Sunday, August 16, 2020

Music History Today: August 16, 2020

August 16, 1977: Elvis Presley died at his home in Graceland 
Around 2:30 on the afternoon of August 16, 1977, actress Ginger Alden was wandering around Graceland in search of none other than her world-famous fianc√©, Elvis Presley. 
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The King of Rock and Roll was supposed to be preparing to leave for his latest tour, but Alden was growing concerned, as she hadn’t seen him in a while. She saw no sign of Presley until she realized his bathroom door was cracked open. She looked inside the room and, as she later recalled in her memoir, “I stood paralyzed as I took in the scene.” 
Read more: All That's Interesting
August 16, 1958: Madonna Louise Ciccone is born in Bay City, Michigan. Shortening her name to a mononym, she becomes the best-selling female singer of all time.

Madonna is having a party for her 62nd birthday at the stunning Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, which is the island home of boldface names including Ralph Lauren and Paul McCartney. It has also hosted guests from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Grace Kelly.  
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August 16, 1962: Peter, Paul, and Mary release "If I Had A Hammer."
"If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. 
Peter, Paul & Mary

It was first performed publicly by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays on June 3, 1949, at St. Nicholas Arena in New York City at a testimonial dinner for the leaders of the Communist Party of the United States, who were then on trial in federal court, charged with violating the Smith Act by advocating the overthrow of the U.S. 
Read more:  Wikipedia

August 16: 1969: It's Day 2 of Woodstock. The surprise hit is Santana. Well-known in San Francisco, they were virtually unknown elsewhere. 
The Santana performance at Woodstock left a lasting impression on many who experienced it live that August afternoon in 1969. 
Carlos Santana
One college student who attended Woodstock with a group of friends, later posted comments noting: " From a musical standpoint, Santana was unforgettable. They had the entire crowd on it’s feet and dancing. ” Another noted “Santana’s near shamanic outpouring of exuberance on ‘Soul Sacrifice'." 
Read more: Pop History

August 16, 1975: Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving Genesis.
Peter Gabriel officially announced his departure from Genesis on Aug. 15, 1975, following weeks of speculation that a split was about to occur. At the time, a record company spokesman issued a statement that Gabriel was leaving to concentrate on "other literary and experimental interests outside of music."
Peter Gabriel with Genesis
One such possibility was working with film director William Friedkin of The Exorcist fame, who had liked the short story Gabriel had written on the sleeve of the band's Live album and thought Gabriel might be someone to work with on a film project. Though this never materialized, it made Gabriel think about more than just being in Genesis. 
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