This Day in Music History: August 30th

1995: Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma one day after his 53rd birthday in Poughkeepsie, NY.

1993: Billy Joel was the first musical guest on the premiere of The Late Show with David Letterman.

1989: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was arrested for creating a disturbance on an airline flight. He urinated on the floor, smoked in a non-smoking section & verbally abused a stewardess.

1988: Bruce Springsteen & Julianne Phillips filed for divorce after photographs of Springsteen & backing singer Patti Scialfa together were published.

1986: David Lee Roth peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his debut full-length solo album Eat ‘Em and Smile which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.

1975: Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s heart stopped beating for 35 minutes & was revived after a blood clot in his leg was removed.

1973: Rolling Stone reported that The Doors have split up, two years after the death of Jim Morrison.

1969: The three day Texas International Pop Festival kicked off in Lewisville, TX, just outside of Dallas. Headliners on the festival included Led Zeppelin, The Chicago Transit Authority, Janis Joplin, Santana, B.B. King, Grand Funk Railroad & Johnny Winter.

1965: Bob Dylan released his sixth studio album Highway 61 Revisited which was Dylan’s first mostly electric album. It went on to reach number three on the Billboard 200 album chart & became one of Dylan’s most critically acclaimed albums.