Thursday, August 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: August 11

1957:  Jerry Lee Lewis performed on The Steve Allen Show on NBC-TV.  (Note:  some websites claim Lewis was on 'The Big Beat Show' on ABC-TV.  He performed on that show on August 2--on August 11, he was on 'The Steve Allen Show', according to 'Spin' magazine and ''.  'The Big Beat Show" only lasted four episodes, with the last one being on August 2, the date that Lewis performed.)
1958:  "Patricia" by Perez Prado was #1 on the R&B chart.
1958:  In Billboard's second chart, Ricky Nelson remained at #1 ("Poor Little Fool") but Domenico Modugno rose from 54 to 2 with "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)".
1962:  Kid Galahad starring Elvis Presley premiered in theaters.  (Note:  there are websites which report the film's release as July 25 (one quotes a 'Variety' magazine article about the movie premiere from July 25, 1962 which we cannot find.  The official Graceland website reports that the film opened nationally in theaters on August 28 (some websites say August 29).  Unfortunately, there are no sources which definitively decide the correct date for the premiere, but our best research indicates that the film premiered on August 11.)

1962:  "Green Onions" became the first hit for Booker T. & the MG's on this date.
1962:  An all-female singing group debuted on the chart with their first single on this date--The Supremes with "Your Heart Belongs To Me".
1962:  Neil Sedaka enjoyed his first #1 song with "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do".  He would have to wait 12 years for another one.
1963:  The Rolling Stones and Long John Baldry performed at the National Jazz and Blues Festival, on the Richmond Athletic Grounds in Richmond, Surrey, England.  The Stones were paid all of £30.

1963:  The Kingston Trio were the mystery guests on the television show What's My Line?
1964:  The Beatles began recording their album Beatles For Sale at EMI Studios in London.
1965:  Sonny Bono performed "Laugh At Me" on the television show Shindig on ABC.  The Rolling Stones, Donovan, the Ronettes and Bobby Goldsboro also performed.
1965:  The Beatles' movie Help! premiered in the United States in New York City.  The world premiere was at the Pavilion Theatre in London on July 6.
1966:  The Beatles arrived at O'Hare Airport in Chicago for their final tour of the United States.

1967:  Small Faces, the Move, Tomorrow, and Marmalade performed on the opening night of the seventh annual Jazz & Blues Festival at the Windsor Royal Racecourse in Windsor, England. 
1968:  It was an amazing conclusion to the 8th annual National Jazz & Blues Festival, which had moved to the Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, England.  Jethro Tull, the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Al Stewart, John Mayall, the Incredible String Band, and Chicken Shack (with Christine McVie) all performed.
1968:  The Beatles announced the formation of Apple Records.
1969:  Blind Faith released their first and only album.  (Note:  several websites claim the group released their album on June 22.  According to the official website for member Ginger baker, the album was released in August.)
1969:  Diana Ross invited 350 friends to a club in Beverly Hills, California to see a brand new act called the Jackson 5.
1972:  The mayor of San Antonio, Texas declared it Cheech & Chong Day.

1972:  The annual U.K. Festival, which began in 1961 as the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, had undergone several changes.  The location had moved, first to Windsor, then to Sunbury, then to Sussex, before settling on Reading, now the permanent home of the event.  It was now called the National Jazz, Blues, Folk & Rock Festival.  Genesis, Nazareth and Mungo Jerry were among the acts on the opening day. 
1973:  Bill Aucoin offered to become the manager of KISS after seeing them play at the Crystal Ballroom of Hotel Diplomat in New York City the night before.

1973: Elton John was up big (74-34) with "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".

                                         Charlie Daniels and "Uneasy Rider"...

1973:  Maureen McGovern enjoyed a fast climb up the charts (20-9-1) and she remained at #1 with "The Morning After".  Wings closed to #2 with "Live And Let Die" while the Stories were up from 8-3 with "Brother Louie".  Diana Ross was at position #4 with her second big solo hit "Touch Me In The Morning" and Jim Croce's former #1 "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Deep Purple with "Smoke On The Water", Marvin Gaye was up from 17-7 with "Let's Get It On", the Carpenters were on the way down with "Yesterday Once More", Charlie Daniels came in ninth with "Uneasy Rider" and Bobby "Boris" Pickett entered the Top 10 with "Monster Mash".
1976:  Keith Moon, drummer of the Who, collapsed and was hospitalized in Miami, Florida.
1979:  Led Zeppelin played their final concert in the U.K. at the Knebworth Festival at Knebworth Park, in Knebworth, England.
1979:  Chic owned the top R&B song for the third week with "Good Times".

1979:  ELO had a huge hit on their hands as "Don't Bring Me Down" motored up from #41 to #18.

