09th AUGUST

1953: Mantovani and his Orchestra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Song From The Moulin Rouge’.

1958: Britain’s answer to Elvis, 17 year old Cliff Richard, signed a record deal with EMI records.

1962: Robert Zimmerman has his name legally changed to Bob Dylan.

1963: The first ever edition of ‘Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year-old Cathy McGowan.

1964: The Rolling Stones appeared at the New Elizabeth Ballroom in Belle Vue, Manchester.

1965: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher. The song, which sells more than 1 million copies, is the duo’s only No. 1 hit.

1967: Scott McKenzie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair).’

1967: The Small Faces entered the singles chart with ‘Itchycoo Park’, the single peaked at No.3 in the UK chart.

1968: After the other Beatles had gone home for the evening (2.00 am), Paul McCartney stayed behind and recorded ‘Mother Nature’s Son’, taping 25 takes at Abbey Road studios.

1969: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

1975: The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jive Talkin’, the group’s second US No.1 it made No.5 in the UK.

1975: Typically Tropical were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Barbados’, the acts only hit making them One-hit Wonders.

1978: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Three Times a Lady,” Commodores. Band member Lionel Richie was inspired to write the song at a 37th anniversary party for his parents.

1980: Abba scored their eighth UK No.1 single with ‘The Winner Takes It All’.

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.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 gave what would be their last ever live performance when they appeared at Knebworth Park in England. The last two songs the band played were ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘God Save The Queen’.

1987: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. The album “The Joshua Tree” is U2′s first top 10 album in the U.S.

2006: Shakira played the first date on the North American leg of her 99 date Oral Fixation world tour at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

2007: Baltimore’s mayor Sheila Dixon proclaimed today as the city’s official ‘Frank Zappa Day’ citing Zappa’s musical accomplishments.

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