Jefferson Airplane make their stage debut at San Francisco’s new club “The Matrix” – August 13, 1965


Percy Mayfield – August 12, 1920 (RNB Singer)

Buck Owens – August 12, 1929 (Country guitarist)

Roy Gaines – August 12, 1934 (Texas blues guitarist and singer)

Mark Knopfler – August 12, 1950 (Guitar, Vocals, and Founder of Dire Straits)

Pat Metheny – August 12, 1954 (Jazz/Fusion Guitarist)

Jimmy McCracklin – August 13, 1921 (Jump blues musician)

David Crosby – August 14, 1941 (Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)

Tim Bogert – August 14, 1944 (Bass, Vanilla Fudge)

Larry Graham – August 14, 1946 (Bass Guitar, Sly and the Family Stone)

Oscar Peterson – August 15, 1925 (Jazz Pianist)

Tom Johnston – August 15, 1948 (guitar, The Doobie Brothers)

Kevin Ayers – August 16, 1944 (guitar, Soft Machine)

Scott Asheton – August 16, 1949 (drums, the Stooges)

Sib Hashian – August 17, 1949 (Drums, Boston)

Eric Johnson – August 17, 1954 (Blues-Rock Guitarist)

Steve Firnab – August 17, 1965 (Drums, Black Crowes)

Belinda Carlisle – August 17, 1958 (singer, the Go-Go’s)

Dennis Elliott – August 18, 1950 (Drums, Foreigner)

Marvin Isley – August 18, 1953 (bass, Isley Brothers)


King Curtis – August 13, 1971 (Saxophone)

Les Paul – August 13, 2009

Big Bill Broonzy – August 14, 1958 (Blues Guitar)

Roy Buchanan – August 14, 1988 (Guitar)

Robert Calvert – August 14, 1988 (lyricist, Hawkwind)

Jerry Wexler – August 15, 2008 (Producer)

Robert Johnson – August 16, 1938

Elvis Presley – August 16, 1977 (Vocalist & Guitarist, The King of Rock & Roll)

Max Roach – August 16, 2007 (jazz drummer)

Aretha Franklin – August 17, 2018

Lou Martin – August 17, 2012 (piano, Rory Gallagher)


The Beatles release Help! in the United States – August 13th, 1965
Elvis’ Girls! Girls! Girls! Is certified Gold – August 13, 1963
Lynyrd Skynyrd release their debut album – August 13, 1973
Kinks’ You Really Got Me enters UK charts – August 13th, 1964
The Beatles release Help! in the United States – August 13th, 1965
Eric Clapton releases his first solo LP, Eric Clapton – August 14th, 1970
Rod Stewart releases his hit song “Maggie May”- August 14, 1971
Led Zeppelin In Through The Out Door is released – August 15th, 1979
Stevie Wonder releases his first single – August 16th, 1962
Blind Faith release their self-titled album – August 16, 1969
The Doors’ Waiting for the Sun tops the charts – August 17, 1968
Deep Purple releases “Hush”- August 17, 1968
Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard hits #1 – August 17, 1974
Bad Company releases “Can’t Get Enough”- August 17, 1974
Jethro Tull’s A Passion Play hits #1 – August 18, 1973


Jim Morrison’s indecent exposure trial begins in Miami, Florida. Although, honestly, we’d argue it was a pretty decent exposure – August 12th, 1970

Janis Joplin plays her last show at Harvard – August 12, 1970

Woodstock 94’ begins in New York. 350,000 people attend: August 12th, 1994

Jefferson Airplane make their stage debut at San Francisco’s new club The Matrix – August 13, 1965

Guitar virtuoso Roy Buchanan passed away at only 48 years old in a jail in Fairfax, Virginia. Buchanan’s death was ruled a suicide, although family and friends have disputed that ruling. Buchanan is a fantastic guitarist. Give him a listen if you haven’t – August 14th, 1988

Stephen Stills was arrested on charges of cocaine possession at a motel in California, for what it’s worth – August 14th, 1970

After the tragic passing of Jerry Garcia, the leader of the Grateful Dead, the band cancels their fall tour.- August 14th, 1995

Mourning for Elvis begins at his home, Graceland, in Tennessee. The occasion was so momentous that President Jimmy Carter issued a statement, saying, “Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable”- August 17, 1977

Ringo Starr makes his Beatles debut

Ringo Starr makes his Beatles debut and the core four play together live for the first time ever. The concert occurred at a horticultural society dance in Birkenhead, England. Is Ringo the greatest drummer ever? Probably not, but he would like to be under the sea in an octopus’ garden, so there’s that – August 18, 1962

More on The Beatles: The band gets themselves in hot water after siding with Americans who dodged the Vietnam War draft by moving to Canada. This after Lennon’s “Bigger than Jesus” comment and it’s controversy city for the Fab Four – August 17, 1966

Day 3 of Woodstock, Besides, performances by Joe Cocker – that version of “A Little Help from My Friends” still smokes – CSNY, The Who, The Band, and furthermore, a small-time guitarist who went by the name of Jimi Hendrix – August 17, 1967

Mick Jagger shoots a film. Mick Jagger is accidentally shot in the hand during filming. Furthermore, Mick Jagger still manages to write the song “Brown Sugar” while shooting August 18, 1969.

Nirvana shoot their “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video – August 17, 1991

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