BORN ON AUGUST 23
1917 – Tex Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)
1946 – Keith Moon, English drummer, songwriter (The Who and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 1978)
1947 – Rex Allen, Jr., American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
1951 – Jimi Jamison, American singer-songwriter (Survivor) (d. 2014)
1953 – Bobby G, English singer-songwriter (Bucks Fizz)
1959 – Edwyn Collins, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orange Juice)
1960 – Gary Hoey, American guitarist, songwriter (Heavy Bones)
1961 – Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots, Talk Show, and Army of Anyone)
1962 – Shaun Ryder, English singer-songwriter (Happy Mondays and Black Grape)
1970 – River Phoenix, American actor and singer (d. 1993)
1975 – Eliza Carthy, English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Blue Murder)
1978 – Julian Casablancas, American singer-songwriter (The Strokes and Julian Casablancas + The Voidz)
DIED ON AUGUST 23
1963 – Glen Gray, American saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra) (b. 1900)
1995 – Dwayne Goettel, Canadian keyboard player (Skinny Puppy, Psyche) (b. 1964)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 23
1962 – John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant register office. He then played a gig that night with The Beatles at Liverpool’s Riverpark Ballroom.
1963 – The Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing their debut single ‘Come On.’ The group made a total of 20 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.
1965 – Security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.
1966 – On their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year’s performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earn more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance.
1967 – Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool. As the party had become out of control, the police were called to put an end to the festivities. Moon, ever keen to avoid the police snuck outside and got into a Lincoln Continental Limousine and attempted to make a getaway. Unfortunately, in his inebriated state he released the handbrake, and began rolling towards the pool. Moon simply sat back and waited, as the car crashed through the fence around the pool and into the water.
1968 – During a North American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Singer Bowl, Flushing Meadow Park, New York. Also on the bill was Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1969 – Johnny Cash started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Johnny Cash At San Quentin’. The album was a recording of a live concert given to the inmates of San Quentin State Prison and was the follow-up to Cash’s previous live album, the critically acclaimed and commercially successful At Folsom Prison.
1969 – The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honky Tonk Women’ the group’s fifth US No.1. The song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards was inspired by Brazilian gauchos at the ranch where Jagger and Richards were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo.
1970 – Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club ‘Max’s Kansas City’. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week.
1975 – Joy Division singer Ian Curtis married Deborah Woodruff, whom he met while still at school, when he was 19 and she was 18. They remained married until his death when he hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England at the age of 23.
1980 – David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. The video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was one of the most iconic of the 1980s, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.
1980 – The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52’s, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
1991 – Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana, Silverfish, Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Mercury Rev, Sisters of Mercy and Neds Atomic Dustbin appeared at this year’s three day Reading Festival in England.
1994 – Jeff Buckley released his only complete studio album ‘Grace.’ The album gradually acquired critical acclaim and commercial success. For the tenth anniversary of ‘Grace,’ an extended version of the album was released on August 23, 2004.
2002 – The Strokes, Offspring, Muse, Sum 41, Janes Addiction, The Dandy Warhols, Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Pulp, The White Stripes, Feeder and Cornershop all appeared at the UK Carling Leeds-Reading Weekend Festival in England.