Saturday, June 29, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: June 30

1956:  Fats Domino remained at #1 for a seventh week on the R&B chart with "I'm In Love Again".
1958:  "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters was the new #1 R&B song.
1962:  Ray Charles made it six weeks in a row on top the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1962:  Charles' song was #1 on both the Popular chart and the Easy Listening chart for the fifth consecutive week.
1966:  The Supremes recorded "You Keep Me Hangin' On". 
1966:  The Beatles performed the first of three nights at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
1967:  Vanilla Fudge made their live debut at Action House in Island Park, New York, in the first of three shows opening for the 5th Dimension.  (Note:  some websites claim the group made their live debut July 22, but according to the official website for Vanilla Fudge, their first show was June 30 in Island Park.) 
1969:  Fleetwood Mac performed in the show "Pop Proms" at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

1971:  CCR released the single "Sweet Hitch Hiker" on Fantasy Records.
1972:  The Rolling Stones opened a tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  The disease spread as 2,000 fans rioted, and the Stones walked off stage after only 30 minutes.
1973:  The Spinners held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)".

1973:  George Harrison returned to #1 as a solo artist with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", overtaking ex-Beatle teammate Paul McCartney & Wings, who fell to #2 with "My Love".  Piano whiz Billy Preston, who played with the Beatles on "Get Back" as well as other songs, moved up to 3 with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles".  Soul great Barry White had #4--"I'm Gonna' Love You Just A Little More Baby" while Paul Simon moved up to 5 with "Kodachrome".  The rest of the Top 10:  Sylvia was at 6 with "Pillow Talk", Clint Holmes had #7 with "Playground In My Mind", the Doobie Brothers slid up to #8 with "Long Train Runnin'", Dr. John was in the "Right Place Wrong Time" at #9 while Three Dog Night scored their 10th Top 10 song and 16th hit with "Shambala".

1975:  A new female singer with a familiar last name released her first single.  On this date, Natalie Cole released "This Will Be".

1975:  The Jackson 5 announced they were leaving Motown for Epic Records.  Since Motown owned their name, the group would change it to the Jacksons.
1975:  Cher married Gregg Allman, four days after divorcing Sonny Bono.
1977: Marvel Comics issued a comic book based on the group KISS.
1978:  Jethro Tull, Robert Palmer and Flo & Eddie performed on the smash television show Midnight Special.
1979:  Anne Murray remained at #1 for a third week on the AC chart with "Shadows In The Moonlight".
1981:  Doctors discovered a gaping two-inch hole in the stomach of Jerry Lee Lewis after he was rushed to the hospital.
1983:  The Everly Brothers announced they had reunited and would play a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall for the first time in 10 years.
1984:  Lionel Richie's "Stuck On You" was the fastest-climbing song, rising from 72 to 49.
1984:  "When Doves Cry from Prince took over at #1 on the R&B chart.
1984:  Two remarkable lead singers--Heart's Ann Wilson and Loverboy's Mike Reno, combined for the new #1 Adult Contemporary song--"Almost Paradise" from the outstanding "Footloose" Soundtrack.
1984:  Sports by Huey Lewis & the News became the new #1 album, topping the Soundtrack to "Footloose", which stepped down after 10 weeks.  Bruce Springsteen was up to 3 after just two weeks on the chart with Born in The U.S.A. while the super Lionel Richie album Can't Slow Down was #4.  The Cars had a super album at #5--Heartbeat City.
1986:  Madonna released the outstanding album True Blue on Sire Records.
1986:  Steve Winwood released the album Back in the High Life.
1989:  The surviving members of the Beatles brought a suit against Dave Clark (formerly of the Dave Clark Five) to prevent him from selling copies of the television show Ready Steady Go! that featured the Beatles.

                                         Billy Idol reached the Top 10...

