Saturday, June 18, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: June 19

1960:  The Kingston Trio debuted their radio show on CBS Radio.
1961:  Producer Bert Kaempfert signed a contract with the Beatles.  (Note:  several websites claim that Kaempfert signed a contract with the Beat Boys, who they later said became the Beatles, on July 20, 1961.  The Beatles were never known as the Beat Boys; in fact, by July of 1960, the group changed their name permanently to the Beatles.  John Lennon first formed a group called the Black Jacks, which became the Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats, and the Silver Beatles, before the group settled on the name the Beatles.

The contract was not signed on July 20.  As you can see from the above document, which became the first Beatles contract to be auctioned in 2011, the contract was signed June 19.)


                                        Dee Clark had a hot new song...

1961:  Pat Boone had the #1 song with "Moody River".  Ricky Nelson dropped with "Travelin' Man" while Gary U.S. Bonds moved from 9 to 3 with "Quarter To Three".  Ben E King remained at #4 with "Stand By Me" while Dee Clark was close behind with his song "Raindrops".  The rest of the Top 10:  "The Writing On The Wall" from Adam Wade, Bobby Lewis rocked up from 17 to 7 with "Tossin' And Turnin", Gladys Knight & the Pips with "Every Beat Of My Heart", Brook Benton moved up with "The Boll Weevil Song" and Little Caesar & the Romans had their one and only--"Those Oldies But Goodies".
1962:  Nat "King" Cole recorded the single "Ramblin' Rose".
1965:  The Uxbridge Blues Festival in England was a great event with the Who, the Spencer Davis Group, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Zoot Money, Long John Baldry and Marianne Faithful among the performers.
1965:  It should have been obvious to most where this song was headed on the chart--the Biggest Mover on this date was from the Rolling Stones (67-26) with "Satisfaction".
1965:  The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their American debuts on this date at the Academy of Music in New York City.

1965:  "Crying In The Chapel" by Elvis Presley reigned supreme on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week in a row.

                                     The Yardbirds with their greatest hit...

1965:  "I Can't Help Myself", one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era* by the Four Tops, moved into the #1 position in only its sixth week of release, holding off "Mr.. Tambourine Man" from the Byrds.  The former #2 smash "Woolly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs was hanging on to #3.  "Crying In The Chapel" by Elvis came in fourth and the former #1 "Back In My Arms Again" by the Supremes was #5.  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  "Wonderful World" by Herman's Hermits, "Help Me Rhonda" by the Beach Boys, "Engine Engine #9" from Roger Miller was #8, the Yardbirds crashed the Top 10 with "For Your Love" and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" by Patti Page made the list.

 1967:  It was one of the best years in the history of music and  'The Summer of Love", as it would become known, was just getting geared up.  How'd you like to be a radio station Music Director and have this 45 show up on your desk Monday morning?  On this date, Jefferson Airplane released "White Rabbit".  (Note:  some naive websites state the song was released June 24.  "White Rabbit" debuted on the Singles chart on June 24.  It is physically impossible for a song to be released by a record company, mailed to radio stations, be received and listened to by personnel at radio stations, added to station playlists, reported to trade papers and be printed and published, all in one day.  "White Rabbit" was released June 19.)

1967:  Van Morrison released "Brown-Eyed Girl" as a single.
1968:  The Rolling Stones reached #1 in the U.K. for the seventh time with "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
1969:  The Doors were in concert at the PNE Garden Auditorium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1971:  "Rainy Days And Mondays" was #1 for the fourth consecutive week for the Carpenters on the Adult chart.

                     The family act with tips on how to "Treat Her Like a Lady"...

1971:  Carole King scored a double-sided hit as "It's Too Late" and "I Feel The Earth Move" climbed from #6 to #1, heading a tremendous Top 10 on this date.  "It's Too Late" separated itself and wound up as one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era*.  The Carpenters made a move with "Rainy Days And Mondays" at #2 while "Want Ads" by the Honey Cone slipped to 3 after just one week at the top.  "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones was on its way down.  The rest of the Top 10:  Ringo Starr at #5 with "It Don't Come Easy", "Treat Her Like A Lady" from Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose moved up to #6, the Raiders from Boise, Idaho moved from 11 to 7 with their classic "Indian Reservation", the song that was previously #1 for 6 weeks in a row--"Joy To the World" by Three Dog Night was still in the Top 10 at #8, the Partridge Family was #9--"I'll Meet You Halfway" and Donny Osmond had #10 with "Sweet And Innocent".

