May 8 – Today In Rock Music History

Musician’s Born On May 8

1940 Ricky Nelson (Hello Mary Lou)
1943 Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds)
1943 Toni Tennille (Captain and Tennille)
1944 Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd)
1945 Keith Jarrett
1947 Marc Bolan (T. Rex)
1951 Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire)
1951 Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
1953 Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac)
1955 Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
1964 Dave Rowntree (Blur)
1972 Darren Hayes (Savage Garden)

Deaths On May 8

1974 Graham Bond (Blues Incorporated)
1982 Neil Bogart (Casablanca Records)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 8

1971 Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers UK LP
1976 Abba: Fernando UK 45
1976 Abba: Greatest Hits UK LP
1976 John Sebastian: Welcome Back US 45
1982 Paul McCartney: Tug of War UK OP
1982 Vangelis: Chariots of Fire US 45
1993 R.E.M. : Automatic for the People : UK LP
1996 Aerosmith : Get A Grip : US LP

Various Music Events On May 8

1954 BBC ban Such a Night by Johnny Ray after listeners complain about its ‘suggestiveness’

1965 Nine British records in US Top 10:

1. Hermans’ Hermits: Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
2. Gerry Lewis: Count Me In
3. Beatles: Ticket to Ride
4. Wayne Fontana: Game of Love
5. Petula Clarke: I Know a Place
6. Seekers: I’ll Never Find Another You
7. Herman’s Hermits: Silhouettes
8. Freddie and the Dreamers: I’m Telling You Now
9. Rolling Stones: The Last Time
10. Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate to the Wind

1968 T. Rex debut on UK chart with Deborah

1976 Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue hits UK LP chart

1977 Olivia Newton-John makes her New York concert debut at Metropolitan Opera House

1990 A Los Angeles court awardsTom Waits $2.5 million. They upheld his claim thet Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos adverts.

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