This Month In Music History

August 1

• 1942: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead is born Jerome John Garcia

• 1981: MTV is seen in 2.1 million homes during its first day on the air

August 3

• 1972: The Eagles perform at the Denver Coliseum.

August 4

• 1958: Billboard magazine debuts its “Hot 100” record list

August 8

• 1992: Metallica’s James Hetfield is seriously burned onstage by a pyrotechnics machine

August 9

• 1966: John Lennon apologizes for his statement that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus”

• 1973: John Denver performs at Red Rocks

• 1995: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies of a heart attack while in a rehabilitation center

August 11

• 2001: The Eagles play the first event held at INVESCO Field at Mile High

August 12

• 1967: The Mamas and the Papas perform at Red Rocks

• 1975: Eric Clapton performs at the Denver Coliseum.

• 1994: Over 350,000 people attend Woodstock II in Saugerties, New York

August 14

• 1969: Diana Ross & The Supremes perform at Red Rocks

August 15

• 1969: The Woodstock Music and Peace Festival opens on Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York

August 16

• 1974: The Ramones play their first show at CBGB’s

• 1977: Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his Memphis, Tennessee mansion

August 21

• 1962: Ray Charles performs at Red Rocks

August 23

• 1980: AC/DC releases their LP Back in Black with new lead singer Brian Johnson replacing the deceased Bon Scott

August 25

• 1957: Louis Armstrong performs at Red Rocks

August 26

• 1964: The Beatles perform at Red Rocks

• 1970: Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in England

• 2004: Beatles-tribute band “1964” performs at Red Rocks, exactly forty years after The Beatles

August 27

• 1990: Stevie Ray Vaughn dies in a helicopter crash near Alpine Valley, Wisconsin

August 28

• 1930: Denver’s Paramount Theatre opens

• 1965: The crowd boos Bob Dylan for plugging in during a concert in Forest Hills, New York

August 30

• 1978: Grateful Dead performs at Red Rocks

New Song Release “Lost and Lonely”

This is a sad song but hopeful in the end. Like many of you I have been isolated during this pandemic. Limited travel outside the house and missing friends and family. One day, to break up the boredom, I was browsing through old recordings and found this music recording “Lost and Lonely Without You” from 2018. At the time it didn’t fit other music I was working on so it went on the shelf. Oddly it seems to fit well in the world we know today. So I wrote some lyrics with help from a distant friend and this is the results. We will all get through these unusual times and my next song will be an upbeat, get up and dance, raise the roof hoot! Play safe and be well.

“Lost and Lonely (without you)”

Working on New Music

A work in progress. Let me know what you think. Have some lyric ideas? Post them in your reply. Love to hear from you.

Covid-19 Relief For Musicians

COVID-19 has devastated our music community, leaving thousands of music creators and professionals with an uncertain future.

MusiCares and the Recording Academy have partnered in a COVID-19 Relief effort to help our peers in the music community affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Please join us to help keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us.


Born, This Day In Music – 1942

June 18th, 1942

Paul McCartney Paul McCartneyThe Beatles Wings, solo. The most successful rock composer of all time. McCartney first met John Lennon on July 6th 1957, who was impressed that Paul could tune a guitar. With The Beatles he scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles plus McCartney has scored over 30 US & UK solo Top 40 hit singles. He has written and co-written 188 charted records, of which 91 reached the Top 10 and 33 made it to No.1 totalling 1,662 weeks on the chart.

This Day In Music – May 21st

1955 – Chuck BerryChuck Berry recorded ‘Maybellene’ at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois. The song adapted in part from the Western swing fiddle tune ‘Ida Red’ is said to be one of the first rock and roll songs. The track became Berry’s debut single release in July of this year where it peaked at No.5 on the US chart.

1963 – The BeatlesThe Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for Saturday Club and six songs for Steppin’ Out.

This Day In Music – May 14

1988 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King.


Hope this post finds you well and making the most of these difficult times. This is a repost of Music Around The World from my friend David Steinhart. Play safe and be well…

Hope you are doing well. Music gives me good energy. Probably it’s the same for you. I’ve watched many coronavirus YouTube videos. People around the world are creating great songs because of Covid-19.  Below are 10 YouTube videos I liked. 

Building Community With Music, David
Here are the 10 songs [in no particular order].  Enjoy . . .





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