Music History: August 8th
2013 "Cowboy" Jack Clement (writer and producer for Johnny Cash) dies of liver cancer at age 82 in Nashville, Tennessee.
2011 While on tour with Maroon 5 and Train, Gavin DeGraw is attacked by a group of men on a New York City street. He suffers a broken nose and is taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
2007 Amy Winehouse overdoses on a mixture of alcohol, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine after a London pub crawl. Her hospitalization causes the cancellation of her first US tour. The singer refused her record company's request to enter rehab for alcohol abuse, inspiring her hit record "Rehab." She does eventually end up in a clinic, but not until 2008 when a tabloid films her apparently smoking crack.
2004 There is a big stink when The Dave Matthews Band tour bus dumps its sewage into an Illinois river from the Kinzie Street bridge. An unfortunate group of tourists are doused with the waste, which hits their tour boat. The band was not on the bus, and their driver denied it until he was confronted with surveillance video.
2000 The first Gathering Of The Juggalos takes place in Novi, Michigan, at the Expo Center. This becomes an annual event for cult fans of the horror-rap group Insane Clown Posse. While the first Gathering lasts only two days and is basically an extended concert, the event transforms over the years into a full-on festival with concerts by many bands and artists, contests, games, wrestling, and other attractions - sort of a Lollapalooza for the underground/indie rap/hip-hop scene. The annual tradition settles in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, as the permanent location, and attracts as many as 20,000 attendees every year.
2000 A class action lawsuit is filed against the major record labels, claiming that they kept CD prices high by punishing retailers who sold the discs for less than their "minimum advertised price." The case was eventually settled for $143 million, with 3.48 million claimants who bought CDs between January 1, 1995 and December 22, 2000 receiving checks for $13.86.
1994 The Notorious B.I.G. releases his debut solo single, "Juicy."
1992 Opening for Guns N' Roses at a show in Montreal, James Hetfield of Metallica is injured by the pyrotechnics, which burn the entire left side of his body. Metallica can't continue, and Guns N' Roses cuts their set short after just 15 minutes when Axl Rose claims throat problems. A near riot ensues at Olympic Stadium as fans are not pleased.
1986 After serving eight months of a five-year sentence in the Huntsville unit of the Texas State Prison, David Crosby gets out on parole. Crosby entered the facility after a series of arrests and failed attempts at drug rehab. He later says that going to prison saved his life, as it forced him to get sober.
1983 Harold Melvin and three members of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are arrested for cocaine, marijuana, and meth possession at Caesars Boardwalk Regency Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.
1976 Drew Lachey (of 98 Degrees) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1976 JC Chasez (of 'N Sync) is born Joshua Scott Chasez in Washington, D.C.
1975 Jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley dies of a stroke at age 46 in Gary, Indiana.
1974 Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" is certified Gold.
1970 Enjoying some libations at a nearby bar before her concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, Janis Joplin writes the song "Mercedes Benz," which she sings that night. Joplin does just one more show before her death.
1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival releases "Lookin' Out My Back Door."
1970 Blood, Sweat & Tears' Blood Sweat & Tears 3 LP hits #1.
1969 The Beatles record "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "The End."
1966 The Beatles release Revolver, which contains the psychedelic "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the bitter "Taxman."
1966 The Beatles release "Eleanor Rigby" on a double A-side single with "Yellow Submarine."
1964 The Animals release "The House Of The Rising Sun."
1962 Rapper Kool Moe Dee is born Mohandas Dewese in New York City, New York.
1961 David Evans is born in East London. He later becomes The Edge as a member of U2.
1961 Rikki Rocket (drummer for Poison) is born Richard Allan Ream in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
1960 Decca Records in England refuses to release Ray Peterson's latest single, "Tell Laura I Love Her," going so far as to throw away 25,000 pressings of the teen-tragedy song, which they feel is "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility." A cover by Ricky Valance proves them wrong by going straight to #1. (The grisly song, in which a stock-car driver mutters the title words before he dies, ironically only reaches #7 in America.)
1960 Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" hits #1, where it stays for one week.
1958 Chris Foreman (guitarist for Madness) is born in London, England.
1958 Bing Crosby and his second wife, Kathryn, have their first child together: Harry Lillis Crosby III (Harry is Bing's real first name). Crosby had a total of six children - all boys.
1957 Dennis Drew (keyboardist for 10,000 Maniacs) is born in Jamestown, New York.
1956 Alister "Ali" Score (drummer for A Flock Of Seagulls) is born in Beverley, Yorkshire, England.
1953 Les Paul and Mary Ford's "Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)" hits #1.
1950 Vocalist/guitarist Andy Fairweather Low (of Amen Corner) is born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales, United Kingdom. Also sang backing vocal's for The Who's Who Are You.
1949 Actor/singer Keith Carradine is born in San Mateo, California. Also appeared in Madonna's "Material Girl" music video.
1949 Airrion Love (of The Stylistics) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1944 Country/Pop singer Michael Johnson is born in Alamosa, Colorado.
1942 John "Jay" David (drummer for Dr. Hook) is born in Bayonne, New Jersey.
1941 Les Brown and his Band of Renown record "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio."
1939 Baritone singer Phil Balsley (of The Statler Brothers) is born in Staunton, Virginia.
1938 Actress/singer Connie Stevens is born in Brooklyn, New York. Had a #3 hit with "Sixteen Reasons" in 1960.
1933 Southern Soul singer Joe Tex is born Joseph Arrington Jr. in Rogers, Texas.
1932 Country singer Mel Tillis is born in Dover, Florida. Known for the hits "I Ain't Never," "Good Woman Blues," and "Coca-Cola Cowboy."
1926 Jazz trombonist Urbie Green is born in Mobile, Alabama.
1923 Blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon is born in Gurdon, Arkansas.
1923 A fourteen-year-old clarinet player named Benny Goodman lands his first professional gig, playing for a cruise ship operating on Lake Michigan near Chicago.
1921 Country singer Webb Pierce is born in West Monroe, Louisiana. Known for the popular 1955 cover "In the Jailhouse Now."
1907 Jazz musician Benny Carter is born in Harlem, New York.
1857 Composer/pianist Cécile Chaminade is born in Paris, France.
1980The fantasy musical Xanadu, starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, debuts to scathing reviews ("In a word, Xana-don't.") and inspires the Golden Raspberry Awards for the worst films of the year. But it has a killer soundtrack thanks to "Magic."
1988 N.W.A., featuring Dr. Dre and Easy-E, release the Gangsta Rap classic Straight Outta Compton, which gets a lot of attention for its song "F--k Tha Police."
1975 Hank Williams Jr. nearly meets his doom when he falls 500 feet down Ajax Mountain in Montana. He survives, but with some facial scars he will often cover with a hat, beard, and sunglasses.
1970 Christine McVie plays her first gig with Fleetwood Mac at a show in New Orleans. The band's first female member, she played on some of their albums before she was asked to join full-time.
1969 Photographer Iain MacMillan shoots the cover for what would be The Beatles' last recorded album, Abbey Road, just outside the studios of the same name where the band recorded most of its classic songs. The photo, which merely shows the band crossing the street while walking away from the studio, has become iconic in its own right and provides "Paul Is Dead" enthusiasts with several erroneous "clues" to his "death," including the fact that Paul is barefoot. (Supposedly this represents a corpse, but McCartney has stated that it was simply a hot day.) The shoot, which lasts ten minutes, produces six shots, from which Paul picks the cover.