This Day in Music History
1959 : The Platters' four male members are acquitted of charges made on August 10th in Cincinnati, Ohio, of "aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation".
1965 : The Grateful Dead perform their first concert in San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (and only their second overall).
1967 : Otis Redding dies at age 26 when his personal Beechcraft plane crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin. Members of his road band The Bar-Kays also die in the crash; the only survivor is the band's trumpet player Ben Cauley.
1967 : The previously unknown San Francisco group The Steve Miller Blues Band signs to Capitol for an unprecedented $750,000, dropping "Blues" from their name in the process.
1969 : Jimi Hendrix is acquitted of drug possession charges after testifying that he had "outgrown" his drug habit.
1971 : During a concert in London, Frank Zappa is thrown into the orchestra pit by a fan's jealous boyfriend, breaking his leg and ankle and fracturing his skull. Zappa takes months to recover.
1972 : Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured when her bass player totals her new Citroen near Manhattan.
1974 : Hawkwind begin their UK A Dead Singer tour, at Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells.
1975 : The Who's album "The Who by Numbers" is certified gold.
1976 : Billy Idol's Generation X play their first live performance, at London's Central College of Art.
1979 : Kool and the Gang's "Ladies' Night" is certified gold.
1979 : Michael Jackson's album "Off the Wall" is certified platinum.
1985 : Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton and Cory Wells fire third vocalist Chuck Negron.
1991 : Legendary rock DJ and promoter Alan Freed is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
2007 : Led Zeppelin reunites for a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London. It was a benefit show to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun education fund. Jason Bonham, who is John's son, played drums at the show, which was hailed by critics and fans as triumphant. The show generated massive demand, with over a million people entering an online lottery for the 18,000 tickets. Face value: $255 a ticket, but scalpers were getting about $2,000.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com