August 9 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Kurtis Blow!

Musicians Born On August 9

1947 Barbara Mason (Yes I’m Ready)
1959 Kurtis Blow (disco DJ/singer)
1963 Whitney Houston (Saving All My Love for You)

Deaths On August 9

1973 Steve Perron (writer for ZZ Top)
1995 Jerry Garcia

We Miss You Jerry!

Number 1 In The Charts On August 9

1967 Scott McKenzie: ‘If You’re Going to San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear a Flower in Your Hair)’ UK 45
1969 Jethro Tull: ‘Stand Up’ UK LP
1975 Typically Tropical: ‘Barbados’ UK 45
1975 Bee Gees: ‘Jive Talkin” US 45
1980 Abba: ‘Winner Takes it All’ UK 45
1980 AC/DC: ‘Back in Black’ UK LP

Various Music Events On August 9

1957 Paul Anka debuts on UK chart with ‘Diana’ while still only fifteen. The single goes on to spend nine weeks at No. 1

1963 Influential pop TV show ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ begins and runs until 23 December 1966

1964 Bob Dylan and Joan Baez sing together officially for first time in a concert at Forest Hills, New York

1967 Small Faces hit UK chart with ‘Itchycoo Park’

1969 Actress Sharon Tate and four others are victims of bizarre night of murder as Charles Manson and friends run amok

1975 Eagles hit UK chart for the first time with ‘One of these Nights’

1977 EMI Records sign Tom Robinson band, the label’s first venture into New Wave since Sex Pistols

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