This Day in History: 2022-08-16

AUGUST 16th
Red Hot Chili Peppers release “Mother’s Milk.”  Containing a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” the album goes platinum (1-million copies sold).  1989
Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s album “Sleeps With Angels,” the title track referencing Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, is released. Cobain’s suicide note contained a reference to Young’s “My My, Hey, Hey (Out Of The Blue”). “It’s better to burn out than fade away.” 1994
Melissa Etheridge’s “Yes I Am” reaches the 5-million sales mark. The album was released in late ’93. 1995
Staind’s fifth album, “Chapter V,” sells 185,000 copies in its first week to top the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Itis the third straight time the group has had a #1 debut. 2005
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Barry Hay, vocalist for Golden Earring, starts his life.  1948
Drummer Scott Asheton (Iggy Pop And The Stooges) enters the world.  1949
Guitarist Tim Farriss (INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia. 1957
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and manager Brian Epstein make the decision to fire their drummer Pete Best. Ringo Starr is Best’s replacement. The Beatles line-up is complete. Best had been with the group for two years. 1962
Jack Ely, the Kingsmen vocalist who sang “Louie, Louie,” leaves the group before the song becomes a hit. 1963
The first Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young show is at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.  Young is a recent addition. He joins after the release of CSN’s debut album but before the band’s Woodstock appearance (two days later). 1969
Hey Ho. The Ramones take up residence at New York’s CBGB’s (Punk’s breeding ground). 1974
Elvis Presley has left the building – permanently. A heart attack claims the King of Rock n’ Roll at the age of 42. 1977
A disco version of KISS’ “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” goes gold (500,000 units moved). It is the end of western civilization as we know it. 1979
The ’Knacks infectious summer hit “My Sharona” also goes gold. 1979
Rainbow is the headliner at England’s first Monsters of Rock festival. After the show, drummer Cozy Powell, decides to leave the group. 1980
Drugs, alcohol and endless band pranks cause drummer Bill Ward to quit Black Sabbath for the first time.  1980
Def Leppard’s Rick Allen makes his first live appearance with the band after losing his arm in a car accident.  It’s at the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Castle Donington, England.  1986
MTV airs the Rap/Rock hybrid “Walk This Way” with Run DMC and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. It revives Aerosmith’s career and brings Rap to a white audience. 1986
Where’s the party? NBC reality show Tommy Lee Goes To College debuts. The program follows the Mötley Crüe drummer as he attends University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Forget the ratings. Lee needs to keep his grades up if there’s going to be a second season. 2005
Green Day wins in the Choice Music: Single category with “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” at the Teen Choice Awards in L.A. 2005
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Staind’s Aaron Lewis, founding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley are among the performers at the Ride for Dime 5 BBQ & Bash All Star Jam in Dallas. The event honors late Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott and raises money for select charities. 2009
Ted Nugent, who is fervently anti-Obama, is fired from writing op-ed columns for the Waco Tribune-Herald. Since ’07 the Texas newspaper had regularly featured his work. Nugent was told by the paper’s new owners to curtail overt negative criticisms. “It is impossible for me to fathom any American to tone down what is in his heart and soul,” says Nuge. 2009
Paul McCartney joins other musicians in calling for clemency in the case of Russian punk group Pussy Riot. The three female band members are on trial for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. “I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest,” McCartney writes in a open letter to the group. The next day, the group is convicted of “hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers” and receive two-year sentence. 2012
Actor Johnny Depp joins Gene Simmons (KISS) and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke for a charity concert in Hollywood. Proceeds go to Mending Kids, an organization that helps provide free “life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.” 2015
Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” dies from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit at age 76. Her signature song was “Respect.” 2018
The estate of “Dimebag” Darell Abbott (Pantera) wants out of an endorsement deal with Dean Guitars and files a lawsuit to accomplish that end.  The suit claims breach of contract, fraud and accounting irregularities related to the partnership. “(The) claims — across the board — are baseless, without any merit, and not grounded in reality,” states Dean Guitars in a statement.” Abbott started playing Dean Guitars when he was 14 and continued until he was fatally shot onstage in ’04.  2021
New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert undergoes surgery for a cancerous tumor on his spine. “Things went really well,” reports Gilbert. “They were able to remove almost all of it besides a microscopic amount of tumor that was in the bone.” 2022