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August 22

1906 The Victor Talking Machine Company began to manufacture a record player they called the Victrola. It cost $200.

1956 Three days after signing with Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis begins filming his first movie, Love Me Tender.

1962 An early form of karaoke is introduced at the Radio Show at Earl’s Court in London, England. A new machine allows the integration of voice to guitars, tapes and even radio, making it possible to sing and play along with records.

1968 Cynthia Lennon files for divorce from John on the grounds of adultery on the day before their sixth anniversary. She came back from a vacation and found Yoko Ono living in the Lennon’s London home.

1969 The Beatles are photographed together for the last time in the grounds of John and Yoko’s Tittenhurst Park home.

1979 Led Zeppelin released their final album of original material, “In Through the Out Door”. The LP entered the charts at number one in both America and England and featured the Top 40 single, “Fool in the Rain”.

2004 81 year old Al Dvorin, the announcer who became synonymous with the phrase “Elvis has left the building,” was killed in a car crash on the way home from an Elvis convention in California. He had been asked to announce his now famous words by Col. Tom Parker, who wanted to inform concert goers that Elvis would not return for an encore.

2006 Bruce Gary, drummer for The Knack on their mega hit” My Sharona” passed away at the age of 54.

2007 Queen’s Brian May was awarded a doctorate in Astronomy, 36 years after starting his thesis. May, who abandoned his studies to pursue a career in music, was told of his success after taking a three-hour exam to discuss his work.

2009 John Carter, a member of both The Dells and The Flamingos, died of lung cancer at the age of 75. He is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two different acts.

2014 59-year-old Mark David Chapman was denied parole by New York State officials for the eighth time.


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