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On August 31st, in 2007, the founder of New York City’s Punk Rock Club-CBGB OMFUG-Hilly Kristal passed away from lung cancer, he was 75. The acronym is defined as: Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandizers. The club was originally opened to highlight and showcase country music in the Big Apple, but the Punk scene took over.
Bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Blondie, The Ramones and others, were like housebands. Actually, he’s responsible for discovering Patti Smith & the Ramones. The club made the Punk scene and Hip Hop scene merger in the early 70s via Wildstyle Graffiti artist, Fab 5 Freddy’s association with Blondie and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Punk & Hip Hop are definitely of the same vein-rebellion music generated by disenfranchised youth.
On August 31st, in 1984, the UK had to wait to get their dose of the Purple. Prince’s Purple Rain the movie-starring Prince Rogers Nelson hit the UK cinemas. There were late night previews and special screenings. The movie raked in over $80 million. The movie itself is considered a cult classic and showcases a loose biography of the Music scene in Minneapolis, as well as a historical account of Prince’s younger years.
It was aired by popular demand, as the original distributor of the film didn’t see it grossing as much in American revenue as it did. They severely under estimated Prince’s popularity and drawing power. One of the best unsung heroes of the film is Morris Day, along with Jerome, from the Time. They gave Prince the business the whole film and added some refreshing comedic scenes to the more solemn and seriousness of Prince (who in real life had a great sense of humor). Big up to the one and Only Prince who made his mark indelibly on the industry. He's is missed tremendously...
On August 31st, in 1945, the Moondance Man-Van Morrison was born in Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The North Irish musician, singer and songwriter, aside from his most famous cut-Moondance, had over 40 UK & US Pop Chart singles, won six Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame & the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
On the same day in 1945, Bob Welch of Fleetwood Mac was born in Los Angeles, California. He was the bassist, guitarist and vocalist for the group. Fleetwood Mac had a funky and soulful sound, with a post 60s Rock edge. He died in Nashville, Tennessee (Antioch) in 2012. He’d shot himself in the chest. He was 66 years-old.
On August 31st, in 1940, Wilton Lewis Felder-the multi-instrumentalist Saxophonist for the Jazz Crusaders and session musician, was born in Houston, Texas. He attended the Historically Black College University (Texas Southern-Houston) to study music. S.O. to the HBCU's where culture and history is paramount over materialism and economic status. He met Wayne Henderson (trombonist), Joe Sample (pianist) &...
Stix Hooper (drummer) in high school where they formed the group The Jazz Crusaders. They started off as a post-bop Jazz combo based on the Westcoast Jazz scene, and then moved into the Fusion Jazz & Soul music scene, influenced by all gebnres of music. Felder also played bass and sax for many good rock, soul and pop musicians throughout the 70s-90s. He’s most known for his song with Randy Crawford-Street Life.
On August 31st, in 1935 the Black Panther Party’s Eldridge Cleaver was born. He was a sociopolitical activist and writer who penned the critically acclaimed book of essays Soul on Ice. Cleaver became the main spokesperson for the Party when Huey was locked up. Bobby Seale had no qualms with it, as Cleaver was one of the best public speakers around…
He was direct, and honest to a fault-the type of honesty that makes one look at themselves not outside themselves. Insults were backseat riders to true critical insight and self-reflection. After Huey was released, and a lack of proper screening of Black Panther Party members, the two developed a volatile relationship. It came to a head on a TV show interview with Huey in the studio and Cleaver on the phone (he’d moved across the pond to avoid arrest). This was the peak of the rise and downfall of the Party. Cleaver passed away in 1998, he was 62.
Honorable Mentions: On August 31st, in 1957, The All-Female Band called The Go-Go’s-Gina Schock (drummer) was born in Baltimore, Maryland. The band had a few hits during their West Coast run in the 80’s like Our Lips Are Sealed & We Got the Beat. She’s an innovator of the New Wave sound, and turns 61 today!
On August 31st, in 1971-Def Comedy Jam, Stand-up, Rush Hour series and Friday famous comedian-Chris Tucker was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s represented as a comedian for a few decades now, but most people in the world know him as ‘Smokey’ from Friday…‘Dats my dawg!’
On August 31st, in 1991, Metallica’s self-titled LP first hit the Number 1 slot on the US album chart that ended up going on a four-week run at No.1 and it stayed on top of the charts for nearly a month (4 weeks). The LP had all the cuts from Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, and Nothing Else Matters…The LP sold over 10 million copies.
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