Music Almanac - August 20

Birthdays
  • 1923 - Jim Reeves (d. 1964)
  • 1931 - Paul Robi (Platters) (d. 1989)
  • 1933 - Roland Janes (Sun records musician & producer) (d. 2013)
  • 1934 - Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) (d. 2007)
  • 1935 - Justin Tubb (d. 1998)
  • 1937 - Sky Saxon (Seeds) (d. 2009)
  • 1940 - John Lantree (Honeycombs)
  • 1941 - Dave Brock (Hawkwind)
  • 1942 - Isaac Hayes (d. 2008)
  • 1944 - Jon Povey (Pretty Things)
  • 1946 - Ralf Hütter (Kraftwerk)
  • 1947 - James Pankow (Chicago)
  • 1948 - Robert Plant
  • 1949 - Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) (d. 1986)
  • 1952 - John Hiatt
  • 1952 - Rudy Gatlin (Gatlin Brothers)
  • 1952 - Doug Fieger (Knack) (d. 2010)
  • 1956 - Rick Olsen (Berlin)
  • 1957 - Richard Zatorski (Real Life)
  • 1965 - KRS-One (born Lawrence Parker)
  • 1966 - Dimebag Darrell (born Darrell Abbott) (Pantera) (d. 2004)
  • 1970 - Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit)
  • 1971 - Brad Avery (Third Day)
  • 1974 - Big Moe (born Kenneth Moore) (d. 2007)
  • 1977 - Aaron Watson
  • 1979 - Jamie Cullum
  • 1992 - Demi Lovato

Deaths
  • 1981 - Lee Gillette (producer) - Complications of a fall (68)
  • 1988 - Leon McAuliffe (Bob Wills' Texas Playboys) (71)
  • 1995 - Orville "Red" Rhodes (steel guitarist) (64)
  • 1999 - Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) - Drug overdose (31)
  • 1999 - Bob Gallion (75)
  • 2009 - Larry Knechtel - Heart attack (69)
  • 2011 - Ross Barbour (Four Freshman) - Cancer (82)
  • 2016 - Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) - Prescription drug overdose (38)
  • 2016 - Tom Searle (Architects) - Skin cancer (28)

On This Day
  • 1960 - The shooting of the movie Where the Boys Are, starring Connie Francis, begins in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • 1965 - Andrew Loog Oldham and Tony Calder formed Immediate Records. The McCoy's Hang On Sloopy was their first release.
  • 1966 - The Beatles were forced to postpone their appearance in Cincinnati due to heavy rains.
  • 1967 - The New York Times is the first to report about the new Dolby sound reduction system.
  • 1968 - Tammy Wynette left her husband to spend time with George Jones.
  • 1969 - Frank Zappa broke up the Mothers of Invention.
  • 1969 - Mick Jagger had nine hours of surgery on his hand after a gun with a blank backfired during shooting on Ned Kelly.
  • 1979 - Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton welcomed Kimberly Stewart into the world.
  • 1987 - Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac.
  • 1988 - Two concert goers at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Donnington, England were killed in the crush of the crowd during the Guns N' Roses set.
  • 1990 - Johnny Paycheck was sued by the IRS for $1.6 million in back taxes.
  • 1991 - Nirvana and Sonic Youth started a European Tour in Cork, Ireland.
  • 1993 - Santana and Bob Dylan open their tour in Portland, OR.
  • 1994 - The press reported that Paula Abdul was being treated for an eating disorder.
  • 1996 - Snoop Dogg settles out-of-court with the family of a man shot by his bodyguard three years earlier.
  • 1997 - A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 through Alabama is dedicated to Hank Williams.
  • 1998 - Rapper DMX is exonerated of rape charges based on DNA evidence.
  • 2000 - The last show was played in London's original Wembley Stadium by Bon Jovi.
  • 2000 - Five members of the audience are injured in a crush at a No Doubt concert.
  • 2003 - OSHA fined the group Great White and the owner of the Providence, R.I. club The Station almost $100,000 for the fire that killed 100 people.
  • 2003 - Olivia Newton-John cancelled her U.S. tour to attend to her ill mother.
  • 2005 - A concert honoring Thin Lizzy's late guitarist Phil Lynott on what would have been his 56th birthday was held in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2008 - Country star John Rich said that the late-Johnny Cash would have backed presidential candidate John McCain. Cash's daughter, Rosanne, shot back that the comment was extremely presumptuous.
  • 2008 - Will Hoge was hit while riding his motorcycle in Nashville, breaking ribs and his leg, collapsing his lung and causing cuts that required 100 stitches.
  • 2018 - The RIAA certified the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975 with 38-million in sales, cementing it as the best selling album in U.S. history.

Marriages
  • 1983 - Johnny Mann and Betty Weinmann
  • 1992 - Sting and Trudie Styler
  • 1994 - Razzy Bailey and Faye Bright
  • 2007 - T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang
  • 2011 - Chely Wright and Laruen Blitzer

Recorded
  • 1969 - I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Beatles (their final studio session)
  • 1969 - If I Were a Carpenter - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
  • 1974 - You Never Even Call Me By My Name - David Alan Coe

Released
  • 1960 - So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - Everly Brothers (single)
  • 1966 - Beauty's Only Skin Deep - Temptations (single)
  • 1973 - Angie - Rolling Stones (single)
  • 1979 - Slow Train Coming - Bob Dylan
  • 1991 - Pocket Full of Kryptonite - Spin Doctors (debut album)
  • 2010 - Life Won't Wait - Ozzy Osbourne (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1969 - Kraft Music Hall (NBC) - Bobby Goldsboro, Don Ho
  • 1997 - Oasis: Right Here Right Now (BBC)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - Best of My Love - Emotions (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1988 - Roll With It - Steve Winwood (1 week)
  • 2005 - Fireflies - Faith Hill (1 week)
  • 2011 - 21 - Adele (1 week (11 previous weeks))
  • 2016 - Major Key - DJ Khaled (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1949 - Ain't Nobody's Business (Parts 1 & 2) - Jimmy Witherspoon (1 week)
  • 1955 - Maybellene - Chuck Berry (11 weeks)
  • 1983 - Get it Right - Aretha Franklin (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - Loosey's Rap - Rick James Featuring Roxanne Shante (1 week)
  • 1994 - I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men (9 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1977 - Way Down / Pledging My Love - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 1983 - Love Song - Oak Ridge Boys (1 week)
  • 1988 - Bluest Eyes in Texas - Restless Heart (1 week)
  • 2011 - Just a Kiss - Lady Antebellum (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1988 - I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That - Elton John (1 week)
  • 2005 - Lonely No More - Rob Thomas (17 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1977 - Angelo - Brotherhood of Man (1 week)
  • 2011 - Promises - Nero (1 week)
  • 2015 - Marvin Gaye - Charlie Puth Featuring Meghan Trainor (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1983 - 18 Greatest Hits - Michael Jackson Plus the Jackson 5 (3 weeks)
  • 2015 - Compton - Dr. Dre (1 week)

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