>This week in 1964 The Animals' House of the Rising Sun hit
>the top of the pops. The leader of this early British Invasion band,
>Eric Burdon, went on to form War which had huge hits with "Spill The
>Wine," "Why Can't We Be Friends," and "The Cisco Kid." A big part of
>the band's distinctive sound lay in the approach of harp player Lee
>Oskar using his "Mississippi Saxophone" something like a keyboard to
>achieve a dense chord-rich sound.
> This week in 1982 Apple Computer-backed US Festival in San
>Bernardino, California, drew 400,000 people to see Tom Petty,
>Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, The Grateful Dead, The Police, The
>Cars, Santana, Talking Heads, and Eddie Money. Despite the huge
>turnout which produced a $10 million gate, the festival hemorrhaged
>red ink...Singer Annie Lennox put on a free concert in NYC's Central
>Park this week in 1995. She stuck around the Big Apple after the gig
>to sing "Something So Right" with Paul Simon at the Childrens Health
>Fund benefit concert. She'd previously cut the tune on her album
>"Medusa"...Also this week in '95 the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame
>opened its doors in Cleveland...In 1999 Cheap Trick played a date in
>Rockford Illinois celebrating their 25th year.
> Musician's Friend is excited and proud to welcome Waldorf
>Electronics. They've been a major player in the synthesizer arena
>since the late '80s when their MicroWave made big ripples on the
>music scene in Europe. Since then they've gone on to a series of
>triumphs introducing a succession of heavy-hitting synths like the
>PPG Wavecomputer and Wave Dream Machine. Today the Waldorf line of
>rack and keyboard synthesizers are counted among the most innovative
>and robust electronic musical devices on the scene today.
>NOTABLE MUSIC BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
>August 31: Van Morrison (1945)
>September 1: Conway Twitty (1933), The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb (1946),
>Gloria Estefan (1957).
>September 2: '50s teen idol Jimmy Clanton (1940), Toto's Steve Pocaro
>September 3: Beachboy Al Jardine (1942), Don Brewer of Grand Funk
>September 4: Danny Gatton (1945)
>September 5: John Stewart (1939), Al Stewart (1945), Queen's Freddie
>Mercury (1946), and Buddy Miles (1946)
>September 6: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd (1944)
>and Notable Departures...
>September 3: Songwriter ("Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and
>countless Tin Pan Alley tunes) Johnny Marks died in 1985.
>September 4: C&W chanteuse Dottie West died in a 1990 car wreck.
>September 6: Tom Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival succumbed
>to respiratory illness in 1990.