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August 3rd

1966The Beatles are banned by the South African government and can no longer be played on the radio. The decision stemmed from the controversy surrounding John Lennon’s remarks on his band being “more popular than Jesus.”

1974Jeff Baxter of Steely Dan leaves to join The Doobie Brothers. It was a decision made with the knowledge that Steely Dan would soon quit touring and work only with session musicians.  It was Baxter who would introduce Michael McDonald to the Dobbies and convinced them to add him permanently to the line up. McDonald’s vocal and songwriting contributions, as well as Baxter’s jazzier guitar style, marked a new direction for the band.

1985Tears for Fears starts a 3 week run at number one on the singles chart with their hit ‘Shout’. At the height of the song’s popularity, band member Roland Orzabal described the meaning of ‘Shout’ as being “concerned with political protest. It came out in 1984 when a lot of people were still worried about the aftermath of The Cold War and it was basically an encouragement to protest.”

2003 – About 50 local anglers gather at a stream on Huey Lewis’ property in Montana for a “fish-in.” The locals are upset with Lewis for putting up a fence and no trespassing signs in an attempt to keep people from fly fishing on his property.

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