Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Sunday, August 9, 2020

74 years ago (1946)Rinus Gerritsen, bass player and keyboardist for Golden Earring, is born.
66 years ago (1954)Pete Thomas, drummer for Elvis Costello and The Attractions, is born.
58 years ago (1962)Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan.
57 years ago (1963)Whitney Houston is born in Newark, New Jersey. She grows up to become the first women in U. S. history to enter the album chart at #1 with her album Whitney.
57 years ago (1963)The BBC's rock & roll television show, Ready! Steady! Go! debuts. The first show features The Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury, and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.
56 years ago (1964)Joan Baez and Bob Dylan share the stage together for the first time when they perform in a concert in Forest Hills, New York.
53 years ago (1967)San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) reaches #1 in Great Britain, and stays there for four weeks.
53 years ago (1967)While performing at the Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival in England, Jerry Lee Lewis gets the crowd going in such a frenzy that festival officials halt his show and ask him to leave the stage.
51 years ago (1969)Jethro Tull scores its only U. K. #1 album with their second release, Stand Up.
51 years ago (1969)Hot Fun in The Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone, and Easy to Be Hard (from the Broadway production Hair) are released.
48 years ago (1972)Gilbert O'Sullivan receives a gold record for Alone Again Naturally. It's #1 for six weeks in the summer.
46 years ago (1974)Bill Chase and three members of his band are killed in a plane crash in Jackson, Minnesota. They'd had a hit with Get It On in 1971.
45 years ago (1975)The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is the site of the first annual Rock Music Award Show. The Don Kirshner-produced broadcast on CBS proves to be an alternative to the Grammys. Those taking home awards: Bad Company, the Eagles, Roger Daltrey, Joan Baez, and Stevie Wonder.
45 years ago (1975)The Bee Gees start a two-week run at #1 on the U. S. singles chart with Jive Talkin', the group's second U. S. #1, it makes #5 in the U. K.
42 years ago (1978)Blues legend Muddy Waters performs at a White House picnic for President Jimmy Carter.
40 years ago (1980)AC/DC scores their first U. K. #1 album with Back In Black. Meanwhil, Abba has the #1 single there, The Winner Takes It All. It’s their eighth.
38 years ago (1982)Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, which is the theme song for the hit movie Rocky III, goes gold.
34 years ago (1986)Queen gives what would be their last-ever live performance when they appear at Knebworth Festival in England.
29 years ago (1991)Singer Rick James pleads innocent to charges he imprisoned, tortured, and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home.
29 years ago (1991)The Fifth Dimension receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
26 years ago (1994)During an Oasis gig in England, Noel Gallagher is hit in the face by a man who had jumped on the stage. Noel refuses to carry on playing and a mob of 300 people attack the band's bus as they are leaving.
25 years ago (1995)Jerry Garcia, guitarist and leader of the Grateful Dead rock band, and a leading symbol of the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s, dies of an apparent heart attack. He was 53.
23 years ago (1997)Elvis Week begins in Memphis as fans commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.

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