On This Day, August 10 in Music History


On this day August 10 in 1956 – Doris Day started a six-week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)’.

1959 – Elvis Presley reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘A Big Hunk o’ Love’. In the UK the song peaked at No.4.

1961 – At the age of 14, Helen Shapiro became the youngest artist to top the UK Singles chart with ‘You Don’t Know’ on this day August 10.

1963 – Thirteen-year-old Stevie Wonder hit No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Fingertips’ for the first of three weeks straight. The song featured on his first live album ‘The 12 Year Old Genius’ which was also a chart-topper.

1968 – With his sixth studio album ‘Delilah’Tom Jones reached number one in the UK on this day August 10 in music history.

1968 – Rock supergroup Cream started a four-week stint at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart with their third studio album ‘Wheels of Fire’. The album also reached number one in Canada and Australia while in the UK it peaked at No.3.

1974 – With his eighth studio album ‘Back Home Again’John Denver went to number one in the US on this day August 10. The album contains the chart-topping singles ‘Annie’s Song’ and ‘Back Home Again’.

1974 – Roberta Flack scored her third number one single in the US with ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’. Also a chart-topper in Canada that year.

1984 – Rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers released their debut studio album ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ through EMI America and Enigma Records.

1985 – Bryan Adams hit number one on the US Albums chart with his fourth studio release ‘Reckless’. The LP also became a chart-topper in Canada and New Zealand.

1991 – Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti scored his second number one album on the UK chart with ‘Essential Pavarotti II’ on this day August 10 in music history.

2002 – Bruce Springsteen topped the UK Albums chart with his twelfth studio release ‘The Rising’. The album reached No.1 in eleven other countries, including the US, and it earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

2002 – With this debut single ‘Colourblind’, Scottish singer and songwriter Darius started a two-week run at No.1 in the UK.

2006 – American R&B singer and songwriter Barbara George died on this day August 10 at the age of 63. Best remembered for her chart-topping single ‘I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)’.

2008 – American singer, songwriter, composer, and actor Isaac Hayes died at the age of 65. Best remembered for co-writing the song ‘Soul Man’, and for penning and recording the Academy Award-winning film score ‘Theme from Shaft’.

2013 – American country music singer Jody Payne died at the age of 77. Best remembered as the longtime guitarist in Willie Nelson’s backing band The Family.

2013 – Selena Gomez topped the US Billboard 200 chart with her debut solo studio album ‘Stars Dance’ on this day August 10 in music history. The album was an international hit and it also went to No.1 in Canada, China, Mexico, Norway, and Taiwan.

2013 – Welsh operatic duo Richard & Adam started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Impossible Dream’.

Richard & Adam – The Impossible Dream

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2013 – American singer Edith Gormezano also known professionally as Eydie Gorme died on this day August 10, aged 84. Best remembered for her hit singles ‘Blame It on the Bossa Nova’, ‘Fini’, and ‘You Need Hands’.

2017 – With their fifth studio album ‘Everything Now’, indie rock band Arcade Fire went to number one in the UK. Also a chart-topper in Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, and the US that year.

2019 – American rapper Nathan Feuerstein also known as NF went to number one in the US with his fourth studio album ‘The Search’.


1909 – American inventor and musician Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender was born on this day August 10 in Anaheim, California. Best known for designing the Fender Stratocaster and for founding the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

1928 – Country music singer, actor, and TV host Jimmy Ray Dean was born on this day in Seth Ward, Texas. Best known for hit songs such as ‘Bumming Around’ and ‘Big Bad John’.

1928 – American singer and actor Edwin Jack Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was one of the best-selling artists of the 1950s.

1940 – One half of the musical duo The Righteous BrothersRobert “Bobby” Hatfield was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on this day August 10 in music history.

1943 – American singer, songwriter, and guitarist James “Jimmy” Griffin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Best known as a member of the soft rock band Bread, and for co-writing the Academy Award-winning song ‘For All We Know’.

1943 – Co-founder and leader of the girl group The RonettesVeronica Greenfield also known as Ronnie Spector was born on this day August 10 in New York City.

1947 – Scottish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ian Anderson was born on this day in Dunfermline. Best known as the frontman of the rock band Jethro Tull.

1948 – English singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Beckett was born on this day August 10 in Liverpool. Best known as the frontman of the soft rock band Player.

1950 – American R&B, jazz, and pop music singer and songwriter Patti Austin was born on this day in Harlem, New York.

1961 – Founding member and drummer of the rock band INXSJonathan “Jon” Farriss was born in Perth, Australia.

1962 – British singer and songwriter Julia Fordham was born on Hayling Island, England on this day August 10 in music history.

1964 – Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, and DJ Neneh Karlsson also known professionally as Neneh Cherry was born in Stockholm. She rose to fame with her debut studio album ‘Raw Like Sushi’ which peaked at No.3 in the UK.

1968 – American singer, rapper, and producer Michael Bivins was born on this day in Boston, Massachusetts. Best known as a founding member of the groups New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD).

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