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This Week in Music History: Beatles Meet the King…Izzy Deplaned…Slipknot’s Big Night

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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of August 25

1949: Hank Williams records his classic weeper “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die”…inspired by his troubled marriage, Williams originally intended to speak rather than sing the lyrics…

1958: Eddie Cochran’s biggest hit, “Summertime Blues,” enters the Billboard Top 100, where it will peak at #8 and sell over a million copies...much covered by others, it will be a No. 1 hit for country artist Alan Jackson and sell beaucoup singles in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer…this same week the doo-wopping Elegants score the No. 1 single with “Little Star,” their reworking of a Mozart lullaby…one-hit wonders, their star will soon fade…

1963: “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes hits the charts...the song will later be cited as the perfect pop song by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys—a touch of it in can perhaps be heard in Brian’s own “Good Vibrations”…

1964: Following their show at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the Beatles meet and hang out with Bob Dylan in a New York hotel where he introduces them to marijuana…

1965: Taking a break from their U.S. tour, The Beatles hang out at a Byrds recording session, then later that day meet Elvis at the King’s Beverly Hills mansion…the Fab Four are underwhelmed by his personality with John Lennon remarking shortly after, “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck”…

1966: The Beatles play their last date in front of a sold-out paid audience of 25,000 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park…unlike the crowd, the Fab Four know it’s the last time they’ll appear on a concert stage and take photos between songs…during this tour the band has not played a single song off their newly released Revolver LP, and end the show with Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” a set-list staple going back to their Hamburg days…

1967: The Beatles take a break from touring and recording to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales…the lads will later become disenchanted with the roly-poly Indian guru…this same week Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies from an overdose of sleeping pills…

1968: The Beatles release the single “Hey Jude” which eclipses “Like a Rolling Stone” as the longest single to receive airplay by nearly a minute at 7:06...it is the first release from newly formed Apple Records and becomes The Beatles biggest hit, going to No 1 around the world...the recording took two days and involved a 36-piece orchestra that also provided hand claps and sang the na-na-nahs on the fadeout...the epic ballad begins with Paul McCartney playing the piano and ends with 50 layered instruments, including the symphony…

1969: The Rolling Stones’ single “Street Fighting Man” is released…written by Mick Jagger after attending a tumultuous anti-Vietnam War protest at the U.S. embassy in London, it’s the Stones’ most overtly political song to date…the single never gets above #48 on the U.S. pop chart as many radio stations refuse to play it…

1970: Duane Allman begins sessions as a member of Derek & The Dominos...Eric Clapton praises Allman as the catalyst in a double-album project that wraps in just 10 days producing Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, one the most acclaimed rock albums of all time…this same week The Kinks’ transvestite-themed single “Lola” is released...the song, which revived the band’s flagging popularity, was inspired by their manager’s drunken club experience unknowingly dancing with a she-man...Ray Davies had to re-record the line "You drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola" at the last minute over trademark concerns with the original, "…it tastes just like Coca-Cola"...Lola reappears in “Paranoia,” a later Kinks tune…

1971: Paul McCartney's jaunty single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" is the No. 1 pop hit of the week…the former Beatle reveals that he actually had an Uncle Albert who used to get drunk and quote the Bible…

1976: Boston releases their self-titled debut album...it spawns three hit singles and shoots to the top of the charts and remains the fastest-selling debut albums of all time until it’s finally unseated by Whitney Houston’s debut LP in 1986...ironically, 1986 is the same year Boston finally releases its third album, their release cycle slowed by guitarist Tom Scholz’s momentum-killing perfectionist leanings...by this time most of the band, including Sib Hashian and his afro have left the band in frustration…in this same week a court rules that George Harrison “subconsciously” plagiarized “He’s So Fine,” a 1963 hit for girl group The Chiffons, in writing his song “My Sweet Lord”…after much legal wrangling, payment is made ten years later…to cash in on the controversy, The Chiffons issue their cover of “My Sweet Lord” and Harrison records “This Song” expressing his frustration over the case…

1977: Three people are nabbed in Memphis for attempting to steal the remains of Elvis...to foil further attempts, the late King is moved from the cemetery to a more secure resting place at Graceland…

1986: Paul Simon releases his landmark album Graceland…featuring a host of top South African artists, the record gives a big surge to world music sales…

1987: CBS Records ships a record-setting 2.25 million pre-ordered copies of Michael Jackson’s latest LP, Bad, to stores…it will sell 13 million worldwide…a huge number for any other artist, it’s a bit of a disappointment in the wake of Thriller and its 35 million in sales…

1989: Izzy Stradlin of Guns N’ Roses is arrested in Phoenix for causing a public disturbance...he was on a flight from Los Angeles to Indianapolis when the plane made an unscheduled landing in Phoenix just to dump him off...he had verbally abused a flight attendant, urinated on the floor, and smoked in the non-smoking section of the plane...Izzy was apparently angry about the long potty queue…

1990: The world of rock and modern blues takes a big hit when Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a Wisconsin helicopter crash that also takes the lives of three members of Eric Clapton's entourage…

