August 12 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 12

1957 : Encouraged by Roulette exec George Goldner and his recent success in England, Frankie Lymon officially leaves his group to pursue a solo career.

1958 : On "compassionate leave" from the Army, Elvis Presley travels to Memphis' Baptist Memorial hospital to be by the side of his mother, Gladys, who is quickly deteriorating from acute hepatitis.

1960 : Pete Best becomes the drummer of the Silver Beetles, who are renamed The Beatles.

1966 : The Beatles begin the US leg of their last tour, playing a date at the International Amphitheater in Chicago, Illinois.

1970 : At Harvard, Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert, ending with a version of Gershwin's "Summertime".

1984 : Lionel Richie performs his hit song "All Night Long (All Night)" at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The ceremonies are broadcast worldwide to millions of viewers and the song, from his 1983 multi-platinum selling album Can't Slow Down, combines Richie's patented soulful vocals with lively, danceable Caribbean rhythms.

1994 : Woodstock 2, officially "Woodstock '94", begins in Saugerties, New York with Sheryl Crow, Todd Rundgren and The Violent Femmes performing. The festival is a success, drawing a crowd of about 350,000.

2008 : The man who shot and killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman, is denied parole for the 5th time.

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