1971:  Tapestry by Stanley, Idaho's Carole King moved to the #1 position on the Album chart for the first time in its 11th week of release.

1972:  The Carpenters released the single "Goodbye To Love".

1972:  Mac Davis released the single "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" on this date.  (Note:  some naive websites claim the single was released in July.  "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me" 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, listened to and added to station playlists, reported to the trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day.)
1973:  Roberta Flack appeared on the ABC television special Roberta Flack...The First Time Ever.

1974:  The Jackson 5 played two shows at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1974:  The Eagles performed at the Ozark Music Festival in Sedia, Missouri.
1976:  The Bay City Rollers kicked off their first American tour at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1976:  Bette Midler appeared on the HBO television show Standing Room Only.
1976:  "Never Gonna' Fall in Love Again" by Eric Carmen was the new #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

                "Warm Ways" helped Fleetwood Mac kick in another gear...

1976:  Wings at the Speed of Sound was the new #1 album, sending Black and Blue by the Rolling Stones tumbling to #3.  Frampton Comes Alive! reached #2.  The rest of the Top 10:  Here and There from Elton John was #4, Aerosmith's Rocks was 5, the album Diana Ross came in sixth, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac album was moving back up to #7 after 47 weeks, George Benson had #8 with Breezin', Led Zeppelin's Presence was #9 and Rastaman Vibration was #10 from Bob Marley & the Wailers.

                                 The Brothers had a huge summer hit...

1976:  "Silly Love Songs" made it two weeks in a row for Wings at the top.  Silver Convention's second Top 10 song "Get Up And Boogie" was #2 followed by "Misty Blue" from Dorothy Moore.  Diana Ross's former #1 "Love Hangover" came in fourth, followed by Hall & Oates with "Sara Smile" and "Shannon" from Henry Gross.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Shop Around" by Captain & Tennille, "More, More, More (Pt. 1)" by the Andrea True Connection, the Starland Vocal Band rocketed up from 25 to 9 with "Afternoon Delight" and the Brothers Johnson had their first Top 10 with "I'll Be Good To You".
1977:  Tom Petty and the Boomtown Rats performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1978:  The Rolling Stones were in concert at the Palladium in New York City.

1981:  On Monday, June 19, 1981, Diana Ross & Lionel Richie released the single "Endless Love" to radio stations.  (Note:  some naive websites falsely say the song was released August 1.  "Endless Love" debuted on the Singles chart on June 24.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.  The song was released June 19.)
1982:  "Any Day Now" by Ronnie Milsap took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1982:  Asia rose to #1 with their self-titled album, replacing Paul McCartney's Tug of War.  Van Halen remained at 3 with Diver Down while Stevie Wonder's Original Musicquarium I was fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Dare from the Human League, Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson at #6, Toto's landmark album Toto IV at #7, Aldo Nova reached #8, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet by Rick Springfield fell to #9 and Chariots of Fire from Vangelis was #10.

1982:  John Cougar (John Mellencamp) scored the first Top 10 hit of his career on this date as "Hurts So Good" moved from 17 to 9.
1982:  Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney made it six weeks in a row at #1 with "Ebony and Ivory".  The Human League rose to #2 with "Don't You Want Me" and Toto's "Rosanna" was #7.
1984:  Tickets for 10 shows by Bruce Springsteen at the Meadowlands in New Jersey went on sale.  Twenty-four hours later, 202,000 tickets had been purchased.
1987:  Guns N' Roses performed at the famous Marquee Club in London.
1988:  Over 3,000 East Germans crowded against the Berlin Wall so they could hear the Michael Jackson concert, which was being performed freely on the other side at the Platz der Republik in Berlin, West Germany.

1989:  Michael Bolton released the great album Soul Provider on Columbia Records.
1989:  Cher released the album Heart of Stone on Geffen Records.

1989:  Monday fell on June 19, and that meant release date for new singles.  Don Henley released the title song from his album The End of the Innocence on this date.
1990:  Prince performed the first of 12 sold-out shows at Wembley Arena in London.
1993:  "Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart was #1 for the fourth week on the AC chart.