1990:  New Kids on the Block hit #1 with "Step By Step", moving the great Roxette song "It Must Have Been Love" out of the top spot.  Bell Biv DeVoe remained at 3 while Phil Collins moved up with "Do You Remember?" and Wilson Phillips grasped on to #5 with "Hold On".  The rest of the Top 10:  A different "Hold On", this one by En Vogue, moved up to 6, After 7 had #7 with "Ready Or Not", Taylor Dayne was at 8 with "I'll Be Your Shelter", Glenn Medeiros moved into the Top 10 with "She Ain't Worth It" and Billy Idol reached the Top 10 for the fourth time in his career with "Cradle Of Love". 


1992:  Boyz II Men released the single "End Of The Road".

1994:  Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testified at a congressional hearing about rising concert ticket prices.
1996:  Neil Young premiered his new album Broken Arrow on the Internet.
1999:  Eric Clapton performed a concert to benefit his rehab center in Antigua.
2003:  Fans everywhere were encouraged when Luther Vandross said his first words after his stroke that forced him into a coma.  Sadly, Luther died two years later.
2004:  Raz-B, a singer with B2K, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious bodily injury.
2004:  Dave Davies, founding member of the Kinks, suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed the right side of his body.
2004:  Gloria Estefan announced that she would be through touring at the conclusion of her Live and Rewrapped Tour.
2004:  Fantasia had the top song with "I Believe"/"Chain Of Fools".
2007:  R.E.M. played the first of five concerts at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

Born This Day:
1941:  Larry Henley of the Newbeats ("Bread And Butter" from 1964), was born in Arp, Texas; died of Lewy Body Dementia in Nashville, Tennessee December 18, 2014.  

1943:  Florence Ballard of the Supremes was born in Detroit, Michigan.

1944:  Glenn Shorrock, lead singer of the Little River Band, was born in Chatham, Kent, England.  (Note:  some websites report Shorrock was born in Rochester, Kent.  While there are no credible sources for either place, our best research indicates he was born in Chatham.)
1946:  Billy Brown of Ray, Goodman and Brown ("Special Lady" in 1980) was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

1949:  Andy Scott, the great guitar player of Sweet, was born in Wrexham, Wales.

1951:  Stanley Clarke, bass guitarist who teamed with George Duke for the 1981 hit "Sweet Baby", was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1953:  Hal Lindes, who became the guitarist of Dire Straits in 1981 in time for their Making Movies album, was born in Monterey, California.
1956:  Phillip Adrian Wright of the Human League was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.  (Note:  some websites report Phillip was born in Wakefield, England.  According to 'MTV', he was born in Sheffield.  Several websites naively say his county of birth was Yorkshire or South Yorkshire.  Sheffield was located in the county of West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when its county became known as South Yorkshire.  Since Phillip was born in 1956, 18 years before the change took place, you will never see South Yorkshire listed as Wright's County of Birth on his official birth certificate.)
1957:  Doug Sampson, drummer of Iron Maiden, was born in Hackney, London, England.
1968:  Philip Anselmo, lead singer of Pantera, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969:  Tom Drummond, bassist and vocalist of Better Than Ezra, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1983:  Cheryl Cole, singer/songwriter with Girls Aloud, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.

1984:  Fantasia Monique Barrino, winner of "American Idol" in the third season, was born in High Point, North Carolina.

Friday, June 28, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: June 29

1956:  Elvis Presley sang "Hound Dog" on The Steve Allen television show.

1957:  Buddy Holly began recording "Peggy Sue" in Clovis, New Mexico.
1957:  Dick Clark announced he was scheduling a series of Caravan of Stars.
1959:  This artist would go on to score 30 hits in the Rock Era, but on this date he first appeared on the chart with his debut single--"Kissin' Time"--Bobby Rydell.
1959:  "Personality" by Lloyd Price reached #1 on the R&B chart.

1959:  "The Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton held down #1 for a 6th week.  "Personality" by Lloyd Price was a strong #2 for a third week with "Lonely Boy" from Paul Anka closing to #3 and "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin coming in at #4. 
1961:  Del Shannon had the top song in the U.K. with "Runaway".

1963:  The Surfaris rode the wave from 86 to #51 with their great instrumental "Wipe Out".

1963:  "Surf City" crashed the Top 10 for Jan & Dean, moving from 20 to 10.
1966:  Neil Diamond made his national television debut on the ABC television show American Bandstand.
1966:  The Beatles gave a concert in Tokyo and over 500 police were needed to keep fans from the stage.
1967:  Graham Nash wrote the song "Marrakesh Express" while on tour with the Hollies in Yugoslavia.
1967:  Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was found guilty of allowing his property to be used for smoking marijuana and was fined and sentenced to one year in jail.  Fellow jailbird Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of pep pills and was sentenced to three months behind bars.
1968:  Pink Floyd performed a free show in London's Hyde Park to promote their new album A Saucerful of Secrets.  Jethro Tull and T. Rex also performed.
1968:  Aretha Franklin urged people to "Think" with her third week at #1 on the R&B chart.

1968:  Herb Alpert owned the #1 Adult song for the fourth straight week--"This Guy's In Love With You".

                                           "Old Friends"/Bookends Theme"...

1968:  The great album Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel took over from the soundtrack to The Graduate as the #1 album.  The Beat of the Brass from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was still 3, Disraeli Gears from Cream was #4 and Honey by Bobby Goldsboro was #5.
1969:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience played in public for the final time at the Denver Pop Festival in Colorado.  Also playing that night were Three Dog Night and Joe Cocker.
1969:  Led Zeppelin played two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Shorty Long ("Here Comes The Judge"), singer, songwriter, musician and producer for Motown Records, drowned at the age of 29 when his sailboat sank off of Sandwich Island in Ontario, Canada.  (Note:  some websites report Long died in Detroit, Michigan.  He died on the Ontario side of the Detroit River.)

1970:  We would soon find all about a bright new talent from Canada.  Anne Murray released her first  single "Snowbird" on this date.

1970:  Chicago released the single "25 Or 6 To 4".
1973:  Vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover left Deep Purple following a concert in Osaka, Japan.
1974:  Neil Peart replaced John Rustey on drums for Rush.

1974:  Three superb songs made their first entry into the Top 10 on this date--it was a great summer for music.  The Hues Corporation had "Rock The Boat" moving from 12-6, George McCrae's great song "Rock Your Baby" slid up from 15-9 and John Denver climbed up from 27 to 10 with "Annie's Song".

1974:  Gordon Lightfoot scored his second #1 as "Sundown" hit the top spot in the country. 
1975:  The Doobie Brothers and Eagles performed in Oakland, California.  Elton John dropped by to sing a song with each group.
1976:  Elvis Presley Boulevard was dedicated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976:  Jefferson Starship released their album Spitfire.

1976:  Boz Scaggs released the single "Lowdown".
1977:  Fleetwood Mac performed in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.
1978:  Peter Frampton was injured in a serious car crash in the Bahamas, suffering a broken arm and cracked ribs.

1979:  Lowell George died of a heart attack brought on by drugs at the age of 34 while on tour with Little Feat in Arlington, Virginia.
1980:  The Eagles were in concert at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1984:  Motown Records shipped two million copies of the Jacksons' album Victory.
1984:  Bruce Springsteen performed at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1985:  Mick Jagger and David Bowie began recording their remake of the Martha & the Vandellas classic "Dancing In The Street".  (Note:  several websites falsely say the song was recorded only on the 29th.  The duo started recording on the 29th, but it was not completed until 13 hours later, which took them into the morning of the 30th.)
1985:  U2 played at Droke Park in Dublin, Ireland.

                               The Eurythmics had another Top 10 song...

