Today in Music History… August 6th
Here’s what happened on this day in music history for August 6th
Chubby Checker performed “The Twist” on “American Bandstand.”
The Beatles saw Pete Best performing with the Blackjacks.
Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips, Part 2″ hit number one on the soul chart.
Rod Stewart made his TV debut, appearing on the British show “The Beat Room.”
The Beatles released the album “Help” in the UK.
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
The Monkees recorded the songs “Valerie” and the “Monkees Theme” at a studio in Los Angeles.
The Doors’ album “Waiting For The Sun” was certified Gold.
An anti-war rock festival was held at Shea Stadium, New York, with Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Winters. Twenty-thousand people gathered for the concert, which was held on the 25th anniversary of the U.S. dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Bread’s single “Make It With You,” The Who’s album “Live At Leeds,” and Dionne Warwick’s albums “Here Where There Is Love” and “Valley of the Dolls” were certified Gold.
Procol Harum performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a show in Alberta, Canada. The concert was recorded and released as the album “Procol Harum Live.”
Former Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, “Bella Donna,” which included two top ten duets, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and “Leather and Lace” with Don Henley.
The Rolling Stones released the single “Start Me Up.”
Pink Floyd’s ten-million-dollar rock movie based on their best selling double-album “The Wall” premiered in New York to mixed reactions.
The Traveling Wilburys, featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, went on a mini-tour prior to releasing their first album.
The Fat Boys and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist (Yo, Twist!)” peaked at number 16 on the pop singles chart.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ album “She’s The One (soundtrack)” was released.
Journey, Foreigner, and Nazareth performed at the Rockin’ the Rockies concert in Cardwell, Montana.
James Brown was honored at the BMI Urban Awards, receiving the BMI ICON Award.
The Sun Records tribute album “Sun Records 50th Anniversary Box,” featuring material from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis, was released.
Surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger announced plans to visit the Paris gravesite of the band’s late frontman Jim Morrison to mark what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday in December.
Ray Charles announced that he was cancelling the rest of his U.S. tour as he was recovering from a hip ailment. It was the first time in his 53-year touring career that he cancelled a road trip.
“Super Freak” funk great Rick James died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home. He was 56.
Bob Dylan began a collaborative tour with country superstar Willie Nelson, performing at minor league baseball parks around the country. Their first show was in Cooperstown, New York.
California’s Historical Resources Commission agreed to designate the site in Hawthorne, where the childhood home of Beach Boys members Carl, Brian and Dennis Wilson once stood, a historical landmark.
Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack were among the artists who took part in an event in Atlanta in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards retracted his denial of a story earlier in the year that claimed he said he snorted his late father’s ashes, reportedly confirming those previous remarks.
“Transformers” director Michael Bay testified for the prosecution in Phil Spector’s murder trial. He refuted earlier testimony from a friend of Lana Clarkson’s who said the director insulted the actress by ignoring her at a party just days before her death, adding to her already sullen state. Spector was on trial for Clarson’s 2003 shooting death, which occurred in his home.
Paul McCartney played the second of two concerts at Boston’s Fenway Park. The pair of shows set a new attendance record for the largest two-night crowd ever at the ballpark.