This Day in Music History: May 8

This Day in Music History: May 8May 8, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: May 8.


1970: Let It Be, the 12th and final album by The Beatles was released (it was recorded before the Abbey Road album and was supposed to be called 'Get Back'). The record came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a 'Get Back' book.

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1976: ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with 'Fernando'. The song became the band's biggest selling single, as it sold more than 10 million copies. Also on this day, the band started a nine-week run at the top of the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits' album.

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1982: Paul McCartney scored his fifth UK No.1 album with 'Tug Of War'. It features the song 'Ebony & Ivory', a duet song with Stevie Wonder, which was inspired when Paul McCartney heard comedian Spike Milligan saying something like black notes, white notes, and that you need to play the two to make harmony. He was referring to the black and white keys on a piano.

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1982: Vangelis topped the US singles chart with 'Chariots Of Fire', his only US No.1 hit. He was accused of plagiarism with this song, claiming Vangelis stole this song from by fellow Greek composer Stavros Logaridis with his song 'City of Violets'. Eventually, Vangelis won in court when he was able to convince the judge to allow him to bring his keyboard setup into the court and demonstrate how he composed his songs by improvising new music.


1984: Roger Waters released The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking, his first solo album. The theme of the album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, was around the thoughts of a man during a midlife crisis, and features guest musicians David Sanborn on saxophone, Eric Clapton on guitar and Michael Kamen on piano.

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1993: Aerosmith entered the US album chart and topped the chart with 'Get A Grip', also a No.2 hit in the UK. The album sold more than 20 million copies all over the world and also won two Grammy awards.

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2005: Bruce Springsteen topped the US album chart with 'Devils and Dust', Springsteen's 13th No.1 studio album.

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