b. September 16, 1925 …
I have no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.Lester Bangs
The Rolling Stones release their second live album on September 4, 1970 …
Dr. John is stranded in London in 1970 and is homesick for his hometown of New Orleans. Eric Clapton and Mick Jaggar help out on the album along with The Memphis Horns and drummer Jim Gordon. It’s released on August 31, 1971.
I remember waking up on August 27, 1990 and shaking my head just a little still in wonderment of the musical happening just hours before. At breakfast, we talked about how lucky we were to witness Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan all on the same stage together. On the way home later, we literally had to pull of the highway when we heard the news on Milwaukee radio. Silence. We just sat there in stone, cold silence.
The Jeff Beck Group release their debut album on August 14, 1968. Beck is joined by Ronnie Wood and vocals are handled by a fellow by the name of Rod Stewart.
On August 24, 1981, The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Band in the World releases an album largely made up of outtakes and songs that didn’t make past albums — some dating back 10 years. The album becomes one of their most succesful and ends up at #213 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Outtakes. Fucking … outtakes. That’s greatness.
August 23, 1967 ~ the debut album from The Jimi Hendrix Experience is released. It’s #15 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Writer and archivist Reuben Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution wrote: “it’s still a landmark recording because it is of the rock, R&B, blues … musical tradition. It altered the syntax of the music … in a way I compare to James Joyce’s Ulysses.”
b. August 22, 1917