1961: Frankie Avalon began a 15-day tour of South America.
King's song was on its way to becoming a classic...
1965: Sonny and Cher made their television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
1966: The Dave Clark Five performed on The Ed Sullivan Show for the 11th time. (Note: some websites claim this was the group's 12th performance on the show, but according to the band's official website, it was appearance #11. Some websites claim the group performed 18 times on the show but according to the official website of the group, they appeared a total of 13 times. Five of those air dates were reruns, which explains the confusion. Only taped episodes count as performances--you will never find 18 taped episodes, but rather 13. )
1970: No longer with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Janis Joplin performed in Louisville, Kentucky in front of 4,000 fans at Freedom Hall (16,000 capacity). (Note: the book Notable Moments of Women in Music' by Jay Warner, claims Joplin performed on July 12, but as you can see from the poster above, the correct date is June 12.)
1971: "Want Ads" by the Honey Cone was the #1 song, toppling the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar".
1972: Jim Croce released the single "You Don't Mess Around With Jim". (Note: some naive websites claim the song was released in July. "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" debuted on the Singles chart on July 1. It is physically impossible for a song to be released as a single by the record company, mailed to radio stations, received by radio stations, listened to and added to station playlists, reported to the trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day.)
1979: The Cars released the single "Let's Go" to radio stations on Elektra Records.
1980: Diana Ross released the single "Upside Down" to radio stations.
1989: Lou Monte, who gave us many novelty records including "Pepino, The Italian Mouse in 1962", passed away at age 72 in Pompano Beach, Florida.
1990: Mariah Carey released her monumental debut album on Columbia Records on this date.
2001: Blink-182 debuted at #1 on the Album chart with Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.
2003: 50 Cent and Nate Dogg had the #1 song "21 Questions".
2006: Olivia Newton-John was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for her amazing contribution to music and charity. (Note: some websites are slow to come up with the correct date for this monumental honor. 'Billboard' indicated on June 12, 2006 that Olivia had been honored on that date, and few would accuse the magazine of being clairvoyant.)
1937: Chips Moman, who helped revive the career of Elvis Presley and also produced for Dusty Springfield, B.J. Thomas and Willie Nelson and wrote the Grammy Award-winning song "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" for Thomas, was born in LaGrange, Georgia; died June 13, 2016 in LaGrange after suffering from a disease of the lungs.
1941: Reg Presley of the Troggs was born in Andover, Hampshire, England; died February 4, 2014 in Andover after losing a battle to lung cancer.
1942: Len Barry (Leonard Borisoff who had the hit "1-2-3") was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1948: Barry Bailey, original lead guitarist of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, was born in Decatur, Georgia.
1951: Bun E. Carlos, great drummer of Cheap Trick, was born in Rockford, Illinois.
1951: Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston, was born in Peabody, Massachusetts; committed suicide March 7, 2007. (Note: many websites list Boston as Delp's birthday or say he was born in Danvers, Massachusetts. The family later lived in Danvers, but Brad was born in Peabody.)
1969: Bardi Martin, bassist of Candlebox