Four members of The Platters were arrested in 1959 after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. Even though the members were acquitted of the charges in the following December, the scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists in several major radio markets.
In 1963, 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with “Fingertips part I”, making him the youngest singer to top the charts. “Fingertips” was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles music chart in the United States since Johnny’s Standley’s 1952 comic monologue “It’s in the book”.
The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US in 1964: “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, “Please, Please Me”, “Love Me Do” and “Twist And Shout.” “Do You Want To Know A Secret” was written primarily by John Lennon but was credited to both Lennon and Paul McCartney. “Please, Please Me” was voted 39th on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Jim Morrison of the Doors went on trial in Miami, Florida in 1970 for an infamous incident on March 1, 1969, where he allegedly exposed himself on stage. (Though no doubt drunk, disinterested, and verbally taunting the audience, according to firsthand accounts, Morrison is generally thought these days to have been innocent of the major charge, sparking talk of a posthumous public vindication by Florida officials.)
John Denver went to No.1 on the US album music chart in 1974 with ‘Back Home Again’. The eighth album by John Denver that went multi-platinum and contained the hit music singles “Annie’s Song”, Back Home Again”, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy and “Sweet Surrender”. On the cover, John is pictured with his then wife Ann Martell.
Roberta Flack went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1974 with “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, the singers third US No.1. Released nine months before the music album of the same title, the song became one of the greatest musical successes of 1974, as well as of Roberta Flack’s recording career. It went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles music chart.
The jazz vocal group Manhattan Transfer debuted their summer variety series on CBS-TV in 1975. Riding a wave of nostalgia in the 70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop.
Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Square Gardens in New York City in 1976. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with “Reckless” in 1985. This is the fourth studio album by the Canadian singer and songwriter. The album was co-produced by Adams and Bob Clearmountain and became one of the most successful solo albums of Bryan’s career.
“Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles music chart in 1985. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV,” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.
Wilson Pickett was found guilty by a New Jersey court in 1987 of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life following his involvement in a fist fight in a bar.
Vince Gill joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1991 and is introduced by Roy Acuff, who sheds tears as Gill delivers “When I Call Your Name”. Vince Gill paid nearly a decade-and-a-half of dues en route to becoming one of the most popular country stars of the 90s. Starting out as a bluegrass singer and multi-instrumentalist, he initially made his name with country-rockers Pure Prairie League and spent the 80s as part of country’s new traditionalist movement before finding his own niche in country music.
The Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia in 1993. The gig was recorded with some of tonight’s songs ending up on the band’s first music album “Remember Two Things.”
The Dixie Chicks’ Martie Seidel married Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii in 2001. The fiddle player met her husband at his brother’s wedding in 2000. The marriage proposal took place near a scenic waterfall in Ireland in June of 2001. The ceremony was planned and the two invited 30 guests to join them on the beach on August 10th 2001.
Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii in 2002. The marriage was Presley’s third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.
Kenney Chesney’s nine-minute “You Save Me” video debuts on CMT in 2006. The song was written by Brett James and Troy Verges. The song was released as the fourth music single from Chesney’s album “The Road and The Radio”.
In 2008, American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed A Girl’. The track was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries. The song is from her second studio music album “One Of The Boys” which was released by Capitol Records.
Capitol releases lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to radio in 2009. The song has created quite a controversy as some say it is a rip off from the Alan Parsons Project “Eye In The Sky”. While this is a bit of a stretch if you listen to the two songs there are many similarities. You can decide for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS1z2inwJ2o
Brooks & Dunn announce in a five-sentence note to their fans that they’re ending their run as a duo after one last tour in 2009 – “It’s time to call it a day.
Jason Aledean’s “Take A Little Ride” video premiered on CMT in 2012. Jason Aldean spoke about the song and has this to say: “I thought this would be a great lead single to come with after “Fly Over States”. It’s about grabbing your girl and getting lost in the country. Sounds like a pretty good Friday night to me!”
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, August 10th are:
1909 – Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender, inventor and founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company. The Fender Telecaster (1949) was the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world’s most iconic electric guitars and the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars
1928 – Jimmy Dean – American actor and singer. A network TV host and sausage-company owner, he sold a million copies of the 1961 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Big Bad John’. He joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
1929, Born on this day, American singer and entertainer Eddie Fisher. Eddie had the 1953 UK No.1 single “Outside Of Heaven” and the 1955 US No.6 single “Heart”.
1940 – Bobby Hatfield – American singer who found fame with The Righteous Brothers. They had the 1965 UK & US No.1 single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and the 1990 UK No.1 single “Unchained Melody”, first released in 1965.
1943 – James Griffin – American singer, guitarist and songwriter best known for his vocals with the group Bread. They had the 1970 US No.1 & UK No.5 music single “Make It With You”.
1946 – Mick Clarke – Mick grew up in Dagenham, Essex where he experienced the early Rock ‘n; Roll years that molded his destiny. He went on to be with the group The Rubettes who had the 1974 UK No.1 single “Sugar Baby Love”.
1947 – Ian Anderson- British musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the lead vocalist and flute player for the group Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull had the 1969 UK No.3 music single ”Living In The Past”.
1947 – Ronnie Spector – American singer born and raised in Spanish Harlem. She formed The Ronettes while in her teens and released her first record in 1961 on the Colpix label. They went on to have the 1963 US No.2 & UK No.4 single “Be My Baby”.
1948 – Patti Austin – American R&B, Pop and jazz singer. In 1983, she had the US No.1 & UK No.11 music single with James Ingram “Baby Come To Me”. In 2008, she received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album for “Avant Gershwin” which was recorded mostly live with the WDR Big Band in Germany.
1949 – Gene Johnson – American singer and musician. Gene played the mandolin for Diamond Rio, a harmony-based sextet that won multiple awards from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music in the 1990’s.
1959 – Mark Price – drummer for All About Eve who had the 1988 UK No.10 single “Martha’s Harbour”. Mark also worked with The Cure and Right Said Fred.
1961 – Jon Farriss – drummer for INXS. They had the 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single “Need You Tonight”. The 1987 album “Kick” has sold over 10 million copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; “Need You Tonight”, “Devil Inside”, “New Sensation” and “Never Tear Us Apart.”
1962 – Julia Fordham – British singer-songwriter whose career started in the early 80s under the name Jules Fordham as a back-up singer for Mari Wilson’s Wilsations and for Kim Wilde before signing her own recording contract. Her song “Happy Ever After” went to No.27 in 1988 on the UK singles chart.
1968 – Michael Bivins – Founding member of New Edition who had the 1983 UK No.1 music single “Candy Girl”. When this group ended he formed Bell Biv DeVoe with two other members of New Edition. That group had the 1990 US No.3 music single “Do Me!” and dominated the charts with their album Poison.
1972 – Bobby Pinson – the gritty-voiced singer/songwriter nets a 2005 hit with “Don’t Ask Me How I Know” and wrote Toby Keith’s “Made In America”, Sugarland’s “It Happens” and Trent Tomlinson’s “One Wing In The Fire”.
1973 – Jennifer Hanson – American singer and songwriter. Blending influences such as Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow, she earns a hit in 2002 with “Beautiful Goodbye”. She also wrote The Wreckers “Leave The Pieces and Bucky Covington’s “A Different World”.