1980:  Queen released the single "Another One Bites The Dust".  (Note:  some websites naively say the single was released August 22.  "Another One Bites The Dust" debuted on the Singles chart on August 16, 1980.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)
1982: The Police performed at Stade Percival-Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.1982:  Donna Summer and husband Buce Sudano celebrated the birth of daughter Amada Grace Sudano.
1984:  Lionel Richie had his second #1 on the AC chart from his great album Can't Slow Down as "Stuck On You" was #1 for a second week.

1984:  Ray Parker, Jr. had his biggest career hit as "Ghostbusters" reached #1.  That ended Prince's hold on the top spot with his great song "When Doves Cry".
1984:  Purple Rain was in its fifth week of release with two at #1 on the Album chart.  Sports by Huey Lewis & the News was now moving up after 45 weeks while Born in the U.S.A. fell to #3 after 8 weeks.  The Jacksons had #4 with Victory and the Cars were back with another great album--Heartbeat City.  The rest of the Top 10:  Lionel Richie was still hanging around with Can't Slow Down after 40 weeks, Ratt couldn't climb with Out of the Cellar, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters", Tina Turner had a Top 10 album with Private Dancer and Billy Idol closed out the group with Rebel Yell.
1984:  Prince made it seven weeks in a row with one of the top R&B songs of the 1980's--"When Doves Cry".
1985:  Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran had a scare after his yacht capsized off of the English coast during a race.  The Royal Navy rescued him after LeBon was trapped for 40 minutes under the hull in an underwater air pocket.
1986:  The first four albums by the Monkees amazingly re-entered the Top 200 albums chart.

1990:  Mariah Cary reached #1 on the R&B chart with her first single "Vision Of Love".
1992:  Ray Charles sang "America The Beautiful" at the opening of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1995:  The funeral of Jerry Garcia was held in Belvedere, California.
1996:  Mel Taylor, famous drummer of the Ventures ("Hawai'i Five-O" and "Walk Don't Run"), died of lung cancer at the age of 62.  (Note:  some websites claim he was 63 when he died, but Mel was 62.  Although some articles report he was 63, all sources agree that he was born September 24, 1933, which made him 62 at the date of his death.  Some sites say he died in Los Angeles, but he died at the Tarzana Medical Center, which is in Tarzana, California, not Los Angeles, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1999:  KISS received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
2003:  Kelly Rowland and Nelly had the #1 song with "Dilemma".
2003:  S.W.A.T. starring LL Cool J was the #1 movie of the week.

2005:  The Eagles performed at Harrah's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
2005:  Was there anything to challenge it?  "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey was #1 for an 11th week with not one song worthy of taking over #1.

Born This Day:
1942:  Michael Hugg, drummer and a founding member of Manfred Mann, was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England.  (Note:  some websites report Hugg was born in Andover, Hampshire, England.  According to the book Then, Now and Rare British Beat 1960-1969 by Terry Rawlings,  Michael was born in Gosport.)
1942:  Guy Villari, lead singer 
of the Regents, was born in the Bronx, New York.  (Note:  some websites say he was born in New York City, but according to 'Billboard' magazine, Guy was born in the Bronx.)

1943:  Kenny Gamble, who wrote so many great hits with Leon Huff, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1943:  Denis Payton, saxophone player of the Dave Clark Five, was born in Walthamstow, Essex, England; died December 17, 2006 of cancer in Bournemouth  Dorset, England.  (Note:  some websites mistakenly say that Payton was born in Walthamstow, London.  London did not become the county of Walthamstow until 1974, long after Payton's birth.  At the time Denis was born, Walthamstow was included in the county of Essex.)
1943:  Jim Kale, bass guitarist of the Guess Who, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1949:  Eric Carmen of the Raspberries and a great solo star, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1952:  Erik Braunn, guitarist of Iron Butterfly, was born in Pekin, Illinois; died July 25, 2003. (Note:  some websites claim Braunn died of a Myocardial infection, and some say he died July 26 or July 28.  He died on Friday, July 25, 2003 of cardiac arrest, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times')

1954:  Joe Jackson was born in Burton-on-Trent, England.
1954:  Bryan Bassett, guitarist of Foghat, Molly Hatchet and Wild Cherry, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1957:  Richie Ramone (real name Richard Reinhardt), drummer of the Ramones, was born in Passaic, New Jersey.

1968:  Charlie Sexton, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Bob Dylan's backing band, a session musician for Don Henley and others and a solo performer ("Beats So Lonely"), was born in San Antonio, Texas.
1970:  Andy Bell, who joined Oasis in 1999, was born in Cardiff, Wales.

1976:  Ben Gibbard, singer for Death Cab for Cutie, was born in Bremerton, Washington.
1978:  Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross was born in Atlanta, Georgia; died May 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia from drugs.

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