MAY 8 BIRTHDAYS
1911- Robert Johnson (influenced Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Eric Clapton)
1940 – Rick Nelson (died 1985)
1941 – John Fred (“Judy In Disguise” – died 2005)
1943 – Toni Tennille (Captain and Tennille)
1947 – Rick Derringer (The McCoys – “Hang On Sloopy”, solo “Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo
1951 – Phillip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire – lead singer)
1955 – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen/drums)
ON THIS DAY
1964 – The Beatles held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks with three #1 hits in succession: “I want to Hold Your Hand” (7 weeks), “She Loves You (2 weeks), and “Can’t Buy Me Love” (5 weeks).
1965 The filming of Bob Dylan’s iconic promotion film for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ took place at the side of a hotel in London.
1967 – Gerry and the Pacemakers broke up, recognizing they could no longer keep pace with the rapisdly changing British rock scene. Before the split, they placed 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 including “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying” and “Ferry Cross The Mersey”.
1969 – John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management deal with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO. Paul McCartney was the lone holdout opting to let the Eastmans continue to represent his interests.
2006 – The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European Tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year old guitarist suffered a mild concussion when he fell out of a coconut tree while on vacation in Fiji. I don’t have any idea what he was doing in a coconut tree.
A couple of Rolling Stones songs immediately come to mind……