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
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 SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Charles Manson and his ''family'' murder seven people, including actress Sharon Tate .
AUGUST 10, 1969 SUNDAY
The Rolling 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
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''.
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.
AUGUST 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
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.
AUGUST 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
Pride recorded ''Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone''.
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
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.
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 charts.
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.
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''.
Presley 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).
AUGUST 26, 1969 TUESDAY
The 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.
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
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.