Music Almanac - August 6

Birthdays
  • 1918 - Norman Granz (founder of Verve Records) (d. 2001)
  • 1929 - Mike Ellott (Foundations)
  • 1935 - Ron Chancey (producer)
  • 1937 - Charlie Hayden (d. 2014)
  • 1940 - Myrna Lorrie (born Myrna Petrunka)
  • 1942 - Bob Morrison (songwriter)
  • 1946 - Judy Craig (Chiffons)
  • 1946 - Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine) (d. 2017)
  • 1952 - Vinnie Vincent (Kiss)
  • 1952 - Pat MacDonald (Timbuk3)
  • 1953 - Mark DuFresne (Confederate Railroad)
  • 1958 - Randy DeBarge (DeBarge)
  • 1963 - Jamie Kensit (Eighth Wonder)
  • 1964 - Patsy & Peggy Lynn (Lynns, Loretta Lynn's daughters)
  • 1969 - Elliott Smith (d. 2003)
  • 1972 - Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls)
  • 1981 - Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes)

Deaths
  • 1931 - Bix Beiderbecke - Pneumonia (28)
  • 1983 - Klaus Nomi (David Bowie backup singer) - Complications of AIDS (39)
  • 1994 - Domenico Modugno - Heart attack (66)
  • 1999 - Dick Latvala (archivist for the Grateful Dead) - Heart attack (56)
  • 2004 - Rick James - Pulmonary and cardiac failure (56)
  • 2005 - Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) - Multiple organ failure (78)
  • 2005 - Carlo Little (Rolling Stones, Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages) - Lung cancer (66)
  • 2005 - Lester Buchanan (Buchanan Brothers)
  • 2009 - Willie DeVille (Mink DeVille) - Pancreatic cancer (58)
  • 2009 - Otha Young - Lung cancer (66)
  • 2012 - Marvin Hamlisch (68)

On This Day
  • 1938 - Jerry Lee Lewis' older brother, Elmo, was killed in an auto accident.
  • 1955 - The first country concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl with Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Eddie Dean, Freddie Hart and The Collins Kids.
  • 1964 - Rod Stewart made his TV debut in the group the Hoochie Coochie Men on Britain's The Beat Room.
  • 1970 - The Concert for Peace was held in Shea Stadium, New York, with Paul Simon, Johnny Winter, Poco, Janis Joplin and Steppenwolf.
  • 1973 - Stevie Wonder was involved in a car crash that left him seriously injured and in a coma for four days. He wrote the song Higher Ground as thanks for his living through the ordeal.
  • 1980 - The plane in which Charley Pride is riding was involved in a mid-air collision in Texas. He escaped injury.
  • 1981 - Phil Taylor of Motorhead is fined for marijuana possession and for not showing up for the initial April date of his trial.
  • 1982 - The movie version of Pink Floyd's The Wall opened.
  • 1987 - The Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, FL after "mature audiences" was printed on their concert tickets.
  • 1987 - Madonna's Who's That Girl premiered in New York.
  • 1989 - Adam Clayton of U2 was arrested for marijuana possession in Dublin.
  • 1990 - Ace of Base made their live debut in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1994 - Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers was hospitalized for nervous exhaustion.
  • 1996 - Vince Neil showed up four-hours late for a solo show in Indiana and only plays three songs. Police stave off a 500-person riot.
  • 1996 - The Ramones place their hands into cement at the Hollywood Rock Walk before playing a show which they claim is their last.
  • 2000 - It was announced that Ice-T would play a detective on the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • 2001 - Whitney Houston signed a contract worth more than $100 million with Arista Records.
  • 2002 - The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines says Toby Keith's single Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue is "ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant... You've got to have some tact"
  • 2002 - Noel Gallagher of Oasis is injured in a car accident in Indianapolis, IN. The band is forced to cancel two future shows.
  • 2003 - John Mellencamp and Kenny Chesney taped a CMT Crossroads show in Nashville.
  • 2003 - The Country Music Hall of Fame announced that Carl Smith and Floyd Cramer will be the new inductees.
  • 2004 - Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson opened their tour of minor league baseball parks with a show in Cooperstown, NY.
  • 2007 - Madonna Wayne Gacey (real name Stephen Bier) sued Marilyn Manson for $20 million in shared profits.
  • 2009 - Steven Tyler fell off the stage during a performance at the Sturgis Bike Rally and had to be airlifted to a hospital. He sustained neck and shoulder injuries.
  • 2011 - The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2015 - Hamilton opened on Broadway.

Divorces
  • 2008 - Emily Robinson (Dixie Chicks) and Charlie Robinson

Recorded
  • 1971 - Live With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Procol Harum
  • 1971 - Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (first day of recording for album)
  • 1976 - Sunflower - Glen Campbell

Released
  • 1955 - I Forgot To Remember To Forget / Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
  • 1965 - Whatcha Gonna Do About It - Small Faces (debut single)
  • 1973 - Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Leon Russell (first country single)
  • 1981 - Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks (solo debut)
  • 1990 - Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks (single)
  • 2016 - The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars (debut album)

Awards
  • 1995 - Soul Train: Lady of Soul Awards (1st Annual)

Broadcasts
  • 1960 - American Bandstand - Chubby Checker (TV debut of The Twist), Conway Twitty

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1994 - Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (3 weeks)
  • 2016 - Cheap Thrills - Sia Featuring Sean Paul (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1955 - Love Me or Leave Me - Doris Day / Soundtrack (25 weeks)
  • 1988 - Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses (1 week)
  • 2005 - Now That's What I Call Music 19 - Various Artists (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - 21 - Adele (1 week (10 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1955 - A Fool For You - Ray Charles (1 week)
  • 1977 - Strawberry Letter 23 - Brothers Johnson (1 week)
  • 1988 - Off On Your Own (Girl) - Al B. Sure! (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1977 - Rollin' With the Flow - Charlie Rich (2 weeks)
  • 1983 - Your Love's On the Line - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 1988 - Baby Blue - George Strait (1 week)
  • 2011 - Tomorrow - Chris Young (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1983 - All Time High - Rita Coolidge (4 weeks)
  • 1988 - Roll With It - Steve Winwood (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson (1 week (20 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1988 - The Only Way is Up - Yazz and the Plastic Population (5 weeks)
  • 2011 - She Makes Me Wanna - JLS Featuring Dev (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1960 - South Pacific - Original Soundtrack (5 weeks (89 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1983 - The Very Best of the Beach Boys - Beach Boys (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - Back to Black - Amy Winehouse (3 weeks)
  • 2015 - Born in the Echoes - Chemical Brothers (1 week)

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