Thursday, June 21, 2012

This Date in Rock Music History: June 22

1956:  Elvis Presley began three days of concerts at the Paramount in Atlanta, Georgia.
1958:  Vic Damone had the #1 song in the U.K. with "On The Street Where You Live".

1959:  "Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison, one of the top R&B songs of the Rock Era, remained at #1 for a seventh week for that format.
1960:  Hank Ballard & the Moonlighters performed on American Bandstand.
1961:  The Beatles recorded "Ain't She Sweet", "Cry For A Shadow", "When The Saints Go Marching In", "Why", "Nobody's Child" and "My Bonnie".  (Note:  some websites falsely say the songs were recorded June 24.  According to the book 'The Beatles Encyclopedia:  Everything Fab Four' by Kenneth Womack and several other reputable sources, the Beatles recorded these songs in a session on June 22.)
1963:  A famous day in the Rock Era as Stevie Wonder, or Little Stevie Wonder as he was known back then, debuted on the chart with his first single--"Fingertips - Pt 2". 
1963:  The fastest-rising song was "Surf City" by Jan & Dean, which surfed from #68 to #20 on this date.
1963:  "One Fine Day" reached the Top 10 for the Crystals.
1963:  Lesley Gore remained at #1 on the R&B chart with "It's My Party".

1964:  Dean Martin released the single "Everybody Loves Somebody".

1964:  The Drifters released the single "Under The Boardwalk".
1964:  The Beatles played at Wellington Town Hall in New Zealand.

1967:  The Rascals recorded "How Can I Be Sure", with that unforgettable vocal from Eddie Brigatti.
1967:  Mick Jagger and Keith Richards went on trial for drug possession in Chichester, West Sussex, England.  (Note:  many websites say the trial was in London.  It was in Chichester, according to the 'BBC'.)
1968:  In the U.K., the #1 song was "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by the Rolling Stones.
1968:  Otis Redding went to #1 posthumously in the U.K. with the album Dock of the Bay.

1968:  "This Guy's In Love with You" by Herb Alpert became the new #1 song, ending a three week run by "Mrs. Robinson" from Simon & Garfunkel.  That classic dropped to 3 and moving up to 2 was "MacArthur Park" from actor Richard Harris.  The Ohio Express was singing about "Yummy Yummy Yummy" at #4 while Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 had their great sound at #5 with "The Look Of Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Tommy James & the Shondells with "Mony Mony", Aretha Franklin's "Think" at #7, Merrilee Rush moved into the Top 10 with "Angel Of The Morning", Archie Bell & the Drells had #9--"Tighten Up" and Friend and Lover had a Top 10 song with "Reach Out Of The Darkness".  1971:  Joni Mitchell released the album Blue.  (Note:  numerous websites incorrectly list the release date as June 1.  The date of release was June 22, according to Joni's official website.)

1974:  "You Won't See Me" by Anne Murray was the new #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1974:  Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot was the new #1 album. 
1980:  Don McLean rose to #1 in the U.K. with his remake of the Roy Orbison song "Crying".
1983:  The always confused Ozzy Osbourne changed his mind and decided that yes, he will tour with Black Sabbath after all.
1984:  A reformed Aerosmith opened a tour with the first of two dates at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire.  (Note:  Many websites report that the tour started on June 2.  According to the book 'Rocks:  My Life In and Out of Aerosmith' by guitarist Joe Perry, the show was on June 22.)

1985:  Born in the U.S.A. was still only down to #5 after 53 weeks on the Album chart.  The blockbuster from Bruce Springsteen had been in the Top 10 every one of those 53 weeks.
1985:  Survivor climbed to the top of the AC chart with "The Search Is Over".

1985:  Bryan Adams had his first #1 song with "Heaven".  
1988:  Jesse Ed Davis, popular session guitarist with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, the Monkees, Steve Miller, Jackson Browne and Harry Nilsson, died from heroin in Venice, California at the age of 43.
1990:  Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson of the Dell-Vikings died of prostrate cancer at age 54 in Pontiac, Michigan.

1990:  Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium. 
1990:  Sinead O'Connor, Ry Cooder, Del Amitri and Jesus Jones performed at the Glastonbury Festival.
1991:  The Jimi Hendrix handwritten lyrics to "Room Full Of Mirrors" sold for $35,200 at an auction in New York City.
1991:  Paula Abdul spent a second week at #1 with "Rush, Rush". 
1991:  The funeral for Joe Kubert of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels was held in Royal Oak, Michigan.
1992:  This combination is a little strange.  At a concert at the Town & Country Club in London, Tom Jones was joined on stage by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
1993:  Collective Soul released their fabulous debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid on the independent label Rising Storm.  The track "Shine" did so well on college radio that the group signed a contract with Atlantic Records, which re-released the album the following year.
1996:  Load by Metallica debuted at #1 on the Album chart.
1997:  Hanson had the #1 U.K. album with Middle of Nowhere.
2002:  "The Edge", guitarist of U2, married his girlfriend Morleigh Steinberg in Eze, France.  Bono, Lenny Kravitz and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics were among the guests.
2003:  Beyonce released the album Dangerously in Love.  (Note:  several websites report the date of release as June 20.  It was released on June 22, according to 'Billboard' magazine and the book BeyoncĂ©: A Biography of a Legendary Singer' by Michael A. Schuman.)

2003:  The great group Evanesence scored a double in the U.K. with the #1 song "Bring Me To Life" and the #1 album Fallen.
2003:  Clay Aiken had the #1 song in the United States with "This Is The Night".
2003:  Luther Vandross topped the Album chart with Dance With My Father.
2005:  The Foo Fighters debuted at #2 on the Album chart with In Your Honor.  Man, easy to get high debuts these days--it's almost like there's no competition.  Hmmm.
2008:  "Viva La Vida" from Coldplay was the #1 song.
2010:  The Eagles appeared at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Born This Day:
1936:  Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas.
1940:  Jimmy Castor ("Trogladyte Cave Man" from 1972) was born in Manhattan, New York; died January 16, 2012 of cancer in Henderson, Nevada.  (Note:  Some websites still report Jimmy was born in either 1943 or 1947.  According to 'The New York Times' from an interview with Castor's son, Jimmy for years let people believe he was younger than he was.  The son confirmed that Castor was born in 1940.  Some websites lazily say he was born in New York City, which of course is made up of independent boroughs.  One source reports he was born in the Bronx.  According to the newspaper 'The New York Times', Castor was born in Manhattan and lived in the Bronx. )
1943:  Bobby Harrison, singer-songwriter and drummer of Procol Harum, was born in East Ham, London, England.

1944:  Peter Asher, singer and guitarist of Peter & Gordon and a highly successful producer and manager, was born in London.  Asher signed and managed James Taylor and produced most of Linda Ronstadt's great albums as well as those of Bonnie Raitt, Andrew Gold and J.D. Souther, before being named vice president of Sony in 1995. 
1947:  Howard Kaylan, "Eddie" in the duo Flo & Eddie and later a member of the Turtles, was born in the Bronx, New York.  (Note:  several websites lazily say Howard was born in New York City.  He was born in the Bronx, according to the official website of the Turtles.)

1948:  Todd Rundgren was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.  (Note:  some websites claim Rundgren was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Rundgren was born in Upper Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia, according to the book 'A Wizard, a True Star:  Todd Rundgren in the Studio' by Paul Myers.)

1949:  Alan Osmond of the Osmonds was born in Ogden, Utah.

1953:  Cyndi Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York.  (Note:  some websites report Cyndi was born in Queens, New York.  According to 'MTV', she was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens.)
1956:  Derek Forbes, the original bass guitarist of Simple Minds, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1956:  Green Gartside, frontman of Scritti Politti was born in Cardiff, Wales.
1957:  Garry Gary Beers, founder and bass guitarist of INXS, was born in Manley, New South Wales.  (Note:  some websites insist Garry was born in Sydney, Australia.  According to the official website for INXS, he was born in Manley.)
1961:  Jimmy Somerville, lead singer for Bronski Beat ("Smalltown Boy") and later the Commodores, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1964:  Mike Edwards of Jesus Jones ("Right Here Right Now") was born in London.
1965:  Tom Cunningham, drummer of Wet Wet Wet, was born in Drumchapel, Glasgow.
1970:  Steven Page, guitarist of Barenaked Ladies, was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

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