This Month in Music History – August

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August 1

• 1942: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead is born Jerome John Garcia

• 1981: MTV is seen in 2.1 million homes during its first day on the air

August 3

• 1972: The Eagles perform at the Denver Coliseum.

August 4

• 1958: Billboard magazine debuts its “Hot 100” record list

August 8

• 1992: Metallica’s James Hetfield is seriously burned onstage by a pyrotechnics machine

August 9

• 1966: John Lennon apologizes for his statement that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus”

• 1973: John Denver performs at Red Rocks

• 1995: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies of a heart attack while in a rehabilitation center

August 11

• 2001: The Eagles play the first event held at INVESCO Field at Mile High

August 12

• 1967: The Mamas and the Papas perform at Red Rocks

• 1975: Eric Clapton performs at the Denver Coliseum.

• 1994: Over 350,000 people attend Woodstock II in Saugerties, New York

August 14

• 1969: Diana Ross & The Supremes perform at Red Rocks

August 15

• 1969: The Woodstock Music and Peace Festival opens on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York

August 16

• 1974: The Ramones play their first show at CBGB’s

• 1977: Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his Memphis, Tennessee mansion

August 21

• 1962: Ray Charles performs at Red Rocks

August 23

• 1980: AC/DC releases their LP Back in Black with new lead singer Brian Johnson replacing the deceased Bon Scott

August 25

• 1957: Louis Armstrong performs at Red Rocks

August 26

• 1964: The Beatles perform at Red Rocks

• 1970: Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in England

• 2004: Beatles-tribute band “1964” performs at Red Rocks, exactly forty years after The Beatles

August 27

• 1990: Stevie Ray Vaughn dies in a helicopter crash near Alpine Valley, Wisconsin

August 28

• 1930: Denver’s Paramount Theatre opens

• 1965: The crowd boos Bob Dylan for plugging in during a concert in Forest Hills, New York

August 30

• 1978: Grateful Dead performs at Red Rocks

 

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