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Aug 01 1927
The first family of country music, The Carter Family, undertake their very first recording session in a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee. They record Bury Me Beneath the Willow, The Storm Is On The Ocean and Single Girl, Married Girl for Vocalion Records. (1927)

Aug 01 1942
James Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, bans his members from making records, which he claims is a threat to the livelihood of musical performers. The AFM demands that record producers pay a royalty for each commercial disk sold to the public. Union members are also prohibited from recording soundtracks for ?soundies? ? filmed performances to be played on specially adapted jukeboxes. On the same day, Jerome Garcia, son of a 1930?s big band leader, is born in San Francisco, California, USA. As Jerry Garcia he will lead Grateful Dead.

Aug 01 1953
Blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Robert Cray is born in Columbus, Georgia. (1953)

Aug 01 1954
Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, The Clovers, The Orioles and Little Walter appear live in the Alan Freed-promoted Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York City. (1954)

Aug 01 1960
Aretha Franklin makes her first recordings for Columbia Records in New York City. Columbia's highly respected A&R head, John Hammond, says of her, "She is an untutored genius, the best voice I?ve heard since Billie Holiday". (1960)

Aug 01 1964
Rock'n'roll pioneer Johnny Burnette dies in a boating accident on Clear Lake, California. On the same day, US music trade magazine Billboard reports that sales of harmonicas have rocketed because of their use by such contemporary stars as Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. (1964)

Aug 01 1965
The Beatles perform six songs live on the UK tv show Blackpool Night Out, broadcast from the ABC Theatre, Blackpool. (1965)

Aug 01 1971
The Concert For Bangladesh takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City, featuring George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and others. (1971)

Aug 01 1972
The Eagles release a new single, Witchy Woman, in the USA on Asylum Records. (1972)

Aug 01 1977
The Dwight Twilley Band release their second album, Twilley Don't Mind, on Shelter/Arista Records. (1977)

Aug 01 1981
MTV, a new 24 hour video music station, is transmitted for the first time on cable stations in the USA. The first track played is Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles. (1981)

Aug 01 1987
Money For Nothing by Dire Straits is the first video aired on the newly launched tv music channel MTV Europe. The song is particularly appropriate because it includes the line, "I want my MTV." (1987)

Aug 01 1994
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make public their secret marriage, which was conducted eleven weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic. (1994)

Aug 01 1999
When, just fifteen minutes before showtime, Whitney Houston claims she has bronchitis and cancels an appearance at Concord Pavilion, Concord, California, the city officials sue her for $100,000. (1999)

Aug 01 2004
Bono of U2 flies to Omaha, Nebraska, where, the following day, he is to sing at the funeral of Susan Buffett. The wife of millionaire investor Warren Buffett, she shared with Bono a concern for promoting AIDS awareness and prevention. (2004)

Aug 01 2006
Madonna becomes the first artist to be honoured with a bronze handprint plaque in Wembley Arena, London?s Square Of Fame. (2006)

Aug 01 2009
The 50th annual Newport Folk Festival begins at Fort Adams Park, Rhode Island. This, the first of two days of the event, features Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Billy Bragg, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and others. (2009)

Aug 01 2009
The city of Warren, Ohio, honours local-born boy Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana by naming a street after him. Market Alley in Warren's downtown area is re-named David Grohl Alley, and the town hosts a week-long Music Is Art festival as part of the celebration. (2009).

Aug 01 2009
Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at the Estadio Jos? Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain.

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