August 31, 2016

On August 31st of 1963

The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart

with 'Be My Baby' - the girl group's only top 10 hit

Veronica Bennett who became Ronnie Spector

wife of producer Phil Spector was the lead singer

'Be My Baby' was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich...

August 30, 2016

Early in August 1972,

John Lennon had the idea to perform a live benefit

for the pupils of Willowbrook School in New York City,

a state-run institute for children with mental disabilities.

Following three days of rehearsals,

two concerts took place on August 30th of 19...

August 29, 2016

Charles 'Charlie' Parker Jr

American jazz saxophonist and composer

also known as 'Yardbird' and 'Bird'

was born on August 29th of 1920

Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast temp...

August 28, 2016

The Beatles made an ‘unannounced live appearance’

on the roof of their London Apple office at Saville Row on January 30th in 1969

The Beatles ‘final paid live concert’

took place on the evening of August 29th in 1966

They wrapped up their tour

at San Francisco's Candles...

August 26, 2016

Today in 1967

the 3-day non-stop happening

'Festival of the Flower Children'

took place at Woburn Abbey, England

The Festival of the Flower Children

was an almost forgotten festival

The Festival of the Flower Children

was held at the height of the Summer Of Love

It was one...

August 26, 2016

The three-day 'Isle of Wight Festival'

was held between

the 26th and 31st of August in 1970

at Afton Down

an area on the western side

of the Isle of Wight

in England

The Isle of Wight Festival

was the last of three consecutive music festivals

to take place on the islan...

August 25, 2016

Bobby Darin

was born Walden Robert Cassotto on May 14th of 1936

Darin was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist

and actor of film and television

He performed in a range of musical genres,

including jazz, pop, rock n' roll, folk, swing and country

Bobby sta...

August 25, 2016

Born to Run is the third studio album

by the American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen

In his effort to break into the mainstream

the album was a commercial success

It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200

and eventually selling six million copies in the United Sta...

August 25, 2016

‘Sherry’ is a song written by Bob Gaudio

and recorded by The Four Seasons

According to Gaudio

the song took about 15 minutes to write

and was originally titled ‘Jackie Baby’

in honor of then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

In a 1968 interview

Gaudio said that the song was insp...

August 25, 2016

Jimi Hendrix opened Electric Ladyland Studios

at 52 West Eighth Street in New York City

Jimi Hendrix died a few months later

The studio lived on with many major acts recording there over the years

A 'launch party' on Aug. 26, 1970 for Electric Lady Studios

was meant to cel...

August 24, 2016

'Get Together'

is a song written in the mid 1960s

by American singer-songwriter Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti

The song was recorded by the Youngbloods

It is an appeal for peace and brotherhood

presenting the polarity of love versus fear

and the choice to be made between them

'...

August 24, 2016

Twenty-five years ago,

the World Wide Web first went public

when Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist working at CERN,

granted the general public access to the web 

for the first time on August 23rd of 1991.

It allowed non-technical computer experts

to use the Internet...

August 23, 2016

Brian May, CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen

a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer,

also a Doctor of Astrophysics, 3D stereoscopic photographic authority,

a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer, also a Doctor o...

August 22, 2016

On this day in 1970

Derek and the Dominoes

began recording their famous album

'Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs'

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

is the only studio album

by the Anglo-American blues rock band

'Derek and the Dominos'

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs...

August 22, 2016

The Victor Talking Machine Company

headquartered in Camden, New Jersey

began manufacturing

the world's first mass-market home record player

the 'Victrola'

Priced at $200

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