August 2nd: On this Day In Music History
|1957, The official Elvis Presley Fan Club was launched in the UK.|
|1960, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Shakin' All Over'. Their only UK No.1. Kidd died in car crash in 1966.|
|1962, Singer songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name to Robert Dylan.|
|1964, The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a 'new and unknown London group', was The Kinks.|
|1969, 'Wet Dream', by Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart with a ban on the title by the BBC it made No.10 without any airplay.|
|1970, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of 'The Wonder Of You' his sixteenth No.1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.|
|1971, Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a 10 date US tour at the Assembly Centre, Tulsa.|
1973, The Mamas and the Papas filed a lawsuit against their record label Dunhill for over a million dollars in unpaid royalties.
1975, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'One Of These Nights', the group's second US No.1 single and the first to chart in the UK where it peaked at No.23.
1977, Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.
|1980, Deep Purple scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Deepest Purple'.|
|1980, The Clash released their single 'Bank Robber' after it been available as an import only. The band's record company CBS didn't want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.|
|1986, Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film 'Karate Kid II', 'The Glory Of Love', it made No. 3 in the UK.|
|1986, Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with 'The Lady In Red', it was his first No.1 after twenty-four single releases, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks.|
|1987, On tour in the Soviet Union Billy Joel appeared at the Lenin Sports and Concert Complex, in Leningrad.|
|1991, Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.|
|1997, Sarah McLachlan entered the US album chart at No.2 with 'Surfacing', the singer songwriter also won two Grammys for the album.|
1998, Mojo Magazine published the results from a nation-wide survey asking 'Who is your favourite recording artist of all time: 5th place was Elton John 4th, Queen, 3rd, Frank Sinatra, 2nd, Elvis Presley and in 1st place, The Beatles.
1998, Beastie Boys started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hello Nasty', the bands third US No.1 album.
2000, Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group's with musical instruments.
Died on this day
1972, Brian Cole bass player with The Association died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles, California at the age of 29. Had the 1967 US No.1 single 'Windy'.
1976, Peter "Puddy" Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the groups 'Dark Side Of The Moon' album.
1983, James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records' hits in the 1960s and early 1970s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.
2000, Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating. Had the 1975 US No.1 single 'Get Down Tonight' and the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up.'
2001, Ron Townson of The 5th Dimension died of heart failure at the age of 68. Had the 1969 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'Aquarius'.