Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON AUGUST 16


Elvis Presley
No.1
1975 Stylistics: 'I Can't Give You Anything' UK 45
1986 Madonna: 'Papa Don't Preach' US 45
1986 Madonna: 'True Blue' US LP

Births
1953 James Taylor (Kool and the Gang)
1957 Tim Farriss (INXS)
1958 Madonna
1960 Chris Pedersen (Camper Van Beethoven)

Deaths
1938 Robert Johnson
1977 Elvis Presley
2000 Alan Caddy (The Tornadoes)
1964 Matt Lukin (Mudhoney)
1980 Vanessa Carlton
1980 Bob Hardy (Franz Ferdinand)

Miscelany
1962 Beatles sack their original drummer, Pete Best, in favour of Ringo Starr
1965 Mike Smith of Dave Clark Five breaks two ribs when pulled from stage by enthusiastic fans at a gig in Chicago
1969 Harry Nilsson debuts on US chart with 'Everybody's Talking'
Cozy Powell
1970 Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac
1975 Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis. Many predict demise of the group, not anticipating the emergence of Phil Collins as successful replacement singer
1980 Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow, Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath, Jah Wobble leaves Public Image Ltd, and Jools Holland leaves Squeeze
1983 Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher.

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