Daily Archives: August 5, 2010

This day in Rock History: August 5th

  • The late Damita Jo (Dublanc– sang the answer records “I’ll Save The Last Dance For You” and “I’ll Be There”) is born in 1940
  • The late Sammi Smith (“Help Me Make It Through The Night”) is born in 1943
  • Billy Williams and the Chordettes appear on the first national broadcast of “American Bandstand” in 1957
  • Sonny Bono is hired by Specialty Records as their Hollywood “artists & repertoire” man, 1957
  • Samantha Sang (“Emotion”) is 57
  • Frankie Avalon’s “Just Ask Your Heart” is released and sells a reported 200,000 copies nationally (10,000 in Chicago alone) that day, 1959
  • The Isley Brothers record “Shout”, 1959
  • Chuck Berry, Jr. (son of the legendary artist) is born in 1961
  • Marilyn Monroe dies of an overdose of sleeping pills in 1962
  • Rick Derringer (“Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo” and leader of the McCoys) is 63
  • The Beach Boys record “When I Grow Up To Be A Man”, 1964
  • Stevie Wonder signs a $13 million deal with Motown Records, the richest ever at that time, 1972
  • The Beach Boys: It’s OK” TV special (with guests John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) airs on NBC, 1976
  • In 1980, the Osmond’s disband after 21 years and will re-unite, but without Donny.
  • Olivia Newton-John gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1981
  • David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Byrds is sentenced to five years in jail on cocaine and gun possession charges (the conviction is overturned after he spends less than a year in prison), 1983
  • Bill Cosby is found guilty of assaulting a photographer and fined twenty cents, 1994
  • “Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music” debuts on PBS-TV, 2008