Brooklyn Music Milestones – August 2015
August 14, 1966: Little Anthony & The Imperials, with Fort Greene native Jerome Anthony Gourdine on lead vocals, headlines a concert at the Surf ’n’ See Club in Seabright, New Jersey. Among the support acts is a local band, The Castiles, featuring 16-year-old vocalist Bruce Springsteen.
August 16, 1994: Criss, a band formed and led by former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, releases Cat #1. Of the 11 tracks, 10 are co-written by Williamsburg native Criss, including the autobiographical Blue Moon Over Brooklyn and an acoustic rendition of his 1976 Kiss hit, Beth.
August 23, 1970: Toward the end of the Velvet Underground’s three-month residency at Max’s Kansas City, Lou Reed performs with his long-time bandmates for the last time (until their 1993 reunion tour). It would be nearly two years before the Brownsville-born Reed would resurface with a self-titled album, the prelude to a successful solo career.
August 27, 1996: Bedford-Stuyvesant-born Aaliyah releases her second album, One in a Million, which goes on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide and be certified double platinum.