Notable events in music history that have happened on August 30th from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.
1800: Gabriel Prosser postpones a planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia, but is arrested before he can make it happen.
1836: Houston, Texas founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.
1919: Country and Grand Ole Opry mainstay singer Kitty Wells (“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”) born in Nashville.
1930: Music entrepreneur Ernie Ball born in Santa Monica.
1935: Mamas & Papas founder, singer and songwriter John Phillips (“California Dreaming”) born in Parris Island, South Carolina.
1936: Blues great Buddy Guy (“Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues”, “When My Left Eye Jumps”) born in Leftsworth, Louisiana.
1967: Thurgood Marshall becomes first African American to be on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1968: First record released on Apple Records (“Hey Jude”).
1969: 100,000 plus attend the Texas International Pop Festival.
1971: The Beach Boys release “Surf’s Up.”
1978: Rapper producer Swizz Beatz (“On to the Next One”) born in New York City (he and Alicia Keys are married).
1988: Julianne Philips files for divorce from Bruce Springsteen.
1993: Billy Joel is first music guest on David Letterman’s new show after his move to CBS.
2015: Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards (many are still holding their breath).
2016: The Go-Go’s play their last show (at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles).