This Week in Music History
August 30th, 1995 – James Taylor and Carly Simon perform together for the first time in over 20 years. They each played their solo set for 10,000 fans before combining acts in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was all for a good cause, raising money for a local agricultural society.
August 31st, 1990 – Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at a memorial service for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier. According to a witness, there was reportedly haze and fog of varying intensity with patches of low clouds. Despite the conditions, the pilot was instructed to fly over a 1000-foot ski hill. Vaughan, along with three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage, boarded the third of the four helicopters. At about 12:50 am the helicopter departed from an elevation of about 850 feet, veered to the left and crashed into the hill. All of the passengers, including the pilot, Jeff Brown, were killed instantly.
September 1st, 1980 - Fleetwood Mac plays a show at the Hollywood Bowl to end an 18-month world tour promoting ‘Tusk’, stating on stage that “this is our last show for a long time.” They traveled extensively across the world, including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the ‘Fleetwood Mac Live’ album, which was released at the end of 1980.
September 2nd, 1972 – Brownsville Station, Canned Heat, The Eagles, and Foghat are just a few of the acts set to play over the next three days at the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival. It was held on Bull Island near Griffin, Indiana and over 200,000 fans attended. Promoters had only planned for 50,000 and many bands withdrew from playing as the event slowly transitioned into anarchy. In the end, three people had drowned in the Wabash River and the stage was burned down on the last day by the remaining few fans.
September 3rd, 1966 – Donovan hits No.1 on the US singles chart and No.2 in the UK with ‘Sunshine Superman’. Written for his soon to be wife Linda Lawrence, the track featured Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page who at the time was a member of the Yardbirds.
September 4th, 1965 - The Who have their van stolen containing over $2000 worth of equipment outside of a dog rescue shelter in London. The band was inside the home at the time buying a guard dog. Thankfully, the van was later recovered.
Septmeber 5th, 1956 - Elvis Presley surprised his mother with a gift of a pink Cadillac. The car remained in the Presley family and eventually went on display at Graceland.