Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Mark Knopfler!

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler Birthday August 12

Musicians Born On August 12

1920 Percy Mayfield (US R&B singer)
1948 Ron Mael (Sparks)
1949 Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)
1951 August Darnell (Kid Creole)
1961 Roy Hay (Culture Club)
1963 Sir Mix-A-Lott
1969 Tanita Tikaram (Twist in My Sobriety)

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler Birthday August 12

Number 1 In The Charts On August 12

1972 Alice Cooper: 'School's Out' UK 45
1978 Commodores: 'Three Times a Lady' US 45
1989 Richard Marx: 'Right Here Waiting' US 45
1995 Bones Thugs N' Harmony : 1999 Eternal : US LP

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler Birthday August 12

Various Music Events On August 12

1957 Buddy Holly and the Crickets first enter the US charts with 'That'll Be the Day'

1966 John Lennon apologises for his Jesus Christ remarks at a Chicago press conference

1966 Beatles begin their American tour - their last ever

1967 Fleetwood Mac make their stage debut at UK National Blues and Jazz Festival. Also on the bill are Cream, Small Faces, Ten Years After, Donovan and Pink Floyd

1972 Mott the Hoople debut on UK chart with 'All the Young Dudes'

1972 Festival of Hope - the first to raise money for charity - begins in Garden City, New York. Jefferson Airplane and Stephens Stills play, but the festival suffers a loss of $100,000

1972 Derek and the Dominos' 'Layla' hits UK chart

1986 Prince plays Wembley, his first UK show in five years

1989 Don Henley's 'End of Innocence' moves to No. 12 in US, becoming his most successful solo LP

1989 Richard Marx scores his third straight No. 1 single as 'Right Here Waiting' tops Us Hot 100

1994 "Woodstock '94" was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 attended the show. The featured artists included Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

1997 MTV debuts the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert.

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