This Week in Music History
August 23rd, 1967 – While celebrating a wild birthday party at a Holiday Inn, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon accidentally drives a car into the hotel swimming pool. Moon was attempting to avoid having to talk to police who had arrived to break up the party. He quietly slipped out the back, climbed into a Lincoln Continental limousine, but in his inebriated state released the handbrake and began rolling towards the pool before realizing what was about to happen.
August 24th, 1975 – Queen starts recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studio’s in Wales. The band sang their vocal parts continually for 10-12 hours per day, three days straight, resulting in 180 separate vocal overdubs. Guitarist Brian May recalled placing the tape in front of a light and being able to see through it, as they had been recording so intensely.
August 25th, 1994 – Jimmy Buffett crashes his Grumman G-44 Widgeon seaplane on take-off in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The airplane nosed over, and Buffett was able to swim to safety with only minor injuries. He credits his survival to Navy survival training he had to complete before being able to ride in an F-14 Tomcat.
August 26th, 1967 – Mick Jagger and The Beatles meet in Bangor North Wales to seek guidance from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They’re interested in learning about Transcendental Meditation and attend an introductory seminar given by Yogi in the main hall of the Hugh Owen Buildings, now part of Bangor University. Over 300 people attended the seminar.
August 27th, 1988 – George Michael has his eighth No. 1 single of the 80’s with song ‘Monkey’. That’s a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.
August 28th, 1970 – During a four-week engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, a security guard at the hotel received a phone call in which he was told Elvis Presley would be shot during his last show. The person demanded $50,000 to reveal the name of the potential killer. The threats were taken very seriously and thankfully Elvis played his last show without any incident.
August 29th, 1990 – Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism, and drugs.