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Music History Events June 8
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1979 Guitarist Derek Trucks is born in Jacksonville, Florida. After forming The Derek Trucks Band, he serves in The Allman Brothers Band from 1999-2014 alongside his uncle, drummer Butch Trucks.

1976 Blue Öyster Cult release their most popular album, Agents Of Fortune. Thanks to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," it sells over a million copies in America.

1974 Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip.

1974 Paul McCartney & Wings' "Band On The Run" hits #1.

1974 Rick Wakeman departs Yes for a solo career, returns two years later, and leaves again after four years.

1970 R&B singer Nicci Gilbert (of Brownstone) is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1966 Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.

1962 Nick Rhodes (keyboardist for Duran Duran) is born Nicholas James Bates in Birmingham, England. He is instrumental in the band's success, introducing them to both the analogue synthesizer sound that becomes their signature and also driving them to focus on making creative music videos.

1962 Skeeter Davis records "The End of the World."

1961 Elvis Presley's movie Wild In The Country premieres in Memphis.

1960 Mick Hucknall (lead singer of Simply Red) is born in Manchester, England.

1959 Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" reaches its chart peak of #2 in America. His next single is something quite different: a song about a murderous cad called "Mack The Knife." That one goes to #1.

1959 The Clovers record "Love Potion #9."

1954 Greg Ginn (guitarist for Black Flag) is born in Tucson, Arizona.

1953 Jeff "Worzel" Rich (drummer for Status Quo, The Climax Blues Band) is born in Hackney, London, England.

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Dolly Parton's "I Will Aways Love You" Hits #1

1974

Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" goes to #1 on the Country chart. Nearly two decades later, Whitney Houston's R&B version tops the Hot 100 and becomes one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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