Today in Music

August, 6

  • 1998 Nat Gonella, one of Britain’s most respected jazz trumpeters, dies in Gosport, Hampshire. He is 90. Gonella led one of the most popular dance bands of the ‘30s and was regarded by some as the U.K.’s answer to Louis Armstrong.
  • 1998 Indian students stage a Peace Festival in Mumbai for the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to protest their country’s recent nuclear weapons testing. Peace Together 98, on the campus lawns of St. Andrews College in the Mumbai suburb of Bandra, India features free performances from top Hindi pop artists such as Lucky Ali, Sagarika, Mehnaaz, Uday Benega, and Vikas Bhalla.
  • 1998 The last new episode of Magic Johnson’s talk show “The Magic Hour” airs. The show – which featured performances by a variety of music acts, including Boyz II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige, and Hanson – consistently suffered poor reviews and low ratings.
  • 1998 Ted Nugent, the singer/songwriter, guitarist, politician, self-proclaimed “outdoorsman,” and morning talk-show host embarks on a 15-city U.S. jaunt in Los Angeles. Bassist Johnny G. and drummer Tommy Aldridge accompany Nugent on the tour.
  • 1996 Vince Neil, former singer of ‘80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered, and police, called to the scene shortly thereafter, barely stave off a riot of over 500 irate ticket-holders.
  • 1996 Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder videotapes the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claim this is their last show ever.
  • 1995 R&B singer Brandy receives four trophies at the first Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. TLC took group honors for single and solo of the year.
  • 1984 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr. Huey Lewis sues Parker, saying the Academy Award-nominated song sounds too much like his “I Want a New Drug.”
  • 1973 Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident near Winston-Salem, N.C. He remains in a coma for four days.
  • 1973 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Morning After,” Maureen McGovern. The song is the theme to the film “The Poseidon Adventure.”
  • 1970 An anti-war rock festival is held at Shea Stadium, New York, with Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Winter.
  • 1964 Rod Stewart makes his television debut on the British show “The Beat Room.”
  • 1953 Pat MacDonald of Timbuk 3 is born. MacDonald and his wife, Barbara, form the duo. Their biggest hit is “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” a top 20 hit in 1986.