Music History for

August 24


1964 - The Beatles released "Matchbox/Slow Down."
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1978 - Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone."

1979 - "I Wanna Be Your Lover" by Prince was released. It was his first U.S. hit.

1979 - B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in show business at a special celebration held at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

1979 - The Cars performed at New York's Central Park for an audience of a half million people.

1981 - Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon.

1983 - Jerry Lewis' wife, Shawn, was found dead at the couple's home in Mississippi. An autopsy revealed she died of a methadone overdose.

1989 - The Who performed "Tommy" at the Universal Amphitheatre with special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol.

1990 - It was ruled by a judge in Reno, NV, that the band Judas Priest was not responsible for the suicides of two youths after they had listened to the band's music.

1990 - Sinead O'Connor refused to perform if the United States National Anthem was played before her show at the Garden State Arts Plaza in Homdel, NJ, as is custom. A patriotic uproar ensued which led to several radio stations banning her music.

1994 - Dave Abbruzzese quit Pearl Jam. He was replaced with drummer Jack Irons.

1998 - A Shania Twain concert in Syracuse, NY was halted when lightning hit the ground 40 yards behind the stage. The concert was almost over at the time of the lightning strike.

1998 - Ingrid Pederson came forward claiming to be the half-sister of John Lennon. The delay in information she said was to spare her adopted mother's feelings.

1999 - Warner Brothers released the album "The Vault...Old Friends 4 Sale" by Prince.

1999 - Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut album was released.

2001 - The Backstreet Boys resumed their "Black & Blue World Tour 2001." The tour had been put on hold on July 9, because A.J. McLean entered a treatment center for depression and alcohol abuse.

2004 - It was reported that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum had acquired a Gibson L-5 accoustic guitar that had once been owned by "Mother Maybelle" Carter.