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Bachman-Turner Overdrive Shifts into Neutral
Bachman-Turner Overdrive went into hiatus on August 13, 1977 while Randy Bachman pursued a solo project and later embarked on a reunion tour with the Guess Who. BTO would resume recording and touring in 1983. The Canadian rock group emerged from Winnipeg in the early 70s and would find it's greatest success with their "NOT FRAGILE" album in 1974. Both the album and the single "YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET" topped the Billboard Charts. Founding members Bachman and Fred Turner resumed touring and recording as Bachman-Turner in 2010 and have scheduled a few dates for September.
Led Zeppelin Takes Flight
The New Yardbirds start rehearsals in London on August 12, 1968. In the following weeks, the foursome would be renamed Led Zeppelin and go on to sell an estimated 300 million albums across the globe. The iconic band was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 1995. In 2012 the three surving members of Led Zeppelin were recipients of Kennedy Center Honors. Just last week, former frontman Robert Plant, announced he has relaunched the website robertplant.com and is offering a free download of the Led Zeppelin classic "What Is And What Should Never Be" recorded live with his current band the Sensational Space Shifters.
18th Anniversay of Grateful Dead Legend's Death
Rock legend Jerry Garcia suffers a fatal heart attack on August 9, 1995 during a stint at a substance abuse treatment center in California. The 53-year old musician was inducted just a year earlier into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Garcia, along with Bob Weir, Ron McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann, founded the Grateful Dead in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The Dead have sold more than 35 million albums across the globe. Garcia's ashes were scattered in the Ganges River in India and San Francisco Bay.