August 25 – Bernstein to Baum to Boyd to Bruce


Birthday of Leonard Bernstein, famed US composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Apart from his leadership of the New York Philharmonic, he’s perhaps best known for the music of West Side Story, and for a groundbreaking music TV series that includes 53 Young People’s Concerts beginning in 1962.

Oh yeah, and -like everything else- a classy website.

playing Gershwin  conducting Ludwig’s 5th 


MGM releases fantasy film The Wizard of Oz#132.

‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’ brings color, and Judy Garland, into the mainstream. Oh … and Toto too! (Interesting: compare ‘Over the Rainbow’ to ‘Somewhere’.)

 ~ Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz    ( Website


Brit pop group The Shadows (helmed by Cliff Richard) has a rare instrumental chart-topper (*) with UK#1 hit Apache.


Little Eva (Eva Narcissus Boyd) steams to US#1 after rolling The Loco-Motion onto the tracks. Little Eva (1962) 

Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen‘s third album Born to Run is released. Reaching US#3 it eventually sells 6M copies.


My Sharona by Los Angeles rock band The Knack starts six weeks at US#1. One of the biggest-selling singles in rock, it’s easily the top single of 1979. Lennon was a fan.