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Aug 23 1937
Delia Derbyshire is born in Coventry, UK. An adventurous composer often called "the unsung heroine of British electronic music," she was a leading light of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and is best-remembered for her theme music to the long-running tv series Dr Who. (1937)

Aug 23 1954
American vocalist Al Martino, on tour in the UK, is threatened on the phone by John Cobb, who claims to have written Martino?s hits Wanted and Here In My Heart. Unless he is financially compensated, says Cobb, he will knife Martino. Police are on the alert at Martino?s Finsbury Park Astoria concert that night, but nothing transpires. (1954)

Aug 23 1955
Nat ?King? Cole records Autumn Leaves, with orchestration by Nelson Riddle, for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California. On the same day, Billie Holiday has a recording session at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, during which she records It Had To Be You, Nice Work If You Can Get It and other tracks. (1955)

Aug 23 1957
Sam Cooke records (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons at Radio Recorders studio, Hollywood, California, with producer Bumps Blackwell. (1957)

Aug 23 1965
Although they have not yet released a record, when The Lovin? Spoonful play at the Night Owl coffee house in New York City?s Greenwich Village, the crowd includes Bob Dylan, The Byrds and Phil Spector.

Aug 23 1965
The film soundtrack album Help! by The Beatles is awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A. (1965)

Aug 23 1971
Led Zeppelin play at the Convention Centre, Fort Worth, Texas. (1971)

Aug 23 1972
The Beach Boys play live on Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, with The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. (1972)

Aug 23 1981
Violent Femmes are set on the path to success by James Honeyman-Scott, guitarist of The Pretenders, when he hears the band busking on a street corner in front of The Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. When The Pretenders play at the theatre later that night, Chrissie Hynde has invited Violent Femmes to play a brief acoustic set after the opening act. (1981)

Aug 23 1990
Bob Dylan?s childhood home, the Zimmerman house in Hibbing, Minnesota is sold to an un-named buyer for an undisclosed amount. (1990)

Aug 23 1993
Police raid Michael Jackson?s homes in California after allegations of child abuse. (outlaw) (1993)

Aug 23 1993
A hectic day for the long arms of the law. Police raid Michael Jackson?s homes in California after allegations of child abuse. On the same day, when a 22 year old man is shot in Los Angeles, California, police issue a warrant for the arrest of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. The man had made threats against Dogg, only to find himself shot by the rapper's bodyguard. Meanwhile, in the UK, Rob Collins, keyboardist of UK band The Charlatans, pleads guilty at Stafford Crown Court to being an accessory in an armed robbery. (1993)

Aug 23 2009
Oasis cancel their headlining appearance at the V Festival in Chelmsford, UK. Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher is said to be ill with Viral Laryngitis. Snow Patrol step in to replace them as headliners. (2009)

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