Music History for August 14


1810 - Composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley was born.

1892 - Composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was born.

1956 - A Washington, DC, DJ, Bob Rickman, created the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley.

1970 - Stephen Stills was arrested on cocaine possession charges at a motel in La Jolla, CA. He was released on $2,500 bail.

1976 - Nick Lowe's debut solo single, "So It Goes," was released.

1985 - Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing catalog. Jackson paid $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
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1989 - Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" album became the first U.S. album to be released legally in the Soviet Union. The Russian label Melodiya paid the group with a truckload of firewood since rubles can't leave Russia.

1992 - Wayne Newton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

1998 - Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev was a visitor at the 10th Popkomm music fair.

1998 - PBS premiered a documentary on Robbie Robertson's Indian heritage. "Robbie Robertson: Making A Noise _ A Native American Musical Journey."

1999 - In Los Angeles, CA, Leif Garrett pled guilty to drug possession to get into a rehabilitation program. He had been arrested on June 29, 1999.

1999 - 765,000 tickets to a Backstreet Boys North American tour were sold in one day.

2000 - Police in Los Angeles, CA, fired pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of 9,000 people when a free concert by Rage Against the Machine turned violent.

2001 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a concert planned in Israel. The concert had been planned for August 28th, but was canceled due to security concerns. The U.S. State Department had issued an advisory the recommended that U.S. citizens not travel to Israel.

2007 - Apple announced that the entire catalog of John Lennon would be available at iTunes Music Store.
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