Best Stones single ever? Just maybe... -- What happened to Lou Reed when the band dissolved... -- B'day for one of rock's most influential drummers...

The Velvet Underground "Loaded" album cover, Nov. 1970. (Courtesy of Cotillion Records)

8/23/1969 (48 years ago today) - When you look up "game-changer", this is what you find: Today marks the start of four weeks at No. 1 for "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones -- The band's fifth U.S. chart topping single was inspired by Brazilian gauchos (i.e., brave and often unruly skilled horsemen of Portugal and Spain) at the ranch where Mick and Keith were staying in Matao, Sao Paulo. Really! Still one of the best records ever made by anyone anywhere...

8/23/1970 (47 years ago today) - Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground performed together for the very last time at the legendary Max's Kansas City night club in N.Y.C. -- For the next two years, instead of making music, Lou went to work as a typist for his father's publishing outfit for $40 a week...

8/23/1946 - Born on this day, the irreplaceable/original drummer for The Who, the {truly} one and only Keith Moon -- His totally unique style of playing got him posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall Of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen for that honor (John Bonham of Led Zeppelin was the other) -- In 2011, Keith was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone magazine readers poll; when you go back to The Who's "Live At Leeds" it's breath-takingly easy to hear why...

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