Friday August 7th
1952 – Free bassist Andy Fraser is born in London
1957 – The Quarry Men Skiffle Group, led by a young John Lennon, perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club
1958 – Vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is born in Sheffield,
1964 – The nation’s weeklies review the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. “Avoid this film at all costs!” declares Time.
1965 – In England, the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” is knocked out of the No. 1 spot by the Beatles’ “Help!”
1967 – Pink Floyd begin a tour of Denmark
1970 – Fleetwood Mac welcome new member Christine McVie, the wife of bass player John McVie and a former vocalist with Chicken Shack.
1971 – At Los Angeles’ Pauley Pavilion, Frank Zappa & the Mothers play the gig that becomes their album Just Another Band from L.A.
1974 – Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band marries actress Faye Dunaway. They divorce in 1979.
1982 – Sting sues Virgin Music Publishing. He alleges that he signed a deal with the company that gives it unfair control of his early material.
1985 – To Mick Jagger, a son. Mick and Jerry Hall are the proud parents of James Leroy Jagger.
1989 – After his arrest on charges of marijuana possession, U2’s Adam Clayton stays silent during a 90-second hearing in Dublin. He’s set free on bail and will return to court on September 1.
1995 – Alanis Morissette’s biting “You Oughta Know” soars to No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Modern Rock chart and is the most requested tune on rock radio.
1999 – It’s Woodstock ’99 all over again when violence erupts outside a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, Conn. Unruly behavior in the parking lot of the Meadows Music Theater requires intervention by riot police and leads to a total of 55 arrests.