It All Happened on August 23rd!
August 23, 2010 3:38 PM
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- In 1962, [lastfm]John Lennon[/lastfm] married his first wife, Cynthia, in Liverpool, England. Fellow Beatles George and Paul were in attendance. John’s wedding night was spent playing with the Beatles at Liverpool’s Riverpark Ballroom.
- In 1966, In Chicago, Big Brother & The Holding Company signed to Mainstream Records in return for airfare back to San Francisco.
- In 1968, Flushing Meadows in Queens hosted the New York Rock Festival, which featured the [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix Experience[/lastfm], [lastfm]Big Brother & The Holding Company[/lastfm] and [lastfm]The Soft Machine[/lastfm].
- In 1968, [lastfm]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] temporarily quit The Beatles.
- 1968, [lastfm]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm]’s Lady Soul album and The Rascals’ “People Got to Be Free” single are certified gold.
- 1969, [lastfm]Johnny Cash[/lastfm] at San Quentin starts a four-week run at number-one on the Billboard album chart.
- 1969, Johnny Cash begins a five-week run at number-one on the Billboard country chart with “A Boy Named Sue.”
- 1969, “Honky Tonk Women” by [lastfm]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] hits number-one in Billboard, where it spends four weeks.
- 1969, [lastfm]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm]’s “Share Your Love With Me” hits number-one on the Billboard R-&-B chart, and stays there for five weeks.
- In 1970, [lastfm]Lou Reed[/lastfm] left The Velvet Underground following a gig at the New York club Max’s Kansas City. The group’s manager carried on and made Doug Yule the frontman. Yule toured with a variety of line-ups and the band’s final 1973 album Squeeze featured no original members.
- In 1972, [lastfm]The Looking Glass [/lastfm]hit the top of the Billboard singles chart with “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”
- 1973, [lastfm]James Brown[/lastfm] records “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” at International Studios in Augusta, Georgia.
- In 1975, [lastfm]Paul Kossoff[/lastfm], former guitarist with English rockers [lastfm]Free[/lastfm], had a scare when his heart stopped beating for 35 minutes. Doctors at a London hospital kept him alive until a blood clot in his leg was removed. Kossoff later emerged from his coma and returned to his band Black Night Crawler. He died the following year.
- In 1975, [lastfm]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm]’s self-titled album entered the charts. It was the former blues band’s first record with pop-oriented songwriters [lastfm]Stevie Nicks[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Lindsey Buckingham[/lastfm] on board.
- 1975, KC and the Sunshine Band hit number-one on the Billboard R-&-B chart with “Get Down Tonight.”
- In 1993, David Rose, the instrumental composer who wrote the theme tunes to Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, died in Burbank, California at age 80.
- In 1993, [lastfm]Duran Duran[/lastfm] received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- In 1999, An autopsy was performed on the body of [lastfm]Bobby Sheehan[/lastfm], the bass player of [lastfm]Blues Traveler[/lastfm], who was found dead in his apartment on August 20th.
- In 2003, [lastfm]Bobby Brown[/lastfm] was arrested in an Atlanta restaurant while eating dinner with wife [lastfm]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]. The former New Edition star was wanted for violating his parole.