Events in Music on August 19

Music Premiere

1918 Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" premieres in NYC

Radio History

1955 WINS radio (New York City), announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B records (DJ's play Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame," not Pat Boone's)

  • 1966 Beatles pelted with rotten fruit and firecrackers during concert at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee; Ku Klux Klan demonstrated outside the show and burned records
  • 1967 The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" single goes #1
  • 1969 Film adaptation of Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn, and starring Guthrie premieres
  • 1973 Pirate World Music Radio (Holland) closes down after 10 years
  • 1979 "My Sharonna" by the Knack hits #1, stays at top for 6 weeks

Album Release

2008 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)