Almanac: July 8, 2016
On This Day
- 1908 - Louis Jordan (d. 1975)
- 1924 - Johnnie Johnson (d. 2005)
- 1932 - Jerry Vale (d. 2014)
- 1935 - Steve Lawrence (81)
- 1944 - Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson (Allman Brothers Band) (72)
- 1947 - Bobby Sowell (69)
- 1948 - Raffi (68)
- 1951 - Greg T Walker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot) (65)
- 1956 - Russell Christian (Christians) (60)
- 1957 - Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) (59)
- 1958 - Fred Young (Kentucky Headhunters) (58)
- 1961 - Toby Keith (55)
- 1961 - Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) (55)
- 1961 - Graham Jones (Haircut One Hundred) (55)
- 1962 - Joan Osborne (54)
- 1970 - Beck (46)
- 1970 - Drew Womack (Sons of the Dessert) (46)
- 1971 - Neil Mavers (La's) (45)
- 1976 - David Kennedy (Angels and Airwaves) (40)
- 1985 - Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) (31)
- 1958 - The RIAA presented its first Gold Record to the soundtrack of Oklahoma.
- 1965 - The Dave Clark Five movie, Catch Us If You Can, premiers in London.
- 1968 - Pink Floyd opened their North American tour in Chicago.
- 1969 - Marianne Faithfull collapsed from a drug overdose while working on the film Ned Kelly. She was dropped from the film.
- 1971 - A small riot occurred at the Mott the Hoople show at London's Royal Albert Hall, causing a short ban on rock shows at the venue.
- 1978 - Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of the Clash were arrested after being drunk and disorderly during a show in Glasgow.
- 1979 - The B-52's made their live debut in the U.K.
- 1984 - Bono and Van Morrison join Bob Dylan on stage at Wembley Stadium in London to sing It's All Over Now Baby Blue.
- 1985 - Nude photos of Madonna, taken early in her career, are published by Playboy and Penthouse.
- 1988 - Chico and Robert DeBarge were indicted for drug trafficking.
- 1998 - The home of Foxy Brown is robbed while the rapper and her mother are home. Nobody is hurt.
- 1998 - The estate of Roy Orbison sued Sony Music for $12 million in underpaid royalties.
- 1998 - Nancy Sinatra announced that her father, Frank Sinatra's archive would be donated to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institute.
- 2000 - Janick Gers of Iron Maiden falls ten feet into the pit of a Mannheim, Germany theater during a performance. He is taken to the hospital where he received a number of stitches.
- 2002 - Michael Jackson appeared at a civil rights meeting in New York claiming that the music business was full of racism, especially towards young black artists.
- 2004 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is sentenced to three years probation for a DUI charge.
- 2005 - The funeral of Luther Vandross was held in New York. Attendees included Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Usher.
- 1979 - Marianne Faithful and Ben Briefly
- 1997 - Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
- 1924 - Uncle Dave Macon had his first session for Columbia Records.
- 1957 - Beloved - Scholars (group included a young Kenny Rogers)
- 1966 - Nowhere Man - Beatles (U.K. EP)
- 1978 - Kiss You All Over - Exile (single)
- 1996 - Wannabe - Spice Girls (U.K. debut single)
- 1997 - Fush Yu Mang - Smash Mouth (debut)
- 2002 - Hard Candy - Counting Crows
- 2003 - Diamond Dave - David Lee Roth
- 1958 - American Bandstand - Dion, Bobby Borden
- 1959 - American Bandstand - Billy & Lillie
- 1963 - American Bandstand - Stevie Wonder
- 1965 - Where the Action Is - Sonny & Cher, Del Shannon, Steve Alaimo, Linda Scott, Paul Revere & the Raiders
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Turtles, Brian Hyland, Steve Alaimo
- 1967 - American Bandstand - Five Americans, Donna Lauren
- 1970 - The Everly Brothers Show (Premier) - Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, Melanie
- 1972 - American Bandstand - Climax, Danyel Gerard
- 1978 - American Bandstand - Rare Earth
- 1989 - American Bandstand - El DeBarge
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1944 - I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - Harry James (1 week (3 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1957 - (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear/Loving You - Elvis Presley (7 weeks)
- 1972 - Lean on Me - Bill Withers (3 weeks)
- 1989 - Good Thing - Fine Young Canibals (1 week)
- 1995 - Waterfalls - TLC (7 weeks)
- 2006 - Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado Featuring Timbaland
Number Ones – U.S. Albums
- 1978 - City to City - Gerry Rafferty (1 week)
- 1995 - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1 - Michael Jackson (2 weeks)
- 2006 - Loose - Nelly Furtado (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1950 - Cupid Boogie - Johnny Otis Orchestra, Little Esther and Mel Walker (1 week)
- 1972 - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram (4 weeks)
- 1978 - Close the Door - Teddy Pendergrass (2 weeks)
- 1989 - Keep on Movin' - Soul II Soul (2 weeks)
- 2000 - Separated - Avant (1 week)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1944 - Straighten Up and Fly Right - The King Cole Trio (2 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1978 - I Believe in You - Mel Tillis (1 week)
- 1989 - Lovin' Only Me - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
- 2000 - I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack Featuring Sons of the Desert (5 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 1965 - I'm Alive - Hollies (2 weeks)
- 1972 - Puppy Love - Donny Osmond (5 weeks)
- 2001 - Another Chance - Roger Sanchez (1 week)
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- 1989 - Velveteen - Transvision Vamp (1 week)
- 2007 - We Are the Night - Chemical Brothers (1 week)