August 3rd: On this Day In Music History
|1961, Eden Kane was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Well I Ask You. His only UK No.1 hit.|
|1963, The Tymes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'So Much in Love' it made No.21 on the UK chart|
|1963, The Beatles played their last ever performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Beatles, whose fee for their first performance at the Cavern had been £5, received a fee of £300 for this performance.|
|1963, The Beach Boys released 'Surfer Girl', the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.|
1964, A documentary 'Follow The Beatles' filmed while the group were making 'A Hard Days Night' was shown on BBC1 in the UK.
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City.
|1968, The Doors started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello I Love You', the group's second US No.1. A No.15 hit in the UK. The group had 8 top 40 US hits from 67-71.|
|1968, The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.|
|1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine. |
|1974, Anne Murray appeared at The Schaefer Festival in New York as the headlining act. The opening act was Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.|
|1974, Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album.|
|1985, 'Drive' by The Cars was re-released following it's dramatic use on TV during the Live Aid concert. All the royalties from the record went to the Band Aid trust.|
1985, Madonna scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Into The Groove'. The track was taken from the movie 'Desperately Seeking Susan' which featured Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. 'Into The Groove' is Madonna's best selling single in the UK, having sold over 850,000 copies.
|1986, The News Of The World in the UK printed an exclusive interview with 16 year old model Mandy Smith, who revealed she has been having an affair with Rolling Stone Bill Wyman for the past 2 and a half years.|
|1991, Cities In The Park took place in Heaton Park Manchester, England. A two day event with O.M.D. The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Wonder Stuff, The Soup Dragons, Happy Mondays, Electronic and The Railway Children.|
|1991, Metallic held a playback party to launch their self-titled album at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kurt Cobain and Chris Novoselic from Nirvana both attended. |
|2007, Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May had recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of "zodiacal dust clouds".|
|2007, Usher married Tameka Foster, six days after calling off their first ceremony. Their original ceremony was cancelled hours before it was due to take place amid reports pregnant Foster was taken to hospital for stress.|
|2008, Kid Rock was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Summer Long'. The song is based on Warren Zevon's 'Werewolves of London' and Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama'.|
|August 3rd: Born on this day|
|1926, Born on this day, Tony Bennett, American singer, (1955 UK No.1 single 'Stranger In Paradise'1965 UK No.25 single 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco').|
|1935, Born on this day, Gordon Stoker, The Jordanaires, Elvis Presley backing group.|
1939, Born on this day, Jimmy Nicol, drummer, temporary member of The Beatles for nine Australian gigs in 1964, after Ringo Starr collapsed and was hospitalised on 3 June 1964 with tonsillitis. George Martin suggested Nicol, as he had recently played on a budget label album called "Beatlemania" and knew the songs.
2000, Maurice Kinn died aged 76. The UK publisher launched The New Musical Express in 1953, which instigated the first charts based on record sales (first published on 14 November 1952). and organised the annual NME poll-winners concerts between 1963 and 1966.
2001, Co-founder of US group 5th Dimension Ron Townson died of kidney failure aged 68. Had the 1969 US N.1 & UK No.11 single 'Aquarius'.
2006, Arthur Lee, singer and guitarist of the influential 1960s band Love died in Memphis at the age of 61 following a battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. He called himself the "first black hippie" and formed Love in Los Angeles in 1965. Best known for the critically revered 1967 album, 'Forever Changes.'