August 15 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 15

1956 : "Colonel" Tom Parker, actually a Dutch immigrant who merely played at being a Southern aristocrat, becomes "special adviser" to Elvis Presley, effectively taking over management duties from Bob Neal, knowing that managing the King was about to become a full-time job.

1965 : The Beatles play Shea Stadium in New York - home of The Mets. It's the first time a rock band headlines at a stadium, and is probably The Beatles most famous concert. With Beatlemania in full force, the screaming girls drowned out the band in a less-than-intimate, but very memorable performance.

1969 : Three Dog Night's self-titled LP is certified gold.

1969 : It's day 1 of the Woodstock festival on Max Yasgur's 60-acre farm in Bethel, New York. The festival was originally going to be in Woodstock, New York, so they kept the name. Day 1 didn't have the biggest names, but massive crowds made it clear that something big was happening. Artists to appear this day include Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Arlo Guthrie.

1973 : Baltimore, Maryland, declares today "Cass Elliot Day" in honor of the native singer for The Mamas & The Papas.

1980 : George Harrison becomes the first Beatle to release an autobiography when his book "I Me Mine" is published.

1991 : Nirvana plays a concert at The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for their first video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which they are filming two days later. Response is overwhelming, and hundreds of fans have to be turned away.

1996 : A New York women's shelter refuses to take money raised by a recent benefit concert when they learn that one of the performers was James Brown, often accused of emotional and physical abuse of women.

2005 : Sly Stone comes out of a long seclusion to visit the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, where his little sister Vet headlines with the latest version of the Family Stone.

2007 : The Osmonds reunite for the first time in over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.

2009 : On the first UK gig of their world tour, U2 breaks the Wembley Stadium Attendance record when 88,000 show up. Their "claw" set design allows more fans to fit in the stadium and break Rod Stewart's record of 83,000 set in 1995.

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