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Posted on August 26, 2013 | Tags:

08.26: This day in 1964 saw the first #1 hit by The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go," top the charts and declare the Motown supremacy of Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson.

08.27: On this day in 1965, The Beatles met Elvis Presley for the first and only time at his home in Bel Aire. Rumors abound about the meeting, with some saying The King felt threatened by The Fab Four's ascendency, while others, who claimed to be there that night, say everyone had a good ol' time, jamming some tunes, shooting some stick, and just hanging out. We can see how The Beatles, having grown up on Elvis, would've been stoked to hang out with their idol, while Elvis may have been a bit threatened by the youngsters domination of the charts and the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Elvis shouldn't have worried, though, as he was just three years away from his '68 Comeback Special, which would revitalize his mojo and carry him forward until his death.

08.27: On this day in 1990, guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash. He was 35. Yeah, that sucked. That was a dark day for us. Stevie had been through so much, had climbed out of addiction and back into life, had embraced his music as never before and truly enjoyed performing again. It had been so long since he'd had that feeling. Then, after a show in Wisconsin, just a minute after take-off, he was gone. The helicopter in which he was riding slammed into a nearby hill, the pilot unfamiliar with the terrain and unable to see in that night's heavy fog. Truly one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, check out the Live From Austin DVD if you don't believe us. Amazing.

Posted on August 19, 2013 | Tags:

08.19: Led Zeppelin released their last album of original material, In Through The Out Door, on this day in 1979. Though not exactly a return to their earlier oeuvre, the album did contain some shining moments, such as "South Bound Suarez" and "All My Love."  A year later, drummer John Bonham died after a day of heavy-drinking, and Led Zeppelin disbanded a short time later. Unlike a lot of bands who lose a founding member, Led Zeppelin realized, for reasons both personal and professional, that they did not want to go on as a band. There's always talk of another reunion tour, as they've done intermittently since the group's disbandment, but we'll believe it when we see it. We're just happy for the music they created and left for our hungry ears to devour. Rock on, fellas. Rock on.

08.20: They found a new drug, as Huey Lewis and the News get their first #1 hit with "The Power of Love," from the Back To The Future soundtrack. We know, we know, it's hard to believe that they didn't have a #1 previous to Michael J. Fox's intervention and influence and Huey's star-making turn/cameo in said flick, but it's true.

08.20: Good times, not bad times, came the way of Robert Plant's family on this day in 1948, as the future singer of one of the best-selling rock bands of all time was born. If you said Bob was lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, then you do not get a cookie, do not pass go, and go straight to jail. If you said he helped lead Led Zeppelin to the top of the rock world, then you're a winner, winner chicken dinner.

Posted on August 15, 2013 | Tags:

We are delighted to inform our customers of a major legal victory our company has achieved today after a legal battle over the last five years. The Supreme Court of Germany has found today that an unauthorized restaurant operating in Heidelberg, Germany under the identical name and logo Hard Rock Cafe violates our companies' well-known trademarks and is also contrary to German unfair competition law when selling merchandise products under the same name and logo. Heidelberg cafe has also been found to be liable to pay damages to our company, the amount of which still needs to be determined. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has referred the case back to the prior instance court in Karlsruhe to decide whether the use of the Hard Rock Cafe logo in connection with the operation of the restaurant establishment in Heidelberg also violates German unfair competition claims. The Supreme Court has stated that in any event the Heidelberg restaurant needs to use clarifications such as disclaiming language making sure that the customers realize that the Heidelberg restaurant is not part of original well-known Hard Rock Café group, either as a company owned-restaurant or franchised location.

Posted on August 12, 2013 | Tags:

08.12: On this day way back in 1877, the first sound recording ever is made by Thomas Edison. What was that first recording? It was Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” Little did he know, at the time, the power of recorded sound and the directions it would take popular culture. Or that his version of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" would become a #1 worldwide smash, knocking Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" off the top of the charts and remaining there for a staggering ten weeks!

08.12: On this day in 1994, Woodstock ‘94, the 25th anniversary of the first Woodstock festival, was held in upstate New York. 350,000 attended the concert which featured Green Day, Aerosmith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others for three days of music, fun, and good vibes, proving that lighting can strike twice. However, the 30th anniversary concert, Woodstock '99, with its riot- and violence-filled denouement, would prove to be more like the infamous Altamont Free Concert (look it up), which effectively ended the bright-eyed, love-in that was the late '60s. Now, Woodstock '99 didn't effectively end anything, but it did prove that, sometimes, some things are better left in the past.

08.14: On this day in 1941, David Crosby was born. He’s best known as the founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash, two influential and huge American ‘60s folk bands. In 2000, it was revealed that Crosby was the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner’s two children, further catapaulting his legend. The man's been through a helluva lot in his life, both good and bad. Drug problems, a severe motorcycle accident, money problems, the loss of his house to foreclosure problems, and a liver transplant didn't end him. He still managed to tour, meet a child (now an adult) he never knew about, make music, and drop off a donation at the sperm bank for Melissa Etheridge and her then partner. Not much, it seems, slows him down. What a guy.

Posted on August 08, 2013 | Tags:

Hard Rock Cafe Launches Targeted Video System
Showcasing New Releases From Established and Emerging Artists 

Orlando, Fla., August 8, 2013 – Hard Rock International has recruited Republic Records recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, as the brand’s first ever featured video Artist of the Month.  The announcement marks the debut of the brand’s Artist of the Month program, providing artists with a new medium to share their latest video releases. Throughout the month of August, the video for Mayer Hawthorne’s most recent single, “Her Favorite Song,” will be highlighted on Hard Rock’s in-cafe video system.

"As a kid I used to go to Hard Rock Cafe and marvel at all the instruments and stage outfits,” said Mayer Hawthorne. “I'm honored and humbled to be the first ever Artist of the Month. I've always been about moving the music forward and I love being the first to do something new."

Posted on August 05, 2013 | Tags:

08.05: American Bandstand debuted on national television on this day in 1957, with new host Dick Clark . Before that, it was merely called Bandstand and was just a local show in Philly hosted by one Bob Horn, who’d been dismissed due to a drunken driving arrest. Dick Clark hosted from 1957 until the show's cancellation in 1989. Not bad, Dick, not bad at all.

08.06: Guns N’ Roses debut album, Appetite for Destruction hit #1 in on this day in 1988. Already on the charts for the previous 57 weeks, the album’s slow burn to the top in no way diminished its success, as it has since sold 27 million+ copies worldwide. Good thing Axl's still got Appetite bringin' in some bucks, in the wake of "G-N-R's" last album. We won't name that last album because, frankly, we want to forget it, we want to remember the real Guns N' Roses. We want to remember the first time we heard "Welcome To The Jungle" and knew that it was some whole next level stuff. Man, what a great album! Too bad that initial lineup burned out after only two proper albums. Yeah, Use Your Illusion (both of 'em) has some great moments, but stand it next to Appetite and you got nothing.

08.06: Rick James, super freak extraordinaire, died of a heart attack on this day in 2004. Did you know? Rick James and Neil Young were once in the same band in the mid-'60s. For real. Read that again. The man who brought us "Super Freak" and the man who brought us "The Needle And The Damage Done" both played together in an Ontario R&B band called Mynah Birds. What's even weirder is that Mynah Birds, which never released an album, also included in its lineup, at one time or another, future members of Steppenwolf ("Magic Carpet Ride") and Buffalo Springfield (of which Neil was also a member). It's just weird.

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