Music History for

August 1


1779 - Francis Scott Key was born. He was an American composer, attorney, poet, and social worker. He wrote a poem called "Defence of Fort McHenry" that became the lyrics to the song "Star-Spangled Banner."

1954 - The "Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars" took place at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Acts on the bill included Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, the Clovers, the Orioles, and Little Walter.

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her first secular recordings, which included "Today I Sing the Blues."

1960 - Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was released.

1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World."

1971 - "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" was debuted on CBS-TV.

1971 - Tony Kaye quit Yes to form Badger. He was replaced by Rick Wakeman.

1972 - The Eagles' single "Witchy Woman" was released.

1977 - The book "Elvis: What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written by two of Elvis' ex-bodyguards.

1981 - MTV made its debut at 12:01am. The first video to be shown was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

1987 - Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama) and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) were married.

1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced that they had been married 11 weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic.
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1996 - MTV launched another channel known as MTV2.

1998 - Sandra Crouch was ordained as pastor of her church. This was in spite of the ban on woman ministers by the Church of God in Christ.