Friday May 8th
1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds) is born
1953 – Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac) is born
Featured 1955 – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) is born
1968 – T. Rex debut on UK chart with Deborah.
1969 – John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.
1970 – The Let It Be album was released in 1970
1971 – Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers UK LP is no. 1 chart topper
1976 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers.
1976 – Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue hits UK LP chart.
1993 – Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” enters The Chart Toppers 200 top pop album chart at No. 1., becoming the group’s highest-debuting album and highest-charting album ever.
1993 – Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1996 – A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.
1996 – Unfortunate Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has spousal battery charges refiled against him in Los Angeles. He had failed to finish a substance abuse counseling program, one of the conditions of the 1995 charges being dropped.
2005 – Bruce Springsteen was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Devils and Dust’ his 13th No.1 studio album.
2006 – A British judge rules that Apple Computers did not break an agreement with The Beatles – who own the Apple label – not to enter the music with their iPod and iTunes stores.
2006 – The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery.