Friday August 14th
1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles.
1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later.
1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession.
1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.”
1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalog rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney.
1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II.
1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion.
1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square.
2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos.
2003 – Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is sentenced to three years probation in Pasadena, Calif., following a May arrest on two felony drug possession charges.
2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer.
2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes.