Lennon's given a warning -- Yet another Festival we wish we had been at -- Elton's pseudonym...

Before their record contract; Liverpool, 1962. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

8/7/1957 (60 years ago today) - Before they were even The Silver Beatles, they were The Quarry Men, and on this date they played Liverpool's Cavern Club, minus Paul McCartney (who was away at Boy Scout summer camp!) -- The Cavern was still primarily a jazz venue, and though the current skiffle craze was tolerated in small doses, when John Lennon decided to launch into "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes", the club owner sent an angry note to the stage: "Cut out the bloody rock!" -- From tiny acorns, big trees grow, well, some kinda cliche-nonsense applies here...

8/7/1970 (47 years ago today) - How come we haven't heard of this one before?: The three-day Goose Lake International Music Festival gets underway in Leoni, Michigan -- Admission price: $15.00 (for all three days!), and attendees were provided with free parking, free campsites and free firewood; the promoters were expecting 60,000, but ended up instead with over 200,000 fans! Classic/definitive early '70's line-up, too: Faces (with Rod Stewart), Jethro Tull, Chicago, Ten Years After, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Mountain, John Sebastian and The James Gang (with Joe Walsh) -- Notable nearby Detroit bands were featured as well, including such local heroes as Bob Seger, The Stooges (with Iggy Pop), Mitch Ryder, MC5 and Brownsville Station-- The event was considered (overall) a peaceful success, very few arrests, no casualties, and a kinda-hip-for-the-time police force that pretty much left the kids alone, even with a lot of nudity and out-in-the-open drug sales! A splendid time for everybody then...

8/7/1976 (41 years ago today) - It was Elton John's sixth No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart, even though it was a duet (and he got second-billing): Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was also written by Elton and longtime collaborator/lyricist Bernie Taupin, but you gotta wonder how proud they were of this one -- The record label credited "Ann Orson" and "Cart Blanche" as the songwriting team responsible for this piffy little ditty...

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