On This Day In Music 8th June

1936 James Darren (James Ercolani) born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. US Singer/Actor.
1940 Nancy Sinatra born in Jersey City, New Jersey. US Singer & daughter of Frank Sinatra.1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. With her father Frank she became the only father and daughter team ever to score a UK No.1 single with 1967, 
1940 Sherman Garnes born in New York City, New York. Bass Vocalist with Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, died 26/2/77, (1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’). He died on February 26, 1977 after suffering from a heart attack. He was only 36 years old.
1942 Chuck Negron born in Manhattan, New York. US Singer with Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mamma Told Me Not To Come’). 
1944 Boz Scaggs (William Scaggs) born in Ohio. US Singer/Songwriter. US singer, member of The Marksmen with Steve Miller, The Wigs, solo, (1976 US No.3 single ‘Lowdown’, 1977 US No.11 and UK No.13 single ‘Lido Shuffle’). 
1946 Stuart Edwards – UK Lead Guitarist with Edison Lighthouse. Died in 2016
1947 Mick Box born in Walthamstow, East London, England. UK Guitarist with Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’). 
1947 Julie Driscoll born in London, England. UK Singer – Brian Auger & The Trinisty. 
1951 Terry Uttley – UK Bass Player with Smokie. 
1953 Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Hopkins) born in South Wales. Welsh Singer. (1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’). 
1954 US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records. 
1954 Peter Byrne born in Bath, Somerset, England. UK Singer who formed the group Naked Eyes with Rob Fisher in the early 80’s. 
1955 James Jonathan Sylvers – US singer with the sibling group the Sylvers. 
1956 Russel Christian – US Saxophonist & singer with the Christians. 
1960 Mick Hucknall born in Manchester, England. Lead Singer, songwriter for Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’, 1995 UK No.1 single ‘Fairground’ and 1991 UK No.8 single ‘Stars’, world-wide No.1 1991 album ‘Stars’). 
1962 Nick Rhodes born in Birmingham England.keyboards, Duran Duran, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’, plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’), Arcadia, (1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’). 
1962 Skeeter Davis recorded “End Of The World”. 
1965 Rob Pilatus, vocals, Milli Vanilli, died of a drug and alcohol overdose on 2/4/98, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’). 
1966 Doris Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘System Addict’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1968 Neil Mitchell born in Helensborough, Scotland. keyboards, Wet Wet Wet. (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Love Is All Around’, which spent 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1967 Procol Harum were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, the groups only UK No.1. 
1967 The Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was at No.1 on the UK album chart. Costing £25,000 to produce and recorded over 700 hours of studio time, the album spent 27 weeks at No.1, was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve and be
1969 Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw ‘eye to eye’ with the rest of the band. 
1970 Nicci Gilbert, Brownstone, US female group, (1995 UK No.8 single, ‘If You Love Me’). 
1971 Jef Streatfield, guitar, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single ‘Sick Of Drugs’). 
1974 A one-day concert at Hinckley Athletic Football Ground with Geordie, Blackfoot Sue, Medicine Head and top of the bill The Bay City Rollers, tickets £2.50. 
1974 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with ‘Monkey Grip’, (it peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.99 in the US). 
1974 David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. Also containing “Rebel Rebel’
1974 Dolly Parton was at No.1 on the US country chart with ‘I Will Always Love You’. The Parton penned song later became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston in 1992. 
1974 Yes Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes. 
1974 Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Band On The Run’, his third solo US No.1, it made No.3 in the UK. 
1977 Kayne West born in Hidden Hills, California. US rapper, producer, worked with Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Solo, (2005 US No.1 single ‘Gold Digger’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Late Registration’, 2007 World-wide No.1 album ‘Graduation’). 
1985 Jamie Shaw, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Sacred Trust/After You’re Gone’). 
1985 Tears For Fears started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, the groups first US No.1.
1985 The Style Council scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘Our Favourite Shop’. Including ‘The Boy Who Cired Wolf’, ‘Shout To the Top’ & ‘Walls Came Tumbling Down’. 
1986 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “On My Own,” Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald.
1987 Yogi Horton a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumped to his death from a 17th floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of Living in the shadow of Vandross Also worked with The B-52’s, Diana Ross and Debbie Harry. 
1989 Richard Fleeshman, English actor and singer-songwriter. His television appearances have included a role in Coronation Street. 
1989 At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds Restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action. 
1991 Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home.
1991 Color Me Bad had their only UK No.1 single with ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’. 
1991 Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘More Than Words’, a No.2 hit in the UK. 
1991 Paula Abdul started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Spellbound’. It contained the hit single “Rush Rush’. 
1996 The Fugees scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Killing Me Softly’. 
2002 Months of secrecy surrounding Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle. 
2003 Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Me To Life.’ 
2003 Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1. 
2008 Paul Weller went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his ninth solo album ’22 Dreams.’ 
2008 Mint Royale started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing In The Rain’. This version was used by the winner of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent. ‘Singing In The Rain’ was famously featured in the 1952 film of the same name. The film starred Gene Kelly, whose sampled voice can be heard on this version. 
2008 Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry. 
2012 Lauryn Hill was charged with willfully failing to file income tax returns in the US. Authorities said the singer earned more than $1.6m (£1.03m) during the three years that she failed to file returns. US prosecutors said her main source of income during the period 2005 – 2007 was royalties from her music and films. According to court papers, the 37-year-old owned four corporations – Creations Music, Boogie Tours, LH Productions 2001 and Studio 22. 
2016 Two US musicians were suing Ed Sheeran for $20m (£13.8m) over his single ‘Photograph’. Martin Harrington and American Thomas Leonard claimed it had a similar structure to their song, ‘Amazing’. Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard said they penned Amazing in 2009 and in documents, that include musical note comparison and chord breakdowns of the two songs, the pair claimed the chorus of ‘Photograph’ shares 39 identical notes with their track.

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