BORN ON AUGUST 7
1913 – George Van Eps, American guitarist (often called the Father of the Seven-String Guitar) (d. 1998)
1950 – Rodney Crowell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1958 – Bruce Dickinson, English singer-songwriter (Iron Maiden)
1960 – Jacquie O’Sullivan, English singer-songwriter (Bananarama)
1962 – Alison Brown, American banjo player, guitarist, songwriter, and producer
1966 – Kristin Hersh, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave)
)DIED ON AUGUST 7
2009 – Mike Seeger, American folk singer-songwriter (b. 1933)
2014 – Henry Stone, American record producer, owner of TK Records (b. 1921)
EVENTS ON AUGUST 7
1954 – Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Memphis. Cash had plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman, he instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records a year later.
1974 – Peter Wolf, lead singer of the J. Geils Band and actress Faye Dunaway were married. They divorced in 1979.
1980 – John Lennon began recording his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory, in New York City. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1987 – A Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who had committed suicide while listening to Ozzy’s song, “Suicide Solution.”
2011 – Marshall Grant, who played bass for Johnny Cash in the Tennessee Two, from 1954 to 1980, passed away at the age of 83. After his time with Cash, Grant managed the Statler Brothers until they retired in 2002 and later wrote an autobiography entitled “I Was There When It Happened.”