1985:  Bryan Adams remained at #1 with "Heaven", holding off Phil Collins and "Sussudio".  Duran Duran edged to #3 with "A View To A Kill" while Prince & the Revolution were stuck at 4 with "Raspberry Beret".  The rest of the Top 10:  Madonna had her seventh hit and sixth Top 10 in a row with "Angel", Survivor moved up nicely from 10-6 with "The Search Is Over", Tears for Fears were down to 7 with their former #1 "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", the Eurythmics entered the Top 10 with "Would I Lie To You?" (moving from 14-10), Howard Jones came in at #9 with "Things Can Only Get Better" and the Mary Jane Girls were "In My House".
1991:  Paul Abdul commanded the top spot with "Rush, Rush" for a third week in a row. 
1991:  Cher had the top album in the U.K. with Love Hurts.
1991:  When you're on top of both the Popular chart and the Adult Contemporary chart, you own about 2/3 of the rock audience.  That's what Paula Abdul had when "Rush, Rush" reached #1 on the AC chart.
1994:  Barbra Streisand garnered $16 million in sales from concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, setting a record for the largest-grossing concert series of all-time.
1996:  Record producer George Martin of the Beatles received Knighthood in Great Britain.

                                                      "Let It Flow"...

                                    "You're Makin' Me High"...

1996:  It was a pretty solid Top 10 other than the #1 song, which was highly overrated.  Toni Braxton had a huge double-sided #2 smash with "You're Makin' Me High" and "Let It Flow".  Tracy Chapman remained at 3 with "Give Me One Reason".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Always Be My Baby" from Mariah Carey was her 19th hit, her 15th Top 10 and, being a former #1, it was her 11th chart-topper, "Because You Loved Me" was another former #1 from Celine Dion at #6, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen teamed up for the "Theme From 'Mission:  Impossible", Los Del Rio entered the Top 10 for the first time after 28 weeks on the chart with "Macarena" (It would go on to become one of the biggest hits of the Rock Era), the Tony Rich Project slipped to #9 with their smash "Nobody Knows" and Alanis Morissette was at 10 with "Ironic".
1997:  Sheryl Crow, Sting and Van Morrison highlighted the final day of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
1999:  Leif Garret was arrested at an apartment in Los Angeles for drug possession.
1999:  Michael Jackson suffered severe bruises as the result of a 50-foot fall when a bridge collapsed at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany.
2000:  Trouble was catchy once you joined the Rolling Stones.  Ron Wood checked himself into a rehab center for alcohol addiction.
2000:  Nine people were trampled to death and 26 were injured after falling in the mud in front of the stage at a Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Note:  some websites report that eight people died.  The official count was nine, according to the magazine 'Rolling Stone'.)
2003:  Robbie Williams performed in front of 62,000 fans in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.
2003:  Beyonce had the top album in the U.K. with Dangerously in Love.

2003:  Monica owned the #1 U.S. album with After the Storm.
2004:  Beyonce captured Best Female R&B artist, Jay-Z won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and "Crazy In Love" won for Best Collaboration at the BET Awards.  Outkast was named Best Group while their single "Hey Ya!" won for Video of the Year.
2006:  In today's edition of "Inmates Run Rap Music", DMX was sentenced to return home (jail) in White Plains, New York after he failed to appear at a traffic violation hearing.  Then he could be with all of his "homies"!
2008:  Neil Diamond, John Mayer, Gilbert O'Sullivan and the Verve headlined the closing day of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival.

Born This Day:
1938:  Billy Storm of the Alley Cats was born in Dayton, Ohio.
1940:  L. Russell Brown, who wrote "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree", "C'mon Marianne" and others, was born in Newark, New Jersey.

1943:  Little Eva was born in Belhaven, North Carolina; died April 10, 2003, 18 months after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
1948:  Ian Paice, drummer of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

1953:  Colin Hay of Men at Work was born in Saltcoats, Scotland.  (Note:  several websites mistakenly say he was born in Kilwinning, Scotland.  According to Colin on his official website, he was born in Saltcoats.)
1960:  Evelyn "Champagne" King ("Shame" from 1978) was born in the Bronx, New York.
1978:  Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1979:  Tim McCord, bass guitarist for Evanescence, was born in Sacramento, California.  (Note:  some websites claim Tim McChord of Evanescence was born on this date.  The group has never had a bass player by that name--the correct spelling is McCord.)
1979:  Richard Breen, singer for Five, was born in London.

