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August 15!

1955 Elvis signs a new contract which names Colonel Parker as “special advisor” with control of virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker was not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant and a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises.

1958 21-year-old Buddy Holly was married to 25-year-old Maria Elena Santiago.

1960 Elvis’ hit “It’s Now Or Never” sits on top of the Billboard singles chart, where it would stay for a month. The record would have international sales of over 20 million and become a personal favorite of The King.

1964 Trying to capitalize on the Beatles’ film success, MGM signs The Dave Clark Five to a movie contract for picture called Having A Wild Weekend.

1965 The Beatles’ third North American tour kicks off at Shea Stadium in front of a record crowd of 55,000 fans.

1969 The Woodstock Music and Art Festival began on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York. The three-day long festival drew a crowd of more than 500,000 people and became one of the most celebrated Rock and Folk concert festivals of all time. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

1991 Paul Simon gave a free concert in Central Park, New York in front of 600,000 people.

2012 Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley made a surprise visit to Graceland on the eve of the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death.

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