Monday, August 9, 2010

August 8 - Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday The Edge!

The Edge, U2

Musicians Born On August 8

1933 Joe Tex (Show Me)
1942 John David (Dr Hook)
1955 Chris Foreman (Madness)
1956 David Grant (Stop and Go)
1956 Ali Score (A Flock of Seagulls)
1957 Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs)
1959 Rikki Rocket (Poison)
1961 The Edge (David Evans) (U2)
1967 Lorraine Pearson (5 Star)

Number 1 In The Charts On August 8

1960 Brian Hyland: 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' US 45
1963 Searchers: 'Sweets for My Sweet' UK 45
1970 'Blood, Sweat and Tears 3' US LP
1987 U2: 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' US 45
1992 Madonna : This Used To Be My Playground : US single
1992 Snap : Rhythm Is A Dancer : UK single

Deaths On August 8

1965 Julian 'Cannonball' Aderly

Various Music Events On August 8

1957 Imperial Records release Fats Domino's first LP 'This Is Fats'

1958 Cliff Richard signs with Columbia Records/EMI in UK

1960 'Billboard' reports that the English Decca label has scrapped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson's 'Tell Laura I Love Her' as 'Too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibilities'

1964 New single released in US by Young World Singers, called 'Ringo For President'. Ringo Starr comments: 'I don't believe I will have the time'.

1981 U2 debut on UK chart with 'Fire'

1987 Janet Jackson establishes a new chart record as 'The Pleasure Principle' becomes the fifth single from her 'Control' LP to top black chart

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