Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 8






1959 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
"I Only Have Eyes For You" by the six man, Chicago vocal group, The Flamingos, enters the Billboard chart where it will reach #11.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
The Essex, a five piece group made up of US Marines, release their first single, "Easier Said Than Done". The song will climb to #1 on both the US Pop and R&B charts, #41 in the UK, and receive a Gold Record from the R.I.A.A. for selling over one million copies. The band's follow-up tune, "A Walkin' Miracle", would reach #12 the following September.

June 8
The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" peaks at #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. The effort is the brain child of Phil Spector, who uses a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that will become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Hal Blain on drums, Leon Russell on piano and Nino Tempo on sax.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Although he is actually dismissed from the band, a press release is issued saying Brian Jones has quit The Rolling Stones. One month later, he will be found dead in his swimming pool.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Jerry Lee Lewis marries his fourth wife, 29-year-old Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, a divorcee who worked as a secretary for the Memphis sheriff's department. The pair would split just two weeks later, but never divorced. They would remain married, seeing each other only occasionally until she was found dead, floating in her backyard swimming pool on June 8th, 1982.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Keyboard player Rick Wakeman left the Progressive Rock band Yes following completion of the album "Tales From Topographic Oceans". Wakeman openly expressed his bewilderment and disillusionment with the album and the band. Wakeman rejoined Yes in 1976, but split from the group again in 1980.

June 8
Paul McCartney and Wings had the top spot on the Billboard singles chart with "Band On The Run", a song on which Paul played bass, guitar and drums. The song was a #3 hit in the UK.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Bruce Springsteen marries Patti Scialfa at their Beverly Hills mansion. It was the second marriage for Springsteen, who divorced model Julianne Phillips in 1988, and the first for Scialfa, who used to sing in Springsteen's E Street Band.

June 8
Paula Abdul started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Spellbound".

1998 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
The surviving Beatles are seen together for the first time in nearly 30 years at a memorial service for Linda McCartney held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Billy Joel won a Tony award for the orchestration of his musical, Movin' Out.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
A British judge sentenced George Michael to 100 hours of community service and banned him from driving for two years for driving under the influence of drugs.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

June 8
Cher filed a lawsuit against SAIL Venture Partners and related firms, claiming they defrauded her out of more than $800,000 in investments which went bad.

June 8
Janis Joplin's childhood home in Port Arthur, Texas was put up for sale. Although surrounding houses usually sold for between $70,000 and $80,000, the asking price for the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house was $500,000. "You're obviously paying for the fame of the home," said the listing realtor.

June 8
Brian Rading, a founding member of Canada's Five Man Electrical Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer at the age of 69. He played bass on the band's 1971, Billboard #3 hit, "Signs".






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