This Week in Music History
August 1st, 1971 - The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour kicks off on prime time television. Fred Silverman, head of programming at CBS saw their act one evening at a night club and offered them their own show on the spot.
August 2nd, 1964 - The Beatles appear at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a 'new and unknown London group', was The Kinks.
August 3rd, 1974 - Jeff 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 convince 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.
August 4th, 1967 - The Monkees find a stowaway on their plane between shows in Minneapolis and St Louis. The young female’s father threatens to bring up charges for transporting a minor across state lines.
August 5th, 1992 - Jeff Porcaro drummer of band Toto dies today at the age of 38. His death has been the subject of some controversy with speculation of an allergic reaction to garden pesticide, while others say Porcaro’s heart was weakened by smoking and cocaine use. He had worked with many other artists including Sonny and Cher, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and Boz Scaggs.
August 6th, 1964 - Rod Stewart makes his television debut on a show called 'The Beat Room' as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men. The show would only have 30 episodes and last for a year before getting canceled.
August 7th, 1982 - Dexy's Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Come On Eileen' their second and last No.1 in the UK. It would be the Best-selling single of 1982 and would go on to win Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. The "Eileen" as featured in the video is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer of Bananarama.