This Day in Music History: August 23rd

2007: Queen guitarist Brian May completed his Doctorate in astrophysics at Imperial College in London.

1991: Dire Straits kicked off a two year tour at The Point Depot in Dublin. It was their first tour together since 1986.

1989: The Cars’ singer & guitarist Ric Ocasek married longtime girlfriend Paulina Porizkova on the Caribbean island of St. Bart’s. They remain married to this day.

1986: David Lee Roth peaked at number five 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.

1980: David Bowie went to number one on the U.K. Single Chart with “Ashes to Ashes”. The video would go on to become one of the most iconic videos of the 1980’s.

1970: After a concert at Max’s Kansas City in New York City, Lou Reed left The Velvet Underground. 

1969: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the fifth time with “Honky Tonk Women” which stayed on top of the chart for four weeks.

1969: The Guess Who peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Laughing” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

1962: John Lennon married his first wife Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool. One day before their sixth anniversary, Cynthia filed for divorce.