August 2018



1930: Ramblin’Jack Elliott

1942: Jerry Garcia

1946: Bobby Krieger (Doors)

1951: Jaco Pastorius

1953: Robert Cray

1960: Aretha Franklin makes her first recordings for CBS.

1963: Bob Dylan releases ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’

1968: Mick Jagger movie Performance

1970: Bon Scott’s Valentines split

1971: George Harrison’s two Concerts for Bangladesh in NY.

1987: Los Lobos No.1 on US singles chart with ‘La Bamba.’


1937: Garth Hudson (the Band)

1950: Andy Fairweather Low

1951: Andrew Gold

1961: The Beatles begin two-year residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club

2001: New Orleans airport renamed Louis Armstrong Airport.


1926: Tony Bennett

1946; John York (bass player with The Byrds).

1969: Doug Parkinson in Focus win Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds from Aesop’s Fables and the Valentines.

1971: Paul McCartney announces formation of Wings.


1901: Louis Satchmo Armstrong

1966: John Lennon reported as saying that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.

1968: Newport Pop Festival with Canned Heat, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane and Tiny Tim.

1971: Daddy Cool performs showcase at Whisky Au Go Go, Los Angeles.

1979: Benefit for Lowell George’s widow.

1980: John Lennon starts recording Double Fantasy.


1941: Airto Moreira

1946: Jimmy Webb

1966: The Beatles release Revolver in UK.

1983: David Crosby sentenced to five years jail in Texas for drug offences.
1992: Jeff Porcaro of Toto dies.


1938: Isaac Hayes

1950: Rodney Crowell

1964: Rod Stewart makes his TV debut on The Beat Room in the Hoochie Coochie Men.

1965: Decca releases Small Faces debut single ‘Whatcha Gonnna Do About It?’

1973: Memphis Minnie dies

1955: ‘Maybelline’ by Chuck Berry

1965: Andrew Loog Oldham forms Immediate Records

1965: Beatles release Help in UK

1975: ‘Ego Is Not A Dirty Word’ is No 1 on Australian Album Chart


1925; Felice Bryant (songwriter)

1937: Morris ‘Magic Slim’ Holt

1952: Andy Fraser, bassist with the Bluesbreakers and Free.

1957: Quarrymen make their debut at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

1971: Daddy Cool’s ‘Eagle Rock’ tops the Australian singles chart with Blackfeather’s ‘Seasons of Change’ at No.2.

1979: Led Zeppelin perform for their last ever UK show at Knebworth.

1984: Esther Phillips dies from liver failure.

2001: Larry Adler, harmonica player, dies.


1923: Jimmy Witherspoon

1927: Andy Warhol (died February 22, 1987)

1943: Joe Tex (d 1982)

1961: The Edge (U2)

1964: Another Side of Bob Dylan out.

1970: Janis Joplin buys headstone for Bessie Smith at Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia.


1960: Aimee Mann

1954: Bruce Thomas, bass player with Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

1963: First ever edition of BBC’s Ready, Steady, Go!

1964: Bob Dylan introduced to audiences at a Joan Baez concert in NY.

1967: Scott McKenzie’s ‘San Francisco’ No.1 on UK singles chart.

1980: AC/DC’s first No.1 UK LP Back In Black.

1995: Jerry Garcia dies, 53


1909: Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars

1928: Jimmy Dean, had a 1961 hit with ‘Big bad John’ about Triple R’s Johnny Von Goes.

1947: Ian Anderson, founder of Jethro Tull

1947: Ronnie Spector

1968: The Band’s Music From Big Pink enters the US charts.


1942: Mike Hugg, Manfred Mann

1949: Eric Carmen, singer with The Young Rascals and later The Raspberries.

1955: Joe Jackson


1920: Percy Mayfield

1942: Son Seals

1949: Mark Knopfler

1951: August Darnell (Kid Coconut)

1953: Jeremy Speiser, drummer, Men At Work

1964: A Hard Day’s Night film opens in US.

1966: The Beatles begin final tour of the US.

1967: Fleetwood Mac debuts at National Jazz & Blues Festival

1970: Janis Joplin sings final concert

1994: Woodstock 94 held in Sugerties, NY and attended by 350,000.


1921: Jimmy McCracklin

1951: Dan Fogelberg

1966: Revolver at No.1 in the UK. First of 7 weeks at the top.

1971: Pink Floyd, Festival Hall, Melbourne

1971: Sax player King Curtis Ousley stabbed to death.

1982: Joe Tex dies of heart attack (49).

1990: Curtis Mayfield paralysed by falling lighting rig in New York


1941: David Crosby

1946: Larry Graham – (Sly & Family Stone)

1947: Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span)

1958: Big Bill Broonzy dies aged 65

1958: Elvis Presley’s mother Gladys dies.

1962: Pete Best sacked from The Beatles.

1968: ‘Fire’ by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown at No.1 in the UK.

