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 1950s Hank Williams had become so unreliable at the Grand Ole Opry that he was fired in 1952. Alcoholism was a contributing factor. Williams had played at the Opry many times over the previous three years, and had recently been divorced when his alcohol abuse had taken its toll. He died 4½ months later.
 1950s Johnny Cash was married in Texas in 1954, with plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman. He instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records in 1955.
 1950s American Bandstand first aired on U.S. television in 1957. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, and was out of Philadelphia. Horn was involved in a scandal and executives had him dismissed. Squeaky clean Clark moved in and hosted the show until 1989. It was cancelled five months later with David Hirsch as its final host.
 1950s Britain’s answer to Elvis, 17 year old Cliff Richard, signed a record deal with EMI in 1958. He had already recorded a couple of tracks at Abbey Road Studios, but wouldn’t release his first single for a few weeks yet.
 1960s The Chubby one performed The Twist for the first time on American Bandstand. Checker would hit number 1 with the song that year, in 1960, and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go to the top of the charts in the U.S. on two separate occasions.
 1960s Ray Peterson wasn’t selling too many records in 1960. It was reported that Decca Records discarded 25000 copies of his latest single, Tell Laura I Love Her, because it was vulgar. The song told of the dying moments of a teenager who was just in a car accident. It didn’t make much difference, however, as the song made the top 10, and was soon followed by Peterson’s second big hit, Corinna, Corinna.
 1960s It was in 1963 this week that Little Stevie Wonder had the number 1 song with Fingertips – Pt. 2. He was 13 years old when the live recording was made.
 1960s Two hundred teenagers saw the debut of London’s, Ready, Steady, Go! TV show in 1963. The program broadcast guest appearances by The Tremeloes, Brian Poole and Billy Fury. Originally 30 minutes long, it expanded to 50 minutes the following year, and soon attracted the most popular artists, including The Beatles, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Rolling Stones, The Four Tops, The Kinks and many others.
 1960s John Lennon apologized at a press conference held in 1966, for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus now.” The U.S. media took the quote out of context and created a frenzy there, especially in the Bible belt. Revolver was on the charts at the time, except in South Africa where Beatle records were banned.
 1960s Pink Floyd released their 1967 album, The Piper At the Gates of Dawn. It was their debut effort, on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett. It did not contain the two singles released previously that year, Arnold Layne and See Emily Play.
 1970s Procol Harum recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, Canada, in 1971. They captured a live version of Conquistador on tape and released it the following year. The album release, Procol Harum In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, made it into the top 5 in the U.S.
 1970s After a split of over a year, The Bee Gees were back with a number 1 single in 1971. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart stayed at the top for 4 weeks in the U.S., and would be their only song to hit the top before they went into disco mode. Four years later, Jive Talkin’ started the downhill slide that lasted until the end of the decade.
 1970s The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band began recording Will the Circle Be Unbroken in 1971, with an impressive guest list of country stars. It was a triple album released the following year, and in 1989 they made a sequel.
 1970s Columbia Records signed Aerosmith in 1972 for $125000, after a New York performance. They would do Columbia proud with songs like Dream On, Sweet Emotion and Walk This Way, before sinking to the lowest depths of rock ‘n’ roll. In 1985, the group moved to Geffen Records for a $7 million advance on a five album deal. They would mount the biggest comeback of all time over the next 10 years. After releasing Big Ones, a greatest hits package, Steven Tyler and the boys returned to Columbia with the Nine Lives album. In 1998 they finally had a number 1 hit, with a song from the Armageddon soundtrack.
 1970s ABBA hit the U.S. top 10 for the first time when Waterloo made number 6 in 1974. They were on their first American tour, and dropped in on The Mike Douglas Show along the way. Although they would eventually only manage a single number 1 hit in America, the group was huge in Europe.
 1970s Elton John played the first of seven sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, in 1976. The $1.25 million generated broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975. John was promoting his recent single, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, with Kiki Dee, as well as the live album, Here and There. It was released almost twenty years later as an expanded, double CD.
 1970s Miss You by The Rolling Stones was the number 1 song this week in 1978. It was their disco contribution. Shame, shame, shame. Other tracks on the Some Girls album, like Shattered, When the Whip Comes Down, Just My Imagination and Beast of Burden were far better but not quite as radio-friendly, apparently.
 1970s Rickie Lee Jones had her debut album go platinum in 1979, about a month after the LP and Chuck E’s in Love single both peaked inside the top 5 in the U.S. Unfortunately, Jones wasn’t able to maintain the level of success with subsequent releases.
 1970s Talking Heads played at the Dr. Pepper Festival in New York’s, Central Park in 1979. They were promoting their third album, Fear of Music, which contained the FM radio classic, Life During Wartime.
 1980s MTV broadcast its first stereo concert in 1981. REO Speedwagon performed in Denver, Colorado, having just released Hi Infidelity and the hit singles, Keep On Loving You, Take It On the Run and Don’t Let Him Go.
 1980s Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in 1981. Bella Donna contained four top 40 singles, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (with Tom Petty), Leather and Lace (with Don Henley), the rocker Edge of Seventeen and After the Glitter Fades. The album was issued between the Fleetwood Mac releases, Fleetwood Mac Live and Mirage. In 1998 Nicks would release the 3 CD box set, Enchanted.
 1980s A feature film built around The Wall and starring Bob Geldof hit movie theatres in New York in 1982. The film was conceived alongside the double album by Pink Floyd’s, Roger Waters, but took a little longer than the LP to complete.
 1980s America peaked inside the U.S. top 40 for the last time when The Border went to number 33 in 1983. It was from their Your Move album, which was filled with easy listening gems like My Kinda Woman, She’s a Runaway, Tonight is for Dreamers and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Once again, Russ Ballard contributed a lot of the material, instrumental backing and production.
 1980s Ray Parker Jr. had the top song this week in 1984 with Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, it sounded too much like Huey Lewis’, I Want a New Drug, and Parker had to pay up. Huey Lewis and The News continued with the hits and had their first number 1 a year later with The Power of Love.
 1980s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For made it to number 1 in 1987, giving U2 its second top hit in the U.S. The Joshua Tree album brought the group into superstardom, and they’ve never looked back. With or Without You was number 1 just a couple months before, and Where the Streets Have No Name went top 20 later in the year.
 1980s After 57 weeks on the albums chart, Guns N’ Roses finally hit number 1 with Appetite for Destruction in 1988. Singles from the album, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and Paradise City all made the top 10.
 1990s Jeff Porcaro, one of the most popular drummers of the 1970s, died in 1992. He suffered cardiac arrest at the age of only 38, caused by hardening of the arteries after years of cocaine use. Porcaro played on Silk Degrees, the breakthrough album by Boz Scaggs in 1976, before forming Toto. Over the years he would also contribute to such albums as The Wall, Gaucho, The End of the Innocence, Luck of the Draw and many others.
 1990s Lisa Loeb hit number 1 for the first of 3 weeks in 1994, with a song included on the Reality Bites soundtrack. Actor and friend Ethan Hawke asked her to provide a song for the upcoming movie and Stay (I Missed You) was it. Loeb was in good company on the album; also making contributions were U2, Squeeze, Crowded House and Lenny Kravitz.
 1990s Jerry Garcia, leader of The Grateful Dead, died in 1995 at a California rehabilitation centre. The official cause of death was a heart attack brought on by hardening of the arteries. The Grateful Dead earned approximately $50 million each year from touring and sales of previous albums.
 1990s Dick Latvala died in 1999, after being in a coma that was caused by a heart attack. Since 1993, he had been compiling a series of Dick’s Picks albums for The Grateful Dead. The group hired him in the 1980s to look after their archives, which included a vast collection of live performances. The last album released before his death was Dick’s Picks 14, in July of 1999. He was 56.
 
