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Eleanora Gough, better known to the world as jazz and blues vocalist Billie Holiday, is born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Holiday's music will transcend generations and cultures, making an impact on music-lovers across the globe. In 1988, U2 will release the single Angel Of Harlem, which is inspired by Holiday's voice and her life.
Patti D'Arbanville is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as an actress and will also inspire the Cat Stevens song Lady D'Arbanville.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe records Let's Talk About Jesus for Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bob Zimmerman, one day to become Bob Dylan, moves into a jewish fraternity house, Sigma Alpha Mu, at the Unniversity Of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Popular Christian vocalist and recording artist Geoff Moore is born in Michigan, USA.
The new No1 single in the USA and Canada is Moody River by Pat Boone.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Macon, Georgia, USA.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet plays a live show in Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
Marty Robbins records When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder and Almost Persuaded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Rockabilly vocalist Wanda Jackson records You Created Me and Don't Worry, in the USA.
Religious organisations often claim that on this day the US magazine The Saturday Evening Post quotes The Beatles' press officer Derek Taylor as saying, "They're [The Beatles] completely anti-Christ. I mean, I am anti-Christ as well, but they're so anti-Christ they shock me which isn't an easy thing." However, there was no edition of Saturday Evening Post on this date, because it was a Thursday. An article about The Beatles by Al Aronowitz, did appear on the 8th August, but as far as can be ascertained, the Derek Taylor quote does not appear in that article.
The Byrds release a new single, Turn! Turn! Turn! in the USA on Columbia Records. It features the oldest lyrics ever used in a pop hit - adapted from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, by Pete Seeger.
Congregational minister Edmund R. Strait of Greens Farms Church, Westport, Connecticut, USA, is obliged to cancel the church's weekly Pilgrim Fellowship event because the nearby Staples School is organising a concert by The Beau Brummels and thirty of the Pilgrim Fellowship members are going to the concert instead of the church meeting.
Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Julie Felix and Sounds Incorporated play the eighth night of a 14–day run in 'Fame In 67' at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, London, England, UK.
Loretta Lynn releases her tenth LP, Who Says God Is Dead!, on Decca Records in the USA.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles, who is studying transcendental meditation in India, Asia, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, sends a postcard to Ringo Starr in Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK, Europe, stating "latest news is that Maharishi's building a swimming pool!"
The Beach Boys and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at Iona College, New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi play at LeMoyne College Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Alexander Sinclair of RSO Records in London, England, UK, Europe, sends a letter to Mr. P. Hewson of Dublin, Eire, rejecting the tape of his band U2. "We have listened with careful consideration," writes Sinclair, "but feel it is not suitable for us at present." RSO Records was owned by Robert Stigwood, who presumably had other things on his mind, including his acts such as The Bee Gees and Eric Clapton, not to mention the soundtrack albums for Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
Bob Dylan's album Slow Train Coming enters the UK albums chart at No2, its peak position during a thirteen-week run.
Talking Heads play the second of two nights at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (OMD) and U2.
U2 play at the New Regent, Brighton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Fashion.
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U2 play at The University of York, York, England, UK, Europe.
The Phil Woods Quartet plays the first of three nights at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, California, USA.
West German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen play a secret gig in Erlöserkirche, East Berlin, East Germany, Europe. The gig is organised by Mark Reeder, formerly of Manchester band The Frantic Elevators, who had moved to West Berlin in 1979.
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U2's Joshua Tree tour plays at The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Frank Zappa plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
When The Pogues perform their politically controversial song Streets of Sorrow/Birmingham Six on the Ben Elton Channel 4 show Friday Night Live, the show cuts to advertising before the song is finished.
Dio, Stryper, Dogs D'Amour, Cold Sweat and Love/Hate play at Pacific Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of a heart attack in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
After playing Hultsfred Festival, Sweden, Europe, Verve and Oasis are nicked by the law after wrecking a hotel bar, to the tune of £1,000, then breaking into a church to steal communion wine. "Everyone was really drunk," admits a Verve spokesperson. "When they got back to the hotel, the bar was open. Unfortunately, the management tried to close it and an argument ensued. Some bottles were purloined..."
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the fourth of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
Forbes Magazine lists Britney Spears as the world's No1 most powerful celebrity. Other music stars further down the list include Madonna, U2, 'N Sync and Mariah Carey.
George Scott, a founding member of The Blind Boys of Alabama, dies in his sleep, aged 75, at home in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
In an Australian newspaper interview, Liam Gallagher of Oasis describes U2 as 'wankers' because they watch videos of their performances immediately after coming off stage.
U2 play the first of four non-consecutive nights at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Dahsboard Confessional.
Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA for the first of six weeks.
Christian Moeller, Rihanna's neighbour in Los Angeles, California, USA, files suit against her for invasion of privacy, nuisance, fraud and trespass.
On their 360 Degree tour, U2 play the first of two nights at The Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada, supported by Snow Patrol.
Bob Dylan plays at Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Festival Vielles Charrues, Carhaix, France, Europe.
The Dunwells record Goodnight My City, I Could Be A King, Only Me and Hide And Seek at The Village Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Justin Bieber plays at The Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Clean Bandit play at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England, UK, during Sound City 2014.
A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), is cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. The show had been set to open in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in early June.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Bonnaroo Music Festival, Great Stage Park Manchester, Tennessee, USA.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at Twickenham Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Bono of U2 and Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones tweet messages of support to British tennis player Johanna Konta, who is playing in the Wimbledon Women's Final.
A full-page advertisement in The Washington Post describes the singer Lorde as a bigot, following her decision to cancel a live show in Israel. The advert was placed by outspoken rabbi Shmuley Boteach's This World: The Values Network.
On their 40th Anniversary tour The Specials play the second of four nights at The Old Cathedral, Coventry, England, UK, Europe.
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