Music History August 29

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker


1920 – Charlie Parker, American saxophonist (d. 1955)
1924 – Dinah Washington, American singer and pianist (d. 1963)
1927 – Jimmy C. Newman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)
1943 – Dick Halligan, American pianist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1945 – Chris Copping, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Procol Harum)
1951 – Geoff Whitehorn, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (IF, Crawler, and Procol Harum)
1952 – Dave Malone, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Radiators)
1955 – Diamanda Galás, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1956 – GG Allin, American singer-songwriter (The Murder Junkies and The Jabbers) (d. 1993)
1959 – Eddi Reader, Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist (Fairground Attraction)

1960 – Tony MacAlpine, American guitarist, songwriter (Planet X, CAB, Ring of Fire, and Seven the Hardway)
1963 – Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer-songwriter (Cocteau Twins)
1967 – Anton Newcombe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Brian Jonestown Massacre)
1968 – Meshell Ndegeocello, German-American singer-songwriter
1971 – Alex Griffin, English bass player (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin)
1972 – Amanda Marshall, Canadian singer-songwriter
1973 – Vincent Cavanagh, English singer and guitarist (Anathema)
1980 – David Desrosiers, Canadian singer-songwriter and bass player (Simple Plan and Reset)


1976 – Jimmy Reed, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1925)
2001 – Graeme Strachan, Australian singer-songwriter (Skyhooks) (b. 1952)
2011 – David “Honeyboy” Edwards, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1915)


1958 – George Harrison joined the band Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also members.

1964 – Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ was released. It went on to No.1 four weeks later. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.”

1966 – The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver.’ They finished the show with a version of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.”

1976 – Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed had the 1957 hit “Honest I Do” and “Baby What You Want Me To Do” in 1960.

1976 – The Clash Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols all appeared at a showcase event at The Screen On The Green, Islington, London. Organised by Malcolm Maclaren, this was notable for many reasons including, it was only The Clash’s third gig and the first ever to be recorded, and is the earliest known (after the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert from April 1976) recorded performance and a rare recording of The Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock. The cinema is referenced throughout Adam and the Ants’ song ‘Fall in’ – released as the b side to “Ant Music” in 1980.

1977 – Three men are arrested in Memphis after attempting to steal Elvis Presley’s recently-deceased body from a Memphis mausoleum, causing the Presley family to move his body to its present location in the “meditation garden” at Graceland.

1984 – Prince’s single “Let’s Go Crazy”/”Erotic City” were released.

1987 – Def Leppard scored their first UK No.1 album with Hysteria which also became No.1 on the US chart in July the following year after spending forty-nine weeks working its way to the top.

1991 – At 7 pm, DJ Kurt St. Thomas from radio station WFNX in Boston gave Nirvana’s album Nevermind its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish.

2005 – Fats Domino, now 77, is rescued from his Ninth Ward home in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.