On August 12, 1968.

On August 12, 1968, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham rehearsed for first time together at the studio in Gerrard Street in London’s West End. They played a version of “The Train Kept A-Rollin”, “Smokestack Lightning” and “I’m Confused” which later became “Dazed And Confused”. The first live dates they performed were by the name of “The Yardbirds”; it was the following month they changed the name to “Led Zeppelin”.

Isaac Hayes

On August 10, 2008, Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. aka Isaac Hayes died aged 65. He was musician (piano, keyboards, trombone, saxophone), singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, one of the creative forces behind the music label “Stax Records”. The song “Soul man” (written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and performed by Sam & Dave) has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the “Grammy Hall of Fame”, it was honored by “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” by “Rolling Stone” magazine, and by the “RIAA” as one of the “Songs of the Century”. Hayes had success with his albums (Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, The Isaac Hayes Movement, Joy, Live at the Sahara Tahoe and Chocolate Chip) but he was best known for the soundtrack for the 1971 movie “Shaft”   For the “Theme from Shaft”, in 1972, Hayes was awarded with the “Academy Award for Best Original Song”, becoming the third African-American, (after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel), to win an “Academy Award” in any competitive field covered by “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and in 2003, he was honored as a “BMI Icon” for his enduring influence on generations of music makers. In 1992, as recognition of his humanitarian work there, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada, Ghana region.

Jerry Garcia

On August 9, 1995, Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia aka Jerry Garcia died aged 53.  He was a musician (guitar), singer and songwriter, best known as founding member and leader of The Grateful Dead. Garcia also co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and participated in other music projects, including The Saunders–Garcia Band (with Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, The Garcia/ Grisman Duo and Legion of Mary. Garcia also released several solo albums. He was ranked 13th in the magazine Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest  Guitarists of All Time”

On August 5, 2014.

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On August 5, 2014, “Fantasy” label released “Nils Lofgren: Face the Music”,  nine CD / DVD box set that provides a biography of Lofgren, with each disc telling a different chapter. The first disc are the Grinyears (1971-1973),  the second disc is the beginning of his solo career (1975-1977),  the third disc chronicles his collaborations with Lou Reed and Bob Ezrin (1979-1983), the fourth disc four starts with the story in 1985 and continues with 1991’s Silver Lining and 1992’s Crooked Line, the next three discs are his independent and self-released recordings made between 1993 and 2011, and the last two discs offer rarities from various years of his career

On August 1, 1971.

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“The Concert for Bangladesh” were actually two benefit concerts organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at 2.30 and 8 pm on Sunday, August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows were organized to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related Bangladesh atrocities. The concerts were followed by a live album, a boxed three-record set, and “Apple Films” concert documentary, which opened in cinemas in the spring of 1972. The event was the first-ever benefit concert of such a magnitude and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and the Badfinger. In addition, Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan – both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh – performed an opening set of Indian classical music. Decades later, Shankar would say of the overwhelming success of the event: “In one day, the whole world knew the name of Bangladesh. It was a fantastic occasion”.

The concerts raised close to US$250,000 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Although the project was subsequently marred by financial problems – a result of the pioneering nature of the venture – the “Concert for Bangladesh” is recognized as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed, notably Live Aid. By 1985, through revenue raised from the “Concert for Bangladesh” live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief. Sales of the live album and DVD release of the film continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

On July 11, 1969.

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On July 11, 1969, “Phillips” label released “Space Oddity / Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud”, 7″ single by David Bowie. It was recorded on June 20, 1969, and was produced by Gus Dudgeon.

Personnel:

  • David Bowie – vocals, acoustic guitar, stylophone
  • Mick Wayne – lead guitar
  • Herbie Flowers – bass guitar
  • Terry Cox – drums
  • Paul Buckmaster – string arrangement
  • Tony Visconti – flutes, woodwinds
  • Rick Wakeman – mellotron

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