~ 1979 – “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince was released. It was his first U.S. hit.
~ 1949 – Gene Simmons of Kiss was born
~ 1954 – Elvis Costello was born
~ 1978 – The first Canada Jam Festival in Ontario took place. Canada Jam was a rock music festival concert held at Mosport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada, about 100 kilometres east of Toronto, on August 26, 1978. The festival was produced by Sandy Feldman and Leonard Stogel, who produced California Jam and California Jam II, and was sponsored by Carling O’Keefe. It attracted over 110,000 fans, making it the largest paying rock event in Canadian history at that time. The Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto a.k.a. “SARSfest” featuring the Rolling Stones and AC/DC eclipsed that mark with an audience of 450,000 people on July 30, 2003.
Canada Jam was the second of three major music festivals held at Mosport between 1970 and 1980. The other two were the Woodstock-esque Strawberry Fields Festival held August 7–9, 1970 and the punk and new wave themed, Heatwave Festival held August 23, 1980 (MA note – Roland & I were at Heatwave. Was anyone else reading this there too?)
~ 1965 – Elvis Presley played host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air, CA.
~ 1984 – The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
~ 1958 – Michael Jackson was born AND it’s the day George Harrison joined the band Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also members.
~ 1975 – KC & The Sunshine Band’s ‘Get Down Tonight” hits # 1