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May 8 in Music History

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May 8 in Music History

On this day today:

1940 - Rick Nelson is born Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey.
1940 - Toni Tennille of Captain & Tennille is born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille in Montgomery, Alabama.

1944 - Glam rocker Gary Glitter is born Paul Francis Gadd in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

1951 - Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey is born in Denver, Colorado. Outside of EW&F, he has a hit with Phil Collins in 1986 with "Easy Lover."

1953 - Drummer Alex Van Halen, who along with his younger brother Eddie forms Van Halen, is born in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
1963 - Michel Gondry, the visionary filmmaker behind the Academy Award-winning masterpiece "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," is born in Versailles, France. Gondry's creative genius extends beyond the silver screen, as he gains renown for his surreal and innovative music videos. Renowned for his imaginative and whimsical style, Gondry collaborates with an array of artists, including Björk, The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers, and many others, crafting visually stunning music videos that push the boundaries of creativity and storytelling.

1964 - Blur drummer Dave Rowntree is born in Essex, Rowntree, England.
1965 - In a groundbreaking moment in music and film history, D.A. Pennebaker captures Bob Dylan in what would become one of the earliest music videos ever recorded. The iconic "flashcard" clip accompanies Dylan's seminal track "Subterranean Homesick Blues," showcasing a bold and innovative approach to visual storytelling.

1965 -During The Rolling Stones' inaugural American tour, a fateful moment unfolds in Jacksonville, Florida, as a 17-year-old Ronnie Van Zant finds himself in the audience. Inspired by the electrifying performance before him, Van Zant experiences a profound epiphany—he knows, with unwavering certainty, that he wants to become a singer in a rock band. In the years that follow, Ronnie Van Zant channels his newfound inspiration into the formation of Lynyrd Skynyrd, a band that would go on to become one of the most iconic and influential forces in Southern rock music.

1970 - The Beatles release their final studio album, Let It Be, in the UK.
1972 - Darren Hayes (frontman for Savage Garden) is born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

1975 - Enrique Iglesias is born in Madrid, Spain, to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and journalist Isabel Preysler.

1976 - ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with 'Fernando'.

1979 - The Cure release their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys.

1981 - In a late-night session at a Reno studio, Lionel Richie and Diana Ross rush to record "Endless Love" for a film. Richie flies in from LA, Ross drives from Lake Tahoe. Despite the urgency, their collaboration results in one of the decade's biggest hits.

1982 - The orchestral instrumental "Chariots Of Fire - Titles," by the Greek composer Vangelis, goes to #1 in America.
1982 - Paul McCartney scored his fifth UK No.1 album with 'Tug Of War'.
1993 - Aerosmith's triumphant return is sealed as their album "Get a Grip" debuts at #1, marking their first-ever journey to the top of the album charts.

2001 - Sum 41 release their debut studio album, All Killer, No Filler.

2022 - Bono and The Edge of U2 play an acoustic set at a subway station in Kyiv that has been converted into a bomb shelter.

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