 B i r t h d a y s Events     Farewells 

August 5:
Sammi Smith (1943), Rick Derringer (1947), and Samantha Sang (1953) first caused a lot of Emotion on this day.
August 6:
Isaac Hayes (1942) and Carole Pope (Rough Trade, 1949) felt All Touch when they were delivered.
August 7:
I Just Can’t Help Believing that Freddie Slack (1910), Stan Freberg (1926), B.J. Thomas (1942), Andy Fraser (Free, 1952), Alexei Sayle (1952) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden, 1958) all celebrate birthdays.
August 8:
Joe Tex (1933), Michael Johnson (1944) and The Edge (U2, 1961) were the Pride of their parents when they arrived.
August 9:
You Might Think it was on a different day that Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring, 1946), Barbara Mason (1947), Benjamin Orr (The Cars, 1947) and Whitney Houston (1963) celebrate birthdays, but it isn’t.
August 10:
Jimmy Dean (1928), Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers, 1940), Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes, 1945), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull, 1947) and Patti Austin (1948) became the Soul and Inspiration of their parents.
August 11:
Eric Carmen (1949) and Alan Frew (Glass Tiger, 1959) were born with Hungry Eyes.
   
 F a r e w e l l s Events     Birthdays 

August 5:
Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of barbiturates in 1962. Norma Jean Baker had a number of jazz releases, but her most famous song was, “Happy Birthday Mr. President.” Drummer Jeff Porcaro died of cardiac arrest in 1992.
August 6:
Rick James died in his sleep of heart failure in 2004. He was only 56.
August 7:
Esther Phillips died of liver and kidney failure in 1984.
August 8:
Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley died of a stroke in 1975.
August 9:
Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) died of a heart attack caused by hardening of the arteries, in 1995.
August 10:
Freddie Slack passed away in 1965.

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