Saturday, August 29, 2020

Music History Today: August 29, 2020

August 29, 1958: Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana.
Known as the "King of Pop," Michael Joseph Jackson was a best-selling American singer, songwriter and dancer. As a child, Jackson became the lead singer of his family's popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. 
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He went on to a solo career of astonishing worldwide success, delivering No. 1 hits from the albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. In his later years, Jackson was dogged by allegations of child molestation. He died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose just before launching a comeback tour.  
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August 29, 1966: The Beatles play their last paid concert, wrapping up their tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  The last song played was Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally."
Touring was killing the Beatles by 1966. August 29th they were scheduled to play San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. McCartney just wanted to get it over with. So by Candlestick Park it was like, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but this is probably our last gig.'”  
Read more:  Rolling Stone

August 29, 1970: Edwin Starr's "War" hits number 1 for the first of three weeks.

The anti-war anthem that was deemed a little too forthright for one of Motown’s biggest acts hit the top of the charts for one of its finest soul singers on 29 August 1970. Edwin Starr, who arrived at Motown with a fine track record but had never quite dined at Tamla’s top table, had the USA’s, hottest single as ‘War’ started its three-week run atop the Billboard Hot 100.  
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August 29, 1987: The East LA band, Los Lobos had the number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 with a remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba." 

“La Bamba” was a traditional Mexican song which was famously adapted by Ritchie Valens in 1958 to become an early rock and roll hit. 

 

It also served to make Valens so famous that the story of his all-too-brief life and career was turned into a major motion picture which shared its title with that of his signature hit. When the time came to select a band to record Valens’s songs for the soundtrack, Los Lobos came out the winners.  
Read more:  Rhino

August 29,1999:  Lou Bega topped the chart with "Mambo number 5."
Most of us had no idea what a "mambo" was before German singer Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5" hit the airwaves in 1999. The catchy song was played on every radio station, and at every middle school dance and wedding you attended at the time. 
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