Top 10 at 10: August 7 in Music History

Aug 07, 2014

By Valerie Massie

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In order from the oldest to the most recent, here are the big moments in music history that happened on August 7:

10. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES – The Platters (Singer Herb Reed of The Platters was born August 7, 1931)

9. SH-BOOM – The Crew Cuts (Sh-Boom by the Crew Cuts hits #1 on August 7, 1954.)

8. DIANA – Paul Anka (Paul Anka makes his TV debut on “American Bandstand”, performing “Diana” on August 7, 1957.)

7. BEACH PARTY TONIGHT – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello (“Beach Party”, the first of the beach party movies, opens in theaters on August 7, 1963.)

6. I’M HENRY VIII I AM – Herman’s Hermits (Hits #1 on the charts August 7, 1965.)

5. YOU MAKE LOVIN’ FUN – Fleetwood Mac (Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac on August 7, 1970.)

4. HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees (Hits #1 on the charts August 7, 1971.)

3. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART – Elton John & Kiki Dee (Hits #1 on the charts August 7, 1976)

2. WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN – Claude King (In recognition of King’s 1962 hit song, the state of Arkansas declares the statewide holiday, “Wolverton Mountain Day” on August 7, 1981.)

1. THE BOXER – Paul Simon (Paul Simon gives a free live concert for somewhere between 100,000 and half a million people in New York’s Central Park.)

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