Sunday, August 12, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON AUGUST 12

Alice Cooper
No.1
1972 Alice Cooper: 'School's Out' UK 45
1978 Commodores: 'Three Times a Lady' US 45
1989 Richard Marx: 'Right Here Waiting' US 45

Births
1949 Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
1951 August Darnell (Kid Creole)
1953 Jerry Speiser (Men At Work)
1954 Pat Metheny
1961 Roy Hay (Culture Club)










Miscellany
1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets first enter the US charts with 'That'll Be the Day'
 
1966 Beatles begin their American tour - their last ever
 
1967 Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at UK National Blues and Jazz Festival. Also on the bill are Cream, Small Faces, Ten Years After, Donovan and Pink Floyd
 
1968 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London’s West End.
 
1972 Mott the Hoople debut on UK chart with 'All the Young Dudes'
 
1972 Festival of Hope - the first to raise money for charity - begins in Garden City, New York. Jefferson Airplane and Stephens Stills play, but the festival suffers a loss of $100,000
 
1972 Derek and the Dominos' 'Layla' hits UK chart
Mark Knopfler
 
1977 Henri Padovani guitarist with The Police quit the group after nine months leaving them a trio.
 
1985 Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash
 
1986 Prince plays Wembley, his first UK show in five years
 
1989 Don Henley's 'End of Innocence' moves to No. 12 in US, becoming his most successful solo LP 
 
1989 Richard Marx scores his third straight No. 1 single as 'Right Here Waiting' tops Us Hot 100
 
1994 "Woodstock '94" was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 attended the show. The featured artists included Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
 
1997 MTV debuts the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert.
 
2009 Guitarist Les Paul died in hospital in White Plains.

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