August 7th: On this day
1954, Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Memphis. Cash had plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman, he instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records a year later.
1954, Elvis Presley appeared at the Eagles Nest in Memphis Tennessee, (the first of 12 shows at the venue in this year). The advertisement in the local paper read; ‘See and hear Elvis singing That’s All Right and The Blue Moon of Kentucky.’
1957, The Quarry Men played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, “Cut out the bloody rock!”
1963, This weeks UK Top 5 albums: No.5, Elvis Presley, ‘It Happened At The World Fair’, No.4, ‘West Side Story’, Soundtrack, No.3, Cliff Richard, ‘Cliff’s Hit Album’, No.2, The Shadows, ‘Greatest Hits’, No.1, The Beatles, ‘Please Please Me.’
1964, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, Tuby Hayes, Manfred Mann, Yardbirds and Mose Allison all appeared at the fourth Richmond Jazz Festival held over three days in Richmond, England.
1965, Herman’s Hermits went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’m Henry VIII I Am’. The single was only released in the US. Singer Peter Noone once interviewed Elvis Presley for UK music paper New Musical Express.
1970, The Goose Lake International Music Festival was held in Leoni, Michigan. Over 200,000 fans attended the three day festival. Acts who appeared included, Jethro Tull, 10 Years After, Mountain, Chicago, Bob Seger, John Sebastian, James Gang, Stooges with Iggy Pop, Brownsville Station, MC5, Rod Stewart and Flying Burrito Brothers.
1971, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’. It was the group’s tenth US hit and first No.1. The Bee Gees penned song was originally offered to Andy Williams, but ultimately the Bee Gees recorded it themselves, it was also later covered by soul singer Al Green.
1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, giving Elton his sixth US No.1. It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche.”
1976, UK music weekly Melody Maker gave The Sex Pistols their first front cover.
1980, John Lennon began recording his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory, in New York City. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1982, Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen’ their second and last No.1. It was the Best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. The “Eileen” as featured in the video is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer with Bananarama and Shakespears Sister. The American singer Johnnie Ray, mentioned in the opening lyrics, was also featured in the video using old film footage.
1982, Fleetwood Mac started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Mirage’. The bands third US No.1.
1982, ‘Kids From Fame’ by The Kids From Fame started an eight week run at No.1 on the UK album chart. The American television series was originally produced between 1982 and 1987, based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
1984, American soul singer Esther Phillips died from liver and kidney failure in Carson, California in 1984, at the age of 48. (1975 hit single ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’).
1997, Garth Brooks played to the largest crowd ever in New York’s Central Park. An estimated 1 million people attended the live concert with an additional 14.6 million viewing live on HBO.
2001, Harmonica player Larry Adler died aged 87. Known for his original collaborations with George Gershwin, Kate Bush, Sting and Vaughan Williams and his own virtuoso performances.
2002, Three members of Oasis were injured when the taxi they were travelling in was involved in a crash during a US tour in Indianapolis. Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington were all taken to hospital and treated for cuts and bruises.
2005, James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Beautiful’, Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the US charts with ‘We Belong Together’ and Axel F had ‘Crazy Frog’ at No.1 on the Australian singles charts.
2007, Lily Allen had her US work visa cancelled after arriving at Los Angeles airport. The 22-year-old, who was due to tour America in September, had flown in for the MTV Video Music Awards launch. She was held at the airport for five hours in connection with an arrest for an alleged assault in London in June.
2007, Pete Doherty was warned by a judge that he could face jail or a community order over drugs offences. In July, the 28-year-old Babyshambles frontman pleaded guilty to driving illegally while in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, ketamine and cannabis. The judge said: “What I have in mind is a community order or prison… if he does not show his motivation, it’s prison – it’s as simple as that.” The singer volunteered to show the position of an implant in his stomach designed to help him give up drugs.
2008, Elvis Presley’s peacock jumpsuit, was sold at auction for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia ever sold at an auction. The white outfit with a plunging V-neck and high collar featured a blue-and-gold peacock design, hand-embroidered on the front and back and along the pant legs.
2011, Marshall Grant, who played bass for Johnny Cash in the Tennessee Two, from 1954 to 1980, passed away at the age of 83. After his time with The Man In Black, Grant managed The Statler Brothers until they retired in 2002 and later wrote an autobiography entitled “I Was There When It Happened”.
August 7th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Felice Bryant, songwriter with her husband Boudleaux. Wrote Everly Brothers hits, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’ a hit for Buddy Holly. Felice died on April 22nd 2003.
1928, Born on this day, Herb Reed, bass singer with American doo-wop group The Platters who had four No.1s in the late 50’s: The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Reed died aged 83 on June 4th 2012.
1936, Born on this day, Charles Pope, The Tams, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).
1942, Born on this day, B.J. Thomas, singer, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.38 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’).
1945, Born on this day, Kerry Chater, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, (1968 UK No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Young Girl’).
1949, Born on this day, Carlo Novi, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).
1950, Born on this day, Rodney Crowell, country guitarist, songwriter, worked with Emmylou Harris, acts that covered his songs include Bob Seger, Willie Nelson & Carlene Carter.
1952, Born on this day, Alexis Sayle, actor, comedian, (1984 UK No.15 single ‘Ullo John Got A New Motor”).
1958, Born on this day, Bruce Dickinson vocals, Iron Maiden, (joined in 1981, UK No.1 single in 1991 ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’).
1960, Born on this day, Jacqui O’Sullivan, singer, Bananarama, (joined in 1988, 1988 UK No.5 single ‘I Want You Back’).
1964, Born on this day, Ian Dench, guitar, EMF, (1990 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Unbelievable’).
1965, Born on this day, Raul Malo, singer, songwriter, The Mavericks, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’), and solo.
1966, Born on this day, Kristin Hersh, singer, songwriter, Throwing Muses (1992 UK No.46 ‘Firepile EP’), and solo.