August 30th: On this day
1949, Hank Williams went into Herzog Studio in Cincinnati to record ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard.
1962, The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.
1969, Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle Of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings, ($3.00). Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.
1969, One Hit Wonders Zager and Evans started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’ The song which was written by Rick Evens in 1964, also spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
1969, The three day Texas Pop Festival took place featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, B.B. King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the festival.
1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon’s, Live in New York City album.
1975, KC and the Sunshine Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’, the group’s first of five No.1’s peaked at No.21 in the UK.
1975, Guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died’ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).
1975, Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album when ‘Atlantic Crossing’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The title indicated Stewart’s new artistic direction, and on his departure to escape the 83 per cent top rate of income tax introduced by British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles.
1986, Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’, a No.13 hit in the UK.
1988, Bruce Springsteen’s wife Julianne filed for a divorce after newspapers published photos of Springsteen and backing singer Patti Scialfa together.
1989, Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.
1989, Izzy Stradlin from Guns N’ Roses was arrested for making a public disturbance on a US air flight. Stradlin had urinated on the floor, verbally abused a stewardess and smoked in the non-smoking section of the aircraft.
1992, Appering at this year’s Reading Festival, England, Suede, Ride, Pavement, Public Enemy, Manic Street Preachers (bassist Nicky Wire smashed his guitar in two and hurled it into the crowd, hitting a security guard who needed 16 stitches). This was one of the most famous in the festival’s history. Nirvana played what was to become their last UK concert, and one of their most famous. Kurt Cobain took to the stage in a wheelchair pushed by music journalist Everett True, parodying speculations about his mental health.
1994, Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch. Main man from The Lemonheads Evan Dando joined the band for a new song called ‘Whatever’.
1995, Sterling Morrison founder member of the Velvet Underground died of cancer at his home in New York City two days after his 53rd birthday. The guitarist left the group in August 1971 and re-joined in 1992 for a European tour. During the 80’s he became the Captain of a Houston tugboat.
1995, Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.
1997, Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested after the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show in Chicago.
1997, The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’, a No.6 hit in the UK.
2003, Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
2004, Winners at the 2004 MTV Video Music awards included, Usher for Best Male Video for ‘Yeah’, Best Video went to Outkast for ‘Hay Ya’, Best Group Video No Doubt for ‘It’s My Life’ and Best Rock Video went to Jet for ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl.’
2007, Rap star Lil Wayne was sued by a woman for $1m who claimed she was crushed at one of his concerts after a large amount of cash was thrown into the audience. Tyrique Layne, then 17, said she lost consciousness after being trampled by the crowd at a gig in Maryland in October 2006, and had suffered memory loss and severe headaches.
2011, Alleging that Elvis Presley “was unjustly exploited during his lifetime by his record company,” his estate announced a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Arista Music, formerly RCA Records, demanding proper payment over new media income such as ringtones, downloads and entertainment apps.
2012, Chris Lighty, who helped the careers of stars like 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, was found dead at his flat in New York from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The 44-year-old had been going through a divorce and had been having financial and other personal problems.
2013, Cinema’s across the UK were handing out earplugs to parents taking their children to see One Direction’s new film. Accompanying chaperones could enjoy One Direction: This Is Us 3D without being worried by the high-levels of expected screaming and shouting in the auditoriums during the screenings. Humans are capable of screaming as loud as 120 decibels, which is the same as standing next to a running chainsaw.
2013, A 96-year-old who wrote a song for his late wife made the US iTunes top 10, alongside Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine had died in April, had no previous musical experience and wrote the song on a whim for a competition. He submitted his handwritten lyrics by post and, although the contest was online-only, the organisers were so moved they put the words to music. ‘Oh Sweet Lorraine’ was No.7 seven on US iTunes and had seen over 1.9m YouTube views.
2013, A signed copy of John Lennon’s whimsical 1964 book ‘In His Own Write’ sold for more than $5,600 after a flurry of 47 bids on eBay. Filled with cheeky quips and kaleidoscopic imagery — the author note was titled ‘About the Awful’ — Lennon’s ‘In His Own Write’ featured short stories, poems and drawings.
2014, Kate Bush followed her stage comeback by becoming the first woman to have eight albums in the UK charts at the same time. Two of the singer’s albums were in the top 10, and eight overall in the top 40. It came after she returned for her first live concerts for 35 years. The only artists ahead of Bush are Elvis Presley, who had 12 entries in the top 40 after his death in 1977 and The Beatles who had 11 in 2009.
August 30th: Born on this day
1919, Born on this day Ellen Muriel Deason who became known as Kitty Wells. Her 1952 hit ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’, made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star.
1935, Born on this day, John Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas, (1966 US No.1 and UK No.3 single ‘Monday Monday’). Phillips died of heart failure aged 65 on 18th March 2001.
1939, Born on this day, John Peel, BBC radio DJ. journalist and TV presenter, born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft. He was the longest running BBC Radio 1 and the most influential British DJ ever. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio, and is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres, including pop, reggae, indie rock, alternative rock, punk, hardcore punk, breakcore, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop, and dance music. Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack on 25th October 2004 aged 65.
1941, Born on this day, John McNally, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Needles And Pins’, 1964 US No.3 single ‘Love Potion Number Nine’).
1944, Born on this day, Charles Colbert, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single ‘Bend Me Shape Me’).
1950, Born on this day, Micky Moody guitar, Juicy Lucy (1970 UK No.14 single ‘Who Do You Love’), Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Here I Go Again’).
1951, Born on this day, Dana, (Rosemary Brown), 1970 Irish Eurovision Song Contest winner, UK No.1 single ‘All Kinds Of Everything’.
1952, Born on this day, Kenny Andrews, Darts (1978 UK No.2 single ‘Boy From New York City’).
1953, Born on this day, Horace Panter, also known as Sir Horace Gentleman, bassist for the British 2 Tone ska band The Specials.
1954, Born on this day, Ronald Beitle, drummer, Wild Cherry, (1976 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Play That Funky Music’).
1958, Born on this day, Martin Jackson, drums, Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single ‘Shot By Both Sides’), Swing Out Sister, (1986 UK No.4 single ‘Breakout’).
1961, Born on this day, Keith McKenzie, The Shamen, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Ebeneezer Goode’).
1963, Born on this day, Paul Oakenfold, Producer, remixer, DJ. Toured with U2, remixed for Simply Red, M People, New Order, Stone Roses and U2.
1964, Born on this day, 1964, Robert Clivilles , producer and DJ with C&C Music Factory, (1991 UK No.4 single with ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’ 1991 US No.1 single with ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’).
1966, Born on this day, Peter Cunnah, D:Ream, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’).
1986, Born on this day, George Ryan Ross III, lead guitarist, singer, Panic! at the Disco. (2008 Australian No.1 and US & UK No.2 album ‘Pretty.Odd.).