Events in Music on August 8

  • 1948 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • 1960 "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" hits #1
  • 1963 Kingsmen release "Louie, Louie", radio stations label it obscene
  • 1964 1st Rolling Stones concert in Netherlands at The Kurhaus of Scheveningen, in The Hague
  • 1964 Dutch Opera forms in Amsterdam

Musical Finale

1964 N. Richard Nash, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical "110 in the Shade", based on Nash's drama "The Rainmaker", closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC after, 330 performances

Music History

1966 South African Broadcasting bans Beatles due to John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" remark

  • 1969 The Beatles are photographed by Iain MacMillan crossing the street as they walk away from EMI Studios, for the cover of their "Abbey Road" album. [1]

Music History

1975 Hank Williams Jr. falls off the side of Ajax Peak in Montana

Album Release

1983 Columbia Records releases "An Innocent Man", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's ninth studio album

  • 1984 "Rink" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • 1986 Texas paroles American rock singer David Crosby from state prison, 5 months into his 5 year prison sentence for drug and weapons convictions; he credits the respite with helping him to break his cocaine addiction

Album Release

1988 Rap group N.W.A. release their debut studio album "Straight Outta Compton"

Music History

1991 Carlos Santana pleads no contest to marijuana possession charge

Music History

1992 Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield suffers second and third-degree burns during a pyrotechnics explosion on stage at Olympic Stadium, Montreal

Music Single

1995 "Gangster's Paradise" single released by Coolio (Billboard Song of the Year, 1995)

  • 1996 American jazz artist Mel Tormé (70), suffers a stroke, ending his 65-year singing career
  • 2016 K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle

Music History

2020 Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric exercise bike

#1 in the Charts

2022 Beyoncé’s single "Break My Soul" is her first solo #1 on Billboard's Top 100 in 14 years, the same week her "Renaissance" album reaches No. 1 on Billboard's 200 chart [1]