AUGUST 1, 1969 FRIDAY
Johnny Cash attends
the second night of Elvis Presley's month-long return to performing at Las Vegas' International Hotel.
Marty Robbins suffers chest pains on the
road to Greenville, Ohio. Doctors discover three of the four arteries to his heart are blocked.
AUGUST 2, 1969 SATURDAY
Merle Haggard, Merrilee Rush and O.C. Smith join Johnny Cash on his ABC-TV series ''The Johnny Cash Show''. Cash performs ''Sing Me Back Home''
with Haggard and sings ''Long Legged Guitar Pickin' Home'' with wife June Carter Cash.
''You Ain't Going Nowhere'' songwriter Bob Dylan attends
his 10-year high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota. He leaves early, however, after a drunken guest tries to start a fight with him.
3, 1969 SUNDAY
Elvis Presley's performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas is witnessed by some significant fans in the audience,
The Beach Boys.
Merle Haggard makes his second appearance on CBS-TV's ''Hee Haw'' with wife and duet partner Bonnie Owens.
AUGUST 1-3, 1969 FRIDAY-SUNDAY
The Atlantic City Pop Festival was the first major festival in
the New York/Philadelphia area. Held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, it occurred only two weeks before Woodstock and featured many of the same artists like Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, and Canned Head.
AUGUST 4, 1969 MONDAY
The Everly Brothers pop up on the CBS summer replacement series ;;Carol Burnett Presents The Jimmy Rodgers Show''. In the
episode, Rodgers sings ''Without A Song'' and regular cast member Vicki Lawrence does ''Son Of A Preacher Man''.
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded ''She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye'' at the Monument Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jeannie C. Riley appears on the TV game show ''Hollywood Squares'' with Paul Lynde, Wally Cox and Harvey Korman.
AUGUST 5, 1969 TUESDAY
Charley Pride recorded ''(I'm So) Afraid Of Losing You Again''.
AUGUST 9, 1969 SATURDAY
Sharon Tate and four others, including Jay Sebring, are sadistically murdered in Los Angeles. Charles Manson and several others are later convicted for the crime. Sebring had introduced
Elvis Presley to his barber and spiritual adviser, Larry Geller.
On ABC-TV's ''The Johnny cash Show'' Cash sings ''(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)'' with Pat Boone and does ''The Last Thing On My Mind'' with Diana Trask. Cash also joins series regulars The Carter Family for ''Worried Man Blues''.
AUGUST 9-10, 1969
Charles Manson and his ''family'' murder
seven people, including actress Sharon Tate .
AUGUST 10, 1969 SUNDAY
Stones' Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg have a son, Marlon Richards.
Loretta Lynn performs ''Wine Women And Song'' and ''You Ain't Woman Enough'' on CBS's ''Hee Haw''. Waylon Jennings also guests with regulars Buck Owens, Junior Samples, Stringbean, Archie Campbell and Roy Clark, who does ''White Lightning''.
AUGUST 12, 1969 TUESDAY
''Johnny Cash At San Quentin'' becomes Johnny Cash's second live prison album certified gold by the Recording
Industry Association of America.
AUGUST 14, 1969 THURSDAY
Johnny Cash scores a gold singe for ''A Boy Named Sue''.
AUGUST 15, 1969 FRIDAY
Tim Hardin sings ''It I Were A Carpenter'' on the opening night of the Woodstock rock festival in Bethel,
New York. The first evening's performers also include Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Ravi Shankar. The festival will be referenced in The Bellamy Brothers' 1985 single ''Old Hippie''.
AUGUST 15-17, 1969 FRIDAY-SUNDAY
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair did not take place in Woodstock at all; instead, it was held on dairy farmer Max Yasgur's nearby property, on White Lake in the town of
Bethel, New York. The counter-culture's crowning event - afterward, they would be dubbed the ''Woodstock Nation - Woodstock drew about 400,000 people over the course of three days. Despite drenching rainstorms, massive traffic jams, and a crowd that
was vastly larger than anticipated, the gathering was mostly peaceful. An area police chief called the audience the ''most courteous, considerate, and well-behaved group of kids'' he had ever dealt with. A reporter for Life magazine wrote, ''Many minds seized
upon the metaphor of religion that day: the people were the seekers, the rock stars their prophets, and drugs pretty nearly their staff of life''. The festival highlights have been well-documented, both on record and on film: Jimi Hendrix playing ''The Star-Spangled
Banner'', Joe Cocker singing ''With A Little Help From My Friends'', Country Joe McDonald leading the crowd in ''The Fish Cheer'', Sly and the Family Stone doing ''I Wants To Take You Higher'', the Who performing songs from ''Tommy'', Santana playing ''Soul
Sacrifice''. The success of Woodstock proved to be a double-edged sword: on the one hand, it was a show of solidarity for the hundreds of thousands of kids who had embraced the values and life-style of a new generation; on the other hand, it opened Madison
Avenue's eyes to a potential new marked and, soon, many of the ideals would be exploited by big business, which began to market products like Screaming Yellow Zonkers, a snack food packaged in a psychedelic box.
AUGUST 16, 1969 SATURDAY
Creedence Clearwater Revival, including future Southern Pacific bass player Stu Cook, performs at the landmark Woodstock rock festival in Bethel,
New York. The day's lineup also includes Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead.
ABC-TV's ''The Johnny Cash Show'' features O.C. Smith Jr. and folk singer Melanie, who teams with Cash on ''Silver Threads And Golden Needles''. Also aboard regulars Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers and The Carter Family.
Bobby Bare joins Dick Clark on TV's ''American Bandstand''.
Merle Haggard's blue-collar anthem ''Workin' Man Blues'' goes to number 1 on the
Billboard country singles chart.
AUGUST 17, 1969 SUNDAY
Roy Acuff begins his third tour of South Vietnam with the USO.
The Band performs ''The Weight'' and the country classic ''The
Long Black Veil'' on the third day of the Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York. Other acts on the bill include Joe Cocker, The Who and Jefferson Airplane.
Jerry Lee Lewis performs ''What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)'' and Conway Twitty contributes ''I Love You More Today'' on CBS-TV's ''Hee
Haw'' with Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Stringbean, Junior Samples, Lulu Roman, Gordie Tapp and Grandpa Jones.
AUGUST 18, 1969 MONDAY
Oldies group Sha Na Na, including Henry Gross, serves up Elvis Presley's ''Jailhouse Rock'' during the final moments of Woodstock. The morning's performers also include Blood Sweet and Tears, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and Jimi Hendrix.
Decca Records released Conway Twitty's ''To See My Angel Cry''.
AUGUST 19, 1969 TUESDAY
Cley Walker is born in Beaumont, Texas. A dynamic live act with a growl he uses judiciously, Walker nets
more than 10 years of hits, including ''What's It To You'', ''Who Needs You Baby'', ''The Chain Of Love'' and ''She Won't Be Lonely Long''.
Buck Owens recorded ''Big In Vegas'' at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California.
R.B. Greaves recorded the pop hit ''Take A Letter Maria'' at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. Anthony Armstrong Jones will score a country hit with a
cover of the song the following year.
AUGUST 20, 1969 WEDNESDAY
Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded ''If I Were A Carpenter''
in Nashville at the Columbia Recording Studios. Cash also cuts ''See Ruby Fall''.
Bobby Goldsboro sings ''Little Green Apples'' on a Hawaii-based episode of NBC's ''The Kraft Music Hall''. Host Don Ho contributes ''Gentle On My Mind'' and ''My Way''.
AUGUST 21, 1969 THURSDAY
London released The Rolling Stones' ''Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2)''. The album includes ''Honky Tonk Women'', judged in a Country Music
Foundation publication among country's 500 greatest singles.
22, 1969 FRIDAY
Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded
together for the last time, five months after they broke up the duo.
Colonel To Parker fires off a note to Elvis Presley that his jokes on stage in Las Vegas are becoming too risque.
AUGUST 23, 1969 SATURDAY
Billboard declares rhythm and blues officially dead by renaming its chart for that market "Best-Selling Soul Singles." Ironically,
there was every sign that the new euphemism for "black"--which had been widely used during most of the 1960s would soon be musically outdated,
and its successor defied prophesy.
Bass player Ira dean
is born in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joins Trick Pony, a band that nebs two hits from its 2001 debut album, winning an American Music Award before the trio breaks up in 2008. He also co-writes Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single ''One In Every Crowd''.
Upright bass player Barry Bales is born in Kingsport, Tennessee.
He becomes a member of Alison Krauss' bluegrass band, Union Station, performing on ''When You Say Nothing At All'' and The Soggy Bottom Boys' ''I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow''.
Lulu guests on ''The Johnny Cash Show'' singing ''Games People Play'' with the ABC host. Guests also include Chet Atkins and John Hartford, while
Cash taps regulars The Statler Brothers for a romp on ''Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms''.
Johnny Cash climbs to number 1 on the Billboard country chart with ''A Boy Named Sue''.
Wendy Steiner marries Ken Waldman. She uses her new name, Wendy Waldman, as she becomes a noteworthy producer and songwriter, penning The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's ''Fishin' In The Dark''.
AUGUST 24, 1969 SUNDAY
Merle Haggard performs ''Hungry Eyes'' on CBS' weekly broadcast of ''Hee Haw'', hosted by fellow Bakersfield figure Buck
Owens and Roy Clark. Bonnie Owens also has a guest slot.
25, 1969 MONDAY
Decca released Warner Mack's ''I'll Still
Be Missing You''.
Jimmie Rodgers performs his hit ''Oh-Oh,
I'm Falling In Love Again'' and ''Honeycomb'' on CBS-TV's ''Carol Burnett Presents The Jimmie Rodgers Show''. The program also features ''Honey'' songwriter Bobby Russell, whose wife Vicki Lawrence is a regular.
AUGUST 26, 1969 TUESDAY
Charley Pride recorded ''Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone''.
RCA Victor released Elvis Presley's ''Suspicious Minds''. The songs is written and first recorded by American songwriter Mark James. After
James' recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a number one song in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of Presley's career. "Suspicious Minds" was widely regarded as the single that returned
Presley's career success, following his '68 Comeback Special. It was his eighteenth and last number 1 single in the United States. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it number 91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All-time. Session guitarist Reggie Young played on both the James and Presley versions.
The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it. Written in 1968 by Mark James, who
was also co-writer of "Always On My Mind" (which Presley would later record), the song was first recorded and released by James on Scepter Records in 1968. Chips Moman had asked James to come to Memphis to write songs for American Sound Studio. At
the time, James was residing in Houston. James had written three songs that became number one hits in the Southern United States. American Sound Studio was gaining a reputation in the industry as the Box Tops had just recorded "The Letter" there so James
relocated to Memphis.
James said that late one night, he was fooling around on his Fender guitar and using his Hammond organ pedals for a bass line and came
up with what he thought was a catchy melody. James at the time was married to his first wife, but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, who was married back in Houston. James's wife had suspicions of his feelings. James felt it was a confusing time
for him and that all three were caught in this trap that they could not walk out of. At the recording session, James sang the lead vocals, and the studio band backed him with Moman producing. The horns, strings and vocals of the Holladay Sisters were later
overdubbed. After the tape was mixed, James and Moman flew to New York, where James's manager had contacts with Scepter Records. The label loved the song and put it out, but Scepter did not have the money to promote new artists, and the song did not make the
Later that year, Don Cruise, Moman's partner, told James that Presley had booked their studio to record what would become the ''From Elvis In Memphis'' album. Cruise kept asking James
if he had any songs that would be right for Presley. James felt Presley needed a mature rock 'n' roll song to bring him back as Tom Jones was a hot artist at the time. Cruise and James thought of "Suspicious Minds" and James began urging others to get Presley
to hear it. Even though James's recording had not been commercially successful, upon reviewing the song Presley decided he could turn it into a hit.
"Suspicious Minds" was a product of a January 23, 1969 session, that took place between 4 am and 7 am. It took eight takes to produce the final song, in which the lead vocal track was later overdubbed by Presley himself that same
night. James was in Memphis, but he was not at the recording session. James had walked into the recording studio control room a few days earlier during a session and sensed that Elvis was uncomfortable with his presence.
