BORN ON AUGUST 1
1931 – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1942 – Jerry Garcia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage) (d. 1995)
1946 – Boz Burrell, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (King Crimson and Bad Company) (d. 2006)
1946 – Rick Coonce, American drummer (The Grass Roots) (d. 2011)
1951 – Tim Bachman, Canadian singer and guitarist (Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Brave Belt)
1951 – Tommy Bolin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deep Purple, Zephyr, and James Gang) (d. 1976)
1953 – Robert Cray, American singer and guitarist
1958 – Rob Buck, American guitarist and songwriter (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000)
1958 – Michael Penn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doll Congress)
1959 – Joe Elliott, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (Def Leppard and Down ‘n’ Outz)
1959 – Yoshihide Otomo, Japanese guitarist and songwriter (Ground Zero and Filament)
1960 – Chuck D, American rapper and producer (Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad, and Prophets of Rage)
1960 – Suzi Gardner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (L7)
1963 – Dean Wareham, New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist (Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta)
1964 – Adam Duritz, American singer-songwriter (Counting Crows and The Himalayans)
1966 – George Ducas, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1972 – Nicke Andersson, Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hellacopters)
DIED ON AUGUST 1
1964 – Johnny Burnette, American guitarist (The Rock and Roll Trio) (b. 1930)
2013 – Mike Hinton, American guitarist (Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts, High Noon, Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band,) (b. 1956)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 1
1942 – In response to what it sees as a threat from the new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on strike (but only for recording, not live, gigs).
1954 – Alan Freed presents his first Moondog Jubilee Of Stars Under The Stars revue at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, featuring Fats Domino, The Clovers, The Orioles, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter. It is the first large racially mixed crowd at a concert of this size.
1958 – Feeling that label head Sam Phillips is spending too much time promoting Jerry Lee Lewis and not enough promoting him, Johnny Cash leaves Sun Records and signs with Columbia.
1960 – For his embodiment of decadent American culture, Elvis Presley is named “Public Enemy Number One” by the East Berlin newspaper Young World.
1960 – Chubby Checker released the single “The Twist”
1960 – Aretha Franklin begins her first non-gospel recording session, an abortive attempt at jazz-pop with the Columbia label.
1964 – A report in Billboard claims that the harmonica is hip again thanks to the Beatles, Dylan, the Stones and Stevie Wonder.
1964 – A brand new group called “The Steampacket,” featuring lead vocals by one Rod Stewart, opens for the Rolling Stones at the London Palladium.
1966 – Birmingham radio station WACI calls for the first “Beatles Burn-In,” a bonfire of Beatles records to protest John Lennon’s recent published comments that his group was “bigger than Jesus.”
1969 – The three day US Atlantic City Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City race track with B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Three Dog Night, Dr John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Mothers Of Invention and Canned Heat. Joni Mitchell started to cry and ran off stage in the middle of her third song because the crowd was not paying attention to her performance.
1971 – The first big all-star rock benefit concert, The Concert For Bangladesh, was held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, helmed by George Harrison and featuring Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr. The show raised $11 million for starving people in Bangladesh, a recently-liberated area of Pakistan.
1972: Elvis Presley released the single “Burning Love”
1973 – The first big oldies revival kicks off in earnest as George Lucas’ new film, American Graffiti, premieres in Los Angeles. Portraying a night in the life of several California teenagers in 1961, it made stars out of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and more, and also inspired the ABC-TV smash Happy Days.
1977 – Elvis: What Happened? a tell-all book written by his closest confidantes Red West and Sonny West, hit the bookshelves and made no impact until Presley’s death two weeks later, when it confirmed what many had suspected: that Elvis had been abusing prescription drugs. Some say the revelatory book hurt Elvis and indirectly hastened his demise.
1980 – George Harrison forms a movie production company called Handmade Films, which would go on to produce films like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, and Shanghai Surprise.
1980 – Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott’s 21st birthday.
1981 – MTV made its debut at 12:01am. The first video to be shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
1988 – Cincinnati AM radio station WCVG changes its format, becoming the first US all-Elvis radio station. The concept died out within the year.
1994 – The Rolling Stones politely refuse an invitation to play at the Clinton White House, though they would go on to play his 60th birthday party in 2006.
2000 – AC/DC kicked off their 140 date Stiff Upper World Lip Tour at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
2007 – John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses were bought by a British collector at auction. Lennon gave the gold-rimmed glasses to his Japanese interpreter in Tokyo in 1966, and the translator removed the lenses when Lennon died.
2007 – Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena. Tickets for the events cost £31.21 – the same figure used by the singer to name his album, website and perfume.
2014 – Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote ‘I’m Always Here’ the theme tune for hit TV series “Baywatch,” died aged 63. The band are best known for their 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger” which pre-dated Jamison joining the group.