Music Almanac - August 5

Birthdays
  • 1930 - Damita Jo (born Damita Jo DeBlanc) (d. 1998)
  • 1934 - Vern Gosdin (d. 2009)
  • 1940 - Bobby Braddock
  • 1941 - Airto Moreira (Weather Report)
  • 1941 - Daniel Moore (songwriter)
  • 1942 - Rick Huxley (Dave Clark Five)
  • 1943 - Sammi Smith (d. 2005)
  • 1945 - Barry Tashian (Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris' Hot Band)
  • 1947 - Rick Derringer
  • 1947 - Greg Leskiw (Guess Who)
  • 1951 - Samantha Sang
  • 1952 - Louis Walsh (manager)
  • 1953 - Larry Franklin (Asleep at the Wheel, session fiddler)
  • 1955 - Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
  • 1958 - Tim Nichols (songwriter)
  • 1959 - Pat Smear (Germs, Nirvana)
  • 1959 - Darrell Scott (songwriter, multi-instrumentalist)
  • 1959 - Pete Burns (Dead or Alive) (d. 2016)
  • 1960 - Mike Nocito (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • 1960 - Seth Swirsky
  • 1960 - Stuart Croxford (Kajagoogoo)
  • 1961 - Mark O'Connor (fiddler)
  • 1964 - Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) (d. 2012)
  • 1965 - Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
  • 1966 - Jennifer Finch (L7)
  • 1968 - Terri Clark
  • 1971 - "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff (Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 - Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory)
  • 1975 - Dan Hipgrave (Toploader)
  • 1983 - Dawn Richard (Dainty Kane)
  • 1984 - Brian Bandas (Love & Theft)

Deaths
  • 1968 - Luther Perkins (Tennessee Three) - House fire (40)
  • 1978 - Pete Meaden (manager for the Who) - Suicide
  • 1986 - Michael Rudetsky (Culture Club) - Heroin overdose (27)
  • 1992 - Jeff Porcaro (Toto) - Heart attack (38)
  • 1993 - Randy Hobbs (McCoys, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter) - Heart failure (45)
  • 1998 - Eldon Shamblin (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Merle Haggard's Strangers) (82)
  • 2008 - Robert Hazard - Pancreatic cancer (59)
  • 2013 - George Duke - Leukemia (67)

On This Day
  • 1957 - American Bandstand premiered nationally.
  • 1960 - W.S. "Fluke" Holland joined Johnny Cash's band on drums making the Tennessee Two into the Tennessee Three.
  • 1962 - Country's Jan Howard was treated for an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • 1965 - Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) broke his leg when he was knocked off a camera car. It was the first day of shooting on the film Easy Come, Easy Go. His injury, along with a number of others, caused the film to be cancelled.
  • 1972 - Aerosmith signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis.
  • 1972 - Wizzard made their live debut in London on a bill with Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and Gary Glitter.
  • 1972 - Wembley Stadium in London hosted an oldies show with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bill Haley and Bo Diddley.
  • 1975 - The band that would become the Runaways was formed by Kim Fowley.
  • 1975 - Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million contract with Motown, the largest contract to date.
  • 1979 - Def Leppard signed with Polygram in the U.K.
  • 1980 - The Osmonds split up.
  • 1981 - Olivia Newton-John received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1983 - David Crosby received a sentence of five years for cocaine and firearms possession.
  • 1990 - Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour ends in Nice, France. The show would be an HBO special.
  • 1992 - Michael Jackson collapsed three times during a show in Wales.
  • 1994 - Billy Idol entered a Los Angeles hospital with a drug overdose.
  • 1996 - The Country Music Hall of Fame announced that Buck Owens, Patsy Montana and Ray Price would be their newest inductees.
  • 1998 - George Strait set the record for most lifetime Country Music Association nominations with 47.
  • 2000 - Gary Glitter was forced to call police to his London home after a crowd gathered shouting abuse.
  • 2002 - Joey Fatone of 'NSync made his Broadway debut in Rent.
  • 2003 - Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel the balance of their tour after doctors for Gary Rossington told the guitarist to take it easy. He had open heart surgery the previous February.
  • 2004 - Mindy McCready was arrested for prescription drug fraud.
  • 2004 - Sony and BMG merged.
  • 2005 - Marie Osmond's garage and home office were destroyed by a fire.
  • 2007 - Of the dozen people who claimed to be the children of James Brown after his death, two have proven to be heirs via DNA test.
  • 2008 - Sony bought out BMG's half of Sony BMG.
  • 2009 - Steven Tyler fell off of a stage while performing with Aerosmith in Sturgis, SD. He injured his head and neck and broke his shoulder.
  • 2010 - A group of eighteen investors buys the Texas Rangers, including Charley Pride.
  • 2012 - Jason Aldean headlined a stadium for the first time.
  • 2014 - The Civils Wars, John Paul White and Joy Williams, broke up.
  • 2016 - Gregg Allman canceled all appearances through mid-October as he was treated for an undisclosed ailment at the Mayo Clinic.

Marriages
  • 1971 - Donna Summer and Helmuth Sommer
  • 1975 - Joe Perry and Elissa Jerret

Recorded
  • 1925 - When The Work's All Done This Fall - Carl T. Sprague (first country hit)
  • 1964 - When I Grow Up to Be a Man - Beach Boys
  • 1976 - Lucille - Kenny Rogers
  • 1980 - Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash

Released
  • 1957 - Patsy Cline - Patsy Cline (debut album)
  • 1966 - Revolver - Beatles (U.K. release)
  • 1967 - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd (debut album)
  • 1967 - Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry (single)
  • 1986 - Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
  • 2008 - That Lonesome Song - Jamey Johnson

Broadcasts
  • 1957 - American Bandstand - Billy Williams, Chordettes (debut of national show)
  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Coasters (1st anniversary show)
  • 1976 - The Beach Boys: It's O.K. (15th anniversary special)
  • 1998 - Country Fest '98 (CBS) - Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Wynonna, Steve Wariner, Neal McCoy, Alabama, The Kinleys, Chris LeDoux
  • 2014 - CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock (ABC) - Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1944 - Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby (9 weeks)
  • 1978 - Miss You - Rolling Stones (1 week)
  • 1989 - Batdance - Prince (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1995 - Dreaming of You - Selena (1 week)
  • 2000 - Now That's What I Call Music 4 - Various Artists (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1967 - I Was Made to Love Her - Stevie Wonder (3 weeks)
  • 1972 - Where is the Love - Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway (1 week)
  • 1978 - Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey (1 week)
  • 1989 - On Our Own - Bobby Brown (1 week)
  • 2000 - Incomplete - Sisqo (4 weeks)
  • 2006 - Me & U - Cassie (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1957 - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 1967 - I'll Never Find Another You - Sonny James (4 weeks)
  • 1978 - Love or Something Like It - Kenny Rogers (1 week)
  • 1989 - Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That - Dolly Parton (1 week)
  • 1995 - I Don't Even Know Your Name - Alan Jackson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1967 - It's Such a Pretty World Today - Andy Russell (1 week)
  • 1989 - Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1965 - Help! - Beatles (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - Swing the Mood - Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers (5 weeks)
  • 1995 - Never Forget - Take That (3 weeks)
  • 2000 - 7 Days - Craig David (1 week)
  • 2006 - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean (4 weeks (1 previous week))

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1989 - Cuts Both Ways - Gloria Estefan (6 weeks)

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