Music History: August 9th
2010 Blues bassist Calvin "Fuzz" Jones dies of complications from lung cancer and a heart attack at age 84 in Southaven, Mississippi.
2007 Mark Marush, saxophonist for the Fabulous Wailers, dies.
2005 Nickelback release "Photograph," the first single from their album All The Right Reasons. Inspired by a drunken snapshot, the song is about Chad Kroeger's memories of growing up in a small town in Alberta.More
1994 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Endangered Species, their eight album.
1993 Lionel Richie finally divorces his college sweetheart and first wife Brenda Harvey. After carrying on a secret relationship with Diane Alexander since 1986, it was only a matter of time. Richie soon remarried to Alexander on December 21, 1995 and fathered two children, Miles Brockman and Sophia, before the pair split in 2004.
1991 The 5th Dimension are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1985 After the massive success of the Motown 25 TV special on NBC, the network debuts the ill-fated Motown Revue variety series, which would only run for five weeks.
1983 22-year-old Thomas Riley is shot and killed by a British soldier in Belfast. He was a friend of the band Spandau Ballet, and sold merch on their True tour. His death would inspire the band's song "Through The Barricades."
1978 Muddy Waters performs at the Carter White House.
1975 Composer/pianist Dmitry Shostakovich dies of lung cancer at age 68 in Moscow, Russia.
1974 Jazz trumpeter/vocalist Bill Chase (of Chase) dies in a plane crash at age 39 in Jackson, Minnesota.
1974 Four members of the Jazz-Rock group Chase, who'd scored a hit three years earlier with "Get It On," are killed in a plane crash near Jackson, Minnesota, including leader Bill Chase.
1974 Gilbert O'Sullivan's "A Woman's Place/Too Bad" is released on the MAM label in the UK.
1974 John Emma (guitarist for Chase) dies in a plane crash en route to a performance Jackson, Minnesota, at age 22.
1974 Wallace Yohn (keyboardist for Chase) dies in a plane crash en route to a performance Jackson, Minnesota, at age 25.
1972 Arion Salazar (bass guitarist for Third Eye Blind) is born in Oakland, California.
1969 Sly and the Family Stone releases "Hot Fun In The Summertime."
1969 Three Dog Night releases "Easy To Be Hard."
1968 The Beatles record "Mother Nature's Son."
1967 At England's National Jazz and Blues Festival in Sunberry, Jerry Lee Lewis is kicked off the stage after the overenthusiastic crowd responds to his set with a near-riot.
1964 Bob Dylan and Joan Baez share the stage for the first time, singing "With God On Our Side" at the Newport Folk Festival.
1963 Whitney Houston is born in Newark, New Jersey.
1963 The British variety show Ready! Steady! Go! makes its debut with guest stars The Searchers, Pat Boone, and The Tremoloes. The show features many top musical acts and runs until 1966.
1961 The movie Come September, starring Bobby Darin and his wife Sandra Dee, opens in theaters. The pair met on set and married after a whirlwind romance.
1960 Singer/songwriter/musician Aimee Mann is born in Richmond, Virginia.
1960 Johnny Horton records "North To Alaska."
1959 Rapper Kurtis Blow is born Kurt Walker in The Bronx, New York.
1947 R&B/Soul singer Barbara Mason is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1947 Bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr (of The Cars) is born in Lakewood, Ohio.
1947 Singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom is born.
1946 John Parry (trombonist for The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) is born.
1946 Marinus "Rinus" Gerritsen (bassist, keyboardist for Golden Earring) is born in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands.
1944 Vivian "Viv" Prince (drummer for The Pretty Things) is born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.
1939 Soul singer Billy Henderson (founder of The Spinners) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1934 Country singer-songwriter Merle Kilgore is born in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Co-wrote "Ring of Fire" with June Carter Cash.
1932 Helen Morgan records "Bill."
1995Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead dies from a heart attack at age 53. His voice fills the airwaves as millions of Deadheads mourn.
2002 Lisa Marie Presley marries actor Nicolas Cage, a union that lasts less than four months.
1995 The original members of Kiss play together for the first time since 1980 when Peter Criss and Ace Frehley join the current band to record their MTV Unplugged special, which is later released as the album Kiss Unplugged. Not counting Ace Frehley's 1976 wedding, it also marks the only time the original members have performed without makeup. The appearance goes over so well that Criss and Frehley rejoin the band in 1996, replacing Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer. The subsequent outing becomes the top-grossing tour that year.
1986 Queen play their last live concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth Park Festival in England. An audience of 120,000 hears them close out with "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" and "God Save The Queen."
1975 "Jive Talkin'" by the Bee Gees goes to #1 in the US, becoming their first Disco hit. It holds the position for two weeks.