2008 – US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit ‘Respect’, the Wilson Pickett song, ‘In the Midnight Hour’ and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by […]
2008 – Lita Roza died in Liverpool, England. Had the 1953 No.1 hit with her version on the of Patti Page hit ‘How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?’ Roza was the first British female singer to top the UK singles charts.
2008 – The deep-voiced soul singer Isaac Hayes died August 10 after he was found unconscious at his Memphis residence. No autopsy was performed, but paperwork filed by Hayes’ family doctor, David Kraus, lists the cause of death as a stroke. See also: http://www.thisdayinrock.com/?p=1682
2008 – American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed A Girl’
2008 – American singer-songwriter Katy Perry went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Kissed A Girl’. The track was a worldwide hit topping the charts in over than 20 countries.
2008 – Elvis’ Peakcock Jumpsuit sells for $300k on This Day in Rock Music history! The suit sold at auction, making it the top selling Elvis memorabilia ever sold at auction. It was a white suit with Vneck and high collar with a gold and blue peacock design.
2008 – Robert Hazard dies of Pancreatic Cancer on This Day in Rock! He wrote “Girls just wanna have fun”, for Cyndi lauper as well as being the lead singer for “Robert Hazard and the Heroes”.
2008 – Kid Rock was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Summer Long’. The song is based on Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves of London’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.