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Saturday, August 14, 2010

One Day You're In, and the Next Day You're Out

Many historians have noted that, for some odd reason, an inordinate amount of important world and national events tend to occur in August. And in the world of music, it's no different. On this day in 1958, August 14, Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, died and the rock and roll star was devastated. Two days later, 500 policeman had to stand guard at the funeral to keep a gigantic crowd of the singer's fans at bay.


(above: Vernon, Elvis and Gladys Presley;
upper left: Gladys' funeral)

On August 14, 1962, John, George and Paul, of The Beatles, and their manager, Brian Epstein, decided to kick drummer Pete Best out of the group. Many biographies have been written about the most famous band of all time, and thus, there are many varying theories as to why Pete was given the boot. The most interesting one is the theory which many people believe, that John and Paul were jealous of Pete's extraordinary good looks; that Pete was getting more attention from female fans. Ringo Starr was asked to join the group, and four days later, on August 18, he appeared for the first time as a Beatle.
(above: Pete Best is second from the right)

And finally, on August 14, 1965, Sonny and Cher began a three week run at #1 with their first smash hit, "I Got You Babe".

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