Five Best: Roy Orbison

This crooner from Texas was a big star in the infant years of rock & roll, then in the late 80's as a part of the Traveling Wilburys and died just as he was making his comeback.  Here are the Five Best* + a few extras from Roy Orbison:

1.  Oh, Pretty Woman

2.  Running Scared

3.  Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)


4.  Crying
5.  Dream Baby  
Mean Woman Blues  

In Dreams
(released posthumously)
You Got It

Blue Angel

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: June 28

1959:  Bobby Darin topped all others on the U.K. Singles chart with "Dream Lover".
1962:  The Drifters recorded the song "Up On The Roof".

1965:  Herman's Hermits released the single "I'm Henry VIII, I Am".
1966:  Small Faces were in concert at the Marquee Club in London.

1968:  Aretha Franklin was on the cover of Time magazine.
1969:  Crosby, Stills & Nash did not release their great self-titled debut album on this date as some web sites report who aren't familiar with how the music business works.  Thankfully, you follow this blog and learned the album was actually released May 29.
1969:  Neil Diamond didn't release "Sweet Caroline" on this date either (a Saturday) as some web sites report.  That actually happened on Monday, June 23, 1969 (as Inside the Rock Era told you about), since Billboard magazine goes to print each Wednesday.  That's kind of like the other web sites showing up at a party five days too late!
1969:  What "Sweet Caroline" did do on this date was debut on the chart (quite different from being released today).  It was the highest debut at #59.
1969:  A great show was lined up at the Bath Festival of Blues in England--Led ZeppelinFleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Nice, Ten Years After--They were all there.

1969:  Zager & Evans had one of the hottest songs on the chart on this date as "In The Year 2525" moved from 72 to 35.
1969:  The Who's album Tommy reached the Top 10 on this date, four weeks after its release.

                                                  CCR had the #2 song...

1969:  It was an excellent Top 10 as Henry Mancini moved to #1 with "Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet'".  CCR challenged with "Bad Moon Rising" while the former #1 "Get Back" from the Beatles fell to 3.  Marvin Gaye was "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and Three Dog Night's classic "One" was at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Blood, Sweat & Tears reached #6 with their second hit "Spinning Wheel" while Elvis Presley was at #7 with his 109th hit "In The Ghetto", Oliver remained at 8 with "Good Morning Starshine", Desmond Dekker & the Aces moved into the Top 10 with "Israelites" and the Friends of Distinction had a great song at #10--"Grazing In The Grass".
1970:  Led Zeppelin, the Moody Blues, Santana, the Byrds, Jefferson Airiplane, Dr. John, Country Joe, Hot Tuna and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention performed at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England.

1971:  Rod Stewart released the single "Maggie May".
1973:  Herman's Hermits, the Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers and Wayne Fontana appeared in concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1973:  Helen Reddy's summer television series premiered on NBC.

                                                     "You're So Static" ...

1974:  Elton John released the great album Caribou.
1975:  Roger Waters, annoyed that the fans were screaming during a Pink Floyd song, spat on the audience.  Guess he thinks Pink Floyd is "better" than their fans, and above everyone else. 
1975:  Venus & Mars by Wings was the #1 album in the U.K. 
1977:  Elton John became the Chairman of the Watford Football Club in England.
1978:  The Clash were at Friars in Aylesbury, England.

1978:  UNICEF named members of the group Kansas as Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill.
1980:  Roxy Music's Flesh and Blood was the top album in the U.K.
1980:  The #1 R&B song was "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" by the S.O.S. Band.

1980:  Pure Prairie League had a pure song at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Let Me Love You Tonight".

                        All those years paying dues were paying off for Seger...

