Music Almanac - August 4

Birthdays
  • 1890 - Carson Robison (early promoter of country music) (d. 1957)
  • 1899 - Frank Luther (d. 1980)
  • 1901 - Louis Armstrong (accepted date, not 7/14/1900 as Armstrong claimed) (d. 1971)
  • 1919 - James Blackwood (Blackwood Brothers) (d. 2002)
  • 1936 - Elsberry Hobbs (Drifters) (d. 1996)
  • 1938 - Kenny Malone (Nashville session drummer)
  • 1939 - Frankie Ford (d. 2015)
  • 1940 - Timi Yuro (d. 2004)
  • 1940 - Larry Knechtel (d. 2009)
  • 1943 - David Carr (Fortunes) (d. 2011)
  • 1947 - Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream)
  • 1947 - Paul Layton (New Seekers)
  • 1950 - Vicki Hackeman (Dave & Sugar)
  • 1951 - Larry Flowers (Sweet Sensation)
  • 1952 - Moya Brennen (Clanned)
  • 1958 - Ian Broudie (Big in Japan, Original Mirrors)
  • 1959 - Robbin Crosby (Ratt) (d. 2002)
  • 1960 - Graham Massey (808 State)
  • 1962 - Paul Reynolds (A Flock of Seagulls)
  • 1963 - Sami Yaffa (New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks)
  • 1963 - Craig Wiseman (songwriter)
  • 1968 - Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys)
  • 1969 - Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura)
  • 1971 - Yo-Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker)
  • 1975 - Grady Cross (Cross Canadian Ragweed)
  • 1981 - Marques Houston (Immature/IMx)
  • 1985 - Crystal Bowersox
  • 1989 - Jessica Mauboy

Deaths
  • 1994 - Luise King (King Sisters) - Cancer (83)
  • 2005 - Little Milton (born James Campbell, Jr.) - Complications following a stroke (70)
  • 2007 - Lee Hazlewood - Renal cancer (78)
  • 2012 - Stuart Swanlund (Marshall Tucker Band)
  • 2015 - Billy Sherrill (78)
  • 2018 - Lorrie Collins - Complications from a fall (76)

On This Day
  • 1928 - Jimmie Rodgers started his first major string of shows in Washington, DC.
  • 1956 - Jimmy C. Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry while George Jones made his debut.
  • 1958 - Billboard published their first Hot 100 chart.
  • 1959 - Skeeter Davis became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1962 - The Rolling Stones opened a 22 week run at the Ealing Jazz Club.
  • 1963 - Connie Smith won a talent show in Columbus, OH where she is noticed by Bill Anderson.
  • 1966 - Beatles records stopped being played on numerous radio stations after John Lennon's comment that the group was “more popular than Jesus.”
  • 1970 - Jim Morrison of the Doors was arrested for public intoxication after falling asleep on a stranger's porch.
  • 1970 - The Medicine Ball Caravan with the Grateful Dead played their first show in San Francisco.
  • 1975 - Robert Plant and his wife were seriously injured in a car crash.
  • 1977 - Ferlin Husky and triple bypass surgery.
  • 1977 - The book Elvis: What Happened? was published.
  • 1979 - A concert was held to raise money for Lowell George of Little Feat which included Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris.
  • 1979 - Led Zeppelin played their first show in the U.K. in four years at Knebworth Park before 120,000 people.
  • 1982 - Wild Man Fischer decided to come out of retirement, one day after he entered it.
  • 1988 - Brenda Lee sued MCA Records over underpayed royalties.
  • 1990 - Robbers stole $260,000 in merchandise sales while the New Kids on the Block performed in Montreal.
  • 1990 - Janet Jackson collapsed on stage in St. Louis from an inner ear infection.
  • 2001 - Neko Case was banned from the Grand Ole Opry after she stripped down to her bra during a hot summer concert in the Opry House.
  • 2003 - Jack White posted video of his hand operation on the internet, necessitated by a July auto accident.
  • 2003 - Kurt Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana, said he is retiring from the music business although he will still play music with his band.
  • 2005 - Vasser Clements found that his lung cancer had spread to his brain and made the decision to stop treatments.
  • 2008 - Brooks & Dunn received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2009 - Paula Abdul confirmed she would not be returning for the ninth season of American Idol.
  • 2015 - Billy Joel played the final concert at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum with Paul Simon making a special appearance.

