Saturday, June 21, 2014

Classic Summer Songs: "Will It Go 'Round In Circles" from Billy Preston

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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.

Top Unknown/Underrated Song: "Animal" by Def Leppard

It was the second single from an album that would go on to become one of The Top 10 Albums of the Rock Era*.  Hard to believe this song didn't reach #1, even more so the Top 10:
"Animal" by Def Leppard (From the album Hysteria)
Written by Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott and Rick Savage

The Top 200 Songs of the 60's*:

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Friday, June 20, 2014

This Date in Rock Music History: June 21

1948:  Columbia Records began mass production of the amazing new product--the 33 1/3 RPM long-playing record.  The format would dominate music sales well into the 1980s.
1955:  Elvis Presley appeared in concert at Beaumont, Texas.

1961:  Bobby Vee recorded "Take Good Care Of My Baby".
1966:  The Rolling Stones sued 14 New York City hotels that refused to let the band stay there, accusing them of "discrimination on account of national origin."  Did they ever think it might have been because of the people they were?
1966:  The Marquee Club in London was all abuzz about that new guitarist with the Yardbirds.  Jimmy Page appeared in concert for the first time with his new group.
1966:  Tom Jones required 14 stitches in his forehead after a car crash in Marble Arch, London.
1966:  The Beatles recorded the song "She Said She Said", the final track recorded for their upcoming album Revolver.
1967:  The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service performed at Summer Solstice celebrations at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

1969:  "Get Back", one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era* maintained its position at #1 for the Beatles, making it five weeks in a row.  Henry Mancini's beautiful "Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet'" held steady at #2, CCR was up one with "Bad Moon Rising", while Elvis Presley took position #4 with his timeless "In The Ghetto".  The rest of the Top 10:  Marvin Gaye moved up to 5 with "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", Three Dog Night climbed up to 6 with "One", Mercy's great one and only hit "Love (Can Make You Happy)" was on its way down to #7, the Friends of Distinction came in at #8 with "Grazing In The Grass", Oliver had #9 with "Good Morning Starshine" and Blood, Sweat & Tears had their second Top 10 song (moving 18-10) with "Spinning Wheel".

1971:  Rare Earth released their new single "I Just Want to Celebrate".

1972:  Led Zeppelin was at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.

1973:  Bread played their last concert at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1975:  Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple to form the hard rock group Rainbow.
1975:  If you weren't at London's Wembley Stadium on this date, you missed out.  There, you would see Elton John, the Eagles, the Beach Boys, Rufus and future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh in concert.
1975:  The Eagles performed at the Day of the Green Concert in England to a crowd of over 120,000 along with the Doobie Brothers and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen.
1975:  The Bee Gees had the fastest-rising hit within the Top 100--"Jive Talkin'", which moved from 65 to 41 on this date.
1975:  "Midnight Blue" by Melissa Manchester became the new #1 Easy Listening song.

1975:  Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John was #1 on the Album chart for the third week--every week of its release.  The great album Venus and Mars from Wings moved from 25 to 2 but was still a long ways from the top, and That's the Way of the World from Earth, Wind & Fire was third.

1975:  The Captain & Tennille turned the Neil Sedaka song "Love Will Keep Us Together" into their first #1 song.  Linda Ronstadt came in second with "When Will I Be Loved", the amazing song "Wildfire" moved from 12-3 for Michael Murphey and Jessi Colter was at 4 with "I'm Not Lisa".  The rest of the Top 10:  Major Harris was at #5 with "Love Won't Let Me Wait", America's former #1 "Sister Golden Hair" was at #6, Van McCoy had the sound of the times with "The Hustle" which moved from 29-7 on this date, Joe Simon was at #8 with "Get Down, Get Down", Wings scored their 10th Top 10 and 14th overall with "Listen To What The Man Said" (including the Beatles, it made Top 10 hit #43 and hit # 79 for Paul McCartney) and Average White Band registered a Top 10 with "Cut The Cake".
1976:  Wings wrapped up their first North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum.
1979:  Angus MacLise, former drummer of Velvet Underground, died of tuberculosis in Kathmandu at age 41.
1979:  Mick Taylor released his first solo album since leaving the Rolling Stones in 1975.
1980:  The Beach Boys, Santana, Mike Oldfield and Lindisfarne performed at Knebworth Park in England.
1980:  Glass Houses from Billy Joel was #1 on the Album chart for a second week.
1980:  Singer, songwriter and arranger Bert Kaempfert passed away at the age of 56 after suffering a stroke in Majorka, Spain.
1981:  Donald Fagan and Walter Becker announced that Steely Dan was breaking up.

1982:  Crosby, Stills & Nash released their comeback single "Wasted On The Way".
1986:  "There'll Be Sad Songs" by Billy Ocean took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1986:  Heart posted the sixth Top 10 hit of their career when "Nothin' At All" jumped into the list on this date.

                                        The Outfield had a Top 10 album...

