08th SEPTEMBER

1952: Ray Charles does his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he will record such classics as “Mess Around,” “I Got a Woman,” “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” and “What’d I Say.”

1956: Eddie Cochran signed a one year contract with Liberty Records, Cochran went on to give Liberty three top 40 hits over the next several years.

1957: Reet Petite’ by Jackie Wilson was released for the first time, it became a UK No. 1, 29 years later.

1968: The Beatles performed ‘Hey Jude’ on the UK television show ‘Frost On Sunday’ in front of an invited audience.

1968: Led Zeppelin appeared at Raventlow Parken, Nykobing, Falster, Denmark supported by The Beatnicks and The Ladybirds.

1971: The Tams were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’, a reissue of a 1964 US hit.

1973: Marvin Gaye started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Get It On’, his second US No.1, only reached No.31 in the UK.

1973: The Allman Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Brothers And Sisters’, the group’s only US No.1.

1974: Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Beach Boys all appeared at the New York ‘Summersault ’74’ at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury.

1977: Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left Wings to help re-form The Small Faces. McCulloch had played with Paul McCartney’s band on the Venus and Mars and Wings At the Speed of Sound albums, as well as on the Wings Over America tour.

1979: Led Zeppelin scored their eighth UK No.1 album when ‘In Through The Out Door’ went to the top of the charts for two weeks.

1984: Stevie Wonder had his first UK No.1 with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’.

1990: Jon Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blaze Of Glory’, a No.2 in the UK. The track appeared in the motion picture Young Guns II, for which it was originally recorded.

1993: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love appeared on stage together at a show in Hollywood. They performed a song they wrote together ‘Penny Royal Tea’.

1997: 29 years after the band first formed, Led Zeppelin released ‘Whole Lotta Love’, their first ever single in the UK.

1999: Sean Puffy Combes and his bodyguard Paul Offered both pleaded guilty to harassment in a New York Court.

2002: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson started his new job as an airline pilot.

2003: David Bowie performed the first interactive concert when his performance was beamed live into 21 cinemas from Warsaw to Edinburgh.

2003: With four honors, Shania Twain is the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, presented at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

2004: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr at Pennal church, near Machynlleth in Wales.

2004: The Honorable Oscar B. Goodman, Mayor of the City of Las Vegas proclaimed this day as Queen Day after the British group.

2005: A charity album featuring some of the biggest bands in the UK was thought to be the fastest ever produced. Coldplay, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs, Antony and the Johnsons, The Magic Numbers, The Coral, Bloc Party and Gorillaz were among those who recorded tracks.

2005: Radiohead, Gorillaz, Bloc Party, and other bands begin recording the fastest album ever released.

2006: Mariah Carey is the big winner at the 2006 Chart Toppers R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held in Atlanta.

2012: Paul McCartney receives France’s highest public distinction.

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