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Today's Birthdays, Friday, August 29
Blue Oyster Cult drummer Rick Downey is 61.
Procol Harum keyboardist-bassist Chris Copping is 69.
Pablo Cruise frontman Dave Jenkins is 67.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears' Dick Halligan is 71.

Today In History
In 1958
The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and drummer Ken Brown, played their first gig at the Casbah Coffee Club.

Bill Haley and the Comets and Frankie Avalon were among the performers at Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show at the Fox Theater in Brooklyn, New York.

King of Pop Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana.

In 1960
The Ventures' "Walk - Don't Run" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" broke into the Top 40.

In 1962
Elvis Presley's movie "Kid Gallahad" opened in theaters nationwide.

In 1964
Bobby Freeman's "C'mon and Swim" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

Roy Orbison released the single "Oh, Pretty Woman."

In 1965
The Beatles concert at the Hollywood Bowl was recorded.  It was eventually released as a live album in 1977.

In 1966
The Beatles performed the last show of the group's last tour, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

Bobby Hebb was a guest on the TV show "Where The Action Is."

In 1969
Blind Faith was featured in "Time" magazine

In 1970
Edwin Starr's "War" hit number one on the pop singles chart.

Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" and Dawn's "Candida" broke into the Top 40.

New releases included Neil Young's album "After The Gold Rush" and The Kinks' single "Lola."

In 1972
Rod Stewart's "You Wear It Well" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.

In 1976
Spirit played a reunion concert in Santa Monica, California.  When Neil Young tried to join the group on stage, guitarist Randy California pushed him away.  Young was able to return when California was told Young had been invited to sit in with the group.

In 1977
Three people were arrested in Memphis and charged with trying to steal the body of Elvis Presley, who had been buried at the local Forest Hill cemetery a week and a half earlier.  Consequently, Elvis' dad had the bodies of Elvis and Elvis' mom Gladys moved to the grounds of Graceland.
In 1980
Eddie Van Halen met Valerie Bertinelli.

In 1981
The Rolling Stones' single "Start Me Up" broke into the Top 40.

In 1986
The original "American Bandstand" studio at WFIL-TV in Philadelphia was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A home movie of The Beatles' 1965 tour fetched more than 40-thousand-dollars at an auction in London.

In 1987
Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osbourne's "Love Power" peaked at number 12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1988
Bob Seger filed for divorce from wife Annette Sinclair.  The couple had been married for ten months.

In 1989
New album releases included Elton John's "Sleeping with the Past" and The Rolling Stones' "Steel Wheels."

In 1990
Elton John entered a rehab center in Chicago to battle bulima, alcohol, and drugs.

In 1995
A pilot and cameraman were killed while filming a video for Meat Loaf's "I'd Lie for You."  Their plane crashed in the Sequoia National Forest north of Los Angeles.
In 1996
Isaac Hayes wrote a letter to Republican presidential hopeful Bob Dole, asking him to stop using his song "Soul Man" as his campaign theme.  The politician had changed the lyrics to "I'm a Dole Man."

In 2002
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, while former Van Halen singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar teamed up to present an award at the event.

In 2003
Jimi Hendrix topped a "Rolling Stone" magazine listing of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. 

In 2004
Carl Wayne, the frontman for the '60s British band The Move, died following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 61.  The Move also featured Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, and Bev Bevan, who were founders of Electric Light Orchestra.

In 2005
Fats Domino was among the many people rescued following the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina and the ruptured levees in New Orleans.  The rock pioneer was helped out of his ravaged Lower 9th Ward home from a third floor deck by a passing boat.

In 2006
Mungo Jerry banjo player Paul King pled not guilty to charges of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and a pub owner in Cornwall, England eight weeks earlier.
Today in 2013
Nazareth frontman Dan McCafferty announced his retirement from the group.  He explained that his Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or C.O.P.D., was getting worse, and affecting his abilities to perform with the band.

Today's Birthdays, Thursday, August 28
Chicago drummer Daniel "Danny" Seraphine is 66.
Molly Hatchet guitarist Dave Hlubek [[LOO-bek]] is 63.
The Tornados drummer Clem Cattini is 77.
The Honeycombs drummer Ann "Honey" Lantree is 71.
Osmond Brother Wayne Osmond is 63.
Paul McCartney's daughter Mary is 45.

Today In History
In 1956
Fats Domino and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers were a part of Alan Freed's ten-day "Rock and Roll Spectacular."

In 1961
Roy Orbison's "Crying" and Elvis Presley's "Little Sister" broke into the Top 40.

The Marvelettes released the single "Please Mr. Postman."

In 1963
Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; and Peter, Paul, and Mary were among those performing at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington in the nation's capital.

