BORN ON AUGUST 2
1914 – Big Walter Price, American blues singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)
1935 – Hank Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)
1937 – Garth Hudson, Canadian musician, composer, and producer (The Band)
1944 – Jim Capaldi, English singer-songwriter and drummer (Traffic) (d. 2005)
1948 – Andy Fairweather Low, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Amen Corner and Fair Weather)
1951 – Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter (Wax) (d. 2011)
1951 – Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen)
1951 – Freddie Wadling, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist (Leather Nun and Blue for Two)
1953 – Donnie Munro, Scottish singer and guitarist (Runrig)
1957 – Mojo Nixon, American singer-songwriter
1957 – Butch Vig, American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Garbage and Spooner)
1959 – Apollonia Kotero, American singer and actress (Apollonia 6)
1960 – Neal Morse, American singer and keyboardist (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Yellow Matter Custard, and Flying Colors)
1960 – David Yow, American singer-songwriter (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard, and Qui)
1961 – Pete de Freitas, Spanish drummer (Echo & the Bunnymen) (d. 1989)
1962 – Lee Mavers, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The La’s)
1968 – John Stanier, American drummer (Helmet, Tomahawk, The Mark of Cain, and Battles)
1976 – Dan Dixon, singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer (Dropsonic, PLS PLS)
DIED ON AUGUST 2
1972 – Brian Cole, American bass player (The Association) (b. 1942)
1983 – James Jamerson, American bass player (The Funk Brothers) (b. 1936)
1997 – Fela Kuti, Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, and activist (b. 1938)
2001 – Ronald Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (b. 1933)
2004 – Don Tosti, American musician and composer (b. 1923)
2012 – Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 2
1956 – This month’s issue of Look magazine reports that Elvis Presley is now receiving 3,000 fan letters a week.
1962: – Aretha Franklin makes her television debut, singing “Don’t Cry Baby” and “Try a Little Tenderness” on ABC’s American Bandstand.
1962 – Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on July 12th of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.
1963 – Still rebuilding his career after the scandal of his marriage to 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis accepts $9,500 to open Las Vegas’ new Thunderbird Hotel.
1964 – After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves’ death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstrom. Thousands of people travelled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves’ final resting place near Carthage, Texas.
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of five nights at the Salvation Club in New York City. During this period a typical set list included: “Foxy Lady,” “Hey Joe,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Purple Haze” and “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp.”
1969 – Bob Dylan leaves his 10-year reunion at Hibbing High School in Hibbing, MN when a drunken former classmate picks a fight with him.
1980 – The Clash released their single “Bank Robber.” The band’s record company CBS didn’t want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.
1986 – Cinderella released their debut album ‘Night Songs.’ ‘Night Songs’ sold several million copies due to a combination of the singles “Shake Me,” “Somebody Save Me” and “Nobody’s Fool,” MTV airplay, and an opening slot on labelmates Bon Jovi’s tour.
1986 – Vinnie Vincent Invasion releases their debut album. The band featured former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent and future Slaughter members Dana Strum on bass, backing vocals and Bobby Rock on drums.
1998 – The Beatles win UK music magazine Mojo’s “Favourite Recording Artist Of All Time,” beating out Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Queen, and Elton John in that order.
2004 – Eric Clapton bails out Cordings clothing store in London, a favorite of his since the age of sixteen, by purchasing a fifty percent share in the retailer.
2007 – Elvis Presley Enterprises announces plans to revamp Graceland, the singer’s home, with a visitor’s center, convention hotel, and high-tech multimedia displays.
2007 –Keith Richards signs a seven-million-dollar deal for the rights to his upcoming autobiography.