This Week in Music History
August 13, 1966 – Lovin' Spoonful starts their three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Summer In The City’. The song featured a series of car horns, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, giving the impression of city sounds in the summertime.
August 14, 1970 – Stephen Stills was arrested on suspected drugs charges while staying at a Hotel in San Diego, after being found crawling down hallway in an incoherent state. He was later freed on bail.
August 15, 1969 – 400,000 people attend the first day of Woodstock Festival on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York. The festival would last 3 days and is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history.
August 16, 1968 – After 6 month’s of practicing, Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth performs for the first time at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank. The price to get in… $0.75.
August 17, 1998 – Carlos Santana receives his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame after more then 30 years of playing and recording. It may have been his recent return into the spotlight, showcasing his guitar chops paired with vocals from several of the current pop music icons.
August 18, 1986 – Bon Jovi releases their third studio album, Slippery When Wet, which would hit No.1 on the charts, going on to sell over 28 million copies worldwide. The set featured two New Jersey favorites, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’, and ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.
August 19, 1969 – David Crosby and Stephen Stills appear on the Dick Cavett Show. It’s shot at Television Center in New York City. Also appearing on this episode is Joni Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane.