On this Day August 15, 1962

Lennon and McCartney drove from Liverpool to Skegness, to ask to join the Beatles, (Starr was playing a residency with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at Butlins). Shortly before, Starr had agreed to join Kingsize Taylor in Hamburg, as Taylor was offering £20 a week, but Lennon and McCartney offered £25 a week, which Starr…

On this Day August 15, 1965

set a new world record for the largest attendance at a pop concert when they played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. The Beatles were paid $160,000 for the show, the set list included: Twist and Shout, She’s a Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzie, Ticket to Ride,…

On this Day August 15, 1969

was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter,…

On this Day August 15, 1969

During a North American tour appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. Source link

On this Day August 15, 2007

Sixteen solo albums were made available to download on iTunes for the first time. A deal was approved by the late Beatle’s widow Yoko Ono following a lengthy legal battle between the band’s label Apple Corps and Apple Inc, which owned Tunes. Source link

On this Day August 15, 2008

US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album,…

On this Day August 14, 1962

Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in Brian Epstein and the other three members decided to sack him. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern, Liverpool. who was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at a Butlin’s holiday camp received a telephone call from…

On this Day August 14, 1964

US singer Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake California, aged 30. His unlit boat was struck by an unaware cabin cruiser, the impact threw him off the boat and he drowned. Burnette scored the 1961 US No.8 & UK No.3 single ‘Your Sixteen’. Source link

On this Day August 14, 1965

taped an appearance for CBS-TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show at Studio 50, New York City. They performed I Feel Fine, I’m Down, Act Naturally, Ticket to Ride, and Help! Also today, The Beatles fifth album ‘Help!’ started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. Source link

On this Day August 14, 1965

Sonny & Cher started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’. Sonny Bono is said to have been inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term “babe,” as heard in s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’. Source link