On this day, April 8 In Music History

On this day, April 8 In Music History


On this day, April 8 in 1963 – With ‘Days of Wine and Roses’Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer won an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards hosted by Frank Sinatra. A song from the eponymous movie. While Lawrence of Arabia won an Oscar for Best Picture.

1964 – At Motown Studios in Detroit, The Supremes recorded ‘Where Did Our Love Go’. The song later became their first ever No.1 single in the US. Their next four singles also topped the charts.

1967 – At the annual Eurovision Song Contest (held at Vienna that year), Sandie Shaw won the contest with ‘Puppet On A String’.

1972 – Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’. A song inspired by the ‘Bloody Sunday’ that happened in January the same year when British soldiers murdered 28 unarmed civilians during a protest in Northern Ireland. The BBC banned the song, but still it didn’t stop people from hearing it.

1974 – Malcolm John Rebennack also known as Dr.John released his seventh studio album called ‘Desitively Bonnaroo‘.

1975 – Aerosmith released their third studio album ‘Toys In The Attic’ through Colombia Records. The album was ranked 229 on the Rolling Stones ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list. Also their most commercially successful album.

1977 – Punk rock band The Clash released their self-titled debut album through CBS Records. Often praised as one of the greatest punk albums of all time.

1978 – The one-hit wonder British duo Brian and Michael scored went on number one at the UK singles chart with ‘Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs’.

1985 – American songwriter and composer John Frederick Coots died at the age of 87. He composed over 700 popular songs, including ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’.

1991 – English electronic music group Massive Attack released their debut album called ‘Blue LInes‘ through Wild Bunch and Virgin Records.

Massive Attack – Teardrop

1994 – American punk rock band The Offspring released their third studio album ‘Smash’ through Epitaph Records. The album sold over 7 million copies worldwide which also makes it best-selling album released by an independent record label.

1994 – Three days after committing suicide, Kurt Cobain‘s dead body was found in his home by an electrician hired to install a security system.

1996 – Delta blues guitarist and singer Roosevelt ‘Booba’ Barnes’ died at the age of 59 from lung cancer.

1997 – American songwriter, singer, and pianist Laura Nyro died at the age of 49 from ovarian cancer. She was posthumously inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

2001 – Country and pop rock singer-songwriter Van Stephenson died at the age of 47 after a long battle with melanoma.

2003 – Elvis Presley‘s daughter Lisa Marie Presley released her debut studio album To Whom It May Concern’.

2006 – The Rolling Stones performed live for the first time in China, the gig took place in Shanghai. However, they couldn’t play Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, Rough Justice.

2010 – English musician and manager Malcom McLaren died at the age of 64 from cancer. Best known as the manager of Sex Pistols and New York Dolls.

2013 – Due to complications from multiple sclerosis, singer and actress Annette Funicello died at the age of 70.

2016 – With their second studio album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’. English supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets topped the UK album chart.


1922 – American jazz singer Carmen Mercedes McRae was born on this day, April 8 in music history. Often praised as one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century.

1929 – Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel was born on this day, April 8 in Schaerbeek, Brussels. Even though he sang most of his songs in french, he still had a big influence in the anglosphere. Many musicians such as David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nina Simone and so on recorded English versions of his songs.

1942 – Rock vocalist Roger Chapman also known as Chappo was born on this day in Leicester, England. Best known as member of the progressive rock band Family.

1947 – English musician, songwriter and producer Steve Howe was born on this day, April 8 in London. Best known as the guitarist of rock band Yes.

1951 – Bassist for rock band Grand Funk RailroadMelvin ‘Mel’ Schacher was born on this day, April 8 in Owosso, Michigan.

1962 – Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jeffrey Isbell also known as Izzy Stradlin was born on this day in Layafette, Indiana. Also known as one of the founding members of hard rock band Guns N’ Roses.

1963 – English musician and photographer Julian Lennon was born on this day, April 8 in music history. He is also the son of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia.

1963 – Co-founder, singer-songwriter and guitarist of the band L7Donita Sparks was born on this day in Chicago, Illinois.

1964 – American rapper Marcel Theo Hall also known as Biz Markie was born on this day, April 8 in music history.

1972 – Founding member of heavy metal band SlipknotPaul Gray also known as The Pig was born on this day in Los Angeles, California.

1984 – Lead vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Vampire WeekendEzra Koenig was born on this day in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Featured image by: John Joe Coffey

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