Music Almanac - August 31

Birthdays
  • 1939 - Jerry Allison (Crickets)
  • 1940 - Wilton Felder (Crusaders) (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Roger Dean (album cover artist)
  • 1945 - Van Morrison
  • 1945 - Bob Welch (d. 2012)
  • 1948 - Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions)
  • 1949 - Rick Roberts (Firefall)
  • 1950 - Steve Goetzman (Exile)
  • 1952 - Bruce Soboroff (Buckinghams)
  • 1955 - Anthony Thistlethwaite (Waterboys)
  • 1957 - Glenn Tillbrook (Squeeze)
  • 1957 - Gina Schock (Go-Go's)
  • 1959 - Tony DeFranco (DeFranco Family)
  • 1960 - Chris Whitley (d. 2005)
  • 1963 - Larry Waddell (Mint Condition)
  • 1963 - Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake)
  • 1967 - Gerard Love (Teenage Fanclub)
  • 1969 - Jeff Russo (Tonic)
  • 1970 - Debbie Gibson
  • 1977 - Craig Nicholls (Vines)
  • 1977 - Del Marquis (born Derek Gruen) (Scissor Sisters)
  • 1979 - Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro)
  • 1980 - Joe Budden
  • 1981 - 40 Cal. (born Calvin Byrd)

Deaths
  • 1976 -  Buell Kazee (folk singer) (76)
  • 2002 - Lionel Hampton -Congestive heart failure (94)
  • 2004 - Carl Wayne (Move) -  Esophageal cancer (61)
  • 2004 - Joe Berry (65)

On This Day
  • 1965 - Sonny & Cher traveled to the U.K. for the first time for a promotional tour.
  • 1968 - The first Isle of Wight Festival was held with performers including the Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention, T-Rex, the Move, the Pretty Things and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
  • 1968 - Jeannie C. Riley made her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1968 - Danny Kerwin joined Fleetwood Mac.
  • 1971 - The Rolling Stones (and the father of Brian Jones) filed a suit against the group's managers accusing them of making a secret deal with Decca Records that limited the group's royalties.
  • 1971 - A security guard was stabbed and killed at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
  • 1974 - Traffic played live for the last time at the Redding Festival in the U.K.
  • 1974 - John Lennon testified in U.S. federal court that Richard Nixon tried to have him deported over his involvement in anti-war protests.
  • 1976 - George Harrison lost the lawsuit accusing him of unconsciously plagiarizing his song My Sweet Lord from the Ronnie Mack song He's So Fine.
  • 1984 - Prince's movie Purple Rain opened in the U.K.
  • 1987 - The video for Michael Jackson's Bad premiered.
  • 1989 - The Rolling Stones opened their Steel Wheels tour in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 1990 - A memorial service was held for Stevie Ray Vaughan which included a performance of Amazing Grace by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder.
  • 1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Cleveland.
  • 1997 - James Brown became the first western popular artist to perform in Lebanon.
  • 1999 - R.L. Burnside underwent angioplasty surgery.
  • 2001 - Aaliyan's funeral was held in Manhattan.
  • 2002 - It was announced that Lance Bass of *NSYNC would be the first celebrity astronaut. He would not be on the flight when he failed to pay the $20 million fee.
  • 2003 - Poison continues with their tour even though their instruments and stage equipment are destroyed in a fire.
  • 2004 - Carrie Smith quits the Von Bondies and is replaced by Yasmeen Smith.
  • 2005 - Blondie and Public Enemy perform at a rally to save the club CBGB.
  • 2005 - Toby Keith announced he was forming the independent Show Dog Nashville Records.
  • 2007 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edwards and Trisha Yearwood shot an episode of CMT Crossroads.

Marriages
  • 1957 - Roy Clark and Barbara Joyce Rupard
  • 1980 - Karen Carpenter and Thomas Burris
  • 1986 - Bob Geldof and Paula Yates
  • 1991 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) and Gertie Filip
  • 1994 - Aaliyah and R. Kelly (disputed by both; however, her mother had it annulled in 1995 because Aaliyah was only 15)

Divorces
  • 1988 - Bob Seger and Annette Sinclair (filed)

Recorded
  • 1939 - All or Nothing at All - Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Band

Released
  • 1974 -  Goat's Head Soup - Rolling Stones
  • 1974 -  Jazzman - Carole King (single)
  • 1993 -  In Pieces - Garth Brooks
  • 1999 -  Risk - Megadeth
  • 1999 -  Fly - Dixie Chicks

Awards
  • 2006 - MTV Video Music Awards
    • Video of the Year -  I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! at the Disco
    • Male Video -  You're Beautiful - James Blunt
    • Female Video -  Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
    • Group Video -  Move Along - All-American Rejects
    • New Artist -  Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold
    • Pop Video -  Stupid Girls - Pink
    • Rock Video -  Miss Murder - AFI
    • R&B Video - heck on It - Beyonce Featuring Slim Thug and Bun B
    • Rap Video -  Ridin' - Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone
    • Hip-Hop Video -  My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
    • Dance Video -  Buttons - Pussycat Dolls Featuring Snoop Dogg

Broadcasts
  • 1974 -  The Partridge Family (final show)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1963 -  My Boyfriend's Back - Angels (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1946 -  Cole Porter Review - David Rose & His Orchestra (2 weeks)
  • 1963 -  My Son, the Nut - Allan Sherman (8 weeks)
  • 1985 -  Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (9 weeks)
  • 1991 -  Metallica - Metallica (4 weeks)
  • 2002 -  Nellyville - Nelly (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1968 -  You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (5 weeks)
  • 1991 -  Addictive Love - BeBe & CeCe Winans (2 weeks)
  • 1996 -  Hit Me Off - New Edition (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1959 -  The Three Bells - Browns (10 weeks)
  • 1968 -  Mama Tried - Merle Haggard (4 weeks)
  • 1974 -  The Grand Tour - George Jones (1 week)
  • 1985 -  Love is Alive - Judds (1 week)
  • 1996 -  She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart - Tim McGraw (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1961 -  Johnny Remember Me - John Layton (3 weeks)
  • 1968 -  Do It Again - Beach Boys (1 week)
  • 1974 -  Love Me For a Reason - Osmonds (3 weeks)
  • 1985 -  I Got You Babe - UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
  • 2003 -  Are You Ready For Love - Elton John (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1957 -  The Tommy Steele Story - Tommy Steele (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1991 -  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - London Stage Cast (2 weeks)
  • 2003 -  Permission to Land - Darkness (4 weeks)
  • 2008 -  Forth - Verve (2 weeks)

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