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August 2011

Articles From Neil Cossar in August
Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism' of the Ronnie Mack song “He's So Fine” when writing “My Sweet Lord”. Harrison’s earnings from the song were awarded to Mack's estate; The Chiffons then...
Tuesday Aug 30, 2011 40:00 AM ET
On this day in 1969, two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo...
Sunday Aug 28, 2011 24:06 AM ET
On this day in music, the Beatles sell out and Rick Astley kicks off the internet meme of a lifetime.
Sunday Aug 28, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The Beatles attempt to make a quick getaway, the music just comes to Billy Joel in his sleep, and Noel Gallagher quits the band.
Saturday Aug 27, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving the Beatles with the impression that Presley's personality was decidedly "unmagnetic."
Friday Aug 26, 2011 00:00 AM ET
At the height of the Flower Power era, hundreds of thousands of music fans came from all over the world to chill out in the fields of the Isle of Wight.
Thursday Aug 25, 2011 00:00 AM ET
They say it’s the safest way to travel (which statistics prove is correct), but we’ve lost some great musical talent in plane crashes over the years.
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Upon its release, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK singles chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies in a couple of months.
Tuesday Aug 23, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1967, Joni Mitchell played her first ever UK show when she opened for The Piccadilly Line at The Marquee Club in London. One could argue that this sweaty little Soho club is the most important venue in the world.
Monday Aug 22, 2011 55:00 PM ET
On this day in 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album Cosmo's Factory. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band...
Sunday Aug 21, 2011 45:00 PM ET
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...
Saturday Aug 20, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day ... after finishing "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)", The Beatles worked on the running order for the Abbey Road album ... and other noteworthy events.
Friday Aug 19, 2011 50:00 AM ET
Ah.. the jukebox - where would we be without the jukebox? It's hard to imagine America without them.
Thursday Aug 18, 2011 00:00 AM ET
It must be hard being Ringo Starr. When you think, he’s best remembered for his eight short years with The Beatles. He’s done so much since then, but that’s all anybody wants to talk about.
Wednesday Aug 17, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1991, Nirvana shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at GMT Studios in Culver City, California. The shoot, which features real Nirvana fans as the audience, became the most requested video ever on MTV and...
Tuesday Aug 16, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden, dead of heart failure at the age of 42.
Monday Aug 15, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Attended by over 400,000 people, the Woodstock Festival was one of the most pivotal moments in popular music history. But it could’ve been so different.
Sunday Aug 14, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this date: A sacking, a show, a bust, and a bidding war.
Saturday Aug 13, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The Beatles tour, Neil Diamond has a big payday, and a judge rules Jagger and Hall's marriage invalid.
Friday Aug 12, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London’s West End. The first song they played was...
Thursday Aug 11, 2011 00:00 AM ET
In 1968, the University of Tennessee reported that a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered acute hearing damage. Well, what a surprise!
Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Everybody needs a hobby. Rock stars are no exception.
Tuesday Aug 9, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Back in Black has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest selling album of all time - and the best selling hard rock or heavy metal album, as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.
Monday Aug 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
What song would you have played at your funeral? Just as the casket disappears and takes you to the great gig in the sky, what would you like to torment your family and friends with?
Sunday Aug 7, 2011 00:00 AM ET
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.
Saturday Aug 6, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1960, Chubby Checker appeared on US TV show American Bandstand and performed "The Twist." The song went to No.1 on the US chart and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song...
Friday Aug 5, 2011 00:00 AM ET
So many classic songs have been associated with products we have no interest in or have been used to sell everything from cold drinks, washing detergent, holidays, beds, cars…you name it, it’s a song put to it.
Thursday Aug 4, 2011 00:00 AM ET
American singer, bandleader, and trumpeter player Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 “Hello Dolly!”, the 1968 UK No.1...
Wednesday Aug 3, 2011 00:00 AM ET
He called himself the "first black hippie" and later formed the group Grass Roots in Los Angeles in the '60s.
Tuesday Aug 2, 2011 00:00 AM ET
There are plenty of unsung heroes in music — producers, engineers, record company executives, songwriters, session players — but James Jamerson has to be one of the most overlooked unsung heroes in the history of music…ever.
Monday Aug 1, 2011 00:00 AM ET
It was the crowning event of Harrison’s public life, a gesture of great goodwill that captured the moment in history.

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