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August 8

Music History for Thursday, 8/8/19

2017 - Legendary country music star, actor, and entertainer Glen Campbell died following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.

2013 - “Cowboy" Jack Clement, writer and producer for Johnny Cash, died. He was 82.

2011 - Gavin DeGraw was attacked by a group of men in New York City while he was on tour with Maroon 5 and Train. He suffered a broken nose and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.

2010 - A North Carolina woman accused American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino of having an affair with her husband.

2009 - Demi Lovato had the number one album in the country with her second effort, Here We Go Again.

2006 - The number one song was “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado and Timbaland.

2000 - In Portugal, Oasis walked off stage for the second time in two weeks when drummer Alan Whitewas hit by a rock.

1998 - Over 70 thousand fans watched The Rolling Stones play their first concert in Russia.  It rained.

1994 - The Notorious B.I.G released his solo single debut, "Juicy."

1992 - Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses walked off stage after just 55 minutes at a concert at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. The singer claimed he had a sore throat. Many of the 53 thousand fans who showed up to see Guns and Metallica rioted. Metallica frontman James Hetfield was injured in a stage explosion during the show.

1992 - Madonna had the number one single with "This Used to Be My Playground," from the film A League of Their Own.

1988 - N.W.A.’s landmark debut album, Straight Outta Compton, was released.  It marked a critical turning point in the history of hip-hop, introducing gangsta rap to the mainstream.

1987 - U2 scored their second U.S. number-one single with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," just three months after their previous single, "With or Without You," also hit the top of the singles chart.  Both songs came from The Joshua Tree album.

1986 - David Crosby was released from prison after serving eight months of a three-to-five-year sentence for drug and weapons charges.  His conviction was overturned on appeal in 1987.

1983 - Harold Melvin and other members of The Blue Notes were arrested in Atlantic City on charges of cocaine possession.

1982 - Singer Mickey Thomas of Starship married Sara Kendrick in San Francisco.

1980 - Xanadu opened, the movie musical starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly.  It had a hit soundtrack, but flopped theatrically.

1975 - Hank Williams, Jr. fell 500 feet down a mountain in Montana.  After two years of surgeries, he returned to music.

1970 - Janis Joplin purchased a headstone for the Philadelphia grave of one of her idols, blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith died in 1937 after a "whites only" hospital refused to treat her.

1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Looking Out My Back Door" was released.

1970 - Christine McVie made her performance debut with Fleetwood Mac in New Orleans.

1969 - The Beatles shot the cover photo for their Abbey Road album, in the street crosswalk just outside the recording studio in London.

1959 - Elvis Presley had the number one song with "A Big Hunk O'Love."