Music History for

August 15


1875 - Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born.

1890 - Composer Jacques Ibert was born.

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

1941 - "Au Revoir, Pleasant Dreams" was recorded by Ben Bernie and his orchestra.

1958 - Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago were married in a private ceremony at his parents home in Lubbock, TX.

1965 - The Beatles set a record for having the largest single crowd at a concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Attendance was 56,000.
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1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair began in Bethel, NY. The three-day concert featured 24 bands and drew over 400,000 people.

1979 - Led Zeppelin's album "In Through the Out Door" was released. This was the last album released by the band prior to the death of John Bonham.

1975 - Peter Gabriel officially announced that he was leaving the group Genesis. Phil Collins would be the new lead singer after the group auditioned more than 400 potential musicians.

1987 - On the tenth anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley thousands of people marched past his grave in Memphis, TN.

1991 - Paul Simon played a free concert at New York's Central Park in front of an estimated 750,000 people.

1997 - Tony Nicole Tony Records filed suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS for alleged intentional interference with KISS drummer Peter Criss' contract with the label. The suit maintained that Simmons and Stanley convinced Criss to break his contract with the label.

2006 - Deana Martin's album "Memories Are Made of This" was released on CD. The album featured her versions of many of her father's hits and other hits by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr..