Music History August 10

BORN ON AUGUST 10

1927 – Jimmy Martin, American singer and guitarist, the “King of Bluegrass” (d. 2005)
1940 – Bobby Hatfield, American singer-songwriter (the Righteous Brothers) (d. 2003)
1943 – Jimmy Griffin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bread) (d. 2005)
1943 – Ronnie Spector, American singer-songwriter (the Ronettes)
1947 – Ian Anderson, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jethro Tull)
1956 – Charlie Peacock, American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, session musician
1959 – Mark Price, English drummer (All About Eve, Del Amitri)
1961 – Jon Farriss, Australian drummer, songwriter (INXS)
1962 – Julia Fordham, English singer-songwriter
1967 – Todd Nichols, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Toad the Wet Sprocket)

DIED ON AUGUST 10

1993 – Euronymous, Norwegian singer, guitarist, producer (Mayhem, Deathlike Silence Records) (b. 1968)
2002 – Michael Houser, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Widespread Panic) (b. 1962)
2007 – Tony Wilson, English journalist, producer, and manager, co-founded Factory Records (b. 1950)
2008 – Isaac Hayes, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (b. 1942)
2011 – Billy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1925)
2013 – Jody Payne, American singer and guitarist (Willie Nelson’s The Family) (b. 1936)

EVENTS ON AUGUST 10

1959 – Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The band members were charged with aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation. They were acquitted on December 10, 1959. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.

1992 – Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg on their 248-date Seven Day Weekend world Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

2008 – Singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit “Theme From Shaft” as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, “South Park.” He was married four times and had 12 children.

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