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August 22

 

 

1906

 

August 22

The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, New Jersey began to manufacture a record player they called the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, retailed for $200. Records were purchased separately, usually in the appliance stores that sold the machines, at a cost of between $1 and $7. Famed conductor John Philip Sousa predicted "a marked deterioration in American music" and said that generations of amateur musicians would give way to "canned music."

 

1956

 

August 22

Three days after signing with Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley begins filming his first movie, The Reno Brothers, later renamed Love Me Tender, just as his double sided hit, "Don't Be Cruel" / "Hound Dog", reaches number one in the US.

 

August 22

The Five Satins make their debut on the Billboard R&B chart with a song they recorded in a New Haven, Connecticut church basement, "In The Still of the Night". Originally issued as a "B" side on the tiny Standard label, the song was re-released by Ember Records after some strong local sales. The 45 would rise to #3 on the R&B chart and #24 on the Pop chart, selling over a million copies.

 

1960

 

August 22

Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" is released in the UK following a wait to obtain a copyright clearance. The song is really just a re-worded version of Enrico Caruso's 1916 hit, "O Sole Mio".

 

1962

 

August 22

An early form of karaoke is introduced at the Radio Show at Earl's Court in London, England. A new machine allows the integration of voice to guitars, tapes and even radio, making it possible to sing and play along with records.

 

August 23

John Lennon marries his pregnant girlfriend, Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool. Paul and George are the only others in attendance. Efforts to keep the marriage quiet were dashed when they were spotted coming out of the registry office.

 

1964

 

August 22

After releasing a half dozen singles that either stalled in the upper reaches of Billboard's Hot 100 or failed to chart at all, The Supremes scored their first hit record when "Where Did Our Love Go" went to number one in the US for the first of two weeks. It made it to #3 in the UK. The song was first offered to The Marvelettes, who disliked the tune and refused to record it.

 

August 22

Martha And The Vandellas' "Dancing In The Streets" is released. The song will become the group's biggest hit, reaching #2 in the US and #28 in the UK.

 

August 22

Liberty Records reports that the album "The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles" is selling 25,000 copies a day.

 

1965

 

August 22

Guards at Granada Television's studio in Manchester turn fire hoses on about 200 screaming teenagers after they broke through security barriers in anticipation of the arrival of The Rolling Stones.

 

1968

 

August 22

Cynthia Lennon files for divorce from John on the grounds of adultery on the day before their sixth anniversary. She came back from a vacation and found Yoko Ono living in the Lennon's London home.

 

1969

 

August 22

The Beatles are photographed together for the last time in the grounds of John and Yoko's Tittenhurst Park home.

 

1970

 

August 22

Four former session musicians who called themselves Bread, topped the Hot 100 with "Make It With You", a song written by their lead singer, David Gates. It made #5 in the UK.

 

August 22

Anne Murray's "Snowbird" enters Billboard's Hot 100 on its way to a million seller, marking the first time in history that an American Gold record was awarded to a solo Canadian female.

 

August 22

After leaving The Animals the year before, Eric Burdon made a return to the charts when his new band, War, scored a number 3 hit with "Spill The Wine". Although Burdon would split from War in 1971, the rest of the group would have many more hits without him, including "The World is a Ghetto", "The Cisco Kid", "Gypsy Man", "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?".

 

1979

 

August 22

Led Zeppelin released their final album of original material, "In Through the Out Door". The LP entered the charts at number one in both America and England and featured the Top 40 single, "Fool in the Rain". The album remained on the US top spot for seven weeks and sold over six million copies.

 

1998

 

August 22

Elton John, playing the second of two shows at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, is joined on stage by comedian Jim Carrey. They perform "Rocket Man" as a duet.

 

2004

 

August 22

81 year old Al Dvorin, the announcer who uttered the phrase "Elvis has left the building," was killed in a car crash on the way home from an Elvis convention in California. He had been asked to announce his now famous words by Col. Tom Parker, who wanted to inform concert goers that Elvis would not return for an encore.

 

2006

 

August 22

Bruce Gary, drummer for The Knack on their multi-million selling hit" My Sharona" passed away at the age of 54.

 

2007

 

August 22

Judge Rodney Melville ruled that a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died at a hospital soon after she was moved to make room for Michael Jackson cannot continue as filed. The suit claimed that 73 year old Manuela Gomez Ruiz was kept from critical care after she had a heart attack on the same day Jackson was brought in with flu-like symptoms during his 2005 child-molestation trial.

 

August 22

Queen's guitarist Brian May was awarded a doctorate in Astronomy, 36 years after starting his thesis. May, who abandoned his studies to pursue a career in music, was told of his success after taking a three-hour exam to discuss his work. The 60-year-old, who handed in his 48,000-word tome earlier in the month, said: "You can call me Dr. May!"

 

2008

 

August 22

Disgraced pop star Gary Glitter (real name: Paul Francis Gadd) arrived back in Britain after being thrown out of Vietnam after serving two years and three months for abusing two girls aged 10 and 11. In an attempt to escape repatriation, Glitter flew 2,661 miles from Vietnam to Bangkok, then to Hong Kong, then back to Bangkok. Each country denied him entry. He spent three days in Asian airports desperately searching for another country willing to take him after at least 19 turned him down, but was left with no option but to return to Britain. Glitter had to sign the sex offenders' register and his movements in Britain were restricted to keep him from approaching children.

 

2009

 

August 22

John Carter, a member of both The Dells and The Flamingos, died of lung cancer at the age of 75. He is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two different acts.

 

2010

 

August 22

Plans were announced to auction the toilet seat from John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park luxury mansion in Berkshire, England. The device was expected to fetch $1,500.

 

2011

 

August 22

Legendary songwriter Nickolas Ashford passed away at the age of 70. Along with his wife Valerie Simpson, Ashford wrote some of Motown's most memorable hits, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand" and "You're All I Need To Get By".

 

2014

 

August 22

John Lennon's killer, 59-year-old Mark David Chapman, was denied parole by New York State officials for the eighth time. In handing down their decision, the parole board said, "Your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."



 


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