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CDJ Today: August 30 in Classic Rock

Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan released Highway 61 Revisitied this day in 1965.

August 30, 1965Bob Dylan releases his sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited. It is Dylan’s first mostly electric album, and receives much critical acclaim and platinum status.

August 30, 1969 – The second Isle Of Wight Festival takes place in front of 150,000 people over a 3-day period. Acts include Bob Dylan, The Band, Joe Cocker, Free, The Moody Blues and The Who.

August 30, 1993 – Billy Joel is the first musical guest on the premiere of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.  He plays the song “No Man’s Land.”

August 30, 1969 – The Texas International Pop Festival takes place in Lewiston, TX featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Nazz, Spirit, B.B. King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attend the 3-day festival.

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Classic Rock Birthdays

August 30, 1935 – John Phillips, guitar, vocals (The Mamas & the Papas) (d. 2001)
August 30, 1950 – Micky Moody, guitar (Whitesnake)

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Rock Remembrances

August 30, 1988 – Thomas “Papa Dee” Allen, percussionist for War, collapses onstage during a performance in Vallejo, California. He later dies of a brain aneurysm. He was 57.

August 30, 1995 – Sterling Morrison (born Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr.), a founder and guitarist of the Velvet Underground, dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at his home in New York City. He was 53. The guitarist left the group in August 1971 and re-joined in 1992 for a European tour. During the 80’s he became a tugboat captain in Houston.

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