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August 26th 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 with ‘I Got You Babe’

On August 26th, 1965, Sonny & Cher were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Got You Babe’, the duo’s only UK No.1. Sonny Bono was inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the … read more

August 25th 1957, Paul Anka Hit No.1 in UK with ‘Diana’

On August 25th 1957, Canadian singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Diana’ (written about his brother’s baby-sitter). His only UK No.1 as an artist, Anka was the first teenage solo act to reach … read more

August 22nd 1938, Rockabilly singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins was Born

On August 22nd, 1938, rockabilly singer/guitarist Dale Hawkins was born. Louisiana guitarist Dale Hawkins’ 1957 hit “Suzy Q,” was one of the most exciting early rockabilly singles. The song would only go on to reach No.27 on the US singles … read more

August 21st, 1961 Patsy Cline recorded ‘Crazy’

On August 21st, 1961, Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie Nelson song, ‘Crazy’. Cline was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier and had difficulty reaching the high notes of the … read more

August 19th, 2001 American soul singer Betty Everett died

On August 19th, 2001, American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61. She’s most known for the hit ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss’), written by Rudy Clark.

August 18th, 1962 Ringo Starr makes his debut with The Beatles

On August 18th, 1962, Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society Dance, Birkenhead, England, having had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation.

August 15th, 1896 Leon Theremin was born

On August 15th, 1896, Leon Theremin, Russian inventor, was born. Most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments.

August 14th, 1962 Pete Best is Replaced by Ringo Starr as Beatles Drummer

On August 14th, 1962, Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles Brian Epstein and the other three members decided to sack him. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern, Liverpool. Ringo Starr who was … read more

August 13th, 1964 Manfred Mann were at No.1 with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’

On August 13th, 1964, Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, the bands first of three UK No.1′s. The song which was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich was originally recorded … read more

August 12th, 1985 Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto died

On August 12th, 1985, Kyu Sakamoto was killed in a plane crash when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. It is the deadliest single-aircraft accident in history. … read more