Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Music History Today: June 8, 2023

June 8, 1944: Boz Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio.

Boz Scaggs
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Boz Scaggs served as guitarist and occasional lead singer with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s, and in the '70s, gained fame with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the hits "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown" from the critically acclaimed 1976 album Silk Degrees, which peaked at number two in the Top 200. More recent recordings -- including 1997's Come on Home, 2013's Memphis, 2015's A Fool to Care, and 2018's Out of the Blues -- all reflect his lifelong obsession with R&B, soul, and blues. 
Read more: Allmusic
June 8, 1968: "Like to Get to Know You" from Spanky and Our Gang peaked at Number 17 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
"Like to Get to Know You" was Spanky and Our Gang's last Top 30 hit, though they continued to score several minor hits until October 1968, when lead guitarist Malcolm Hale died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at 27. Front woman Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane achieved some success as a solo artist, sometimes fronting for The Mamas & The Papas after the tragic death of the late Cass Elliot. 
Read more: Songfacts


June 8, 2008: Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. Number 5 was "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones, Number 4, "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, Number 3, "Crossroads" by Cream, Number 2 '"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix and Number 1 was "Johnny B Goode" by  Chuck Berry.

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