Saturday, August 10, 2019

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2013Singer Eydie Gorme dies six days before her 85th birthday. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Steve Lawrence, and a son, composer David Nessim Lawrence.
2013Jody Payne (guitarist for Willie Nelson's band, The Family) dies of cardiac problems at age 77 in Stapleton, Alabama.
2012Insane Clown Posse takes exception to the FBI naming their fans, collectively known as "Juggalos," as a criminal gang in the FBI's "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report." At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos event in Illinois, they announce intentions to sue the FBI. Despite this, the FBI continues to list Juggalos as an organized gang in later years.
2012The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado, "Dark Knight" shooting. The massacre occurred Friday, July 20 at a movie theater showing The Dark Knight Rises. James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of The Joker, a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.
2008Soul singer/actor Isaac Hayes dies of a stroke in Shelby County, Tennesee, 10 days before his 66th birthday.
2007Laura Marling shares the stage with other Indie artists like Crystal Castlesand Mystery Jets at the first-ever Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London. The festival, which grew out of a series of club nights in the Elephant and Castle district of South London, is open only to 13-17 year olds. At 17, Marling fits right in.
2007Jon Foreman, frontman of Switchfoot, announces the band have left Columbia Records. Switchfoot goes on to create their own record label, lowercase people records.
2006R&B singer-songwriter Barbara George dies of a lung infection, paired with a history of liver disease and Hepatitis C, at age 63 in Chauvin, Louisiana. Known for the 1961 hit "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)."
2004The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts confirms that he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which eventually goes into remission.
1996Oasis play the first of two shows at Knebworth, England. One in 20 of the UK's population applies for a ticket, and the band plays to 125,000 people per night in what are the biggest gigs of the Britpop era.
1993Ed Roberts (of Ruby & the Romantics) dies of cancer at age 57.
1987Wilson Pickett is found guilty of threatening patrons at a New Jersey bar with a loaded shotgun after a brawl inside the club. He is given two years' probation and fined $1000.
1987A Chorus Line, the Broadway smash that had become the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier, celebrates a historic 5,000th performance.
1985While taking part in a yacht race, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon is trapped along with five other team members after his boat capsizes. The British coast guard scrambles to rescue the stricken crew, and after repairs to its keel the vessel goes on to take third place in the 1985/86 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
1977Aaron Kamin (lead guitarist for The Calling) is born in Studio City, California.
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Stevie Wonder Hits #1 With Live Stomper

Stevie Wonder's "Fingertips (Part 2)" becomes the first live recording to hit #1 in the US. It holds the position for three weeks.
At just 12 years old, Little Stevie Wonder is the star attraction of a Motown package tour called Motortown Revue. A virtuoso on drums, keyboard and harmonica, he's the consummate child prodigy despite being blind since birth. Opening for headliners including The Miracles, The Temptations and The Supremes, Stevie thrills audiences across the Chitlin' Circuit with his rambunctious, high-energy stagecraft.

On March 10, 1963, Motortown Revue arrives at Regal Theatre in Chicago, where Wonder's performance is recorded. Stevie concludes his set with a highly improvised version of "Fingertips," a song written by Wonder's mentors, Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, as a jazz instrumental for his first studio album, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

The crowd goes absolutely wild for the performance, prompting Wonder to initiate a call and response exchange: Everybody say "yeah!"After a couple of verses, Stevie appears to bring the song to a conclusion by playing a section of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on his harmonica. His band exits the stage, while the band for the next act, The Marvelettes, comes on. At this point, Wonder suddenly begins playing again, causing the bass player for The Marvelettes, Joe Swift, to shout "What key? What key?" The performance resumes, with a brief encore played by an amalgamation of band members including Marvin Gaye, who started his career as a session drummer for Motown artists before becoming a famous singer in his own right.

Motown releases the final three minutes of this performance as "Fingertips (Part 2)," issuing it as the B-side of a different performance of the first part of "Fingertips." "(Part 2)" gets the best response and becomes the hit.

Stevie is launched to stardom in August 1963 when "Fingertips (Part 2)" becomes the first live recording to hit the top spot in the US, and Motown's second #1 after "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes. The song's success also helps Wonder's LP, Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius, reach the top of the Billboard 200, making him the first (not to mention youngest ever!) artist to have a #1 album and single at the same time.

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