August 29 – Today In Rock Music History

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Musicians Born On August 29

1920 Charlie Parker (US jazz saxophonist)
1924 Dinah Washington (Ruth Jones)
1943 Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1945 Chris Copping (Paramounts)
1953 Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult)
1958 Michael Jackson (Thriller)
1958 Lenny Henry (Comic Relief)
1959 Eddie Reader (Fairground Attraction)
1969 Me’Shell Ndegeocello

Deaths On August 291

1976 Jimmy Reed (blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On August 29

1970 Edwin Starr: ‘War’ US 45
1981 Aneka: ‘Japanese Boy’ UK 45
1981 ELO: ‘Time’ UK LP
1987 Rick Astley: ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ UK 45
1987 Def Leppard: ‘Hysteria’ UK LP
1987 Los Lobos: ‘La Bamba’ US 45
1992 Smiths : Best….1 : UK LP

Various Music Events On August 29

1954 Louis Jordan begins four-month American road tour in El Paso, Texas

1958 George Harrison joins Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Quarrymen

1958 Alan Freed’s ‘Big Beat Show’ opens at Brooklyn’s Fox Theatre, a change of venue following the summer rock-and-roll riots. Frankie Avalon, Bill Haley, Danleers and Chuck Berry share the bill

1966 Beatles play last onstage gig at Candlestick Park in San Francisco

1981 U2 debut on UK LP chart with ‘Boy’

1981 ‘Rock on the Tyne’ festival begins in Gateshead, UK, featuring Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, U2 etc.

1996 Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the Stax classic “Soul Man,” sends a protest letter to presidential candidate Bob Dole after hissupporters had changed the lyrics to “I’m A Dole Man.”

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