James did not want to jinx the song so he stayed away. When James heard the track the day after it was recorded, he initially thought it sounded too slow. When he later heard the embellished version, he said he was blown away. In later years, whenever Elvis
saw James he would cross the room to say hello.
Production of the song was nearly scuttled over a copyright dispute. Elvis's business people said they wanted half of Moman's publishing rights.
Moman accused them of stealing, and Elvis' people threatened to halt the recording session. Harry Jenkins of RCA agreed with Elvis's people because he sensed that the song would be a big hit and there would be plenty to go around. The songs "I'll
Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)", "Without Love (There Is Nothing)", and "I'll Be There" were recorded in the same session. On August 7, the song was again overdubbed to stereo and mono in Las Vegas, where the final master was produced. The
song is noted for its change of time signature, in the bridge section, from 4/4 to a slower 6/8 and back again to the faster 4/4 rhythm. The instrumental arrangement uses an electric guitar, bass guitar, organ, strings, trumpets, trombones, and drums.
Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before fading back in. The first verse then continues
repeatedly until it completely fades out. In a 2012 interview with Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal, Moman disclosed that Jarvis was never happy with Elvis recording at American Sound Studio, saying "it was a control thing." Moman added, "So when
Jarvis took the tape of 'Suspicious Minds,' he added this crazy 15-second fade toward the end, like the song was ending, and brought it back by overdubbing to extend it. I have no idea why he did that, but he messed it up. It was like a scar. None of which
mattered. Soon after the song was released, Elvis was back on top of the charts."
Future Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux sang backing vocals on the track. The song was later included on the Sony legacy edition of "From Elvis In Memphis" and the follow that dream reissue of ''Back In Memphis''.
first performed the song at the Las Vegas International Hotel (later renamed the Hilton) on July 31, 1969, and the 45 rpm single was released 26 days later. It reached number one in the United States in the week of November 1 and stayed there for
that week. It would be Presley's final number-one single in the U.S. before his death ("The Wonder Of You" in 1970, "Way Down" in 1977 and a posthumous remixed release of "A Little Less Conversation" in 2002 all hit number one on the British charts, followed
by re-issues of several previous chart toppers in 2005).
26, 1969 TUESDAY
Rolling Stones' ''Honky Tonk Women'' is certified gold. In 2003, the release is listed among country's 500 greatest all-time singles in ''Heartaches By The Number'', a book published by the Country Music Foundation.
AUGUST 27, 1969 WEDNESDAY
Jason Brown is born in Athens, Georgia. Using the stage name Colt Ford, he combines hip-hop based raps with country instrumentation, landing
a number 1 country album in 2012 with ''Declaration Of Independence'' and a 2011 hit as a songwriter on Jason Aldean's ''Dirt Road Anthem''.
AUGUST 28, 1969 THURSDAY
''I Feel Fine'' co-writer Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda have a daughter, Mary McCartney, in London, England. The youngster grows up to be a fashion designer.
AUGUST 29, 1969 FRIDAY
Elvis and Priscilla Presley are in attendance for Nancy Sinatra's performance at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
AUGUST 30, 1969 SATURDAY
Roger Miller and folk singer Odetta dot the ABC-TV lineup as gusts on ''The Johnny Cash Show''. Cash joins Miller for ''King Of The Road'' and
closes the show with The Carter Family and The Statler Brothers, singing ''How Great Thou Art''.
Johnny Cash appears on the cover of TV Guide.
Isle of Wight Festival attracted an audience of approximately 150,000 to watch 26 performers including Bob Dylan, The Who, Blonde On Blonde, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues and Free at Wootton, Isle Of Wight, England.
AUGUST 31, 1969 SUNDAY
Bob Dylan performs the second day at the Isle of Wight Festival in the United Kingdom, his first concert appearance since a motorcycle accident
three years prior. During his recuperation, he wrote the 1989 country hit ''You Ain't Nowhere''.
''Gloom, despair and agony on me...'', Sonny James sings ''I'll Never Find Another You'' and Tammy Wynette offers ''Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad'' on the CBS series ''Hee Haw'', hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark.