Music History: August 10th
2016 Chance the Rapper takes the #SoGoneChallenge, posting a video where he raps about his pregnant girlfriend (who is taking the video) over the track to Monica's 2003 hit "So Gone." It is quickly retweeted over 250,000 times, and the challenge goes viral, with Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart and Dwayne Wade joining in.More
2013 Jody Payne (guitarist for Willie Nelson's band, The Family) dies of cardiac problems at age 77 in Stapleton, Alabama.
2012 Insane 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.
2008 Soul singer/actor Isaac Hayes dies of a stroke in Shelby County, Tennesee, 10 days before his 66th birthday.
2007 Laura Marling shares the stage with other Indie artists like Crystal Castles and 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 only open to 13-17 year olds—no one outside that age limit is permitted inside the gates. At just 17 years young, Marling fits right in.
2007 Jon Foreman, frontman of Switchfoot, announces the band have left Columbia Records. Switchfoot will soon go on to create their own record label, lowercase people records.
2006 R&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)."
2005 The Rolling Stones launch their Bigger Bang tour with a show in Toronto. The tour lasts over two years and sets a record, taking in about $558 million (U2's 360 tour, which ends in 2011, breaks this record).
2004 The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts confirms that he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which will eventually go into remission.
1999 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their tenth studio album, Edge of Forever.
1996 Oasis 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.
1993 Ed Roberts (of Ruby & the Romantics) dies of cancer at age 57.
1987 Wilson 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.
1987 A Chorus Line, the Broadway smash that had become the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier, celebrates a historic 5,000th performance.
1985 While 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.
1977 Aaron Kamin (lead guitarist for The Calling) is born in Studio City, California.
1975 The vocal group The Manhattan Transfer debuts a summer replacement series on CBS, simply called Manhattan Transfer. The variety show runs for four weeks.
1974 Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1974 John Denver's Back Home Again LP hits #1.
1969 Maurine Dallas Watkins - author of the book Chicago - dies from lung cancer at age 72.
1968 R&B singer Michael "Biv" Bivins (of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1968 The Who releases "Magic Bus."
1968 Cream's Wheels Of Fire LP hits #1.
1968 The 1910 Fruitgum Company's "1, 2, 3, Red Light" enters the charts.
1967 Guitarist Todd Nichols (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1966 Sandy Posey records "Single Girl."
1964 Rapper/singer/songwriter Neneh Cherry is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1964 On his way to visit two injured fans in Liverpool, England, Mick Jagger is pulled over and fined 32 pounds for speeding and driving without insurance.
1964 The Beatles release "Do You Want To Know A Secret" b/w "Thank You Girl," "Please Please Me" b/w "From Me To You," "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You," and "Twist And Shout" b/w "There's A Place."
1963 Allan Sherman releases "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah."
1961 Jon Farriss (drummer for INXS) is born in Perth, Western Australia.
1959 The four male singers in The Platters are arrested in Cincinnati for aiding and abetting prostitution. They are acquitted of the charges, but the incident strains relations with their female singer Zola Taylor and gets them removed from some playlists.
1959 Elvis Presley's "A Big Hunk O' Love" hits #1.
1959 Fats Domino's "I Want To Walk You Home" enters the charts.
1948 R&B/Pop/Jazz singer Patti Austin is born in Harlem, New York.
1947 Rock musician Ian Anderson (lead vocalist for Jethro Tull) is born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
1946 Mick Clarke (bass player/vocalist for the Rubettes) is born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England.
1943 Rock singer Ronnie Spector (of The Ronettes) is born Veronica Yvette Bennett in New York City, New York.
1943 Singer-songwriter James Griffin (of Bread) is born Cincinnati, Ohio.
1940 Bobby Hatfield (of The Righteous Brothers) is born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
1928 Country singer/musician Jimmy Dean is born in Plainview, Texas.
1928 Singer Eddie Fisher is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1909 Inventor Leo Fender, who founded Fender Musical Instruments, is born in Anaheim, California.
1899 Scott Joplin signs a contract for a royalty of 1% per copy, with a minimum sales price of $.25, for "The Maple Leaf Rag."
1880 Composer/violinist Clarence Cameron White is born in Clarksville, Tennessee.
1963Stevie Wonder's "Fingertips (Part 2)" becomes the first live recording to hit #1 in the US. It holds the position for three weeks.
2013 Pop singer Eydie Gorme dies of an undisclosed illness six days before her 85th birthday. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Steve Lawrence, and a son, composer David Nessim Lawrence.
2012 The 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.
1976 Elton John begins a historic record-breaking ten-night run of concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
1972 Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested backstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, for possession of six ounces of marijuana, which was mailed to them by someone in McCartney's office who thought they would like some weed on the road. The couple are released after paying a combined fine of $1,200.