This Day in Music, August 21: This Will Be the Last Time

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On this day in 1966, on their last ever US tour, The Beatles performed in two cities due to a cancellation due to rain the previous day. First they performed at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then they flew to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch Stadium, where they performed under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain. It was this gig that convinced Paul McCartney that The Beatles should stop performing live.

In 1983, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone underwent four hours of brain surgery after being found unconscious in a New York street where he had been involved in a fight.

In 2000, Survivor filed a lawsuit against TVT Records after they released a soundtrack to the TV show Survivor. Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan said, “It’s unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band, someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses our name and takes away everything we have worked for.”

In 2005, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer, died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin, at age 14 and made the MiniMoog, "the first compact, easy-to-use synthesizer" in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden's "music Nobel prize," in 2001. Wendy Carlos' 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence.

In 2008, drummer Buddy Harman died of congestive heart failure, aged 79. He had worked with Elvis Presley ("Little Sister"), Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Roy Orbison ("Pretty Woman"), Johnny Cash ("Ring Of Fire"), and Tammy Wynette ("Stand By Your Man"). He was the first house drummer for The Grand Ole Opry and can be heard on over 18,000 recordings.

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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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