AUGUST 26 – September 1 THIS WEEK IN ROCK

THE ANSWER TO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

The Late Show with David Letterman premieres, featuring musical guest Billy Joel, the Piano Man – August 30th, 1993 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY 

Jimmy Rushing – August 26, 1902 (blues and jazz singer 

Lester Young – August 27, 1909 (jazz saxophonist) 

Alex Lifeson – August 27, 1953 (guitar, Rush) 

Glen Matlock – August 27, 1956 (bass, Sex Pistols) 

Danny Seraphine – August 28, 1948 (drums, Chicago) 

Charlie Parker – August 29, 1920 (jazz saxophonist) 

Sterling Morrison – August 29, 1942 (guitar, The Velvet Underground) 

Chris Copping – August 29, 1945 (bass, Procol Harum) 

Michael Jackson – August 29, 1958 (vocals, The Jackson Five) 

Dinah Washington – August 29, 1924 (jazz and blues vocalist) 

“Papa” John Phillips – August 30, 1935 (vocals, The Mamas & the Papas) 

Van Morrison – August 31, 1945 (rock singer-songwriter) 

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, Mars Volta) 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY 

Allen Woody – August 26, 2000 (bass, Allman Brothers and Gov’t Mule) 

Stevie Ray Vaughan – August 27, 1990 (vocals and guitar, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble) 

Jimmy Reed – August 29, 1976 (blues vocalist and guitarist) 

Sterling Morrison – August 30th, 1995: (guitar, The Velvet Underground) 

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS 

Robert Plant’s solo LP “Pictures at Eleven” is awarded a Gold record – August 27, 1982 

Pearl Jam releases their first album “Ten” – August 27, 1991 

The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You” is certified gold – August 28th, 1968 

Deep Purple’s “Smoke on The Water” is certified gold – August 28, 1973 

Cream’s LP Fresh Cream enters the charts – August 31, 1968 

The Rolling Stones, “Street Fighting Man” was released – August 31st, 1968 

Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die” is certified gold – August 31, 1974 

Metallica by Metallica hits #1 – August 31, 1991 

The Who’s “I’m a Boy” hits #2 on the charts – September 1, 1966 

U2 release their first record, the U2-3 EP – September 1, 1979 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY! 

Duane Allman asks Eric Clapton if he can sit in on a Derek and the Dominos recording session. Clapton agrees only if Allman will play on the sessions – August 26, 1970 

Original lyrics for “A Day in The Life” receive $87,000 at an auction – August 27, 1992 

Peter, Paul, and Mary perform “Blowin’ in the Wind” prior to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial – August 28, 1963 

The Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records, who famously turned down another popular rock and roll band: The Beatles. August 28th, 1965 

Three men try to steal Elvis Presley’s corpse from a mausoleum in Memphis. They are arrested, and additionally, the body is soon moved to Graceland. We guess that the three perpetrators were singing Jailhouse Rock that night – August 29, 1977 

Two weeks after Woodstock, the 2nd annual Isle of Wright Festival occurs in England. The show featured Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Nice, The Who, and others – August 30, 1969 

The Doors officially break up,for the most part, they probably should have already done so when they lost front man Jim Morrison – August 30, 1973 

The Late Show

“Hey Jude” by The Beatles debuts at #10 on the Billboard charts, a record breaker at the time – August 31st, 1968 

The Late Show with David Letterman premieres, featuring musical guest Billy Joel, the Piano Man – August 30th, 1993 

Traffic perform their last show at the Reading Festival –  August 31, 1974 

A memorial service is held for blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Wonder sing a gut-wrenching version of “Amazing Grace” –  August 31, 1990 

Boz Scaggs rejoins The Steve Miller Band – September 1, 1967 

That’s all for This Week in Rock History! Be sure to check back next week for the latest Rock history tidbits!

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