15th AUGUST

1941: Peggy Lee, one of the most important women in rock, records her first vocal with Benny Goodman’s band.

1947: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette),” Tex Williams.

1960: Elvis Presley started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or Never’, also No.1 in the UK.

1962: Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool, England.

1964: Dean Martin goes to No. 1 with “Everybody Loves Somebody.” The Beatles are at No. 53 with “I Should Have Known Better.”

1965: Otis Redding releases his single “Respect,” which goes to No. 35.

1965: The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City.

1966: During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the D.C. Stadium in Washington DC to over 32,000 fans.

1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience played a one night only show at The Fifth Dimension club, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1967: Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, England.

1969: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio.

1969: Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker.

1974: Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.”

1979: The futuristic satire film ‘Americathon’ premiered in Los Angeles featuring Meat Loaf.

1981: Diana Ross and Lionel Richie started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Endless Love’, a No.7 in the UK.

1987: Michael Jackson had his third UK No.1 with the single ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’, a duet with Siedah Garrett.

1991: Paul Simon played a free concert in New York’s Central Park before an audience of three quarters of a million people.

1992: Boyz II Men started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘End Of The Road’ the group’s first US No.1.

1992: INXS went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Welcome To Whoever You Are’, their first UK No.1 album.

2002: A memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness where Lennon had spent his holidays from age seven to fifteen.

2007: Sixteen solo John Lennon albums were made available to download on iTunes for the first time.

2009: U2’s first UK gig on their current tour broke the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert.

2013: Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson. 30 years ago, Michael Jackson outbid at auction Paul McCartney on his own songs from the Beatles Era. This, after Sir Paul had shown Jackson how to purchase song rights in this way. However, the 1976 US Copyright Act means that he is set to re-claim these titles once more in five years.

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