16th AUGUST

1962: Little Stevie Wonder, (aged 12), released his first single, ‘I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old People Call It The Blues)’.

1962: Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced.

1965: David Jones’ official stage name became David Bowie.

1966: The Monkees’ first single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” is released. It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100.

1968: The Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great Western Forum, California.

1968: Working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

1968: Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.

1969: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.

1969: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support.

1970: This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Free, ‘All Right Now’, No.4, Shirley Bassey, ‘Something’, No.3, Hotlegs, ‘Neanderthal Man’, No.2, The Kinks, ‘Lola’ and No.1,

1970: Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder Of You’ was No.1 in UK (his 16th UK No.1).

1970: The final day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring The Kinks, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Ginger Bakers Air Force and Edgar Winter.

1975: The Stylistics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love)’, the Philadelphian soul group’s only UK No.1.

1975: Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis. Lucky they found Phil Collins.

1977: Elvis Presley is found unconscious in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion. He is pronounced dead of heart failure. Elvis Presley died on 16 August 1977 at his home Graceland in Memphis.

1979: The biggest single of the summer in the US, The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ was awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies.

1986: Madonna started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Papa Don’t Preach.’

1988: Kiss played at the Marquee Club in London, England on their current 129-date Crazy Nights world tour.

1997: Will Smith started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Men In Black’ taken from the film of the same name.

2002: The Rolling Stones perform a surprise club show in Toronto in preparation for their upcoming Licks world tour.

2005: P Diddy appeared on the US TV Today Show and announced that he was altering his stage name again, dropping the “P.” and referring to himself simply as “Diddy.”

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