Today In Pop Music: August 14 – Downer Day For Elvis And Two Ex-Beatles


1940 – Dash Crofts (Seals and Crofts)

1941 – David Crosby (The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash)

1946 – Larry Graham (bass guitar: Sly and the Family Stone)


1964 – Johnny Burnette, who scored over a half dozen hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 including ‘you’re Sixteen’ and ‘Dreamin”, drowned in a boating accident in California when his fishing boat was struck by a cabin cruiser and he was thrown into the water.  He was 30.  His son Rocky Burnette scored a top ten hit in 1980 with ‘Tired Of Toein’ The Line’.

1965 – Sonny and Cher began a three week run at the top of the the charts with ‘I Got You Babe’.

1992 – Tony Williams, lead singer with The Platters on the majority of their hits (45 made the Billboard Hot 100), died in his sleep of emphysema.  He was 64.

1958 – Elvis Presley’s mother Gladys passed away at the age of 46.  At her funeral two days later, Elvis was so overcome with grief he was unable to stand and had to be supported.                                        

1963 – Beatles band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and their manager Brian Epstein fired Pete Best as the group’s drummer.  Four nights later Ringo Starr made his debut as the new member.

1985 – Michael Jackson paid $47.5 million to outbid Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney securing the ATV Music Publishing catalog, and gaining the rights to more than 250 songs written by  Lennon – McCartney.

Has Paul been able to see into the future when these two duets were recorded in 1982 and 1983, neither would have happened.


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