Events in Music on August 5

Film Release

1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1954)

  • 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

Contract of Interest

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
  • 1985 Establishment of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 1994 British rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose

Music History

2021 Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (80) announces he will be unable to accompany the band on its 2021 U.S. tour, based on medical advice; American Steve Jordan tapped to fill in