Music History: June 8
2016 Brian May of Queen posts a note on his website objecting to Donald Trump's use of "We Are The Champions" at campaign events. "Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump's platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool," May writes. The following month, Trump uses the song as his entrance music when he makes his first appearance at the Republican convention.
2012 Nat Reese, noted blues guitarist from West Virginia, dies at age 88.
2004 Bad Religion release their 13th full-length studio album, The Empire Strikes First.
2000 Sinead O'Connor comes out as a lesbian during an interview with Curve magazine, saying, "I would say that I'm a lesbian. Although I haven't been very open about that and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian." She marries a man the following year and says she's "three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay."
1996 The Fugees reworking of "Killing Me Softly," featuring lead vocals by Lauryn Hill, goes to #1 in the UK, where it becomes the top-selling single of 1996.
1991 Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound, hits #1 in America. The ballad "Rush, Rush" and the rosy "The Promise of a New Day" both go to #1 on the Hot 100.
1991 De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, debuts at #26 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1985 Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
1984 Bruce Springsteen plays a surprise gig at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, going on after the scheduled act to warm up for his Born In The U.S.A. tour.
1981 Alex Band (vocalist for The Calling) is born in Los Angeles, California. His father is horror film director Charles Band, known for the Puppet Master franchise.
1974 Rick Wakeman departs Yes for a solo career, returns two years later, and leaves again after four years.
1974 Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip.
1974 Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" hits #1.
1970 R&B singer Nicci Gilbert (of Brownstone) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1966 Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1962 Nick Rhodes (keyboardist for Duran Duran) is born Nicholas James Bates in Birmingham, England. He is instrumental in the band's success: introducing them to both the analogue synthesizer sound that becomes their signature; and also driving them to focus on making creative music videos.
1962 Skeeter Davis records "The End of the World."
1961 Elvis Presley's movie Wild In The Country premieres in Memphis.
1960 Mick Hucknall (lead singer of Simply Red) is born in Manchester, England.
1959 Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" reaches its chart peak of #2 in America. His next single is something quite different: a song about a murderous cad called "Mack The Knife." That one goes to #1.
1959 The Clovers record "Love Potion #9."
1954 Greg Ginn (guitarist for Black Flag) is born in Tucson, Arizona.
1953 Bonnie Tyler is born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, Neath, Wales.
1953 Jeff "Worzel" Rich (drummer for Status Quo, The Climax Blues Band) is born in Hackney, London, England.
1944 Boz Scaggs is born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio.
1942 Chuck Negron (of Three Dog Night) is born in Manhattan, New York.
1940 Nancy Sinatra is born in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her parents are Frank Sinatra and his wife Nancy Barbato. Nancy Jr. becomes a singer like her dad, and in 1966 has a #1 hit with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."
1936 Teen idol James Darren is born James William Ercolani in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He rises to fame playing Moondoggie alongside Sandra Dee's Gidget and releasing a string of pop records like the 1961 hit "Goodbye Cruel World."
1929 Bliss Carman (the former William Bliss Carman), dies in New Canaan, Connecticut at age 68.
1810 Romantic era composer Robert Schumann is born in Zwickau, Germany.
Dolly Parton's "I Will Aways Love You" Hits #1
1971 Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" goes to #1 on the Country chart. Nearly two decades later, Whitney Houston's R&B version tops the Hot 100 and becomes one of the best-selling singles of all time.
2003 Billy Joel wins a Tony Award for the orchestration of his Broadway musical, Movin' Out.
1996 Jars of Clay hits #37 with "Flood" - the first Top 40 hit for a Contemporary Christian band in the Alternative Rock era. Over the next few years, a steady stream of Christian Rock bands cross over, led by Creed.
1991 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa get married. They have three children together.More
1990 Two days after a federal court declares the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be legally obscene, Charles Freeman, the owner of a record store in Ft. Lauderdale, is arrested for selling the album by six Broward county sheriff's deputies who are working undercover. He is later found guilty of selling obscene material and fined $1000. Police may have motive for targeting Freeman, as he is later arrested for selling cocaine.
1977 Kanye West is born in Atlanta, Georgia.