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 1950s The top 13 songs in the U.K. in 1956 were by American artists. Elvis was hot at the time with Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You I Need You I Love You, as well as his double A-side, Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel. Meanwhile, more contemporary artists like The Platters were striking gold with My Prayer, Doris Day had Whatever Will Be Will Be, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers wondered Why Do Fools Fall in Love and Gogi Grant was feeling The Wayward Wind.
 1950s At the tender age of 15, George Harrison made his first public appearance as one of The Quarry Men in 1958, alongside of Lennon, McCartney and drummer, Ken Brown. And in 1966 this week, The Beatles played Candlestick Park in what was to be their final paid concert appearance. There were 25000 screaming fans there that day, and they could almost hear the group play their final song, Long Tall Sally.
 1960s The Ronettes first entered the U.S. singles chart with 1963’s, Be My Baby. It was their only top 10 hit, following it with Baby, I Love You, at the end of the year. Lead singer, Veronica Bennett, who later became Ronnie Spector, took producer / songwriter / ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.
 1960s The Supremes had their first number 1 hit when Where Did Our Love Go hit the top for the first of 2 weeks in 1964. Barbara Martin was with the group when they released the singles, I Want a Guy (1960) and Buttered Popcorn (1961) as The Primettes, but was not replaced when several more attempts were made at cracking the top 40 under their new name of The Supremes. Songs like Your Heart Belongs to Me, Let Me Go the Right Way, My Heart Can’t Take No More and A Breath Taking Guy failed to get much attention, before When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes broke through at the end of 1963. One more failed single, Run Run Run, would follow before Where Did Our Love Go started something big. The Supremes would end up having a dozen number 1 hits in the U.S. in a little over 5 years.
 1960s Accompanied by their manager, Brian Epstein, The Beatles had their only face-to-face visit with Elvis Presley in 1965, at The King’s Bel Air home. It wasn’t all that memorable, with John Lennon remarking soon after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.” Exactly two years later, in 1967, Brian Epstein died of an overdose. The Fab Four were in Bangor, North Wales, at the time attending a conference by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The group decided to manage themselves after the loss. Epstein had taken the band from a quartet of rough-necks to being “bigger than Elvis,” in just over two years.
 1960s Bob Dylan continued playing electric in 1965, at a Forest Hill, New York concert. He was immediately booed. Dylan had decided to pick up the electric after having met The Beatles. In return, The Beatles took home the suggestion that lyrics to songs should be more meaningful, like in I Am the Walrus: “Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye...”
 1960s Boz Scaggs returned to the U.S. in 1967 and rejoined Steve Miller’s band. The pair had played together as teenagers, after which Scaggs took off to Europe and recorded the solo album, Boz. Now back with Miller, Scaggs appeared on Children of the Future and Sailor before going solo for good. He would release his famous Silk Degrees album in 1976, which contained four singles, as well as the original version of We’re All Alone, a hit for Rita Coolidge.
 1970s Jimi Hendrix made his last U.K. appearance at the Isle of Wight festival, in 1970. Hendrix had left the U.S. for Britain several years earlier, because he was largely ignored in his home country. But after receiving enormous attention from the British, he went back to America.
 1970s John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens in 1972 to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event organized by Geraldo Rivera. John personally bought $60000 worth of tickets to be given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon’s, Live in New York City album.
 1970s 10cc played their very first live engagement in 1973 at the Douglas Palace Lido at the beginning of a tour. They had just earned their first number 1 in the U.K. with Rubber Bullets. The song had followed hot on the heels of Donna, their first U.K. hit, and soon to come was The Dean and I, another top 10 smash.
 1970s Deep Purple members received a gold disc in 1973 for selling half a million copies of Smoke On the Water. The song is based on a true story. Their recording studio burnt down during a nearby Frank Zappa concert.
 1970s The original members of the band, Spirit, reformed in 1976 after a 5 year split. They were joined on stage at a reunion concert by Neil Young, for an encore of Bob Dylan’s, Like a Rolling Stone. The reunited group released the album, Son of Spirit earlier in the year. They would split again, and Jay Ferguson would make it into the top 10 with the single, Thunder Island, in 1978.
 1970s In 1979, U2 released their first set of songs on an EP titled, U2-3. A couple of the tracks would later show up on their 1980 album, Boy. The EP made it to number 1 in Ireland and would earn them five awards from the Irish music magazine, Hot Press.
 1980s In 1982, all 10 of the top albums on Billboard were in the same position as the week before. Genesis was still at number 10 with Three Sides Live, The Go-Gos were at number 9 with Vacation, Daylight Again by CSN was at position 8, REO Speedwagon’s Good Trouble at 7 and Steve Miller had number 6 with Abracadabra. The top 5 consisted of Pictures at Eleven by Robert Plant (number 5), John Cougar’s American Fool at 4, Asia’s self-titled album at 3, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor at number 2 and Fleetwood Mac held onto number 1 for the third of five weeks with Mirage. Of these top 10 albums, only American Fool would later make it to number 1, while Asia had already been at the top of the heap for a healthy seven weeks.
 1980s Michael McDonald had his last U.S. top 10 hit when Sweet Freedom, from the Running Scared soundtrack, hit number 7 in 1986. He had a successful solo career going in the first half of the ’80s since leaving The Doobie Brothers in 1982. McDonald had hits with I Keep Forgettin’ and a duet with Patti LaBelle, On My Own, before Sweet Freedom found the singles chart.
 1980s Duane Eddy continued his ’80s comeback in 1987 when he released a self-titled album on Capitol Records. He had returned to the charts the previous year when his guitar licks were featured on The Art of Noise remake of Peter Gunn. Eddy was backed on his new album by some of the best in the business, including John Fogerty, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ry Cooder, Steve Cropper and others.
 1990s Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27th, 1990. The chopper hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Remastered and unreleased SRV material continues to trickle out.
 1990s Metallica hit number 1 with their self-titled album for the first of 4 weeks in 1991. With the help of genius producer, Bob Rock, the group put together an outstanding album, which included Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters. The album would eventually sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone and earn a Diamond Award.
 1990s Crying by kd lang and Roy Orbison peaked at number 13 in the U.K. in 1992, several years after the song was recorded. It had already been to number 42 in the U.S., near the end of 1987, when it was included on the Hiding Out soundtrack, a movie starring Jon Cryer and his mother, Gretchen Cryer. Hmmm. The Crying duet also appeared on Orbison’s posthumous release, King of Hearts, later in ’92.
 1990s Billy Joel had another number 1 album in the U.S. when River of Dreams did the trick in 1993. Most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title. The songs were positioned on the album in the order that The Piano Man wrote them. The title track and All About Soul were top 40 hits and helped the album sell over 4 million copies in America. The only bad news was that Joel’s second wife, one time model Christie Brinkley, painted the album cover which was later voted worst of the year.
 1990s Frankie Miller suffered a devastating brain aneurysm in 1994. The amazing singer from Glasgow was up late at night after dropping by to see his old buddy, Joe Walsh, play a New York concert. While messing around on his guitar, the attack hit, and Miller was able to survive long enough to make it to a local hospital, with the help of a friend. He dropped into a coma that lasted five months, but emerged in very poor condition. It took him over a year to learn how to walk again, and to regain part of his speaking ability. Miller’s condition slowly continues to improve to this day. An album of live material had been released earlier in 1994, BBC Radio One in Concert, after The Very Best of Frankie Miller was issued the previous year.
 1990s Neil Young played the Reading Festival in Reading, U.K., in 1995. Half of the songs he performed were from his new Mirror Ball LP. Backing him in the studio and at the concert were members of Pearl Jam, as they also played some Neil classics, songs like The Needle and the Damage Done, Mr. Soul, After the Gold Rush, Cortez the Killer and Rockin’ in the Free World.
 1990s Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1995. 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. Two duets were heard that day, probably Mockingbird and Devoted to You, which were both top 40 hits for the duo, and were included on Carly’s box set released later in the year, Clouds in My Coffee.
 1990s Seal hit number 1 in 1995 when Kiss From a Rose had its only week at the top. The song was included in the Batman Forever movie, as well as on his second self-titled album. Kiss From a Rose would eventually win Grammys for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
 1990s Cheap Trick played a 1999 gig in Rockford, Illinois, celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band. They were joined on stage by Slash for live performances of at least one song from each of their albums. Even the theme from That ’70s Show was performed for the hometown audience. The group was also promoting their latest live release, Music for Hangovers.
 
