Monday, May 8, 2017

Today in Music History...May 8, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: May 8




2009 San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders declares "Adam Lambert Day" after Lambert's performance of "Black Or White" and "Mad World" on American Idol.

2008 Country singer Eddy Arnold dies in Nashville, Tennessee, a week before his 90th birthday.

2001 Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black welcome their daughter Lily Pearl Black.

1999 Jazz singer Leon Thomas dies of heart failure at age 62.

1995 Rick Nelson receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 The newly formed Backstreet Boys give their very first public performance, at SeaWorld Orlando.

1992 Will Smith (AKA, the Fresh Prince) marries a songwriter named Sheree Zampino, who is pregnant with their son Trey. The couple will divorce in 1995.

1991 Bohemian-born pianist Rudolf Serkin dies of cancer at age 88.

1982 The orchestral instrumental "Chariots Of Fire - Titles," by the Greek composer Vangelis, goes to #1 in America.

1982 Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart dies of cancer and lymphoma at age 39.

1978 Donny Osmond gets married at the age of 21 to Debra Glenn. The couple will have 5 children.

1977 Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa is born in New Hartford, New York, where he'll start playing the guitar at age 4.

1976 John Sebastian's "Welcome Back," the theme song to the TV series Welcome Back, Kotter, hits #1 in America. The series was originally called Kotter, but after Sebastian wrote the song, the title was changed to accommodate (Sebastian tried writing a song called "Kotter," but could only rhyme that word with "otter."

1975 Enrique Iglesias is born in Madrid, Spain, to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and journalist Isabel Preysler.

1974 British R&B musician Graham Bond dies in an apparent suicide at age 36 when he's hit by a train at Finsbury Park station in London, England.

1972 Darren Hayes (frontman for Savage Garden) is born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

1972 Billy Preston becomes the first rock star to headline at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

1969 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The 5th Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"

1968 George Dewey Hay, founder of Nashville's Grande Ole Opry radio program, dies at age 72.

1967 LaVerne Sophia Andrews (The Andrews Sisters) dies of cancer at age 55.

1965 "Count Me In" makes Gary Lewis and the Playboys the only American act in the US Top 10. Their song is #2 behind "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits.

1964 Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is born in Essex, Rowntree, England.

1963 Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) is born in Versailles, France. The imaginative director is also known for his surreal music videos for artists like Bjork, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, and others.More

1963 Major Lance records "Monkey Time."

1953 Billy Burnette (guitarist for Fleetwood Mac) is born Dorsey William Burnette III in Memphis, Tennessee.

1953 Alex Van Halen (drummer for Van Halen) is born in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

1951 R&B singer Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Denver, Colorado.

1951 Chris Frantz (drummer for Talking Heads) is born Charlton Christopher Frantz in Campbell, Kentucky.

1949 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Vaughn Monroe's "Riders in the Sky"

1944 Glam rocker Gary Glitter is born Paul Francis Gadd in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

1943 Rock guitarist Danny Whitten (of Neil Young & Crazy Horse) is born in Columbus, Georgia.

1943 Paul Samwell-Smith (bassist for The Yardbirds) is born in Richmond, Surrey, England.

1942 Country musician Jack Blanchard in Buffalo, New York, but will be raised in Ohio.

1941 Soul singer John Fred (John Fred & His Playboy Band) is born John Fred Gourrier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1940 Rick Nelson is born Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey. His parents are Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and he appears with them on the TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet before becoming a recording star.

1940 Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille) is born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille in Montgomery, Alabama.

1911 Blues musician Robert Johnson is born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.

1810 Sir Walter Scott publishes the poem "The Lady of the Lake," which later provides the title for the song "Hail to the Chief."

Rock Star Comes Out As Transgender


2012 Tom Gabel, lead singer of the Florida punk band Against Me!, comes out as transgender and announces he will undergo gender reassignment surgery, becoming Laura Jane Grace.

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2001 The road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was tossing M&M candies on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.

2001 Sum 41 release their debut studio album, All Killer, No Filler.

1993 The comeback is complete as Aerosmith's Get a Grip album debuts at #1, marking their first trip to the top of the album charts.

1970 The Beatles release Let It Be.

1965 Bob Dylan films one of the earliest music videos, the famous "flashcard" clip for "Subterranean Homesick Blues."


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