Sunday, August 6, 2017

More Music History for August 6, 2017 (with links)

1955 -

August 6
Elvis Presley's first number one record was released. The song was called "I Forgot to Remember to Forget" and when it hit the top of the US Country charts several months later, it stayed there for 5 weeks.

1966 -

August 6
Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs top the Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Lil' Red Riding Hood", a #2 hit on the Billboard chart. A week later, the RIAA will certify it as a Gold Record, with sales exceeding one million copies.

1970 -

August 6
Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco and Johnny Winter perform at the Concert For Peace at New York's Shea Stadium. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

1973 -

August 6
23 year old Stevie Wonder is seriously injured when the rented car he is riding in slams into the back of a small logging truck on I-85 near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He suffers multiple head injuries and will remain in a coma for four days.

1981 -

August 6
Stevie Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna", which contained the singles, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (with Tom Petty) and "Leather and Lace" (with Don Henley).

1994 -

August 6
Domenico Modugno, the Italian singer whose recording of "Volare" topped the North American charts in 1958, died of a heart attack near his home on the island of Lampedusa. He was 66.

2004 -

August 6
Rick James, most often remembered for the 1981 #16 hit "Super Freak", died of natural causes at the age of 56. He was also given writing credit on MC Hammer's 1990, #8 hit, "U Can't Touch This", which heavily sampled "Super Freak".

2009 -

August 6
Aerosmith lead singer, 61-year-old Steven Tyler, was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital after falling from the stage during a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Rapid City, S.D.

2012 -

August 6
Marvin Hamlisch, who had a US #3 hit in 1974 with an instrumental called "The Entertainer", died at the age of 68 after a brief, unspecified illness.

2013 -

August 6
Elvis Presley's recording sessions at Stax Records in Memphis were released together for the first time. Titled "Elvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition", the three-CD box set also featured out-takes and rare photos from the July and December 1973 sessions, which originally produced three separate albums.

2016 -

August 6
Swedish music streaming service Spotify reported that "The Girl From Ipanema" was streamed more than 40,000 times after it was played while supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked onstage during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The song first became a hit for Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in 1964 when it peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.

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