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08-09-2005, 01:12 PM
Hey yall...............

Remember when Jeff Porcaro died and there was that story about him spraying insecticide around his yard and it supposedly was toxic to his system ???

Well this list of events disputes that story........................

August 5
1943 Sammi Smith
1947 Rick Derringer
1953 Samantha Sang
2002 Christiana Mary Cipro Flynn

August 6
1942 Isaac Hayes
1949 Carole Pope (Rough Trade)

August 7
1910 Freddie Slack
1926 Stan Freberg
1942 B.J. Thomas
1952 Andy Fraser (Free)
1958 Bruce Dickinson

August 8
1933 Joe Tex
1961 The Edge (U2)

August 9
1946 Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring)
1947 Barbara Mason
1947 Benjamin Orr (The Cars)
1963 Whitney Houston

August 10
1928 Jimmy Dean
1940 Bobby Hatfield (The Righteous Brothers)
1945 Ronnie Spector
1947 Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
1948 Patti Austin

August 11
1949 Eric Carmen
1959 Alan Frew (Glass Tiger)

The Chubby one performed The Twist for the first time on American Bandstand. Checker would hit number 1 with the song that year, in 1960, and again 18 months later in 1962. It is the only song to go to the top of the charts in the U.S. on two separate occasions.

It was in 1963 this week that Little Stevie Wonder had the number 1 song with Fingertips - Pt. 2. He was 13 years old when the live recording was made.

Procol Harum recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, Canada, in 1971. They captured a live version of Conquistador on tape and released it the following year. The album release, Procol Harum In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, made it into the top 5 in the U.S.

Columbia Records signed Aerosmith in 1972 for $125,000, after a New York performance. They would do Columbia proud with songs like Dream On, Sweet Emotion and Walk This Way, before sinking to the lowest depths of rock 'n' roll. In 1985, the group moved to Geffen Records for a $7 million advance on a five album deal. They would mount the biggest comeback of all time over the next 10 years. After releasing Big Ones, a greatest hits package, Steven Tyler and the boys returned to Columbia with the Nine Lives album. In 1998 they finally had a number 1 hit, with a song from the Armageddon soundtrack.

ABBA hit the U.S. top 10 for the first time when Waterloo made number 6 in 1974. They were on their first American tour, and dropped in on The Mike Douglas Show along the way. Although they would eventually only manage a single number 1 hit in America, the group was huge in Europe.

“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones was the number 1 song this week in 1978. It was their disco contribution. Other tracks on the Some Girls album, like Shattered, When the Whip Comes Down, Just My Imagination and Beast of Burden were far better but not quite as radio-friendly, apparently.

America peaked inside the U.S. top 40 for the last time when The Border went to number 33 in 1983. It was from their Your Move album, which was filled with easy listening gems like My Kinda Woman, She's a Runaway, Tonight is for Dreamers and Don't Let Me Be Lonely. Once again, Russ Ballard contributed a lot of the material, instrumental backing and production.

Ray Parker Jr. had the top song this week in 1984 with Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, it sounded too much like Huey Lewis', I Want a New Drug, and Parker had to pay up. Huey Lewis and The News continued with the hits and had their first number 1 a year later with The Power of Love.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For made it to number 1 in 1987, giving U2 its second top hit in the U.S. The Joshua Tree album brought the group into superstardom, and they've never looked back. With or Without You was number 1 just a couple months before, and Where the Streets Have No Name went top 20 later in the year.

After 57 weeks on the albums chart, Guns N' Roses finally hit number 1 with Appetite for Destruction in 1988. Singles from the album, Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and Paradise City all made the top 10.

Lisa Loeb hit number 1 for the first of 3 weeks in 1994, with a song included on the Reality Bites soundtrack. Actor and friend Ethan Hawke asked her to provide a song for the upcoming movie and Stay (I Missed You) was it. Loeb was in good company on the album; also making contributions were U2, Squeeze, Crowded House and Lenny Kravitz.

American Bandstand first aired on U.S. television in 1957. Dick Clark had replaced Bob Horn the previous year when the show was still called Bandstand, and was out of Philadelphia. Horn was involved in a scandal and executives had him dismissed. Squeaky clean Clark moved in and hosted the show until 1989. It was cancelled five months later with David Hirsch as its final host.

Britain's answer to Elvis, 17 year old Cliff Richard, signed a record deal with EMI in 1958. He had already recorded a couple of tracks at Abbey Road Studios, but wouldn't release his first single for a few weeks yet.

John Lennon apologized at a press conference held in 1966, for his remarks that were “more popular than Jesus now.” The U.S. media took the quote out of context and created a frenzy there, especially in the Bible belt. Revolver was on the charts at the time, except in South Africa where Beatle records were banned.

Pink Floyd released their 1967 album, The Piper At the Gates of Dawn. It was their debut effort, on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett. It did not contain the two singles released previously that year, Arnold Layne and See Emily Play.

Elton John played the first of seven sold out concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, in 1976. The $1.25 million generated broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975. John was promoting his recent single, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, with Kiki Dee, as well as the live album, Here and There. It was released almost twenty years later as an expanded, double CD.

MTV broadcast its first stereo concert in 1981. REO Speedwagon performed in Denver, Colorado, having just released Hi Infidelity and the hit singles, Keep On Loving You, Take It On the Run and Don't Let Him Go.

Stevie Nicks released her first solo album in 1981. Bella Donna contained four top 40 singles, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (with Tom Petty), Leather and Lace (with Don Henley), the rocker Edge of Seventeen and After the Glitter Fades. The album was issued between the Fleetwood Mac releases, Fleetwood Mac Live and Mirage. In 1998 Nicks would release the 3 CD box set, Enchanted

Talking Heads played at the Dr. Pepper Festival in New York's, Central Park in 1979. They were promoting their third album, Fear of Music, which contained the FM radio classic, Life During Wartime.

SEX, DRUGS (and alcohol) AND ROCK n' ROLL
Hank Williams had become so unreliable at the Grand Ole Opry that he was fired in 1952. Alcoholism was a contributing factor. Williams had played at the Opry many times over the previous three years, and had recently been divorced when his alcohol abuse had taken its toll. He died 4˝ months later.

Jeff Porcaro, one of the most popular drummers of the 1970s, died in 1992. He suffered cardiac arrest at the age of only 38, caused by hardening of the arteries after years of cocaine use. Porcaro played on Silk Degrees, the breakthrough album by Boz Scaggs in 1976, before forming Toto. Over the years he would also contribute to such albums as The Wall, Gaucho, The End of the Innocence, Luck of the Draw and many others.

Johnny Cash was married in Texas in 1954, with plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman. He instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records in 1955.

A feature film built around The Wall and starring Bob Geldof hit movie theatres in New York in 1982. The film was conceived alongside the double album by Pink Floyd's, Roger Waters, but took a little longer than the LP to complete.

Dick Latvala died in 1999, after being in a coma that was caused by a heart attack. Since 1993, he had been compiling a series of Dick's Picks albums for The Grateful Dead. The group hired him in the 1980s to look after their archives, which included a vast collection of live performances. The last album released before his death was Dick's Picks 14, in July of 1999. He was 56.

August 5
1962 Marilyn Monroe
1992 Jeff Porcaro

August 7
1984 Esther Phillips

August 8
1975 Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley

August 9
1995 Jerry Garcia