August 15 – Today In Rock Music History

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Musicians Born On August 15

1925 Bill Pinkney (Drifters)
1933 Bobby Helms (My Special Angel)
1933 Floyd Ashman (Tams)
1942 Peter York (Spencer Davis Group)
1948 Kate Taylor (US folk singer, sister of James)
1961 Matt Johnson (The The)
1962 Marshall Schofield (Fall)


Deaths On August 15

1958 Big Bill Broonzy
1983 Norman Petty

Number 1 In The Charts On August 15

1960 Elvis Presley: ‘It’s Now or Never’ US 45
1964 Dean Martin: ‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ US 45
1981 ‘Official Album of the Royal Wedding’ UK LP
1981 Diana Ross and Lionel Richie: ‘Endless Love’ US 45
1981 Pat Benetar: ‘Precious Time’ US LP
1981 Michael Jackson: ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ UK 45
1992 Boyz II Men : End Of The Road : US single
1992 INXS : Welcome to Wherever You Are : UK LP
1998 The Corrs : Talk on Corners : UK LP

Various Music Events On August 15

1958 Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’ hits UK chart

1965 Beatles perform to 56,000 screaming fans, the largest rock-and-roll crowd to date, at Shea Stadium in New York

1967 The Marine Offences Bill forces British pirate radio off the air. Only Radio Caroline continues. Radio London ends with ‘A Day in the Life’ by Beatles. Crowds mob returning DJs at Waterloo Station

1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fayre begins on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near Bethel, New York. 450,000 attend

1980 George Harrison publishes his autobiography, ‘I Me Mine’

1981 Stevie Nicks’s ‘Stop Dragging My Heart Around’ hits UK chart

1983 Joey Ramone beaten up in street fight

1987 Almost ten years after a plane crash killed Lynyrd Skynyrd leader Ronnie Van Zant and two other members, five of the band’s LPs are certified multi-platinum

1991 Paul Simon performs his Concert in the Park, Central Park, New York.

1991 Paul Simon plays a free concert at New York’s Central Park in front of an estimated 750,000 people.

1996 A woman’s shelter on Long Island, New York refused to accept money from a benefit concert featuring James Brown. Brown’s wife had accused him of assaulting her in the past.

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