Music Almanac - August 16

Birthdays
  • 1915 - Al Hibbler (d. 2001)
  • 1915 - Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson (d. 1976)
  • 1922 - Ernie Freeman (d. 1981)
  • 1923 - Eddie Kirkland (d. 2011)
  • 1924 - Fess Parker (d. 2010)
  • 1928 - Eydie Gorme (d. 2013)
  • 1934 - Ketty Lester
  • 1939 - Eric Weissberg
  • 1939 - Billy Joe Shaver
  • 1942 - Robert "Squirrel" Lester (Chi-Lites) (d. 2010)
  • 1943 - Kin Vassy (First Edition) (d. 1994)
  • 1944 - Russ Titelman (producer)
  • 1944 - Kevin Ayres (Soft Machine) (d. 2013)
  • 1945 - Gary Loizzo (American Breed) (d. 2016)
  • 1945 - Gordon "Snowy" Fleet (Easybeats)
  • 1948 - Barry Hay (Golden Earring)
  • 1948 - Joey Spampinato (NRBQ)
  • 1948 - Danny Flowers (songwriter)
  • 1949 - Scott Asheton (Stooges) (d. 2014)
  • 1949 - Bill Spooner (Tubes)
  • 1953 - James "J.T." Taylor (Kool and the Gang)
  • 1957 - Tim Farris (INXS)
  • 1958 - Madonna
  • 1960 - Chris Penderson (Camper Van Beethoven)
  • 1964 - Matt Lukin (Melvins, Mudhoney)
  • 1967 - MC Remedee (Cookie Crew)
  • 1972 - Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks)
  • 1980 - Vanessa Carlton
  • 1980 - Robert Hardy (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1987 - Dan Smyers (Dan + Shay)
  • 1997 - Grayson Chance

Deaths
  • 1938 - Robert Johnson - Possible strychnine poisoning (27)
  • 1977 - Elvis Presley - Prescribed drug overdose (42)
  • 1986 - John Hurley (songwriter) - Liver failure (45)
  • 1995 - Robert "Bobby" DeBarge (DeBarge) - AIDS (39)
  • 1997 - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Heart failure (48)
  • 2000 - Alan Caddy (Tornados) (60)
  • 2004 - Melvin Endsley (songwriter) - Heart complications (70)
  • 2005 - Vassar Clements - Lung cancer (77)
  • 2008 - Ronnie Drew (Dubliners) - Cancer (73)
  • 2018 - Aretha Franklin - Pancreatic cancer (76)

On This Day
  • 1957 - Buddy Holly performed at the Apollo Theater on a bill that also included Clyde McPhatter.
  • 1960 - Filming started on the Elvis Presley movie Flaming Star.
  • 1962 - Brian Epstein fired Pete Best from the Beatles. Ringo Starr was his replacement.
  • 1965 - David Jones became David Bowie.
  • 1965 - Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five broke two ribs when he was pulled off the stage by fans in Chicago.
  • 1967 - Jeannie Seely joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1968 - The Jackson 5 made their performing debut with Diana Ross & the Supremes.
  • 1968 - Earth, a new band featuring Bruce Springsteen, made their live debut in Red Bank, NJ.
  • 1969 - Saturday at the Woodstock Festival featured Quill, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian, Santana, Keef Hartley Band, Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Who and the Jefferson Airplane.
  • 1974 - The Ramones made their live debut at CBGB in New York.
  • 1975 - Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving Genesis.
  • 1976 - Cliff Richard started a tour of the USSR in Leningrad.
  • 1977 - The Buzzcocks signed with United Artists.
  • 1977 - Ronnie McDowell wrote The King is Dead hours after the passing of Elvis Presley.
  • 1986 - Def Leppard's Rick Allen took the stage with the band at the Monsters of Rock Festival to play drums, twenty months after losing his arm in a car crash.
  • 1987 - Thousands come to Graceland in Memphis to honor Elvis Presley on the tenth anniversary of his death.
  • 1997 - 30,000 people trekked to Graceland for the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
  • 2002 - The Rolling Stones make a surprise appearance at a club in Toronto prior to their Licks tour.
  • 2003 - A U.S. postage stamp honoring Henry Mancini was released.
  • 2005 - Madonna was injured in a horse riding accident, breaking her collarbone, three ribs and hand.
  • 2005 - P Diddy, ex-Puff Daddy, announced on NBC's the Today Show that he was changing his name again to just Diddy.

Marriages
  • 1983 - Paul Simon and Carrie Fischer
  • 1985 - Madonna and Sean Penn
  • 2003 - Daryle Singletary and Holly Mercer

Divorces
  • 1968 - Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

Recorded
  • 1935 - I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana
  • 1957 - Be-Bop-Baby - Rick Nelson
  • 1960 - Emotions - Brenda Lee
  • 1961 - Crazy - Patsy Cline
  • 1968 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles

Released
  • 1940 - New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
  • 1962 - I Call It Pretty Music (But the Old People Call It the Blues) - Stevie Wonder (debut single)
  • 1966 - Last Train to Clarksville - Monkees (debut single)
  • 1969 - Blind Faith - Blind Faith

Broadcasts
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - O.C. Smith, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Melanie, Grandpa Jones
  • 1969 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Bobby Bare
  • 1973 - Dean Martin Presents: Music Country (NBC) - Tammy Wynette, Sonny James, Chet Atkins, Charley Pride, Ray Stevens, Ray Price, Donna Fargo, Anne Murray, Marty Robbins
  • 2005 - Tommy Lee Goes to College (debut)
  • 2005 - Today Show (NBC) - P. Diddy
  • 2010 - Jimmy Kimmel - Ozzy Osbourne

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1986 - Papa Don't Preach - Madonna (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1947 - Al Jolson Souvenir Album - Al Jolson (6 weeks)
  • 1958 - Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Van Cliburn (5 weeks)
  • 1986 - True Blue - Madonna (5 weeks)
  • 1997 - The Art of War - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1 week)
  • 2008 - Love on the Inside - Sugarland (1 week)
  • 2014 - Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1969 - Choice of Colors - Impressions (1 week)
  • 1975 - Dream Merchant - New Birth (1 week)
  • 1980 - Upside Down - Diana Ross (4 weeks)
  • 1986 - Do You Get Enough Love - Shirley Jones (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - Frontin' - Pharrell Featuring Jay-Z (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1969 - Workin' Man Blues - Merle Haggard (1 week)
  • 1980 - Tennessee River - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1986 - You're the Last Thing I Needed Tonight - John Schneider (1 week)
  • 1997 - Come Cryin' to Me - Lonestar (2 weeks)
  • 2008 - All I Want to Do - Sugarland (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1969 - In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus) - Zager & Evans (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1975 - Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) - Stylistics (3 weeks)
  • 1997 - Men in Black - Will Smith (4 weeks)
  • 2008 - I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry (5 weeks)
  • 2014 - Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1975 - The Best of the Stylistics - Stylistics (2 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2003 - Escapology - Robbie Williams (1 week)

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