1980:  Paul McCartney & Wings wrestled the top spot away from Lipps, Inc. as "Coming Up" beat out "Funkytown".  Bette Midler climbed to #3 with "The Rose" and Billy Joel moved up with "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me".  The competition was fierce so Bob Seger had to remain at 5 with "Against The Wind".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Little Jeannie" from Elton John, Robbie Dupree's "Steal Away" at #7, Ambrosia fell to #8 with their great song "Biggest Part Of Me", the Spinners entered the Top 10 with their medley of "Cupid" and "I've Loved You For A Long Time" and Michael Jackson didn't budge from #10 with "She's Out Of My Life".
1986:  Wham! appeared in concert for the final time at Wembley Stadium in London.
1986:  Wham! reached #1 in the U.K. with "The Edge Of Heaven".
1986:  Madonna debuted with her single "Papa Don't Preach" at #42.
1986:  Billy Ocean took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "There'll Be Sad Songs".
1986:  Howard Jones reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "No One Is To Blame".

                                                       Billy Ocean had arrived...

1986:  Another great Top 10 on this date as Michael McDonald and Patti LaBelle were #1 for the third week with "On My Own".  Billy Ocean's "There'll Be Sad Songs" remained at 2 and the Jets came in third with "Crush On You".  Simply Red's great song "Holding Back The Years" moved from 8 to 4, leapfrogging Howard Jones, who nonetheless moved up with "No One Is To Blame".  The rest of the Top 10:  El DeBarge with "Who's Johnny", George Michael's "A Different Corner" stuck at 7, Genesis roared from 17 to 8 with "Invisible Touch", "Nasty" by Janet Jackson entered the Top 10 as did Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer".

1988:  Stryper reeased the album In God We Trust.
1990:  Paul McCartney performed the John Lennon songs "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Help!" and "Give Peace A Chance" for the first time in public at a concert at King's Dock in Liverpool, England.
1991:  Paul McCartney debuted his "Liverpool Oratorio" at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.
1993:  Wilson Pickett pleaded guilty to drunk driving.
1994:  David Lee Roth began a solo tour in Los Angeles.
1996:  Burt Bacharach was at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  He was joined onstage by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher for the song "This Guy's In Love With You".
1996:  Def Leppard was in concert at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1997:  Radiohead, the Chemical Brothers and Neneh Cherry performed on day two of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
1997:  LeeAnn Rimes moved from 89 to 49 with "How Do I Live".

1997:  The Backstreet Boys debuted at #24 with their single "Quit Playing Games With My Heart".
2003:  In this edition of "Inmates Run Rap Music", we see that DMX was arrested yet again, this time at a concert on the island of St. Kitts for obscenity charges.

2003:  Metallica performed at the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium.  (Note:  some websites claim Metallica performed at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on this date.  The group performed June 26 at the Roskilde Festival and on June 28 in Werchter, Belgium, according to the group's official website.)  
2005:  Kanye West won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Video of the Year for "Jesus Walks" at the BET Awards.  Neither Taylor Swift nor Beck stormed the stage in protest.
2005:  Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and Avril Lavigne announced their engagement.
2007:  Jimmie Rodgers had successful brain surgery in Hot Springs, Arkansas to remove the steel plate that had been inserted 40 years previous. Doctors reported that his skull had completely regenerated.
2008:  Jay-Z, Crowded House, Amy Winehouse, James Blunt and the Raconteurs performed on the second day of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
2009:  Three days following his death, the Michael Jackson album Number Ones topped the U.K. Album chart.

Born This Day:
1936:  Cathy Carr ("Ivory Tower") was born in the Bronx, New York; died November 22, 1988 in Fayetteville, New York.
1945:  David Knights of Procol Harum was born in Islington, London, England.
1963:  Andy Cousin, bass guitarist for All About Eve, was born in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.  (Note:  some websites naively say Cousin was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and some simply list the county as Yorkshire.  Huddersfield was located in the county called West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when the Local Government Act of 1972 took effect and its county became West Yorkshire.  Cousin was born 11 years before, and you will never see West Yorkshire listed as his County of Birth on his official birth certificate.)
1963:  Charles Clouser, one-time keyboardist and drummer with Nine Inch Nails who has also worked with the Deftones, was born in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: June 27

1960:  Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Frankie Avalon appeared on the Coke Time television special on ABC.
1960:  Connie Francis scored a #1 with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
1963:  Billy Kramer recorded "Bad To Me".
1964:  The Rolling Stones served as panelists on the BBC-TV show Juke Box Jury(Note:  numerous websites incorrectly state that the group appeared on 'Juke Box Jury' on January 27, 1964.  They made only one appearance on the show, and it was on June 27, according to the official Rolling Stones website.)
1964:  "People" by Barbra Streisand topped the Easy Listening chart.
1964:  The 4 Seasons were tearing up the charts, moving from 53 to 18 with "Rag Doll".
                                 The Bacharach/David/Warwick combination was golden...

