Notable events in music history that have happened on August 29th from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.
708: Copper coins in Japan for the first time.
1758: First reservation established for Native American Indians at Indian Mills, New Jersey.
1831: Electromagnetic induction discovered by Michael Faraday.
1885: The first motorcycle (Gottlieb Daimler in Teitwagen, Germany).
1898: The Goodyear tire company is founded.
1916: Swing and jazz guitar great Charlie Christian (“Stompin’ at the Savoy”) born in Staten Island, New York.
1920: Jazz great Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker (“Yardbird Suite”, “All Things that You Are”) born in Kansas City.
1922: The first radio commercial is broadcast (in New York).
1924: Singer and most popular ’50’s female recording artist Dinah Washington (“What a Difference a Day Makes”, “Cry Me a River”) born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
1942: The Velvet Underground’s Sterling Morrison (“I’m Waiting for My Man”, “Sweet Jane”, “Sunday Morning”) born in East Meadow, New York.
1958: George Harrison joins the Quarrymen, with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Stuart Sutcliffe), and on the same day Cliff Richards releases his first single, “Move It.” Also on the same day, Michael Jackson born in Gary, Indiana.
1964: Walt Disney releases “Mary Poppins,” and on the same day Roy Orbison releases “Oh Pretty Woman.”
1966: The Beatles last public concert (at Candlestick Park in San Francisco), and on the same day The Youngbloods record “Get Together.”
1976: Blues great Jimmy Reed (“Big Boss Man”) leaves us.
1982: Rapper A+ (“Enjoy Yourself’, ” Who Stole Hip Hop”) born in Hempstead, New York.
2002: Eminem and Pink win at the 19th MTV Video Awards.
2004: Outkast, Beyonce, Usher and Ludacris win at the 21st MTV Video Awards.
2006: Mississippi rockabilly singer ‘Jumpin’ Gene Simmons (“Haunted House’, “Drinking Wine”) passes on.
2011: Delta bluesman David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards passes on.