1991: Pearl Jam releases their first LP, Ten…it will sell more than 13 million copies and spin off three hit singles, “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy”…

1993: An acetate recording of a Beatles performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club fetches £16,500 at Christies in London…it’s a record price for such a recording…

1994: Jimmy Buffett crashes his seaplane during takeoff in Nantucket, Mass…he safely swims away from the wreckage…

1996: Isaac Hayes, who co-wrote the soul classic “Soul Man,” sends a letter of protest to Senator Bob Dole’s presidential campaign telling them to quit parodying the song with their version that goes, “I’m a Dole Man”…

2000: Slipknot raises hell at the Kerrang Awards, smashing glasses, trashing a mic, tossing a monitor off the stage, and setting their table alight…they win three awards including one for best live act…

2002: Eminem draws boos at the MTV Video Music Awards after he calls Moby a girl and tries to pick a fight with the diminutive techno popper ... Moby had called the rapper's music misogynistic and homophobic...M also mixes it up with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog after Triumph tells the crowd "Eminem should lighten up. I mean, my mom was a b*tch too, but I don't go writing songs about it." ...

2003: Two hundred fans are ejected from the Charlotte, North Carolina Ozzfest for alcohol and drug use...the show started at around 10 am and the first group of partied-out attendees is booted out just after noon, proving Ozzy fans are not into pacing themselves…

2004: The British medical journal Thorax warns music fans that listening to ultra-powerful music systems in cars can cause collapsed lungs…this was the fate of a 19-year-old in Bristol youth who suffered the injury while listening to a 1000-watt system stuffed into his Fiat Panda…

2005: New Orleans R&B great Fats Domino is rescued after trying to ride out Hurricane Katrina in his home…

2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton undergoes treatment for throat cancer forcing him to sit out the first half of the band's Route of All Evil Tour, the first time he has missed any shows in the band's history...longtime band friend David Hull fills in until his return....also this week, the British press reports on the contract riders for touring musicians: Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue; The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur; Meat Loaf needs a mask and one small tank of oxygen; David Bowie asks that his dressing room temperature be between 14c and 18c; Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room and Mick Jagger requires an onstage teleprompter loaded with the lyrics to all songs and the name of the city he’s performing in…

2007: The Stones wrap their Bigger Bang tour having grossed $558 million and eclipsing the record formerly held by U2’s 2005 Vertigo tour that brought in a paltry $389 million...commenting on the end of the long-running tour, Mick Jagger acknowledges, “I’m sort of glad it’s done. I need to do some resting.”…this same week rapper Lil Wayne is sued for $1 million by a woman who says she was crushed by the crowd at a concert after a large sum of cash was tossed into the audience…

2008: A blogger who posted nine unreleased songs from the forthcoming Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy recording sessions online is arrested for violating a three-year-old law that prohibits such leaks…according to Kevin Cogill’s girlfriend, the cops “... let me get him a shirt and shoes without laces before they took him away”…Cogill is a former employee of Universal Records’ distribution department …

2009: the Los Angeles County coroner rules Michael Jackson's death was a homicide…the finding leads to criminal charges against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died…this same week Noel Gallagher abruptly quits Oasis just before a gig in France saying he cannot work any longer with his brother Liam…the move comes after many well-publicized fraternal battles between the brothers and previous band breakups…

2011: Elvis’s estate announces a suit against his former record company seeking payment for income produced by new media like ring tones and entertainment apps…

2013: Miley Cyrus’s risque performance at the MTV VMAs wearing a nude outfit and dirty dancing with Robin Thicke draws the ire of the Parents Television Council, which says the show was definitely not suitable for the 14-year-olds that its rating permitted…her performance is one of the most-watched clips on YouTube in coming days…this same week, 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh’s song, “Oh Sweet Lorraine,” a tribute to his recently deceased wife, is the No. 7 hit on iTunes’ Top 10…it also captures 1.7 million YouTube views…

This Week’s Births

August 25: multi-instrumentalist Charlie Burse of The Memphis Jug Band (1901), composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918), jazz sax player Wayne Shorter (1933), Walter Williams of The O'Jays (1942), jazz guitar phenom Pat Martino (1944), Tavares drummer Francis Donia (1945), Kiss bassist and singer Gene Simmons (1949), Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford (1951), guitarist and keyboardist Bob Mayo (1951), Elvis Costello born Declan McManus (1954), roots reggae singer Junior Delgado (1958), singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard (1962), Candida Doyle of Pulp (1963), Gits singer Mia Zapata (1965), DJ Terminator X aka Norman Rogers of Public Enemy (1966), country chirper Jo Dee Messina (1969)

August 26: jazz singer Jimmy “ Mr. Five by Five” Rushing (1903), drummer Jet Black aka Brian Duffy of The Stranglers (1938), Nik Turner of Hawkwind (1940), Chris Curtis of The Searchers (1941), Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson (1948), Bill and Dick Cowsill of The Cowsills (1950), Bill Rush of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1952), jazz sax man Branford Marsalis (1960), Shirley Manson of Garbage (1966), Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows (1966), Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (1967), drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt (1969)

