Wednesday August 5th
1966 – In Britain, the Beatles release Revolver, frequently cited as the best album ever made.
1967 – Pink Floyd release their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in England.
1972 – Clive Davis signs a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max’s Kansas City in New York. They receive $125,000 for their services.
1974 – Svengali Kim Fowley brings together the four girls who will form the Runaways, including Joan Jett and Lita Ford.
1992 – Drummer Jeff Porcaro dies of cardiac arrest at age 38. The co-founder of Toto was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack.
1994 – Billy Idol is admitted to Burbank, Calif.’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center after collapsing from a drug overdose in a Los Angeles nightclub. He’s released two days later.
1996 – Bruce Springsteen sues two London bootleggers who were distributing an album attributed to him titled Unearthed.
2001 – The Foo Fighters treat 300 lucky fans to a rare club show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. Winners are chosen from a pool of E-mail entries submitted to the group’s official Web site.
2003 – Smash Mouth release their new album Get the Picture?. The band celebrate with a performance in a New York Toys ‘R’ Us.
2003 – The Rolling Stones are forced to postpone a gig in Benidorm, Spain after 60-year-old Mick Jagger contracts laryngitis.
2003 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel the remainder of their Party of a Lifetime tour after lead guitarist Gary Rossington’s doctor tells him to take it easy. Rossington underwent open-heart surgery in February.