Life is what happens when you are making other plans~ John Lennon
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind~Gandhi
The time is always right to do what is right~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Today in Rock Music History

-Folktronica figure Beth Orton cancels UK tour after discovering she is pregnant
-YouTube announces they will stream every music video made my every musician known to man

-"Hillbilly Jazz" fiddler Vasser Clements dies at home in Goodlettsville, TN from lung cancer. The 77 year old musician worked with Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, and Emmylou Harris and the Byrds
-Eminem cancels European tour due to health problems
- Madonna falls off horse at her UK estate. She broke 3 ribs, a broken collarbone, and broke her hand. She also turns 47 today
-Musician Sean Combs says he is changing his name to Diddy

-Marc Anthony becomes a father to a second child. Marc and wife Dayanara Muniz gives birth to a son, Ryan, at the North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, N.Y.
- A car sponsored by the band 3 Doors Down makes it's debut at Cabelas 250 NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It places 11th in the race after a rain delay

- N*Sync are given the keys to Orlando by mayor Glenda E. Hood
- Australian rock band INXS cancels tour due to poor ticket sales. This was to be the 1st tour with Jon Stevens after the death of Michael Hutchence

-Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher. Divorced in 1985

- Bad day for breakups. Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward leaves, keyboardist Jools Holland leaves Squeeze, drummer Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow.

-English singer Cliff Richard kicks off Soviet Union tour in Leningrad.

- Peter Gabriel announces he is leaving Genesis

-The Who and Janis Joplin play at the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, N.Y. During the Who's concert, Abbie Hoffman leaps onstage to protest something, but Who guitarist Pete Townshend hits him with electric guitar, later saying he had no clue who he was.

- In Blackpool, The Beatles play a concert supported by the High Numbers, who later go on to be known as The Who

- Beatles manager Brian Epstein fires Pete Best and replaces him with Ringo Starr(Richard Starkey)
-Stevie Wonder releases a single called I Call It Pretty Music But the Old Folks Call It Blues pts. I and II

- Madonna is born today in Rochester, Mass.
-Lead Go-Go member Belinda Carlisle is born in Hollywood

- INXS guitarist Tim Farriss is born
-Ricky Nelson records Be-Bop Baby and it goes to #3
- Because he thought they were black, the promoter of Buddy Holly and the Crickets book them at the most unlikely of places, the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y.

- James Taylor is born in Morristown, NJ.
-Kathy Lee Gifford is born today

- Progressive rock's Jimmy Buffett- Kevin Ayers- is born in Herne Bay, England. This man is a member of the band Soft Machine
-American Breed guitarist Gary Loizzo is born

- Rock producer Russ Titelman is born in L.A.

-R&B musician Barbara George is born in New Orleans

- Blues musician Robert Johnson dies. This was the inspiration for such musicians as Eric Clapton, and Led Zep drummer Jimmy Page

-Patsy Montana releases I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart and becomes the 1st million selling country single released by a female artist

- Jazz pianist Bill Evans is born in Plainfield, NJ. His album, Sunday at the Village Vanguard is reguarded at the #1 break up album

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