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August 16, 1969 The Dells rerecording of their hit “Oh, What A Night” charted 13 years after the original.

1977 – Elvis Presley
died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis.

Top Single:
“Falling In Love” Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds #5 1975 “Magic” Olivia Newton-John #1 1980


August 17, 1969
The Woodstock Festival ended. Performers included Crosby, Stills & Nash, Janis Joplin, Sha Na Na, John Sebastian, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Richie Havens, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Iron Butterfly and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Over ½ a million attended, three dies, two were born and there were six miscarriages. Not bad for $7.00

Top Single:
“The Night Chicago Died” Paper Lace #1 1974

August 18, 1958 The Quintones
“Down The Aisle Of Love” charted (#18) and The Tokens “Doom Lang” was released. These were not the “hit” Tokens of “Lion Sleeps Tonight” fame who were still a year away from forming.

1962 – Ringo Starr joined The Beatles,
consequently their drummer Peter Best was fired. Top Single: “Little Star” The Elegants #2 1958 “My Prayer” The Platters #1 1956

Sonny Til (The Orioles) 1928 Nona Hendrix (LaBelle) 1945 Barbara Harris (The Toys) 1945


August 19, 1957 The Mello-Kings
charted with their Doo Wop classic, “Tonite, Tonite” (#77). The record was released by The Mellotones but since there already was a Mellotones, they revised their moniker to Mello-Kings.

1964 – The Beatles first U.S. tour started at San Francisco’s Cow Palace along with The Righteous Brothers.

Top Single: “Whispering Bells”
The Del-Vikings #6 R&B 1957 “Tammy” Debbie Reynolds #1 1957

August 20, 1954 The Orioles
began a weeks engagement at Weeks Café in Atlantic City. Top Single: “See you in September” The Happenings #6 1966


August 21, 1954 The Harptones
“I’ll Never Tell” with Bunny Paul on lead was released as was The Singing Wanderers “Say Hey Willie Mays”.

1961 – The Dovells dance hit “The Bristol Stop” was released reaching #2. It was originally released on the “B” side.

Top Single:
“California Girls” The Beach Boys #4 1965 “I Got You Babe” Sonny & Cher #1 1965

Savannah Churchill (The 4 Tunes) 1920 Kenny Rogers (The Scholars)


August 22, 1953
Collectors rarities by The Diamonds “Two Lovers Have I” and The Charms “Heaven Only Knows” were issued. The buy of the week was The Spaniels “Baby It’s You”, their first 45.

1964 – Martha & The Vandellas “Dancing In The Streets”
charted eventually reaching #2.

Top Single:
“Under The Boardwalk” The Drifters #4 1964 “Where Did Our Love Go” The Supremes #1 1964

Fred Milano (The Belmonts) 1939 Ron Dante (The Archies) 1945


August 23, 1969 Ray, Goodman & Beown’s
cover of The Platters “My Prayer” became their last of 14 Top 100 entries including 11 as The Moments. Lou Christie’s I’m Gonna Make You Mine” charted becoming his last of 3 Top 10 hits.

Top Single: “Working On A Groovy Thing” The 5th Dimension #20 1969 “Fallin’ In Love” Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds #1 1975

Birthday: Rudy Lewis (The Drifters) 1936

August 24, 1968
Topping off his birthday party, Keith Moon (The Who) drove a Lincoln Continental into a Holiday Inn swimming pool in Flint, Michigan.

Top Single:
“(You’re) Having My Baby” Paul Anka #1 1974


August 25, 1956
The Five Keys “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind” (#23 Pop #12 R&B), The Channels “The Closer You Are” and The Duponts “Must Be Falling In Love” were released. The Duponts featured 16 year old lead Little Anthony two years before recorded with The Imperials.

1970 – Elton John
made his American performance debut at Los Angeles’ Troubadour. He was the opening act for David Ackles.

Top Single:
“My True Love” Jack Scott & The Chantones #5 1958 “Little Star” The Elegants #1 1958

Walter Williams (The O’Jays)


August 26, 1957 The Shirelles
“Baby Oh Baby” (#20) and The Schoolboys “Carol” (#91) were issued.

1964 – The Supremes
“Where Did Our Love Go” became their first 31 this week. Before Diana Ross left in 1969, they would have 11 more.

Top Single:
“Reflections” The Supremes #8 1967 “Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley #1 1957

Bob & Dick Cowsill (The Cowsills)


August 27, 1955 The Four Aces
“Love Is A Many Splendid Thing” (#1) charted becoming the quartets 20th of 36 hit between 1951 and 1959.

Top Single:
“You Can’t Hurry Love” The Supremes #7 1966

Birthday: Harold Lucas (The Clovers) 1932 Valerio “Val” Paliuto (The Jaguars) 1936

August 28, 1956 Alan Freed’s
second anniversary Rock & Roll show at The Brooklyn Paramount featured The Harptones, The Penguins, The Cleftones and Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.

1973 – Deep Purple
received a gold record for “Smoke On The Water”. The song was based on a true incident. While recording in Montreux Switzerland’s Montreux Casino a fire broke out during a Frank Zappa concert. As the structure burned to the ground, smoke could be seen on nearby Lake Geneva and group vocalist Ian Gillan then wrote what he saw.

Top Single:
“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” The Bee Gees #1 1971

Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) 1951

August 29, 1958 Alan Freed’s
Brooklyn Fox show featured The Elegants, Cleftones, Danleers, Poni-Tails, Royal Teens and The Olympics. The Show ran for ten days.

1966 – The last Beatles
concert took place at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.

Top Single:
“Where Did Our Love Go” The Supremes #1 1964 “It’s Now Or Never” Elvis Presley #1 1960

Michael Jackson (The Jackson 5) 1958 Carl Martin (Shai) 1970

August 30, 1975 Tony Orlando & Dawn’s
“You’re All I Need” charted at #34. The British Pop-Rock group Jigsaw’s “Sky High” (from the film “The Dragon Flies”) charted on its way to #3 in the U.S. The groups leaders Clive Scott and Des Dyer wrote Bo Donaldson’s 1974 hit “Who Do You Think You Are”

Top Single:
“Beside You” The Swallows #10 R&B 1952 “Honky Tonk Women” The Rolling Stones #1 1969

John Philips (The Mama’s & The Papa’s) 1935

August 31, 1976 A U.S. Judge
ruled George Harrison guilty of “Subconscious Plagiarism” when he lifted The Chiffons “He’s So Fine” melody for his “My Sweet Lord”.

Taking advantage of the publicity The Chiffons then recorded their own version of “My Sweet Lord”.

Top Single:
“My Boyfriends Back” The Angels #1 1963


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