Music History for

August 12


1644 - Composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber was born.

1696 - Composer Maurice Greene was born.

1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

1940 - Will Bradley and his trio recorded "Down the Road Apiece."

1960 - The Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best.

1966 - John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."
Today in Beatles History

1972 - The Festival of Hope concert took place at Roosevelt Raceway in Long Island, NY. It was the first rock festival to raise funds for an established charity. The Nassau Society of Crippled Children and Adults was the sponsor.

1991 - Metallica's self-titled album was released. The album is referred to as "The Black Album."

1993 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers replaced guitarist Arik Marshall with Jesse Tobias. Tobias was replaced by Dave Navarro three months later.

1994 - Woodstock '94 opened in Saugerties, NY. The opening was on the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

1997 - MTV debuted the Fleetwood Mac reunion concert. The special was taken from two performances at a Warner Brothers soundstage a few months earlier.

1998 - Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to felony heroin possession and was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.