Today in Rock & Roll History: August 8th

1960: Johnny Kidd and the Pirates had their first and only #1 on the UK chart with “Shakin’ All Over.”

1961: “Little Sister” by Elvis Presley was released. Both it and the flip side of the double A-side record, “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame,” were written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. The single went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 in the UK.

1961: Britain’s Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group had their biggest hit in the US when the novelty tune “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight)” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1964: Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Performed entirely solo by Dylan, the album drew criticism from the folk community for its departure from the socially conscious songwriting present on his previous LP, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and failed to enter the top 40 on the charts.

1964: The Animals debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “House of the Rising Sun,” the second single from the group’s self-titled debut American LP.

1966: Three days after its release in the UK, the Beatles’ seventh studio album, Revolver, was released in the US. “I’m Only Sleeping,” “And Your Bird Can Sing,” and “Doctor Robert” were omitted from the North American version of the LP, and it marked the last time that Capitol Records issued an altered UK Beatles album for the North American market. When the Beatles re-signed with EMI in January 1967, their contract stipulated that Capitol could no longer alter the track listings of their albums.

1968: The Band released “The Weight,” backed with “I Shall Be Released,” from their debut studio album, Music from Big Pink. The single became one of the group’s best known songs as well as a significant influence on American popular music.

1969: The iconic cover photo for the Beatles’ last-recorded album, Abbey Road, was taken by photographer Iain Macmillan, with the group’s four members walking across a zebra crossing outside EMI’s studios in London. Macmillan had been a friend of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and McCartney had provided him with a sketch of his idea for the cover. A policeman held up traffic while the Beatles were photographed six times. Looking at the negatives, Paul McCartney chose the fifth, as it was the only one in which all four Beatles were walking in time. It also satisfied the group’s desire for the world to see them walking away from the recording studios where they had spent much of the last seven years.

1970: “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” the third single from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fifth album, “Cosmos’s Factory,” entered the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to peaking at #2 in early October.

1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears started two weeks at the top of the Billboard pop chart with their third studio album and second of two #1 LPs, Blood, Sweat & Tears 3.

1980: David Bowie released “Ashes to Ashes,” the lead single from his fourteenth studio album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). The record became his second #1 on the UK chart.

1983: Billy Joel released An Innocent Man, his ninth studio album and tribute to the American popular music of Joel’s adolescent years.

1986: “Throwing It All Away,” the fifth and final single from Genesis’ Invisible Touch album was released in the US, where it reached #3 on the Cash Box chart.

1987: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 became their second single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group’s last of two #1 singles on the US pop charts, both of which originated on their fifth album, The Joshua Tree.

1999: At the request of the Premier of Manitoba, Guess Who members Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Jim Kale and Gary Peterson appeared together at the closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games at Winnipeg Stadium in their hometown of Winnipeg. The reunion led them, along with Don McDougall, to begin practicing for a reunion tour that began a year later. Health problems prevented Kale from taking part, and he was replaced by former member Bill Wallace.

2000: The Moody Blues released Hall of Fame, the group’s second live album to feature a live orchestra. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London, it was the last album to include Ray Thomas before his retirement from the band.

2002: Yes was given a day in their honor in the city of Philadelphia. At that time, Yes had sold out more shows than any other act in the city’s history.

2006: Gin Blossoms released Major Lodge Victory, their fourth studio album and first LP since their breakup in 1997.

2012: Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Michael Nesmith of the Monkees announced a twelve-city tour of the US as a tribute to fellow member Davy Jones, who had died in February. It was the first time Nesmith took the stage with the band since performing together in the UK in 1997 and the first full-fledged Monkees tour in the US with Nesmith since 1969.

Birthdays Today

Jimmy Witherspoon, jump blues singer, was born in Gurdon, AR in 1920.

Joe Tex, soul singer-songwriter, was born Joseph Arrington Jr. in Rogers, TX in 1933.

Jerry Slick, drummer, first husband of Grace Slick, and founding member of The Great Society, was born in 1939.

John “Jay” David, drummer for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, was born in 1942.

John Renbourn, guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, and member of Pentangle, was born in Marylebone, London, England in 1944.

Anton Fig, session drummer best known as a member of David Letterman’s house band under Paul Shaffer who also worked with Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, B.B. King, Peter Frampton, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper, Link Wray, and Joe Bonamassa, was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1952.

Chris Foreman, singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist for Madness, was born St. Pancras, London, England in 1956.

Dennis Drew, keyboardist and founding member of 10,000 Maniacs, was born in Jamestown, NY in 1957.

The Edge, songwriter and lead guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist for U2, was born David Howell Evans in Barking, Essex, England in 1961.

Ian Moore, guitarist and singer-songwriter who has toured with artists such as Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, Paul Weller, and the Rolling Stones, was born in Berkeley, CA in 1968.