                          Stone Temple Pilots scored a Top 10 album...

1993:  janet by Janet Jackson topped the Album chart for a third week, holding off Unplugged...and Seated by Rod Stewart.  Dr. Dre moved to #3 with The Chronic and the former #1 Soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Kenny G with Breathless, Aerosmith had the #6 album in Get a Grip, the Spin Doctors came in seventh with Pocket Full of Kryptonite, Luther Vandross debuted at #8 with Never Let Me Go, SWV remained at #9 with It's About Time and Core from the Stone Temple Pilots edged into the Top 10.
1993:  Janet Jackson spent a sixth week atop the Singles chart with "That's The Way Love Goes".

1997:  Bobby Helms ("Jingle Bell Rock") died from emphysema and asthma at the age of 63 at his home just outside Martinsville, Indiana.
1998:  Sinead O'Connor opened the second annual Lilith Fair in Portland, Oregon.  Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Sarah McLachlan, Missy Elliott, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Lisa Loeb, Lauryn Hill, Paula Cole, Queen Latifah, Suzanne Vega, Meredith Brooks, Neneh Cherry, Joan Osbourne, Des'ree, Billie Myers, Erykah Badu and the Indigo Girls also performed.
2000:  Bob Dylan added Professor Patrick Ladd to his concert in Portland, Oregon.  Ladd signed Dylan's lyrics for the hard of hearing (as well as for the thousands of fans who couldn't understand Dylan).
2004:  In today's segment of "Inmates Run Rap Music", convicted rapper T.I. turned up at Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash in Atlanta.  His performance was short-lived; after he began insulting Lil' Flip, the plug was pulled on T.I. and the entire concert was canceled.  And all was right with the world.
2005:  Coldplay owned the #1 album in the U.K. with X & Y.
2010:  Katy Perry rose to #1 with "California Gurls" (sp).
2014:  Gerry Goffin, whose songs have been recorded by the Shirelles, Little Eva, the Chiffons, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, the Monkees, Grand Funk, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, the Byrds, the Drifters, Dusty Springfield, Donny Osmond and many others, died in Los Angeles at the age of 75.  (Note:  some websites claim Goffin died in Brooklyn, New York, but according to the newspaper 'The Washington Post', he died in Los Angeles.)

Born This Day:
1932:  Saxophonist Mel Collins (a member of Alexis Korner, King Crimson and the Rolling Stones and a musician for Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Bad Company, Gerry Rafferty, Tears for Fears, 10cc and others) was born in the Isle of Man.
1936:  Tommy Devito of the 4 Seasons was born in Belleville, New Jersey.
1936:  Shirley Goodman of Shirley and Company ("Shame, Shame, Shame" from 1975) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana; died July 5, 2005 in Los Angeles after effects of a stroke suffered in 1994.
1939:  Al Wilson ("Show And Tell" in 1973) was born in Meridian, Mississippi; died of kidney failure April 21, 2008.
1942:  Elaine McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang was born in Peoria, Illinois.
1944:  Robin Box, lead guitarist of White Plains ("My Baby Loves Lovin'" from 1970) 

1950:  Ann Wilson, lead singer of Heart, was born in San Diego, California.
1953:  Larry Dunn, keyboardist with Earth, Wind & Fire, was born in Denver, Colorado.
1959:  Mark DeBarge of DeBarge was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1962:  Paula Abdul was born in Los Angeles, California.
1963:  Simon Wright, one-time drummer of AC/DC, was born in Oldham, Manchester, England.  (Note:  some websites report Simon was born in Alden, England.  Some sites report that he was born in Oldham, Manchester, England.  The county of Manchester was not created until 1974, 11 years after Wright was born, so you will never see Manchester listed as the county of birth on Simon's official birth certificate.)
1964:  Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of the Verve Pipe ("The Freshmen" from 1997) was born in Holland, Michigan.  (Note:  some websites report Brian was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Vander Ark lived in Grand Rapids, but he was born in Holland, a suburb.)
1970:  Brian Welch, guitarist and co-founder of Korn, was born in Torrance, California.  (Note:  some websites claim Welch was born in Bakersfield, California.  He was born in Torrance and was raised in Bakersfield.)

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