Music Almanac - July 8

Birthdays
  • 1908 - Louis Jordan (d. 1975)
  • 1924 - Johnnie Johnson (d. 2005)
  • 1932 - Jerry Vale (d. 2014)
  • 1935 - Steve Lawrence
  • 1940 - Joe B. Mauldin (Crickets) (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson (Allman Brothers Band)
  • 1947 - Bobby Sowell
  • 1948 - Raffi
  • 1951 - Greg T Walker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot)
  • 1956 - Russell Christian (Christians)
  • 1957 - Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
  • 1958 - Fred Young (Kentucky Headhunters)
  • 1961 - Toby Keith
  • 1961 - Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode)
  • 1961 - Graham Jones (Haircut One Hundred)
  • 1962 - Joan Osborne
  • 1970 - Beck
  • 1970 - Drew Womack (Sons of the Dessert)
  • 1971 - Neil Mavers (La's)
  • 1976 - David Kennedy (Angels and Airwaves)
  • 1985 - Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys)

Deaths
  • 2011 - Kenny Baker (Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys) - Complications of a stroke (85)

On This Day
  • 1958 - The RIAA presented its first Gold Record to the soundtrack of Oklahoma.
  • 1961 - Ray Charles was arrested during a heroid raid in Chicago.
  • 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.
  • 1969 - A lien was put on the home of Johnny Cash as collateral for an $82,000 debt assesed to him four years earlier when the exhaust pipe on his camper touched off a forest fire.
  • 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.
  • 1972 - Barbara Mandrell became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 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.
  • 1982 - Debbie Boone made her Broadway debut in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.
  • 1983 - Ferlin Husky suffered a heart attack.
  • 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.
  • 2008 - Mickey Gilley had brain surgery in Springfield, MO.
  • 2014 - It was announced that John Anderson, Gretchen Peters, Paul Craft and Tom Douglas had been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Marriages
  • 1979 - Marianne Faithful and Ben Briefly
  • 1997 - Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
  • 2017 - Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich

Recorded
  • 1924 - Uncle Dave Macon had his first session for Columbia Records.
  • 1970 - It's Only Make Believe - Glen Campbell
  • 1972 - Why Me - Kris Kristofferson

Released
  • 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

Broadcasts
  • 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)
  • 2017 - Melodrama - Lorde (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1950 - Cupid's 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.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1978 - If Ever I See You Again - Roberta Flack (3 weeks)
  • 1995 - I'll Be There For You - Rembrandts (7 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1965 - I'm Alive - Hollies (2 weeks)
  • 1972 - Puppy Love - Donny Osmond (5 weeks)
  • 1995 - Boom Boom Boom - Outhere Brothers (4 weeks)
  • 2000 - The Real Slim Shady - Eminem (1 week)
  • 2006 - Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1989 - Velveteen - Transvision Vamp (1 week)
  • 2000 - Alone With Everybody - Richard Ashcroft (1 week)
  • 2006 - Liberation Transmission - Lostprophets (1 week)

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