Marriages
  • 1970 - Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) and Barbara Charren
  • 1981 - Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White
  • 1984 - Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman
  • 1986 - Ricky Van Shelton and Bettye Witt
  • 1994 - Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans
  • 2001 - Dave Stewart and Anouska Fisz
  • 2001 - Jason Aldean and Jessica Ussery

Recorded
  • 1927 - The Soldier's Sweetheart, Sleep, Baby, Sleep - Jimmie Rodgers (his first recording session for Victor)
  • 1965 - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Desolation Row - Bob Dylan (last recording session for Highway 61 Revisited)
  • 1969 - She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1971 - Me and Bobby McGee - Jerry Lee Lewis
  • 1980 - Double Fantasy - John Lennon (first day of recording)

Released
  • 1974 - Loves Me Like a Rock - Paul Simon (single)
  • 2009 - Gloriana - Gloriana (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1957 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Everly Brothers
  • 1965 - Shindig! (ABC) - Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman
  • 1968 - The Summer Brothers Smothers Show (CBS) - Judy Collins, Glen Campbell
  • 1969 - Carol Burnett Presents The Jimmie Rodgers Show (CBS) - Everly Brothers, Vicki Lawrence
  • 1996 - Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony (NBC) - Stevie Wonder, The Pointer Sisters, B.B. King, Al Green, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Gloria Estefan, Wynton Marsalis, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Mark O'Connor

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1956 - My Prayer / Heaven on Earth - Platters (2 weeks)
  • 1958 - Poor Little Fool - Ricky Nelson (2 weeks)
  • 1973 - The Morning After - Maureen McGovern (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Vision of Love - Mariah Carey (4 weeks)
  • 2001 - Bootylicious - Destiny's Child (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1945 - King Cole Trio - Nat King Cole Trio (1 week (11 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1984 - Purple Rain - Prince & the Revolution / Soundtrack (24 weeks)
  • 2007 - Now That's What I Call Music 25 - Various Artists (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Live is Good - Nas (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1956 - Rip It Up - Little Richard (2 weeks)
  • 1958 - Splish Splash - Bobby Darin (2 weeks)
  • 1962 - You'll Lose a Good Thing - Barbara Lynn (3 weeks)
  • 1973 - Angel - Aretha Franklin (2 weeks)
  • 1990 - Can't Stop - After 7 (1 week)
  • 2001 - Loverboy - Mariah Carey Featuring Cameo (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - Oklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie (3 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1973 - Lord, Mr. Ford - Jerry Reed (1 week)
  • 1984 - Mama He's Crazy - Judds (1 week)
  • 1990 - Good Times - Dan Seals (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - When I Think About Angels - Jamie O'Neal (1 week)
  • 2007 - Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (5 weeks)
  • 2012 - 5-1-5-0 - Dierks Bentley (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1973 - Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy (2 weeks)
  • 1979 - Lead Me On - Maxine Nightengale (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Stuck on You - Lionel Richie (5 weeks)
  • 1990 - Vision of Love - Mariah Carey (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates (1 week)
  • 1966 - With a Girl Like You - Troggs (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Eternal Flame - Atomic Kitten (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - The Way I Are - Timbaland Featuring Doe & Keri Hilson (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Spectrum - Florence & the Machine (3 weeks)
  • 2016 - Cold Water - Major Lazer Featuring Justin Bieber & M0 (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 2012 - Ill Manors - Plan B (1 week)
  • 2016 - All Over the World - ELO (1 week)

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