August – In Rock History
Number One Songs
1947 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) – Tex Williams
1960 It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
1964 Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
1966 Wild Thing – The Troggs
1967 Light My Fire – The Doors
1971 Get It On (Bang A Gong) – T Rex
1974 When Will I See You Again – The Three Degrees
1975 One Of These Nights – The Eagles
1978 Three Times A Lady – The Commodores
1979 My Sharona – The Knack
1983 Every Breath You Take – The Police
1984 Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr
1985 The Power Of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
1992 Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap
1996 Wannabe – The Spice Girls
1997 Men In Black – Will Smith
2000 Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) – Spiller
2002 Hot In Herre – Nelly
Thomas Edison makes the very first sound recording with the song ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’.
Hank Williams is fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability brought on mostly by his alcoholism and the use of morphine. He recently divorced his wife and would pass away in only four and a half months time at the age of 29.
Johnny Cash marries in Texas and then moves to Tennessee where he works as a salesman for Memphis Appliance. At night he plays with a band, The Tennessee Two, including Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant. Eventually he works up enough courage to visit Sun Studios and is signed to Sun Records one year later.
American Bandstand begins with host Dick Clark. The show is started and filmed in Philadelphia with the intention of reflecting the ‘Philly Sound’. The very first guests are The Chordettes.
Chubby Checker creates a new dance craze with his performance of ‘The Twist’ on American Bandstand. The song would go to the Number 1 spot on the charts shortly afterwards and again in 1962, making it the only record to reach Number 1 on two separate occasions.
The Beatles release their seventh studio album ‘Revolver’. The record is a huge step forward for the band for many reasons and includes the latest in technological and studio developments. The songs are marked by an electric guitar rock sound but ‘Eleanor Rigby’ includes very complex orchestral arrangements. The use of reverse guitar, processed vocals, looped tape effects and double tracking makes the album a groundbreaking effort. It reached Number one in the UK and the US and is often regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.
Lou Reed leaves the Velvet Underground immediately after a gig in New York. He decides to work for his father in his tax accounting firm as a typist, earning 40 dollars a week, for the next year.
Joy Division release their first EP, ‘An Ideal For Living’, which contains the tracks ‘Warsaw’, ‘No Love Lost’, ‘Leaders Of Men’ and ‘Failures’. The record reflects the band’s early punk tendencies and features a cover drawn by guitarist Bernard Sumner.
Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow.
Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath.
Jah Wobble leaves PIL.
Jools Holland leaves Squeeze.
Ray Parker Jr reaches the top of the charts with the single ‘Ghostbusters’ from the film soundtrack. Unfortunately for him, the song sounds remarkably like ‘I Want A New Drug’ by Huey Lewis And The News. Parker is taken to court in a copyright-infringement lawsuit. He and Lewis settle out of court and with Parker paying a settlement.
Curtis Mayfield is paralysed when a stage lighting structure falls on him prior to an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, New York.
The Ramones play their last ever gig at LA’s Palace. Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell appear as guests and jam with the band.