Today In Music History – August 23rd.


Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching.  August 23rd in Music History looks like this.

1965, Security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.

1966, On their final tour of America, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York. Unlike the previous year’s performance, which had sold out, there were 11,000 empty seats in the 55,600 seat stadium. The Beatles earn more than the previous year, receiving $189,000 for their performance.

1967, during a wild party celebrating his birthday, Keith Moon drove a car into a hotel swimming pool. Keith couldn’t drive. Might explain something. And the fact he was VERY out of it!

1969, Johnny Cash started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Johnny Cash At San Quentin’.

1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club ‘Max’s Kansas City’. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week.

1986, Sigue Sigue Sputnik came up with an idea to sell advertising space between the tracks on their upcominig record. It didn’t really work and the album was a commercial failure.

August 23rd birthdays include Rick SpringfieldKeith Moon of The Who, Happy Monday head Shaun Ryder, Edwyn Collins, and Julian Casablancas, of The Strokes.

Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.