From the birth of pop great Michael Jackson to the Beatles playing their final official public show, the end of August and beginning of September offer many cornerstone musical moments. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening August 29 through September 4. Rock it!


1942 - Frank Sinatra began his career as a solo singer.

Frank Sinatra

1958 - George Harrison became part of the group Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also in the band.

1964 - The Animals performed for the first time in the U.S. in Brooklyn, New York, at the Paramount Theater.

1966 - The Beatles played their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. It ended up being their final proper public concert.

1974 – The final episode of "The Partridge Family" television show aired.

1977 - Blondie inked their first major record company contract with Chrysalis.

1979 - INXS performed for the first time in Sydney, Australia.

1983 - The movie "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" opened in U.S. theaters. David Bowie starred in the film.

1986 – What was once the "American Bandstand" studio was positioned on the National Register of Historic Places.

1991 - Dottie West was in a car accident while on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. She passed away five days later.

1993 - Billy Joel was the debut musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the show started.

1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum ribbon cutting ceremony took place in Cleveland, Ohio.


Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 29, 1942

Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat & Tears), August 29, 1943

Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult), August 29, 1953

Michael Jackson, August 29, 1958

Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty), August 29, 1975

David Desrosiers (Simple Plan), August 29, 1980

“Papa” John Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas), August 30, 1935

Micky Moody (Whitesnake), August 30, 1950

Van Morrison, August 31, 1945

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions), August 31, 1948

Gina Schock (The Go-Go's), August 31, 1957

Jeff Russo (of Tonic), August 31, 1969

Debbie Gibson, August 31, 1970

Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), September 1, 1946

Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), September 1, 1946

Gloria Estefan, September 1, 1957

Rosalind Ashford (Martha and the Vandellas), September 2, 1943

Billy Preston, September 2, 1946

Mik Kaminski (Electric Light Orchestra), September 2, 1951

Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red), September 2, 1956

Steve Porcaro (Toto), September 2, 1957

Freddie King, September 3, 1934

Al Jardine (The Beach Boys), September 3, 1942

George Biondo (Steppenwolf), September 3, 1945

Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), September 3, 1947

Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad), September 3, 1948

Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols), September 3, 1955

Perry Bamonte (The Cure), September 3, 1960

Gene Parsons (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers), September 4, 1944

Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), September 4, 1952

Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), September 4, 1960

Beyoncé Knowles, September 4, 1982


Thomas "Papa Dee" Allen (War), August 30 1988

Sterling Morrison (The Velvet Underground), August 30, 1995

Jerry Reed, September 1, 2008

Alan Wilson (Canned Heat), September 3, 1970

Major Lance, September 3, 1994


Roy Orbison, Oh, Pretty Woman, 1964

Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965

The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, 1968

The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, 1970

The Rolling Stones, Goat's Head Soup, 1974

Rolling Stones

Styx, Pieces of Eight, 1978


George Strait, Strait Country, 1981

Michael Jackson, Bad, 1987

Michael Jackson

Alabama, I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why), 1992

Oasis, Definitely Maybe, 1994