This Day in Music, August 28: Dylan Spreads the Love, Noel Quits Oasis

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1964: After playing a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York, the Beatles met Bob Dylan for the first time at the Delmonico Hotel. Dylan and mutual journalist friend Al Aronowitz introduced the Fab Four to marijuana.

1966: Nearing the end of their final tour of America, the Beatles performed one show at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, before a crowd of 45,000. The Beatles' attempt to escape from the stadium in an armored truck was thwarted when the main gate was found to be locked, and The Beatles had to spend two hours in the back of the truck before they could leave the stadium.

1970: During a four-week engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, a security guard at the hotel received a phone call in which he was told Elvis Presley would be shot during his last show. The person demanded $50,000 to reveal the name of the potential killer. Later that day a menu was found in Elvis’s mail at the hotel on which Elvis’ face was destroyed and a gun had been drawn pointing to his heart. The threats were taken very seriously. Elvis played his last show without any incident.

1993: Billy Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with River Of Dreams. Joel claimed most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence the title. The singer's second wife, one-time model Christie Brinkley, painted the album cover, which was later voted worst album cover of the year.

2009: Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. Noel, the group's lead guitarist and chief songwriter, had recently been involved in a series of rows with front man Liam, and admitted he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together, and only saw each other on stage. The guitarist said: "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight."

The band were due to play the Rock en Seine festival in Paris but cancelled at the last minute. When the support band said Oasis would not be performing, many fans thought it was a joke, but then screens at either side of the stage showed this message: "As a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been cancelled."

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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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