In 1964
The Beatles were on the cover of "Life" magazine.

In 1965
Bob Dylan was booed at a concert in
Forest Hills, New York, for playing an electric guitar.

The Rolling Stones signed on with new managers Andrew Oldham and Allen Klein, and signed a new five year contract with Decca Records.  Mick Jagger also became a father to a baby boy, James.

The Beach Boys' "California Girls" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

The Four Tops' "It's The Same Old Song" peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

Mel Carter's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.

Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the Boondocks" peaked at number nine on the pop singles chart.

Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" broke into the Top 40.

In 1967
Glen Campbell released the album "Gentle On My Mind."

In 1968
The Beach Boys' "Do It Again" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart

Simon & Garfunkel's album "Bookends" hit number one on the UK album chart.

In 1969
Paul and Linda McCartney became parents to daughter Mary.

Marvin Gaye's "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.

In 1971
John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs" peaked at number three on the pop singles chart.

Three Dog Night's "Liar" peaked at number seven on the pop singles chart.

Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" and Joan Baez's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" broke into the Top 40.

James Brown's "Make It Funky" broke into the R&B chart.

In 1972
David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars performed at New York's Carnegie Hall for the first time.

In 1973
Deep Purple's single "Smoke On The Water" and Bobby "Boris" Pickett's single "Monster Mash" were certified Gold.

In 1974
The Rolling Stones recorded the song "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" in a studio in Munich, Germany

In 1976
Peter Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way" peaked at number 12 on the pop singles chart

In 1977
Graham Nash wrote the song "Just A Song Before I Go" just before he left Maui.

In 1978
Linda Ronstadt released the album "Living in the U.S.A."

In 1983
Thin Lizzy played its last gig in Reading, England.

In 1984
Stevie Wonder released the soundtrack to the movie "The Woman In Red."

In 1986
Don Henley, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, and Joni Mitchell headlined a concert in Long Beach, California to raise money to lobby for laws targeting polluters.

Tina Turner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

John Lennon's doodles in a booklet margin fetched more than 31-thousand-dollars at an auction in London.

In 1988
Charlie Daniels and several band members escaped injury when their motor home burst into flames on the Ventura Freeway in Southern California.

In 1989
Jethro Tull released the video "This Is The First 20 Years."

In 1994
James Brown allegedly hit a bicyclist while driving in Augusta, Georgia.  The cyclist wasn't hurt.  Brown was ticketed.

In 2001
Santana's 1970 hit "Oye Como Va" was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor recognizing songs and albums at least 25 years old that demonstrate excellence in the field of Latin music.

In 2005
Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain was hospitalized in a Long Island, New York facility after suffering stomach pains during the band's concert.  Doctors determined that he needed to have his appendix removed.

Art Garfunkel was arrested in upstate New York after police found a marijuana cigarette in the ashtray of his vehicle during a traffic stop.  It was the second time he'd been arrested in the in area under similar circumstances in 18 months.

In 2007
Bo Diddley was released from the intensive care unit at Gainesville, Florida's North Florida Regional Medical Center and transferred to the hospital's cardiac unit as he continued recovering from a heart attack he suffered four days earlier.

CBGB owner Hilly Kristal died from complications from lung cancer.  He was 75.

New releases included an expanded 40th anniversary reissue of Pink Floyd's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn."

In 2008
Stevie Wonder and Michael McDonald were among the performers during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Thirteen people were arrested at Journey's concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Most of the arrests were for underaged drinking, while some people were taken into custody for disorderly conduct and one person was arrested for trespassing.

Aerosmith performed at the Harley Owners Group's 25th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary Celebration.

AC/DC released the single "Rock 'n' Roll Train" to radio.

In 2010
An ornate toilet bowl from one of John Lennon's English homes went for just under 15-thousand-dollars at the 33rd Annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool, England.  The toilet was just one of more than 300 lots of Beatles memorabilia that went up for bid at the event.

In 2011
Sebastian Bach's New Jersey home was destroyed by Hurricane Irene when a bridge, dislodged by the storm and carried by floodwaters, slammed into the house and knocked it off its foundation.  Bach also lost his extensive collection of rock memorabilia and his Skid Row archives, which he had stored in the house.

In 2012
Paul Simon was honored as one of Sweden's Polar Music Prize recipients with an event in Stockholm.

New releases included the DVD "The Beach Boys: Doin' It Again," documenting the group's 50th anniversary tour, and the film adaptation of The Who's "Quadrophenia."

In 2013
Surviving Peter, Paul, and Mary members Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey were among the performers at the 50th anniversary celebration of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March On Washington.  They sang Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," just as they did with Mary Travers at the historic 1963 event.  Mary passed away in 2009.