BORN ON AUGUST 3
1940 – James Tyler, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2010)
1946 – Syreeta Wright, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)
1946 – John York, American bass player, songwriter (The Byrds and Sir Douglas Quintet)
1949 – B. B. Dickerson, American bass player and songwriter (War)
1953 – Ian Bairnson, Scottish saxophonist and keyboardist (The Alan Parsons Project, Pilot, and Keats)
1959 – Martin Atkins, English drummer (Public Image Ltd, Ministry, and Killing Joke)
1961 – Lee Rocker, American bassist (Stray Cats)
1963 – James Hetfield, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Metallica)
1963 – Ed Roland, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Collective Soul)
1967 – Skin, English singer and model (Skunk Anansie)
1970 – Stephen Carpenter, American guitarist and songwriter (Deftones)
1980 – Brandan Schieppati, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bleeding Through, Eighteen Visions, and Throwdown)
1984 – Carah Faye Charnow, American singer-songwriter (Shiny Toy Guns and Versant)
1984 – Chris Maurer, American singer and bass player (Suburban Legends)
DIED ON AUGUST 3
2003 – Roger Voudouris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1954)
2006 – Arthur Lee, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (Love) (b. 1945)
2007 – Peter Thorup, Danish singer-songwriter, guitarist (Collective Consciousness Society and The Beefeaters) (b. 1948)
2008 – Erik Darling, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers, The Tarriers, and The Rooftop Singers) (b. 1933)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 3
1963 – The Beatles played their last ever performance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. During their set a power cut silenced their instruments and plunged the Cavern into temporary darkness. Lennon and McCartney performed an acoustic version of “When I’m Sixty-Four,” a song they wouldn’t release until 1967. The Beatles, whose fee for their first performance at the Cavern had been £5, received a fee of £300 for this performance.
1966 – The Rolling Stones began nine days recording sessions for their next album at Los Angeles, RCA Studios. Tracks recorded included: “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “My Obsession,” “Yesterday’s Papers” and “Back Street Girl.”
1968 – The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.
1971 – Paul McCartney announces the formation of Wings, his first band since the breakup of the Beatles. It features ex-Moody Blues singer Denny Laine and Paul’s wife Linda.
1973 – Stevie Wonder released his 16th studio album ‘Innervisions.’ Wonder played all or virtually all instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks. Singles were, “Higher Ground,” “Living for the City” and “He’s Misstra Know-It-All.”
1985 – Tears For Fears started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Shout’, the duo’s second US No.1.
1987 – Def Leppard released their fourth studio album Hysteria which became their best selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen relating to his experiences during the time of his car accident, and the worldwide media coverage that followed.
2000 – Pearl Jam played the first date on the North American leg of their Binaural 73-date world tour at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, Virginia.