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Today In Pop Music: August 28 – Elvis Presley ‘s Death Threat In Las Vegas

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AUGUST 28 BIRTHDAYS

1939 – Clem Cattini (The Tornadoes – drums – ‘Telstar’)

1943 – Ann Lantree – (The Honeycombs – drums – ‘Have I The Right’)

1943 – David Soul – (‘Don’t Give Up On Us’)

1948 – Danny Seraphine (Chicago – drums)

1951 – Wayne Osmond – The Osmonds – guitar – ‘One Bad Apple’, ‘Down by the Lazy River’, Love Me For A Reason’)

ON THIS DAY

1964 – After playing a show in New York, The Beatles met Bob Dylan.  Immediate repercussions of the introductions can be beard musicall on the ‘Rubber Soul’ album

1968 – The Beatles begin work on “Dear Prudence” which would eventually be included on the “White” album.  John Lennon played bass, George Harrison guitar, and Paul McCartney drums as Ringo had quit the group 6 days earlier. (to no one’s surprise, he eventually came back)

1984 – The Jacksons’ “Victory” tour broke the record for ticket sales after they surpassed the 1.1 million mark in just two months.  Their current single ‘State of Shock’ had just peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 a week earlier.

1970 – During a four week engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, a security guard received a phone call in which he was told Elvis Presley would be shot during his last show.  The person demanded $50,000 to reveal the name of the shooter.  Later in the day,a menu was found in Elvis’ mail at the hotel on which Elvis’ face was destroyed and a gun had been drawn pointing to his heart.  The show went on that night without incident, but no one on stage took a breathe until the last song had been sung and everyone was off stage.

The caller was never found.

Here’s Elvis from a show earlier that month.

And here’s one of the greatest instrumentals of all time that featured one of today’s birthday babies.

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