August 16 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 16

1957 : Buddy Holly and The Crickets, still being billed by the band name only, begin a six-night engagement at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, the first white rock act to play the venue. Although crowds boo a little at first - many, including the venue, assumed they'd be seeing R&B vocal group The Crickets - by the third night of the engagement Buddy's energy and songs have won them over.

1968 : The Jackson 5 perform their first official live gig, opening for Diana Ross and the Supremes at the (Great Western) Forum in Los Angeles.

1969 : The Guess Who's "These Eyes" is certified gold.

1969 : It's day 2 of Woodstock, featuring performances by The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who's set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone. After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend, hits him with his guitar.

1995 : Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys performs live for the first time with his daughters Carnie and Wendy, recently famous for their stint in the trio Wilson Phillips.

2003 : The USPS unveils a new commemorative postage stamp of recently-deceased composer Henry Mancini, famous for the Pink Panther theme and several other film works.

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