This Day in Music, Aug 29th: Never Gonna Give You Up

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On this day in 1966, The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards "Long Tall Sally".

In 1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed who was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, had the 1957 hit “Honest I Do” in 1957 and “Baby What You Want Me To Do” in 1960.

Reed was a major player in the field of electric blues, as opposed to the more acoustic-based sound of many of his contemporaries. His lazy, slack-jawed singing, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns were one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds in the 1950s and 1960s and had a significance impact on many rock and roll artists who followed, such as Elvis Presley.

On this day in 1987, Rick Astley's debut hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”, started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Written and produced by the Stock, Aitken & Waterman team, it became the biggest selling single of 1987 and the song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards.

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is the subject of a popular Internet prank known as "rickrolling" involving misleading links redirecting to the song's music video. By May 2007, the practice had achieved notoriety on the Internet, and it increased in popularity after its use as a 2008 April Fool's Day joke by various media companies and websites. In 'a couple of weeks', about 13 million people had been 'rickrolled' into watching Astley's video.

In 2005, 77-year-old Fats Domino was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.

2008, Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Winehouse failed to travel to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris where the line-up included the Raconteurs, The Streets and Kate Nash. The 24-year-old singer was said to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just two hours notice that Winehouse, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing.

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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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