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CDJ Today: May 8 in Classic Rock

Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Video (1965)

May 8, 1996 – Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson lose their suit against Penthouse magazine when a judge rules that the magazine may publish nude photo stills stolen from their home.  The stills were taken from an X-rated home movie that was filmed on their honeymoon.

May 8, 1965 – Bob Dylan shoots a film clip for his song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” which becomes the forerunner to what we now know as music videos.  The famous “flashcard” clip theme is then duplicated many times in music videos and movies.

Classic Rock Birthdays

May 8, 1953 – Alex Van Halen, drums (Van Halen)
May 8, 1960 – Eric Brittinghambass (Cinderella)
May 8, 1953 – Billy Burnette, guitar (Fleetwood Mac)
May 8, 1942 – Jim “Motorhead” Sherwood, saxophone, vocals(Frank Zappa‘s Mothers Of Invention) (d. 2011)
May 8, 1944 – Gary Glitter (born Paul Francis Gadd).  Glitter is currently in a UK prison serving time for attempted rape and related pedophile charges. He is eligible for parole in 2031.
May 8, 1951 – Chris Frantz, drums (Talking Heads)
May 8, 1944 – Bill Legend (born William Arthur Fifield) drums (T. Rex)
May 8, 1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith, bass (The Yardbirds)
May 8, 1943 – Danny Whitten, guitar, vocals (Neil Young‘s Crazy Horse) (d. 1972)
May 8, 1911 – Robert Johnson, blues singer, guitar (d. 1938)

Rock Remembrances

May 8, 1974 – Graham Bond dies when he commits suicide by throwing himself in front of a train.  Bond was 36. Bond was the keyboard player in Blues Incorporated and then formed the Graham Bond Quartet, with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.  At the time of his death, he allegedly believed he was the son of occult figure Aleister Crowley.

May 8, 1982 – Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, dies of cancer.  He was 39. Casablanca Records signed such acts as Kiss, T. Rex and Joan Jett.

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