August 27: saxophone great Lester "Pres" Young (1909), bluegrass guitarist Carter Stanley (1925), harpist, keyboardist, and widow of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane (1937), Edward Patten of Gladys Knight & The Pips (1939), jazz and rock guitarist Sonny Sharrock (1940), Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tennille (1942), Jeff Cook of Alabama (1949), Willy DeVille of Mink DeVille (1950), Kevin Kavanaugh of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (1951), Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (1953), Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols (1956), gospel singer Yolanda Adams (1962), Tony Kanal of No Doubt (1970), rapper Ma$e born Mason Durrell Betha (1977), Jon Siebels of Eve 6 (1979), Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (1979), R&B singer Mario (Barrett) (1986)

August 28: John Perkins of The Crew Cuts (1931), drummer Clem Cattini of The Tornadoes (1939), pop singer/actor David Soul (1943), drummer Danny Seraphine of Chicago (1948), guitarist Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers (1949), Fairport Convention drummer Martin Lamble (1949), Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds (1951), John Rees of Men At Work (1951), country star Shania Twain (1965), actor and musician Jack Black (1969), country singer LeAnn Rimes (1982), singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine (1986)

August 29: bluesman Jimmy Bell (1910), pioneering jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920), jazz and R&B singer Dinah Washington (1924), gospel singer Marion Williams (1927), country singer Jimmy C. Newman (1927), multi-instrumentalist Dick Halligan of Blood, Sweat & Tears (1943), Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground (1944), Chris Copping of Procol Harum (1945), Patrick Woodward of Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band (1948), Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise (1949), Rick Downey of Blue Oyster Cult (1953), punk rocker G.G. Allin (1956), Cocteau Twins' singer Elizabeth Fraser (1958), Michael Jackson (1958), rock guitarist Tony MacAlpine (1960), drummer Chris Gorman of Belly (1967), singer-bassist Me'shell NdegeOcello (1969), Carl Martin of Shai (1970), guitarist Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty (1975), David Desrosiers of Simple Plan (1980)

August 30: blues pianist Mercy Dee Walton (1915), country great Kitty Wells (1919), vaudeville-blues singer Olive Brown (1922), John McNally of The Searchers (1931), bluesman Luther "Georgia Snake Boy" Johnson (1934), John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas (1935), bluesman "Spider" John Koerner (1938), influential BBC radio DJ John Peel (1939), guitarist Mick Moody of Whitesnake and Juicy Lucy (1950), Horace Panter of General Public (1953), Sir Horace Gentleman of The Specials (1954), drummer Martin Jackson of Swing Out Sister (1958), drummer Nicky Hammerhead (1960), Gwar guitarist Dave Brockie (1963), remixer and DJ Paul Oakenfold (1963), Rich Cronin of LFO (1974), Panic! at the Disco guitarist George Ross III (1986)

August 31: jazz pianist Todd Rhodes (1900), tunesmith Alan Jay Lerner (1918), Jerry Allison of The Crickets (1939), Wilton Felder of The Crusaders (1940), Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac (1945), Van Morrison (1945), bluesman Son Bonds (1947), Rudolf Schenker of the Scorpions

(1948), Gina Schock of The Go-Go's (1957), Squeeze singer-songwriter Glenn Tilbrook (1957), Tony DeFranco of The DeFranco Family (1959), blues/rock guitarist Chris Whitley (1960), singer Debbie Gibson (1970), Craig Nicholls of The Vines (1977)

This Week’s Deaths

August 25: bandleader Stan Kenton (1979), Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher (1999), composer and record producer Jack Nitzsche (2000), R&B star Aaliyah (2001)

August 26: honkin’ R&B sax man Jimmy Forrest (1980), Lee Hays of The Weavers (1981), bluesman “Professor Eddie Lusk (1992), Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule bassist Allen Woody (2000) singer-songwriter Laura Branigan (2004), Brill Building songwriter Ellie Greenwich (2009)

August 27: Beatles manager Brian Epstein (1967), Bob Scholl of The Mello-Kings (1975), rap artist and DJ with KRS-One Scott LaRock (1987), Stevie Ray Vaughan (1990)

August 28: rockabilly artist and songwriter Ronnie Self (1981), producer Guy Stevens (1981), Gene Knight of The Showmen (1992), CBGB’s founder Hilly Kristal (2007), Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein (2009)

August 29: influential bluesman Jimmy Reed (1976), country star Archie Campbell (1987), record store mogul “Waxie Maxie” Silverman (1989), rockabilly pioneer Wee Willie Williams (1999), Delta bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards (2011)

August 30: jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones (1985), War percussionist Papa Dee Allen

(1988), Sterling Morrison of The Velvet Underground (1995), Swedish producer Denniz Pop aka Dag Volle (1998), jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson (2006), jazz vocalist Chris Connor (2009)

August 31: British rocker and Ziggy Stardust inspiration Vince Taylor (1991), songwriter Harold Clayton (2000), jazz vibes man and bandleader Lionel Hampton (2002), Move singer Carl Wayne (2004), cajun artist Joe Barry (2004)

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