Music Almanac - August 25

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Leonard Berstein (d. 1990)
  • 1927 - Monty Matthews (Jordanaires) (d. 2005)
  • 1928 - Jerry Rivers (Hank William's Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1996)
  • 1933 - Wayne Shorter (Weather Report)
  • 1942 - Walter Williams (O'Jays)
  • 1947 - Keith Tippett (King Crimson)
  • 1949 - Gene Simmons (KISS)
  • 1949 - Henry Paul (Outlaws, BlackHawk)
  • 1950 - Willie DeVille (d. 2009)
  • 1951 - Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
  • 1951 - James Warren (Korgis)
  • 1952 - Geoff Downes (Buggles, Yes, Asia)
  • 1954 - Elvis Costello
  • 1954 - Martin Jourard (Motels)
  • 1959 - Tim Menzies (songwriter)
  • 1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus
  • 1962 - Vivian Campbell (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Def Leppard)
  • 1963 - Candida Doyle (Pulp)
  • 1963 - Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs)
  • 1965 - Nigel Durham (Saxon)
  • 1965 - Mia Zapata (Gits) (d. 1993)
  • 1966 - Terminator X (born Norman Rogers) (Public Enemy)
  • 1966 - Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Planet X, Black Country Communion)
  • 1967 - Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo)
  • 1968 - Stuart Murdoch (Belle & Sebastian)
  • 1968 - Spider One (born Michael Cummings) (Powerman 5000)
  • 1969 - Luke Scott (Babybird)
  • 1970 - Jo Dee Messina
  • 1971 - Brice Long (songwriter)
  • 1983 - James Righton (Klaxons)
  • 1987 - Amy MacDonald
  • 1988 - Alexandra Burke

Deaths
  • 1979 - Stan Kenton - Stroke (67)
  • 1994 - Creadel "Red" Jones (O'Jays) (53)
  • 1995 - Doug Stegmeyer (bassist for Billy Joel) - Suicide (43)
  • 1999 - Rob Fisher (Naked Eyes) - Cancer (42)
  • 2000 - Jack Nitzsche (arranger, producer, songwriter) - Cardiac arrest (63)
  • 2001 - Aaliyah - Plane crash (22)
  • 2006 - Lou Wills (Warner Brothers executive)

On This Day
  • 1956 - George Jones joined the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.
  • 1963 - Paul McCartney paid a fine and lost his driver's license for one year for speeding.
  • 1967 - Brian Wilson performed with the Beach Boys for the first time in two years at a show in Honolulu, HI.
  • 1970 - The Electric Ladyland studios in New York opened.
  • 1970 - Elton John played live for the first time in the U.S. at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA, opening for David Ackles.
  • 1970 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their live debut in Plymouth, England.
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin performed live for the last time at the Las Vegas Hilton.
  • 1973 - Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers broke his leg in a car accident.
  • 1977 - Helen Reddy was appointed to California's Parks Commission by governor Jerry Brown.
  • 1987 - Vince Neil cut nerves and tendons in his hand when he breaks a jar of mustard in Rochester, NY. He wanted a different brand.
  • 1990 - The Rolling Stones' show at Wembley Stadium in London marks the final appearance of Bill Wyman with the band.
  • 1993 - Snoop Dogg was indicted for his involvement in the murder of a member of the By Yerself gang, posting the $1 million bail. He was acquitted three years later.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Page and Robert Plant taped their MTV Unplugged special in London.
  • 1994 - Jimmy Buffett crashed his plane off Nantucket, MA, swimming back to shore.
  • 1998 - Charlie Feathers suffered a stroke.
  • 1999 - Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was arrested for inciting a riot in Las Vegas when he tells the crowd to go out and turn over some cars.
  • 1999 - Whitney Houston was sued for $100,000 by the city of Concord, CA after she cancelled a show due to illness.
  • 1999 - Lionel Richie plays a show in front of the Sphynx in Egypt.
  • 2001 - Billy Joe Shaver had a heart attack after a show in New Braunfels, TX.
  • 2003 - Jag, a children's book written by LeAnn Rimes and her husband Dean Sheremet, was published.
  • 2005 - Slash and Duff, formerly of Guns N' Roses, sued Axl Rose for naming himself sole holder of the copyrights of the band's works.
  • 2006 - Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton was forced to sit out the first part of the band's Route of All Evil Tour to undergo treatment for throat cancer.
  • 2007 - Chuck Wicks made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2007 - Arthur Brown's costume caught on fire while singing his signature song, Fire, in Lewes, England.
  • 2009 - Country singer Jack Ingram set a record for most interviews in 24 hours by doing 215 five-minute interviews with radio stations.
  • 2009 - Chris Brown was sentenced in the beating of Rihanna. Included was a five year no conatact order.
  • 2011 - The word Americana was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Marriages
  • 1941 - Billie Holiday and Jimmy Monroe
  • 1946 - Rex Allen and Bonita Linder
  • 1965 - Patty Stoneman (Stoneman Family) and John J. Murphy, Jr.
  • 1984 - Linda Davis and Lang Scott
  • 1987 - Jay Osmond (Osmonds) and Kandilyn Harris
  • 2007 - Willa Ford and Mike Modano
  • 2018 - Neil Young and Daryl Hannah

Divorces
  • 1994 - Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley

Recorded
  • 1975 - A Little Bit More - Dr. Hook

Released
  • 1973 - Ramblin' Man - Allman Brothers (single)
  • 1975 - Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1976 - Boston - Boston (debut album)
  • 1979 - Cars - Gary Numan (single)
  • 1982 - What Time Is It? - Time
  • 1988 - ...And Justice For All - Metallica
  • 1995 - Real Love - Mary J. Blige (single)
  • 1998 - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
  • 2009 - World Wide Open - Love & Theft (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1968 - The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (CBS) - Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, John Hartford, Stoneman Family
  • 1969 - Carol Burnett Presents The Jimmie Rodgers Show (CBS) - Jimmie Rodgers, Bobby Russell, Vicki Lawrence
  • 1976 - Easy Does It (CBS) - Frankie Avalon
  • 1978 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Exile, Carlene Carter
  • 1993 - Wind In The Wire (ABC) - Randy Travis

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Little Star - Elegants (1 week)
  • 1962 - Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1 week)
  • 1973 - Brother Louie - Stories (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - My Sharona - Knack (6 weeks)
  • 2012 - Whistle - Flo Rida (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1973 - Chicago VI - Chicago (2 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2007 - Underground Kingz - UGK (1 week)
  • 2012 - NOW That's What I Call Music 43 - Various Artists (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) - Bill Doggett (13 weeks)
  • 1958 - Just a Dream - Jimmy Clanton (1 week)
  • 1962 - The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr. (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Jerk Out - Time (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - Everybody's Had the Blues - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band (1 week)
  • 1984 - Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream) - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1 week)
  • 2012 - Angel Eyes - Love & Theft (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1962 - You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Mama Can't Buy You Love - Elton John (1 week)
  • 1990 - Come Back to Me - Janet Jackson (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Apache - Shadows (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - Young Love - Donny Osmond (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard (4 weeks)
  • 1990 - Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Bambalurina Featuring Timmy Mallett (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Let's Dance - Five (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - Stronger - Kanye West (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - How We Do (Party) - Rita Ora (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1956 - Songs For Swingin' Lovers - Frank Sinatra (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2001 - White Ladder - David Gray (1 week)
  • 2007 - The King - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 2012 - Our Version of Events - Emeli Sande (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))

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