Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Music History for August 9, 2017 (with links)

1958 -

August 9
17 year old Cliff Richard signed a record deal with EMI, where he would enjoy the bulk of his hit records.

1962 -

August 9
Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan.

August 9
The Tijuana Brass release their first single "The Lonely Bull" on A&M Records, the label formed by their leader Herb Alpert and his partner Jerry Moss. The tune will reach #6 in the US and begin a string of 19 Pop chart hits for Alpert.

1963 -

August 9
The BBC's Rock and Roll television show Ready! Steady! Go! makes its debut. The first episode featured The Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury and Brian Poole And The Tremeloes. The final show aired in December 1966 after 175 episodes.

1965 -

August 9
A British quartet called The Silkie record a Lennon / McCartney tune called "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", on which John Lennon was the producer, Paul McCartney played guitar and George Harrison kept time on a tambourine. The song would reach #28 in the UK and #10 in the US, but their only chance to tour America evaporated when band members were unable to obtain the necessary visas and work permits.

1967 -

August 9
Jerry Lee Lewis gets the crowd going into such a frenzy while performing at the Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival in England, that festival officials halt his show and ask him to leave the stage.

1975 -

August 9
The Bee Gees had the first of several Disco style hits in the US when "Jive Talkin" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The inspiration for the song came to Barry Gibb as his car passed over a Florida bridge on the way to a recording studio. His wife said "Hey, listen to that noise. It's the same every evening. It's our drive talking." The record made it to #5 in the UK.

1986 -

August 9
Queen gave what would be their last ever 'live' performance when they appeared at Knebworth Festival.

1995 -

August 9
53 year old Jerry Garcia, leader of The Grateful Dead, died at a California rehabilitation centre. The official cause of death was a heart attack brought on by hardening of the arteries. He was reportedly buried in a red T-shirt and sweatpants.

2007 -

August 9
Jurors, lawyers and Phil Spector himself visited Spector's California mansion to get a firsthand look at the place where actress Lana Clarkson died four years earlier. Spector was on trial for the of murder of Clarkson, who had been shot after going home with him for a drink.

2016 -

August 9
A spokesperson for Cher refuted a tabloid magazine story that said the singer was suffering from a debilitating illness and was close to death by calling the report "dog shit."

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