August 3rd: On this day
1963, The Beatles played their last ever performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Beatles, whose fee for their first performance at the Cavern had been £5, received a fee of £300 for this performance.
1963, The Beach Boys released ‘Surfer Girl’, the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.
1966, The Rolling Stones began nine days recording sessions for their next album at Los Angeles, RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA. Tracks recorded included: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? Let’s Spend The Night Together, My Obsession, Yesterday’s Papers and Back Street Girl.
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. ‘Hello I Love You’, was also in the Top 5 at the same time as Jose Feliciano’s version of ‘Light My Fire’, giving The Doors two songs, written by the group, simultaneously in the Top 5.
1968, The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.
1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine.
1973, Stevie Wonder released his 16th studio album Innervisions. Wonder played all or virtually all instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks, singles from the album were, ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Living for the City’ and ‘He’s Misstra Know-It-All’.
1974, Anne Murray appeared at The Schaefer Festival in New York as the headlining act. The opening act was Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
1974, Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. The band were made up of former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell).
1985, ‘Drive’ by The Cars was re-released following it’s dramatic use on TV during the Live Aid concert. All the royalties from the record went to the Band Aid trust.
1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Into The Groove’. The track was taken from the movie ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ which featured Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. ‘Into The Groove’ is Madonna’s best selling single in the UK, having sold over 850,000 copies.
1985, Tears For Fears started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Shout’, the duo’s second US No.1.
1986, The News Of The World in the UK printed an exclusive interview with 16 year old model Mandy Smith, who revealed she has been having an affair with Rolling Stone Bill Wyman for the past 2 and a half years.
1987, Def Leppard released their fourth studio album Hysteria which became their best selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen relating to his experiences during the time of his car accident, and the worldwide media coverage that followed.
1991, Metallica held a playback party to launch their self-titled album at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic from Nirvana both attended.
1996, Los Del Rio started a 14 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Macarena’. The song which has sold 11 million copies world-wide was ranked the No.1 Greatest One Hit Wonder of all Time by VH1 in 2002.
2000, Maurice Kinn died aged 76. The UK publisher launched The New Musical Express in 1953, which instigated the first charts based on record sales (first published on 14 November 1952). and organised the annual NME poll-winners concerts between 1963 and 1966.
2000, Pearl Jam played the first date on the North American leg of their Binaural 73-date world tour at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2001, Co-founder of US group 5th Dimension Ron Townson died of kidney failure aged 68. Had the 1969 US N.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Aquarius’.
2002, After an absence of 37 years, Bob Dylan returned to the Newport Folk Festival (now known as the Apple and Eve Newport Folk Festival) where he performed a 2 hour show of 19 songs, wearing a false beard and a wig. Songs played included: Subterranean Homesick Blues, ‘Desolation Row’, ‘Positively 4th Street’, ‘The Wicked Messenger’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’.
2006, Arthur Lee singer and guitarist of the influential 1960s band Love died in Memphis at the age of 61 following a battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. He called himself the “first black hippie” and formed Love in Los Angeles in 1965. Best known for the critically revered 1967 album, ‘Forever Changes.’
2007, Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis – 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May had recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of “zodiacal dust clouds”.
2008, Kid Rock was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Summer Long’. The song is based on Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves of London’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.
2012, Stevie Wonder representatives confirmed that the singer had filed for divorce, ending his 10-year marriage to Kai Millard Morris. The legal proceedings were initiated under his given name, Stevland Morris. Stevie’s first marriage to Syreeta Wright ended in 1972.
2015, Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty to breaching the conditions of his current home detention by drinking alcohol. Rudd had been under house detention since being sentenced for drug possession and making threats to kill in July of this year. The 61-year-old could face further sanctions, including jail time, if the judge decided he did violate his conditions.
August 3rd: Born on this day
1926, Born on this day, Tony Bennett, American singer, (1955 UK No.1 single ‘Stranger In Paradise’1965 UK No.25 single ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco’).
1935, Born on this day, Gordon Stoker, The Jordanaires, Elvis Presley’s backing group. Known for providing background vocals for Elvis Presley, in live appearances and recordings from 1956 to 1972.
1939, Born on this day, Jimmy Nicol, drummer, temporary member of The Beatles for nine Australian gigs in 1964, after Ringo Starr collapsed and was hospitalised on 3 June 1964 with tonsillitis. George Martin suggested Nicol, as he had recently played on a budget label album called “Beatlemania” and knew the songs.
1941, Born on this day, Beverly Lee, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’)
1946, Born on this day, John York, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’)
1949, Born on this day, B.B. Dickerson, War, (1976 UK No.12 single ‘Low Rider’).
1951, Born on this day, John Graham, guitar, Earth Wind and Fire, (1975 US No.1 single ‘Shining Star’, 1981 UK No.3 single ‘Let’s Groove’)
1953, Born on this day, Ian Brainson, Pilot, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘January’).
1956, Born on this day, Kirk Brandon, singer, guitarist, Spear Of Destiny, (1987 UK No.14 single ‘Never Take Me Alive’), Theatre Of Hate, (1982 UK No.40 single ‘Do You Believe In The Westworld’).
1958, Born on this day, Robert buck, 10,000 Maniacs, (1993 UK No.47 single ‘Candy Everybody Wants’). Buck died on 19th December 2000.
1959, Born on this day, Martin Atkins, Public Image Ltd, (1983 UK No.5 single ‘This Is Not A Love Song’).
1963, Born on this day, James Hetfield, guitar, vocals, Metallica, (1991 UK No.5 single ‘Enter Sandman’, 1991 US & UK No.1 album ‘Metallica’).
1966, Born on this day, Dean Sams, keyboards, Lonestar, (2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’).
1967, Born on this day, Skin, (Deborah Anne Dyer), vocals, Skunk Anansie vocals, (1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’).
1971, Born on this day, Deirdre Roper, Spinderella, Salt-n-Pepa, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’).
1973, Born on this day, Stephen Carpenter, Deftones (2003 US No.2 & UK No.7 album ‘Deftones’).
1985, Born on this day, Holly Lake, Dream, (2001 US No.3 & UK No.17 single, ‘He Loves You Not’).