October 8 – Today In Rock Music History

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Musicians Born On October 8

1934 Doc Green (Drifters)
1942 Buzz Clifford (Babysittin’ Boogie)
1950 Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool and the Gang)
1951 Johnny Ramone (Ramones)

Number 1 In The Charts On October 8

1955 Four Aces: ‘Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing’ US 45
1964 Roy Orbison: ‘Oh Pretty Woman’ UK 45
1977 David Soul: ‘Silver Lady’ UK 45
1988 U2: ‘Desire’ UK 45
1994 R.E.M : Monster : UK LP
1994 Boyz II Men : II : US LP

Various Music Events On October 8

1957 Jerry Lee Lewis records ‘Great Balls of Fire’ at Sun Studios, Memphis

1964 Roy Orbison becomes the first American to top UK singles chart since Elvis Presley on 1 August 1963

1976 Sex Pistols sign to EMI Records for £40,000

1980 Bob Marley collapses on stage during a Wailers concert in Pittsburgh – his last performance

1981 Madness begin UK tour in Bradford

1983 Tom Waits’s ‘Swordfish Trombone’ hits UK LP chart

1988 Phil Collins scores his thirteenth consecutive American Top 10 hit as ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ moves from No. 14 to No. 6

1992 The U.S. Postal Serviceissues a commemorative stamp booklet that includes rock legends Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens plus R&B stars Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding and Dinah Washington.

1994 On pay-per-view television “A Tribute To Elvis” features U2,Chris Isaak, Iggy Pop, Melissa Etheridge, Cheap Trick, and Tony Bennett.

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