On This Day in Music for August 5

Events in Music

  • 1964 Beatles record a cover of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone"; not released until 1995's "Anthology"
  • 1966 The Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in the UK
  • 1966 The Beatles release their "Revolver" album in the UK
  • 1972 Moody Blues re-issue their 1967 single "Nights in White Satin", and it reaches #2 on US charts, higher than the initial release
  • 1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways in England
  • 1975 Stevie Wonder signs a 7-year, 7 album, with $13 million advance contract with Motown Records
  • 1979 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 7 performances
  • 1983 American rock singer David Crosby sentenced to 5 years in Texas state prison on drug and weapons convictions
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Weddings in Music

  • 1956 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor-singer Jack Cassidy (29)
  • 1971 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [nee Gaines] (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976
  • 1975 Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry (25) weds Elissa Jerret

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Musicians Who Died on Aug 5

  • 1678 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer, dies at 59
  • 1778 Thomas Linley the younger, English composer and musician "English Mozart", dies at 22
  • 1856 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1863 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, dies at 53
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