Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: August 31 in Classic Rock History

In 1985, Dire Straits began a nine-week run at #1 in the U.S. with their “Brothers in Arms” album. What soundtrack album finally knocked it off the top in November?


ANSWER: “Miami Vice.”


What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 31, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • Happy Birthday to Van Morrison.
  • 1969: This day marked the beginning of the 2nd annual Isle of Wight Festival in England which included the performances of Bob Dylan, The Band, The Moody Blues, and The Who.
  • 1976: A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the melody from The Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” when composing his own single “My Sweet Lord.”
  • 1986: Aerosmith played Sullivan Stadium on this day in 1986 on their “Back in the Saddle Tour”.
  • 1989: The Rolling Stones opened their 1st concert tour in 8 years before 50,000 fans in Philadelphia.
  • 1990: At the memorial service for Stevie Ray Vaughan, who had died in a helicopter crash four days earlier, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt sang “Amazing Grace.”
  • In the WZLX ticket stash: Yes played the Boston Garden for a second night in 1978, in 1986 Aerosmith was at Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro and the Black Crowes rocked the Orpheum in ‘92.
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