Rock 'n' Roll History for
August 8






1960 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Johnny Kidd And The Pirates topped the UK chart with "Shakin' All Over". The song was ignored across the pond until recorded by The Guess Who, who took it to #22 in America and #1 in their home country of Canada in 1965.

August 8
16 year old Bryan Hyland's novelty tune, "Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. Songwriter Paul Vance said he got the inspiration for the song when he saw his two year old daughter at the beach in a tiny little swimsuit. The record reached #8 in the UK.

August 8
England's Decca Records scrapped 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson's "Tell Laura I Lover Her" because they felt the song, which recounts the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, was "too tasteless and vulgar." A rival record company felt differently and recorded a cover version by a singer named Ricky Valance, which went to number one on the British chart. In the US, Peterson's version reached number seven on the Billboard Pop chart.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Britain's Lonnie Donegan has his biggest hit in the US when the novelty tune "Does You're Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight" reaches number 5.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
A single by The Young World Singers called "Ringo For President" was released in the US. Ringo Starr comments: 'I don't believe I will have the time.'

August 8
"House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals is released in America. Although the band would put 14 songs in the Top 40, this will be their only US number one. It was reported that the song was recorded in just one take and the band was actually in the studio for less than ten minutes.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
In response to John Lennon's remark about The Beatles being bigger than Jesus Christ, The South African Broadcasting Corporation banned all Beatles records.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
The cover photo for The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album is taken, showing the Fab Four striding across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road studios in London. Six shots were taken by the photographer Iain Macmillan, and the photo session was completed in less than ten minutes.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Canadian immigration officials turn back thousands of American fans on their way to the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival in Mosport, Ontario, on the grounds that they "failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves." 8,000 Americans made it there.

August 8
Janis Joplin bought a headstone at the Mont Lawn Cemetery in Philadelphia for the grave of her greatest influence, Bessie Smith. Smith died in 1937 after being refused admission to a whites only hospital.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Gilbert O'Sullivan performed his third UK hit, "We Will" on the British variety show It's Lulu. He will crack the US market next year when "Alone Again, Naturally" tops the chart.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Eric Clapton receives a Gold record for his chart topping album, "461 Ocean Boulevard" that contains his number one hit, "I Shot the Sheriff".

1981 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Joey Scarbury led the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "Theme From The Greatest American Hero". Although follow-up hits eluded him, he would go on to find songwriting success in 1990 when he co-wrote The Oak Ridge Boys' #1 Country hit, "No Matter How High".

1986 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills And Nash as well as The Byrds, is released from prison after serving three years for drug and weapons possession. His conviction would be overturned by a Texas appeals court in November 1987.

2005 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Two of the jurors who voted to acquit Michael Jackson of child molestation and other charges said on NBC's Today show that they now regret their decisions.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Janet Jackson appeared on the cover of Vibe magazine wearing nothing but a skimpy bikini bottom and a necklace made of large shells. The 40-year-old singer had recently lost about 60 pounds.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
The US National Musical Publishers' Association joined Viacom, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central in seeking to sue YouTube, claiming that songwriters were not being properly compensated for performances that appeared on the site.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Ted Kowalski, a member of the Canadian quartet The Diamonds, died of heart disease at the age of 79. The vocal group had a string of hits in the late 1950s including "Little Darlin'", "Silhouettes" and "The Stroll".

August 8
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, had his parole hearing delayed until early September so that officials could gather additional information. The 55-year-old Chapman became eligible for parole in 2000 after serving 20 years, but he has been denied his freedom five times.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Elton John launched a lawsuit against UK newspaper The Times for allegedly defaming him by implicating him in a tax avoidance scheme.

August 8
The members of Motley Crue and KISS announced that they would donate $100,000 to support those affected by the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured. The musicians hoped that their gesture will encourage others to give.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

August 8
Judge R. Gary Klausner denied Led Zeppelin's efforts to recoup roughly $800,000 in legal fees incurred during the recent trial to determine whether the band plagiarized a "Stairway to Heaven" chord progression. The Judge ruled that the plaintiffs didn't have "nefarious motives" and therefore shouldn't be on the hook for Zeppelin's legal fees.






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