August 31 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

Musicians Born On August 31

1939 Jerry Allison (Crickets)
1945 Van Morrison (Moondance)
1947 John Gage (Gino Washington Ram Jam)
1952 Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions)
1957 Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze)
1957 Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s)
1970 Debbie Gibson (Lost in Your Eyes)

Number 1 In The Charts On August 31

1961 John Leyton: ‘Johnny Remember Me’ UK 45
1963 Angels: ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ US 45
1985 UB40: ‘I Got You Babe’ UK 45
1985 Dire Straits: ‘Brothers in Arms’ US LP
1991 Jason Donovan and the Original London Cast : Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat : UK LP
1998 Manic Street Preachers : If You TolerateThis.. : UK single

Various Music Events On August 31

1955 ‘I Hear You Knocking’ by Smiley Lewis debuts on US R&B chart. (The song is later covered by Dave Edmunds)

1955 A London Judge fines Sidney Adams Turner £3 10s for ‘creating an abominable noise’. Turner’s crime? He threatens his neighbours by saying ‘I will drive you mad’. He then plays ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ by Bill Haley at full volume for two and a half hours

1969 Bob Dylan plays Isle of Wight Festival, earning £38,000 in cash for a one-hour set, backed by the Band.

1974 Carole King’s ‘Jazzman’ released in US

1976 Judge rules that George Harrison is guilty of subconsciously plagiarising the tune of ‘He’s So Fine’ in composing the single ‘My Sweet Lord’

1986 Bob Geldof marries Paula Yates

1989 The Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels”, their first concert tour in eight years starts at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

1998 As he prepares to become an Internet Service Provider,David Bowie holds a number of webcast performances featuring Ani DiFranco, the Specials, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Jay Hawks and Spacehog.

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