This Day in Music, August 7: Spanish Stroll

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On this day in 1957, The Quarrymen played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool (without Paul McCartney, who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes", the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, "Cut out the bloody rock!"

In 1970, the Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Leoni, Michigan. Over 200,000 fans attended the three-day festival. Acts who appeared included Jethro Tull, 10 Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, James Gang, The Stooges with Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, MC5, Rod Stewart, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Elvis_Jump.jpgOn this day in 1982, Dexy's Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Come On Eileen", their second and last No.1. It was the best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards.

In 2001, harmonica player Larry Adler died aged 87. He was known for his original collaborations with George Gershwin, Kate Bush, Sting, and Vaughan Williams and his own virtuoso performances.

On this day in 2008, Elvis Presley's peacock jumpsuit was sold at auction for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia ever sold at an auction. The white outfit with a plunging V-neck and high collar featured a blue-and-gold peacock design, hand-embroidered on the front and back and along the pant legs.

In 2009, Willy DeVille died at the age of 58 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The band he formed, Mink DeVille, appeared at the legendary CBGB club in New York in the 1970s and scored the 1977 hit "Spanish Stroll." Doctors discovered he had cancer earlier in the year as he was preparing to undergo treatment for hepatitis C.

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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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