Saturday August 15th
1942 – Drummer Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group is born in Middlesborough, England.
1950 – Metal drummer Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Black Oak Arkansas) is born in Jackson, Miss.
1958 – Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas.
1962 – Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool, England.
1964 – The Kinks hits #1 in the UK with “You Really Got Me”
1965 – The Beatles play New York’s Shea Stadium for an audience of 56,000. The crowd sets a record for attendance at a rock concert
1967 – Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London
1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair.
1969 – The historic Woodstock rock concert opens in Bethel, N.Y.
1974 – Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.”
1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight.
1987 – Keith Richards enters a studio in Montreal to begin work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap.
1995 – Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, dies of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles.
2000 – David Bowie and Iman welcome their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, into the world. A statement reports that Bowie is involved in the delivery process and even cuts the umbilical cord.
2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson on This Day in Rock Music History