1964:  Peter & Gordon enjoyed their only #1 song with "A World Without Love".  The Beach Boys edged up to 2 with "I Get Around" while previous #1 "Chapel Of Love" from the Dixie Cups was third.  Millie Small owned #4 with "My Boy Lollipop" and newcomer Barbra Streisand moved from 8-5 with "People".  The rest of the Top 10:  Johnny Rivers was on the move (15-6) with "Memphis", Gerry & the Pacemakers with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", the Ray Charles Singers dropped with "Love Me With All Your Heart", Billy J. Kramer was up to #9 with "Bad To Me" and Dionne Warwick hung in there with "Walk On By".
1967:  Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones began trial for illegal possession of drugs at Keith Richard's party.  Jagger was kept at Lewes jail in England overnight until the verdict was handed down June 29.  Jagger was sentenced to three months in prison.  (Note:  some websites falsely say Jagger was convicted on this date.  His trial was on June 27 with Richards in court on June 28, and the verdicts were given June 29, according to the newspaper 'The Guardian'.)
1968:  Elvis Presley finished filming the television special that launched his comeback after serving in the military--Elvis at NBC Studios in Burbank, California.  (Note:  some websites report Elvis began filming on this date.  Filming had already been done on four separate dates at Western Recorders in Burbank prior to filming at NBC Studios.)

1969:  The Moody Blues were in concert at the Exeter University Summer Ball in Exeter, England.
1969:  Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969:  The Doors performed at the Gran Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.
1970:  The group Smile changed their name to Queen and performed under that name in Cornwall, England.

1970:  Pink Floyd, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, Its A Beautiful Day, Johnny Winter, John Mayall and Fairport Convention appeared on opening day of the three-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England.
1970:  Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers traveled together on a transcontinental train to perform in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary, Canada.

                   The Temptations told it like it was...

1970:  The Jackson 5 made it three in a row as "The Love You Save" took over at #1 on this date.  Three Dog Night was one step away with their great one, "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)".  The Temptations scored the #3 song with "Ball Of Confusion" while the Beatles' former #1 was now ranked fourth--"The Long And Winding Road".  There were two new debuts in the Top 10:  "Ride Captain Ride" from Blues Image, which moved strongly from 11 to 6 and Elvis Presley moved in with "The Wonder Of You".

                              "Don't Let Me Down", the final act from the Beatles...

1970:  Let It Be, the final studio album from the Beatles, was #1 for a third week on this date.  McCartney, Paul's solo effort, was #2 followed by the Soundtrack to "Woodstock".  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's great album Deja Vu was #4 with The 5th Dimension's Greatest Hits at #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Live At Leeds from the Who, Chicago II at #7, ABC from the Jackson 5 moving into the Top 10 at #8, Band of Gypsys from Jimi Hendrix dropping to #9 in its ninth week and The Isaac Hayes Movement at #10.
1971:  The Fillmore East in New York City was closed.  The Beach Boys and the Allman Brothers gave the final concert.
1973:  Chicago and Al Green appeared on the ABC-TV special Chicago in the Rockies.
1980:  John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, collapsed onstage in Nuremberg, West Germany after just three songs.  John wasn't too long for this world.
1981:  Michael Jackson reached #1 in the U.K. with "One Day In Your Life".

                                       It was awesome to have the Moody Blues back...

