This Day in Music, August 20: Hang On Sloopy

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On this day in 1965, the Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate Records. Their first release was The McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy". Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Nico (later to join Velvet Underground) all attended the launch party. The label became the home of The Small Faces, Nice, Amen Corner, and Chris Farlowe and a young producer - guitarist Jimmy Page.

In 1969, after finishing "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)", The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album. A preliminary master tape was compiled, the medley was originally slated for side one of the album, and the placement of "Octopus's Garden" and "Oh! Darling" were reversed from the final version. The album was to end with the slashed guitar chord that finishes "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". This was the last time all four Beatles were together in Abbey Road Studios.

In 1986, Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, made his first live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a car accident, when they appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, England.

In 2003, Madame Tussaud's in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork of judge Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: "That was extraordinary ... Unfortunately extraordinarily bad ... Do you really think that you could become a Pop Idol? ... Well then, you're deaf ... Thank you ... Goodbye" and "That was the worst performance I've ever seen."

On this day in 2008, the daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called the use of her father's name to endorse a US presidential candidate "appalling". Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing on her website, Rosanne Cash called the remarks "presumptuous".

"Even I would not presume to say publicly what I 'know' he thought or felt," she added.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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