This Weekend in Music History
August 10th, 1963 – Little Stevie Wonder starts his three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Fingertips part II’. At the age of 13, this makes him the youngest singer to top the charts. It was also, the first live, non-studio recording to reach number one on the singles chart since Johnny Standley’s 1952 comic monologue ‘It’s in the Book’.
August 9th, 1964 – Three security officers are taken to a hospital in Manchester after staining injuries from trying to control over 3,000 screaming teenagers at a Rolling Stones concert.
August 9th, 1986 – Queen wraps up what will be their last live performance when they finished their set at Knebworth Park in England in front of 120,000 fans. The last two songs the full band would ever play together live were ‘We Are The Champions’ and ‘God Save The Queen’.
August 10th, 1985 – Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran is trapped for twenty minutes under the hull of his boat after it overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon and 5 other crew members were then air lifted to safety by the Royal Navy.
August 11th, 1976 – Keith Moon, the drummer from The Who, is admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing. It isn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last either as Moon had a nasty habit of collapsing, even while playing on stage.
August 11th, 1984 – Ray Parker Jr. starts a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the ‘Ghostbusters’ theme song. Parker is accused of stealing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News, and the dispute is eventually settled out of court in the following year. Parker was a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye before hitting the charts on his own.