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August 1, 1969 - The thre e day Atlantic City Pop Festival opens in New Jersey. It's the first such festival in the Philadelphia-New York area. Over 110,00 come out to hear such artists as Iron Butterfly, CCR, Jefferson Airplane, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Santana, Procul Harem and Joe Cocker perform.

August 2, 1943 - Garth Hudson, organ and sax player for The Band, is born.

August 3, 1968 - The first Newport Pop Festival opens in Costa Mesa to over 100,000 people. Performers include Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher, Tiny Tim, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly, The Grateful Dead and Eric Burdon & the Animals.

August 5, 1947 - Gregory Leskiw of The Guess Who was born.

August 8, 1970 - Thousands of Americans are denied entry into Canada for the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival in Mosport, Ontario. Officials denied the concert goers-t o-be on the grounds that they "failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves." 8,000 Americans made it there.

August 8, 1992 - Metallica singer James Hetfield was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal. At the same show, Guns 'n' Roses lead singer Axl Rose lost his voice and cut short their set. Fans weren't too pleased and rioted.

August 9, 1977 - Bachman-Turner Overdrive disbands. The group who had gold singles "Takin' Care of Business" & "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," calls it quits just as their popularity is beginning to decrease

August 11,1943 - Jim Kale, bass player for The Guess Who was born.

August 12, 1877 - Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.

August 12, 1994 - "Woodstock '94" was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 attended the show, which included mudfights and performances by Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

August 15, 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens for three days on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. Over 400,000 attend, most without tickets, which prompts officials t o say the festival is open and free. Those up on stage include Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Crosby, Still Nash & Young and the Jefferson Airplane among other s. Things that helped make Woodstock a unique event included, but were not limited to, rampant drug use, not enough food, and sanitation, three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

August 24, 1968 - Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" hits #2 on the pop chart.

August 26, 1970 - The Isle of Wight Pop Festival is underway in England. Jimi Hendrix makes his last public appearance. During Joni Mitchell's set, a man jumps on stage, grabs the mic and shouts, "This is just a hippie concentration camp." Mitchell burts into tears. The festival ends August 31.

August 27, 1995 - Neil Young headlines the Redding Festival with Pearl Jam as his backing band.

August 27, 1953 - Alex Lifeson of Rush was born.

August 28, 1971 - The Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs" peaks at #3 on the pop singles chart.

August 28, 1979 - What a year it has been for Neil Young. He has two gold albums: "Decade," an earlier triple album best of set and "Rust Never Sleeps."

August 29, 1976 - At a reunion concert of the original Spirit in Santa Monica, California, Neil Young joins the band on stage during their encore rendition of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone." Bass player Mark Andes requested Young to come up on stage but guitarist Randy California objects to his presence and pushes him away. The song is completed when the misundersta nding is cleared up.

August 29, 1981 - The soundtrack to the film, "Heavy Metal" enters the album charts. The LP features tracks by Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick, Devo and Sammy Hagar.

August 31, 1985 - Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" peaks at #5 on the pop singles chart while Billy Joel's "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" peaks at #9.

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