This Week In Classic Hits History (8/1-5)
This week, George sets the table for 'Live Aid', Wings and Aerosmith take flight.
August 1, 1971:
The Concert for Bangladesh ,the brainchild of George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Sq Garden. The show featured Bob Dylan, Ringo, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
August 2, 1976:
Peter "Puddy" Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the 'The Dark Side of the Moon' album.
August 3, 1971:
Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine.
August 4, 1975:
Robert Plant and his wife were both badly injured when the car he was driving spun off the road and crashed on the Greek island of Rhodes. Plant smashed both his ankle and his elbow, and took two years to recover.
August 5, 1972:
Aerosmith signed to CBS Records for $125,000 after boss Clive Davis saw them play at Max's Kansas City Club New York