1981:  Mistaken Identity gave Kim Carnes a #1 album, taking over from Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon, which was finally toppled after 15 weeks.  AC/DC came in third with Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and another former #1--Paradise Theater from Styx was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Fair Warning from Van Halen, Hard Promises by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at #6, the Moody Blues moved from 16-7 with their comeback Long Distance Voyager, Phil Collins remained at #8 with Face Value, Santana had Zebop! at #9 and Rush remained at 10 with Moving Pictures.
1981:  "America" by Neil Diamond was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a third week.

1981:  Kim Carnes reached #1 with "Bette Davis Eyes"...
1982:  Sting and Virgin Records reached an out-of-court settlement regarding a 1977 contract.
1987:  Madonna was in concert at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the opening show in the 19-day North American leg of our world tour.
1987:  "Diamonds" by Herb Alpert & Janet Jackson was the new #1 on the R&B chart.
1987:  Genesis owned the top AC song for a third week with "In Too Deep".
1987:  Whitney Houston registered her fourth consecutive #1 song with "I Wanna' Dance With Somebody".

1987:  Whitney Houston debuted at #1 on the Album chart with Whitney.
1988:  MCA Records bought Motown Records for $61 million.
1988:  Cyndi Lauper received an honorary high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City.
1988:  Debbie Gibson earned her actual high school diploma from Calhoun High on Long Island, New York.
1989:  The Who performed Tommy in its entirety for the first time at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a charity.

1989:  Tom Jones was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard.
1992:  Michael Jackson kicked off his Dangerous tour at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany.  Jackson donated all the money from the 69-concert tour (performing before an audience of nearly four million people) to charities, including his Heal the World charity.  
1995:  Neil Young and Pearl Jam released their collaborative album Mirror Ball.

1996:  The Eagles performed at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Canada.
1997:  The Smashing Pumpkins, Beck and Phish were among the performers on the opening day of the three-day Glastonbury Festival.
1998:  The Corrs' album Talk on Corners reached #1 on the U.K. chart.
1998:  Gordon Lightfoot, Bryan Adams and Anne Murray were the first three rock stars to be honored with a granite star on Canada's new Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
1999:  The Chemical Brothers rose to #1 on the U.K. Album chart with Surrender.
2000:  Turns out the songs "Love In Vain" and "Stop Breakin' Down" by the Rolling Stones didn't belong to them.  A San Francisco appeals court ruled that the Stones used the Robert Johnson songs without permission, thinking they were public domain.

2000:  Marc Anthony played a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
2000:  Nelly released his debut album Country Grammar on Universal Records. 

2002:  John Entwistle was found dead at age 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada of a heart attack brought on by cocaine.  
2006:  Only a guy such as Axl Rose could have trouble with the good people of Sweden.  The Guns N' Roses musician was arrested for brawling with a hotel security guard in Stockholm.
2006:  Mary J. Blige ("Be Without You") and Kanye West and Jamie Foxx ("Gold Digger") won the Video of the Year in a tie at the BET Awards.
2008:  K.T. Tunstall, Panic at the Disco and Ben Folds highlighted the opening day of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival.
2008:  The Black-Eyed Peas topped the Album chart with The E.N.D.

2009:  Gale Storm, who starred in the popular television show My Little Margie, in several movies and was a solo artist ("I Hear You Knocking") died in Danville, California at the age of 87.

Born This Day:
1935:  Doc Pomus, who wrote hits such as "Teenager In Love" and "Save The Last Dance For Me" with songwriting partner Mort Shuman, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died March 14, 1991 of lung cancer in Manhattan, New York.

1944:  Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys was born in Peoria, Illinois.
1951:  Gilson Lavis, drummer for Squeeze ("Tempted") was born in Bedford, Bedforshire, England.
1958:  Lisa Germano, singer, songwriter and musician, who worked with John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Neil Finn and David Bowie, was born in Mishawaka, Indiana.
1976:  Leigh Nash, lead singer of Sixpence None the Richer ("Kiss Me"), was born in New Braunfels, Texas.
1983:  Evan David Taubenfeld, guitarist and vocalist with Avril Lavigne, was born in Baltimore, Maryland.