July 8th: On this day
1954, Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He played the song just after 9.30 that evening, the phone lines lit up asking the DJ to play the song again.
1958, The first Gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded to the soundtrack LP, ‘Oklahoma’. The honor signified that the album had reached one million dollars in sales. The first Gold single issued by the RIAA was ‘Catch a Falling Star’ by Perry Como in March of 1958. A Gold single represented sales of one million records.
1965, The Dave Clark Five had their movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiere in London. The film was renamed to Having a Wild Weekend for its US release. Songs featured by the group in the movie included ‘Catch Us If You Can,’ ‘Having a Wild Weekend’ and ‘I Can’t Stand It.’
1966, The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4-track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘You Won’t See Me’. All four tracks were taken from The Beatles sixth UK studio album, Rubber Soul.
1967, UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.
1967, The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as support act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows after being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.
1968, Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. The club became a driving force in the music business, hosting famous rock acts such as The Doors, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Byrds, Janis Joplin, The Mothers of Invention, The Grateful Dead, MC5, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Fleetwood, Vanilla Fudge, Muddy Waters and Jefferson Airplane.
1969, Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of ‘Ned Kelly’ after taking a drug overdose. She was admitted to a Sydney Hospital, (she was later dropped from the movie).
1970, The Everly Brothers Show, started an eleven-week prime time slot on ABC- TV in the US. It began as a summer replacement in 1970 for The Johnny Cash Show.
1971, Over-enthusiastic fans at a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, caused some injuries and two damaged boxes, prompting a temporary ban on rock gigs at the venue. The group paid £1,467 for damages to property.
1972, Bill Withers started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lean On Me’, his only No.1 hit, it made No.18 in the UK.
1972, Donny Osmond was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Paul Anka song ‘Puppy Love.’ The first of three solo No.1’s for Donny.
1972, The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Acts performing included, Claire Hamill, The Groundhogs, Edgar Winter, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, The J. Geils Band and Three Dog Night.
1973, Led Zeppelin’s fifth album Houses Of The Holy was on both the US and UK album charts. The album spent a total of 39 weeks on the US chart. The cover art for Houses Of The Holy was inspired by the ending of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End. It is a collage of several photographs which were taken at the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland, by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.
1978, Gerry Rafferty’s album City To City went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off ‘Saturday Night Fever’, which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.
1978, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo in Glasgow, both were fined.
1979, The B-52’s made their UK live debut at London’s Lyceum Ballroom, supported by The Tourists.
1984, Bob Dylan’s current European tour came to an end at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. Dylan was joined on stage by Van Morrison and they duetted on It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. U2’s Bono, who was sent to interview Dylan for the Irish rock magazine Hot Press, ended up duetting with Dylan on Blowin’ In The Wind and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played guitar on the last seven songs of the set.
1995, Outhere Brothers scored their second UK No.1 hit single with ‘Boom Boom Boom’. It stayed at the top for four weeks. The original version of the song contained sexually explicit lyrics which were removed for the radio edit.
1995, TLC started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Waterfalls’, the group’s second US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.
1999, Take That former manager Nigel Martin Smith started a new business, as an undertaker. It was reported that he was unhappy with a service he had used so he decided to buy a local funeral firm in Manchester.
2002, Michael Jackson spoke out against the music industry’s treatment of artists, alleging that the business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York, Jackson claimed there was a ‘conspiracy’ among record companies, especially towards black artists. A spokesman for Jackson’s record label said the remarks were ‘ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.’
2004, Mark Purseglove known as the world’s ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world’s biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd
2006, Queen guitarist Brian May made a “substantial” donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. Although the exact amount was not revealed it was said to be enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years. May’s money would go towards funding cash rewards for islanders so hundreds more hedgehogs can be saved.
2007, Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis. The club was only allowed to stay open until 3.am but Prince took to the stage at 2.45am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before his late-night club appearance; His first performance was at a department store, where he promoted his new cologne with a nine-song, 45-minute set.
2007, Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘We Are The Night’ the duo’s sixth studio album.
July 8th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, Jaimoe Johanson, American drummer and percussionist, The Allman Brothers Band (1973 US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’).
1945, Born on this day, Ricky Wolf, The Flowerpot Men, (1967 UK No.4 single ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’).
1955, Born on this day, Russell Christian, vocals, The Christians, (1988 UK No.8 single ‘Harvest For The World’).
1960, Born on this day, Andy Fletcher, bass, synth, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles).
1961, Born on this day, Graham Jones, guitar, Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’, ‘Love Plus One’ and ‘Fantastic Day’.
1961, Born on this day, Toby Keith, country music singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. His debut ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’, topped the US country charts and was the most played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since then, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.
1963, Born on this day, Joan Osborne, American singer, songwriter who had the 1996 UK No.6 single ‘One Of Us’. She toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
1970, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Beck David Campbell, 1994 UK No.15 single ‘Loser’ from his 1994 album ‘Mellow Gold’. His second official studio album Odelay has appeared in numerous publications’ lists of the greatest records of the 1990s.
1971, Born on this day, Neil Mavers, drums, The La’s, (1990 UK No.13 single ‘There She Goes’).
1976, Born on this day, David Kennedy, American guitarist, songwriter who was a member of Box Car Racer, a band formed by Blink-182 members Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker.
1985, Born on this day, Jamie Cook, guitarist, Arctic Monkeys, (2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘2006 UK No.1 album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’).