1976: Nick Lowe’s first solo single ‘So It Goes’, first Stiff Records single


1911: Buster Brown

1930: Jackie Brenston

1965: Beatles perform for record rock concert crowd of 55,600 at Shea Stadium, NY

1969: Woodstock held at Yasgur’s farm in upstate NY


1938: Robert Johnston buried

1945: Kevin Ayers

1977: The King is Dead! Elvis dies, aged 42

1996: Ray Brown (of the Whispers) dies

1966: Monkees first single released – ’Last Train to Clarksviile’/’Take A

Giant Step’

1973: Ramones play first gig at CBGB.

1975: Peter Gabriel announces he is leaving Genesis.


1939: Luther Allison (died 1997)

1953: Kevin Rowland (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)

1955: Colin Moulding (XTC)

1964: Maria McKee

1960: Beatles begin three-month engagement at Indra Club in Hamburg.

1964: Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ released.


1945: Nona Hendryx

1962: Ringo Starr makes first appearance with Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1969: Mick Jagger accidentally shot in the hand on the set of Ned Kelly. Unfortunately, he was able to complete the film.

1979: Nick Lowe marries Carlene Carter.

2003: Tony Jackson, bass player with Searchers, dies.


1939: Ginger Baker

1940: Johnny Nash

1943: Billy J Kramer

1945: Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)

1959: Blind Willie McTell dies

1964: Beatles first US tour opens at Cow Palace San Francisco.

1968: Final Monkees TV show airs in US

1973: Kris Kristofferson marries Rita Coolidge.

1977: Elvis Costello & the Attractions release their first album My Aim Is True.

2001: Singer Betty Everett(‘The Shoop Shoop Song’, 1964) dies.


1947: James Pankow (Chicago)

1948: Robert Plant

1951: Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

1952: John Hiatt

1952: Joe Strummer (the Clash)

1965: Andrew Loog Oldham launches the Immediate label.

1975: Daddy Coot splits for last time


1904: Count Basie

1939: James Burton

1952: Joe Strummer (dies December 22, 2002).

1965: Rolling Stones reach No 1 on US charts with Out of Our Heads

1977: Final Ariel appearance, at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne


1917: John Lee Hooker (patron saint of Rhythms Magazine) in Clarkesdale, Mississippi

1938: Dale Hawkins

1970: Jimi Hendrix’s final recording session ever in Electric Lady Studios.

1978: Sid Vicious makes his final live appearance at London’s Electric Ballroom with Rat Scabies, Glenn Matlock and Nancy Spungen.


1905: Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup

1947: Keith Moon (died 1978)

1949: Rick Springfield

1959: Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice)

1978: Julian Casablancas, The Strokes.

1962: John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell.

1970: Lou Reed leaves Velvet Underground after gig at Max’s, Kansas City


1944: Jim Capaldi (Traffic)

1949: Jean-Michel Jarre

1967: Bruce Springsteen joins a band called earth.

1981: Mark Chapman gets 20 years jail for murdering John Lennon.

1983: Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife, Michelle Stevens, found dead after methadone overdose.

2004: Al Dorvin, 81, the man who coined the phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’ dies in a car crash on his way home from and Elvis convention in California.


1933: Wayne Shorter

1950: Willy DeVille (died August 6, 2009)

1954: Elvis Costello (Declan McManus)

1967: Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

2000: Jack Nitzsche dies aged 63.


1960: Branford Marsalis, saxophonist

1967; Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful join The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, North Wales.

1970: The Isle of Wight Pop Festival: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, The who, The Doors, Sly & The Family Stone and more.

1977: Ian Dury’s first solo record Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll released on Stiff


1956: Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols)

1965: Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited

1967: Beatles manager Brian Epstein (32) dies of sleeping pill overdose

1968: Recordings for Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland completed.

1990: Stevie Ray Vaughan killed in helicopter accident.


1943: David Soul

1948: Danny Seraphine, drummer for Chicago.

1965: Shania Twain

1964: The Beatles meet Bob Dylan for the first time after a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York.

1976: Wild celebrations break out when Joe Walsh leaves The Eagles.

1981: Producer Guy Stevens (Mott The Hoople, Free, The Clash) dies of heart attack.


1920: Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, alto sax

1942: Sterling Morrison, Velvet Underground.

1945: Chris Copping (Procol Harum)

1958: Michael Jackson

1959: Eddi Reader

1969: Me’shell Ndegeocello

1998: Charlie Feathers dies

2001: Shirley Strachan dies

1966: The Beatles’ last official concert at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

1970: Jimi Hendrix’s last performance at the Isle Of Wight Festival

1976: Jimmy Reed dies aged 50


1935: John Phillips, Mamas & Papas

1939: John (Robert Parker Ravenscroft) Peel – UK music presenter and legend. Died October 25, 2004.

1969: Three-day Texas Pop Festival: Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, BB King, Canned Heat and Chicago.

1995: Stirling Morrison (Velvet Underground) dies, 53

1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono play their first official American solo concert.

2003: Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, dies.


1945: Van ‘the Man’ Morrison, born George Ivan Morrison, in Belfast

1957: Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze)

1960: Chris Whitley

1969: Dylan returns to the stage after a motorcycle accident.

1970: Derek & the Dominos record ‘Key to the Highway’ for the Layla album.

1974: Last Traffic gig at Reading Festival.

1976: George Harrison found guilty of ‘subconscious’ plagiarism with ‘My Sweet Lord.’


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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