 B i r t h d a y s Events     Farewells 

August 26:
Ernie Fields (1905), Vic Dana (1942) and Valerie Ashford (1946) arrived in Shangri-La.
August 27:
Daryl Dragon (Captain & Tennille, 1942), Simon Kirke (Free / Bad Company, 1949) and Alex Lifeson (Rush, 1953) first showed Vital Signs.
August 28:
David Soul (1943), Danny Seraphine (Chicago, 1948), Shania Twain (1965) and LeAnn Rimes (1982) finally had to Come On Over.
August 29:
Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924), Chris Copping (Procol Harum, 1945), Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise, 1947), Geoff Whitehorn (Back Street Crawler & Procol Harum, 1951) and Amanda Marshall (1972) arrived on This Bitter Earth.
August 30:
John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas heard his first Words of Love when he was born in 1935.
August 31:
It was a Wild Night that witnessed the delivery of Van Morrison in 1945 and Rick Roberts (Firefall, 1949).
September 1:
Conway Twitty (1933), Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees, 1946) and Gloria Estefan (1957) were Coming Out of the Dark on this day.
   
 F a r e w e l l s Events     Birthdays 

August 26:
Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm in 2004, at the age of 47.
August 27:
Beatle manager, Brian Epstein, died in 1967 from a drug overdose. Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a 1990 helicopter crash.
August 29:
Bluesman Jimmy Reed died in 1976, a victim of alcoholism and epilepsy. Former guitarist for Gene Vincent, Wee Willie Williams, died in 1999 after a gun accidentally discharged.

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