager confirmed a member of Beyonce’s entourage called in with the order. The order included 48 whole chickens, 24 tubs of coleslaw, 58 chicken wing platters and 48 portions of chips. The receipt showed the meal was apparently paid for in cash.
August 20th: Born on this day
1924, Born on this day, Jim Reeves US country singer. The first country singer to crossover into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’). Reeves was killed in a plane crash on 31st July 1964 when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog.
1931, Born on this day, Paul Robi, The Platters, (UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Died of cancer on 1st February 1989.
1934, Born on this day ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, US country-rock steel guitar player. Died 6th Jan 2007 aged 72. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell.
1940, Born on this day, John Lantree, The Honeycombs, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Have I The Right’).
1941, Born on this day, Dave Brock, Hawkwind, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Silver Machine’).
1942, Born on this day, Isaac Hayes, singer, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.4 single, ‘Theme From Shaft’, 1998 UK No.2 single as Chef ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’). Hayes was found dead at his home on 10th Aug 2008, aged 65.
1946, Born on this day, Ralf Hutter, Kraftwerk, (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Computer Love / The Model’).
1947, Born on this day, James Pankow, Trombone, Chicago, (1976 UK & US No.1 single ‘If You Leave Me Now’).
1948, Born on this day, Robert Plant, singer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven has sold over 37 million copies. Plant had the 1983 solo hit single Big Log. Also a member of The Honeydrippers, (with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck & Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love. Plant scored the Grammy award winning 2007 album Raising Sand with bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
1949, Born on this day, Phil Lynott, Irish singer, songwriter, bass player, Thin Lizzy. (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’). Lynott died on 4th Jan 1986 of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
1952, Born on this day, Doug Fieger, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’). Died of cancer on 14th Feb 2010.
1952, Born on this day, John Hiatt, American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, The Searchers, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, and Iggy Pop.
1966, Born on this day, Dimebag Darrell, guitarist, Pantera, (1994 UK No.19 single ‘I’m Broken’). Darrell was killed on 8th December 2004 after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus, Ohio and began firing shots at the band and crowd.
1971, Born on this day, Fred Durst, vocals, Limp Bizkit, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Rollin’ & 2000 US & UK No.1 album ‘Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water’).
1979, Born on this day, Jamie Cullum, UK Jazz, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, (2003 UK No.5 album ‘Twentysomething’).
1985, Born on this day, Michael Shuman, American rock musician best known for playing bass with Queens of the Stone Age who he joined in 2007.
1992, Born on this day, Demi Lovato, American actress and singer-songwriter. (Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Movie Camp Rock). 2009 US No.1 album ‘Here We Go Again’.