From the release of Michael Jackson's seminal Bad to the Fab Four playing their final official public show, the tail end of August and early September brings many milestone musical moments. Keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening August 28 through September 3.


1965 - Bob Dylan performs "Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York.

Bob Dylan

1966 - The Beatles perform their fourth American tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. It turns out to be their final proper public concert.

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

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

1983 - The movie "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" opens in U.S. theaters. David Bowie stars in the flick.

1984 - Pushing more than one million ticket sales in just two months, the Jacksons' reunion tour, "Victory," is deemed the most successful concert tour of all time.

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

1993 - Billy Joel serves as the debut musical guest on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman" when the show kicks off.

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

2009 - Oasis breaks up, and brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher go their separate ways.


Danny Seraphine, (original drummer for Chicago), 1948

Wayne Osmond, (The Osmonds), August 28, 1951

Shania Twain, August 28, 1965

LeAnn Rimes, August 28, 1982

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

Michael Jackson

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


Guy Stevens (music producer/manager), August 28, 1981

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, August 28, 2009

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, Goats Head Soup, 1974

Styx, Pieces of Eight, 1978


George Strait, Strait Country, 1981

Michael Jackson, Bad, 1987

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

Oasis, Definitely Maybe, 1994