Saturday, August 10, 2019

On This Day

August 10th

1959 - The Platters
Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.
1961 - Helen Shapiro
Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Know'. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to score a UK No.1.
1963 - Stevie Wonder
13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fingertips part II', making him the youngest singer to top the charts.
1963 - Cliff Richard
The 100th edition of 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' was aired on UK TV, with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.
1963 - Richmond Jazz Festival
Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond, England. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.
1964 - Beatles
The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Please, Please Me’, 'Love Me Do' and 'Twist And Shout.’
1964 - Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit. His solicitor explained that Jagger was on 'an errand of mercy', driving to see two fans injured in a car crash.
1968 - Tom Jones
Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Delilah'.
1969 - Led Zeppelin
During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jethro Tull were the support act.
1970 - Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement, playing 2 shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1972 - Paul McCartney
During their Wings Over Europe Tour, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs. McCartney joked the arrest would “make good publicity” for the tour.
1976 - Elton John
Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
1985 - Bryan Adams
Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with 'Reckless.'
1985 - Dire Straits
'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song's falsetto introduction and backing chorus, "I want my MTV" who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.
1985 - Simon Le Bon
Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.
1987 - Wilson Pickett
Wilson Pickett was found guilty by a New Jersey court of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life following his involvement in a fist fight in a bar.
1992 - Def Leppard
Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg on their 248-date Seven Day Weekend world Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1993 - The Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia, the gig was recorded with some of tonight’s songs ending up on the bands first album ‘Remember Two Things.’
1999 - Paul Arthurs
It was announced that Oasis rhythm guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthur's had quit the band after finishing his guitar parts on the bands new album.
2002 - Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley's third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.
2005 - James Blunt
James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You're Beautiful’, Mariah Carey had the US No.1 with ‘We Belong Together’ and Axel F was at No.1 on the Australian singles chart with ‘Crazy Frog.’
2007 - Anthony Wilson
Anthony Wilson the UK music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering from kidney cancer. The TV presenter and entrepreneur founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays was also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.
2007 - Emma Bunton
Spice Girl Emma Bunton gave birth to a baby boy called Beau at London's private Portland Hospital. Bunton and her partner Jade Jones, a former member of defunct boy band Damage, had been together for eight years.
2008 - Katy Perry
American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Kissed A Girl'. The track was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries.
2008 - Isaac Hayes
US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.
2013 - Eydie Gorme
American singer Eydie Gorme remembered for her 1963, No.7 Billboard hit, 'Blame It On The Bossa Nova', died at the age of 84. She also reached the Hot 100 six other times between 1956 and 1964 and earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and an Emmy.
2016 - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran was being sued in America over claims that his track 'Thinking Out Loud' rips off a Marvin Gaye song. The family of the man who co-wrote 'Let's Get It On' says it copies key parts of the track. Ed Townsend's relatives were asking for a jury to decide if they're owed damages.

Born On This Day

August 10th

1909 - Leo Fender
Clarence Leonidas 'Leo' Fender, inventor and founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. The Fender Telecaster (1949) was the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars and the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars. Fender died on 21st March 1991 having long suffered from Parkinson's disease.
1928 - Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean, singer, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Big Bad John'. Went on to present a prime time variety show on US TV.
1929 - Eddie Fisher
American singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher, singer, (1953 UK No.1 single 'Outside Of Heaven', 1955 US No.6 single 'Heart').
1940 - Bobby Hatfield
Bobby Hatfield, singer, The Righteous Brothers, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', 1990 UK No.1 single 'Unchained Melody', first released in 1965). He died on 5th November 2003.
1943 - James Griffin
James Griffin, guitar, vocals, Bread, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Make It With You').
1946 - Mick Clarke
Mick Clarke, from English pop band The Rubettes who had the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love'.
1947 - Ian Anderson
British musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson, best known for his work as the lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of British rock band Jethro Tull. Anderson has also owned several salmon farms in the UK.
1947 - Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector, singer, The Ronettes, (1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single 'Be My Baby'). Married producer Phil Spector in 1968.
1948 - Patti Austin
American R&B, pop and jazz singer Patti Austin who had the 1983 US No.1 & UK No.11 single with James Ingram 'Baby Come To Me'. She and Michael Jackson performed a duet on It's the Falling in Love, which appeared on his album Off the Wall,
1949 - Andy Cresswell-Davis
Andy Cresswell-Davis, The Korgis (1980 UK No.5 single 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime').
1959 - Mark Price
Mark Price, drummer with All About Eve who had the 1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour'. Also worked with The Cure and Right Said Fred.
1961 - Jon Farriss
Jon Farriss drummer, from Australian rock band INXS, who had the 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single 'Need You Tonight'. Their 1987 album Kick has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; 'Need You Tonight,' 'Devil Inside', 'New Sensation,' and 'Never Tear Us Apart.' INXS has sold over 55 million records worldwide.
1962 - Julia Fordham
Julia Fordham, singer, songwriter, one time member of Mari Wilson's Wilsations and backing singer for Kim Wilde, (1988 UK No.27 single 'Happy Ever After').
1968 - Leigh Marklew
Leigh Marklew, bassist with English rock band Terrorvision who had the 1999 UK No.2 single 'Tequila'. Terrorvision were originally known as The Spoilt Bratz.
1968 - Michael Bivins
American singer, rapper and manager Michael Bivins, from American R&B group New Edition who had the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Candy Girl', and Bell Biv DeVoe who had the 1990 US No.3 single 'Do Me!'.

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