2005 – E.Y. “Yip” Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” and (with Jay Gorney) “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp during a ceremony in New York.
1997 – Elvis Week begins in Memphis to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16. Elvis Week 2008 Event Calendar & Ticket Information Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 17 Below is the current Elvis Week 2008 calendar of events along with ticket purchase information for each event. Updates to the […]
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]
1993 – The U.S. Postal Service releases a set of seven stamps featuring rock and blues legends. The featured performers are Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley. A separate Presley stamp was also issued earlier in the year.
1993 – The U.S. Postal Service debuts its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection, featuring Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley.
1992 – Priscilla Presley announces the winner of the Elvis postage stamp vote from the lawn of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn. Fans vote 851,200 to 277,723 for a 1950s-era Elvis over an older Elvis. Presley was chosen for a “Legends of American Music” series of 29- cent first-class stamps.
1992 – U.S. Postmaster General Anthony Frank unveils two designs for an Elvis Presley stamp. The public ultimately chooses the stamp design of a young Elvis over a mature Elvis issued in 1993.
1982 – Jamaica issues a Bob Marley commemorative stamp.
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He was noted […]
1900 – Although jazz legend Louis Armstrong always claimed to have been born on this date, later scholarship established that his birthday was on August 4, 1901. Louis Armstrong (4 August 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 20s […]