Music History August 9

BORN ON AUGUST 9

1939 – The Mighty Hannibal, American R&B, soul and funk singer, songwriter and record producer (d. 2014)
1939 – Billy Henderson, American soul singer (The Spinners) (d. 2007)
1939 – Butch Warren, American jazz bassist (d. 2013)
1942 – Jack DeJohnette, American jazz drummer
1954 – Pete Thomas, English drummer (Elvis Costello)
1968 – Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol)

DIED ON AUGUST 9

2002 – Paul Samson, English guitarist (b. 1953)
2004 – Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
2010 – Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, American blues singer and bass player (Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, James Cotton, Little Walter, Elmore James, and Cassandra Wilson) (b. 1926)
2012 – Carl Davis, American record producer (b. 1934)

EVENTS ON AUGUST 9

1964 – The Rolling Stones appeared at the New Elizabeth Ballroom in Belle Vue, Manchester. Two policemen fainted and another was taken to hospital with broken ribs after trying to control over 3,000 screaming teenagers.

1980 – AC/DC scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Back In Black.’ It was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott (who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33), and was dedicated to him. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest selling album of all time, and the best selling hard rock or heavy metal album, as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.

1980 – Ten original Gerald Scarfe drawings for Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Wall’ were stolen from the foyer of Earls Court, London, England where they were being exhibited.

1986 – Queen ended their Magic European tour at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England, with over 120,000 fans witnessing what would be Queen’s last ever live performance with Freddie Mercury. On this, their final tour, Queen played to legions of established fans, plus many new ones gained as a result of their show-stealing performance at Live Aid the previous year.

1995 – Jerry Garcia guitarist and singer from the Grateful Dead died from a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco aged 53. Garcia co-founded the New Riders of the Purple Sage and also released several solo albums. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarist’s of All Time.”

1997 – After departing from Throwing Muses, a band she co-founder with her step sister Kristin Hersh, and the break up of her band Belly, Tanya Donelly released her debut solo ablum ‘Lovesongs for Underdogs.’ The album produced a pair of singles “Pretty Deep” and “The Bright Light” and featured Donelly’s future husband and Juliana Hatfield member Dean Fisher (bass, guitar); Stacy Jones of Veruca Salt and American Hi-Fi; David Lovering of Pixies; David Narcizo of Throwing Muses (drums); Hilken Mancini of Fuzzy (background vocals); with Wally Gagel and Gary Smith producing.

2005 – Marc Cohn survived being shot in the head during an attempted car jacking as he left a concert in Denver, Colorado. Cohn was struck in the temple by the bullet but it did not penetrate his skull. Police said a man tried to commandeer Cohn’s tour van as it left after a show, the attacker was fleeing police after trying to pay a hotel bill with a stolen credit card.

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