Music History for

July 8


1882 - Composer Percy Aldridge Grainger was born.

1958 - The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award went to the soundtrack "Oklahoma!"

1969 - Marianne Faithfull took an overdose of barbiturates on the set of the movie "Ned Kely."

1970 - "The Everly Brothers Show" was launched on ABC-TV as a summer series.

1972 - The Who's "Join Together" was released in the U.S.

1978 - Exile's "Kiss You All Over" was released.

1985 - "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna.

1996 - The Spice Girls debut single "Wannabe" was released in Great Britain.

1998 - Two armed men broke into the home of Foxy Brown (a.k.a. Inga Marchand). Brown and her mother were both in the apartment but suffered no injuries.

1998 - The Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc.