On This Day

Events in Music on August 4

  • 1777 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes his riding school with performances in London, precursor of the circus
  • 1954 The Government of Pakistan approves the National Anthem, written by Hafeez Jullundhry and composed by Ahmed G. Chagla

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1956 Elvis Presley releases "Hound Dog"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Music release#1 in the Charts

1958 The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the 1st time, with "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson at #1

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • 1959 "Billy Barnes Revue" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 87 performances

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1967 Pink Floyd releases their first album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn", their only record made under the leadership of Syd Barrett.

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 1968 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, California

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1970 Jim Morrison arrested for drunkenness

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

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1975 Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is seriously hurt in a car crash in Rhodes, Greece

Rock Vocalist Robert Plant
Rock Vocalist
Robert Plant

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1980 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music release#1 in the Charts

1984 Prince's "Purple Rain" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 24 weeks

  • 1985 "Dreamgirls" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1522 performances