August 10th: On this day
1959, Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.
1961, Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Know’. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to score a UK No.1.
1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fingertips part II’, making him the youngest singer to top the charts.
1963, The 100th edition of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ was aired on UK TV, with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.
1963, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond, England. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.
1964, Mick Jagger was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit. His solicitor explained that Jagger was on ‘an errand of mercy’, driving to see two fans injured in a car crash.
1964, The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Please, Please Me’, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’
1968, Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Delilah’.
1969, During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jethro Tull were the support act.
1970, Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement, playing 2 shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1970, Simon and Garfunkels album Bridge Over Troubled Water was at No.1 on the UK album chart, The Beatles were at No.2 with ‘Let It Be’ and Bob Dylan was at No.3 with ‘Self Portrait.’
1972, During their Wings Over Europe Tour, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs. McCartney joked the arrest would “make good publicity” for the tour.
1974, John Denver went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Back Home Again’.
1974, Roberta Flack went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, the singers third US No.1.
1976, Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
1982, During a North American tour Queen appeared at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1983, Kajagoogoo sacked their lead singer Limahl who took up a solo career. The group scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Too Shy’.
1985, Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with ‘Reckless.’
1985, ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.
1985, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat ‘Drum’ overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.
1987, Wilson Pickett was found guilty by a New Jersey court of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life following his involvement in a fist fight in a bar.
1991, Luciano Pavarotti scored his third UK No.1 album with ‘The Essential Pavarotti II’.
1992, Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg on their 248-date Seven Day Weekend world Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1993, The Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia, the gig was recorded with some of tonight’s songs ending up on the bands first album ‘Remember Two Things.’
1997, Puff Daddy & the Family went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘No Way Out.’
1999, it was announced that Oasis rhythm guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthur’s had quit the band after finishing his guitar parts on the bands new album.
2002, Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley’s third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.
2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’, Mariah Carey had the US No.1 with ‘We Belong Together’ and Axel F was at No.1 on the Australian singles chart with ‘Crazy Frog.’
2007, Anthony Wilson the UK music mogul behind some of Manchester’s most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering from kidney cancer. The TV presenter and entrepreneur founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays was also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.
2007, Spice Girl Emma Bunton gave birth to a baby boy called Beau at London’s private Portland Hospital. Bunton and her partner Jade Jones, a former member of defunct boy band Damage, had been together for eight years.
2008, US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.
2008, American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed A Girl’. The track was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries.
August 10th: Born on this day
1909, Born on this day, Clarence Leonidas ‘Leo’ Fender, inventor and founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. The Fender Telecaster (1949) was the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars. Fender died on 21st March 1991 having long suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
1928, Born on this day, Jimmy Dean, singer, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Big Bad John’. Went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.
1929, Born on this day, American singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher, singer, (1953 UK No.1 single ‘Outside Of Heaven’, 1955 US No.6 single ‘Heart’).
1940, Born on this day, Bobby Hatfield, singer, The Righteous Brothers, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, 1990 UK No.1 single ‘Unchained Melody’, first released in 1965). He died on 5th November 2003.
1943, Born on this day, James Griffin, guitar, vocals, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Make It With You’).
1946, Born on this day, Mick Clarke, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Sugar Baby Love’).
1947, Born on this day, Ian Anderson, flute, vocals, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 single ‘Living In The Past’).
1947, Born on this day, Ronnie Spector, singer, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘Be My Baby’). Married producer Phil Spector in 1968.
1948, Born on this day, Patti Austin, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with James Ingram ‘Baby Come To Me’).
1949, Born on this day, Andy Cresswell-Davis, The Korgis (1980 UK No.5 single ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’).
1959, Born on this day, Mark Price, drummer, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single ‘Martha’s Harbour’). Also worked with The Cure and Right Said Fred.
1961, Born on this day, Jon Farriss drummer, INXS, (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 1987 album ‘Kick’ has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; ‘Need You Tonight,’ ‘Devil Inside’, ‘New Sensation,’ and ‘Never Tear Us Apart.’
1962, Born on this day, Julia Fordham, singer, songwriter, one time member of Mari Wilson’s Wilsations and backing singer for Kim Wilde, (1988 UK No.27 single ‘Happy Ever After’).
1968, Born on this day, Leigh Marklew, bass, Terrorvision, (1999 UK No.5 single ‘Tequila’).
1968, Born on this day, Michael Bivins, New Edition (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Candy Girl’), Bell Biv DeVoe, (1990 US No.3 single ‘Do Me!).