1986:  The debut album Whitney Houston was #1 for a 13th week, and in its 65th week of release no less.  Winner in You from Patti LaBelle was #2 followed by Janet Jackson's Control and Like a Rock from Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.  The rest of the Top 10:  5150 by Van Halen, Raised on Radio remaining at 6 for Journey, Please by the Pet Shop Boys, Love Zone from Billy Ocean moving into the Top 10, Parade from Prince and Play Deep by the Outfield at #10.
1988:  The Rascals began a reunion tour.
1988:  Bruce Springsteen thrilled fans with a show at the Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham, England.

1990:  Little Richard received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993:  Whitney Houston released the single "Run To You".
1993:  Some groups, like the Eagles for example, can be adults--others can't.  On this date, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from John Fogerty, who was trying to recoup legal fees from a battle over song copyrights with the other former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival.  This is 30 years after the band broke up.  Soon they will die and they'll discover that all of this wasn't really that important.
1998:  Bobby Brown was charged with sexual battery at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.  What a surprise.
2002:  U2 and the Corrs performed during the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
2003:  R.E.M. began the European leg of their first tour in four years at the Tivoli in Utrecht, the Netherlands. 
2006:  Busta Rhymes had the top album with The Big Bang.
2008:  Disturbed had the top album with Indestrucible.

Born This Day:

1932:  O.C. Smith ("Little Green Apples" from 1968) was born in Mansfield, Louisiana; died November 23, 2001 after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles.

1944:  Ray Davies, the founder and genius behind the Kinks, was born in Muswell Hill, London, England.  (Note:  some websites lazily say Davies was born in London, while some say he was born in Fortis Green.  London is both a city and county, so saying one was born in London doesn't tell us much, while Fortis Green is a neighborhood, not a city.  According to the book 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists' by Pete Prown, Harvey P. Newquist and Jon F. Eiche, Davies was born in Muswell Hill, London.)
1944: Miguel Vicens of Los Bravos ("Black Is Black" from 1966) was born in O Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain.

1947:  Joey Molland, songwriter and guitarist for Badfinger, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  some websites report Molland was born in Edge Hill, Liverpool, England.  Edge Hill is a district within Liverpool, not its own city.  Reporting a birthplace as Edge Hill, Liverpool implies that Liverpool is a county, which it is not.)
1949:  Greg Munford of Strawberry Alarm Clock
1950:  Joey Kramer, drummer of Aerosmith, was born in the Bronx, New York.  (Note:  many websites lazily say Joey was born in New York City, which of course is made up of several boroughs that are all census-designated.  Joey was born in the Bronx, according to the book 'Aerosmith:  Hard Rock Superstars' by Jeff Burlingame.)

1951: Alan Silson of Smokie ("If You Think You Know How To Love Me") was born in Birkenshaw, Yorkshire, England.

(Note:  some websites say he was born in Birkenshaw, West Yorkshire, England.  West Yorkshire became a county effective in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act of 1972.  Since Silson was born 21 years before this, it is impossible for him to have been born in West Yorkshire and you will never see West Yorkshire listed as his County of Birth on his official birth certificate.)

1951:  Nils Lofgren, a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and also a solo performer, was born in Chicago, Illinois.

1957:  Mark Brzezicki, drummer of Big Country, was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England.  (Note:  some websites naively say Mark was born in Slough, Berkshire, England.  Slough was not included in the county of Berkshire until 1974, 17 years after he was born.  Thus, it is impossible for him to have been born in the county of Berkshire and you will never see Berkshire listed as his County of Birth on his official birth certificate.)
1959:  Marcella Detroit (real name Marcella Levy) of Shakespear's Sister and the songwriter of "Lay Down Sally" for Eric Clapton, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1968:  Sonique ("It Feels So Good" and Sky" from 2000) was born in London.  (Note:  some websites say Sonique was born in Crouch End, London.  Crouch End is an area of London, not a separate city.)
1975:  Justin Carey, bassist of Sixpence None the Richer
1976:  Michael Einziger, co-songwriter and guitarist of Incubus, was born in Los Angeles.

Classic Summer Songs: Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe"

Sonny & Cher are responsible for one of the biggest hits of the Rock Era, a #1 smash from the Summer of 1965:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Gerry Goffin Has Died at the Age of 75

Gerry Goffin, former husband of Carole King and one of the top songwriters of the Rock Era, died today at the age of 75. 
Goffin and King wrote over 50 Top 40 hits, including "The Loco-Motion", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Up On The Roof", "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman", "Some Kind Of Wonderful", "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and "Crying In The Rain".

Goffin also teamed with other songwriters to write "Theme From 'Mahogany'", "Saving All My Love For You", and "Who Put The Bomp".

Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. 

This Date in Rock Music History: June 20

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Classic Summer Songs: "Under The Boardwalk" from the Drifters

There aren't too many songs that define summer more than this one:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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.)
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".
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:  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.)