August 7 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 7

1957 : The Quarrymen (minus new member Paul McCartney, away at Scout camp!) make their debut at Liverpool's Cavern Club. Manager Alan Sytner instructs them not to play rock and roll, but midway through their skiffle performance, John lights into a version of Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel", which the crowd loves.

1975 : The Rolling Stones' LP "Made In The Shade" is certified gold.

1979 : Led Zeppelin make their last live performance in the UK.

1981 : It's "Wolverton Mountain Day" in Arkansas in honor of the Claude King song "Wolverton Mountain", which is named after a real mountain in the state.

1991 : Paul Simon gives a free concert in Central Park, much as he had in 1981 with partner Art Garfunkel. The performance eventually became the album "Paul Simon's Concert In The Park".

1996 : Federal appeals court overturns the ruling that original Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers members Jimmy Merchant and Herman Santiago co-wrote the group's biggest hit, 1955's "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?", ruling that copyright claims must be filed within three years of the song's publication.

1997 : Garth Brooks plays a free show in New York's Central Park. It's the last Central Park show to benefit from highly inflated crowd estimates, which are stated at over 100,000. Hand counts at future shows prove that crowds at these concerts usually top out at 50,000.

2000 : Having recently won back merchandising rights for their son's famous name, the family of Jimi Hendrix succeeds in shutting down the faux-official website

2003 : The Osmonds are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

2007 : The Isley Brothers' Ron Isley begins serving a 37-month sentence for tax evasion. His request for a reduced sentence because of his health issues didn't fly with a judge that called him a "serial tax avoider." The IRS claimed that Isley failed to pay $3.1 million in taxes.

2008 : The Police wrap up their reunion tour at New York's Madison Square Garden. Their first tour since 1986, it lasts 151 shows and finishes as the third highest-grossing of all time.

2011 : Big Boi of OutKast is arrested in Miami on drug charges when police find Ecstasy and Viagra in baggage with his name on it.

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