Monday, June 15, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: June 16

1956:  The world was introduced to a guy on this date that would become a superstar.  Roy Orbison humbly debuted on the chart with "Ooby Dooby".
1958:  This famous R&B group originally known as the Roosters would go on to register 39 hits, but on this date, they first appeared on the charts with "For Your Precious Love", the first single for Jerry Butler & the Impressions.
1959:  Russ Conway had the top U.K. hit with "Roulette".
1961:  Gary "U.S." Bonds appeared on American Bandstand.
1962:  "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week in a row.
1965:  Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone."   (Note:  some websites report that Dylan recorded the song on June 14 and others say it was on June 15.  According to 'Rolling Stone' magazine, Bob recorded it on June 16.)
1965:  Petula Clark and Gary Lewis & the Playboys appeared on the television show Shindig!

1966:  John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, which at the time featured Eric Clapton on guitar, performed at the Marquee Club in London.
1966:  The Beatles made an appearance on the U.K. television show Top of the Pops, performing "Paperback Writer" and "Rain".
1966:  Cliff Richard appeared on stage with the Reverend Billy Graham at Earls Court in London and talked about his discovery of the Christian faith.
1967:  Pink Floyd released the single "See Emily Play".  Not too many people did.

1967:  The famous three-day Monterey Pop Festival was the place to be on this date at the Monterey, California Fairgrounds.  Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin became international superstars as a result of the Monterey Pop Festival.  Simon and Garfunkel, the Association, Johnny Rivers and Eric Burdon performed on opening night.
1968:  Santana, Steve Miller and Janis Joplin performed at the Fillmore West in San Francisco with proceeds going towards keeping the Matrix Club in San Francisco open.

1969:  A famous day in music, for this is the day that Zager & Evans released "In The Year 2525".  And we inexplicably race to prove them right.
1970:  Woodstock Ventures, sponsors of the famous concert and gathering in 1969, announced that they had lost more than $1.2 million on the festival.

1970:  "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry ruled the U.K. chart.
1973:  The Spinners owned the top R&B song for the second week with "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)".
1973: The Carpenters had the Biggest Mover (69-38) on the Popular chart with "Yesterday Once More".

1973:  Paul McCartney & Wings spent a third week at #1 with "My Love".  Clint Holmes moved to 2 with "Playground In My Mind" and Sylvia remained at #3 with "Pillow Talk".  Barry White was at 4 with "I'm Gonna' Love You Just A Little More Baby", while "Daniel" was down to 5 for Elton John and "Frankenstein" slipped to 6 for the Edgar Winter Group.  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Preston moved from 14-7 with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles", George Harrison posted his third Top 10 solo hit with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", Paul Simon jumped from 17 to 9 with "Kodachrome" and the former #1 from Dawn--"Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree" was at #10.

1975:  James Taylor released the single "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)".
1975:  Don Robey, whose Peacock Records was the home of Little Richard and Bobby Bland, among others, died of a heart attack in Houston, Texas at the age of 71.
1975:  John Lennon sued Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst of the United States government, charging that he was being denied immigration through selective prosecution and that Mitchell and Kleindienst had harassed him in deportation proceedings.
1976:  The first episode of the television show The Jacksons aired on CBS.  The show lasted four months.
1977:  The play Beatlemania opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
1977:  Kenny Rogers rose to #1 in the U.K. with "Lucille".

1978:  Mac Davis hosted The Midnight Special with guests Todd Rundgren and Andrew Gold.
1978:  The movie Grease (adapted from the famous Broadway play) premiered in New York City.
1979:  ELO topped the U.K. album chart with Discovery.

1979:  Donna Summer had the hottest song around with "Hot Stuff".  Sister Sledge and "We Are Family" reached #2 with "Ring My Bell" from Anita Ward third.  Randy Vanwarmer was heating up with "Just You When I Needed You Most".  The Bee Gees' sixth consecutive #1, "Love You Inside Out", slipped to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Supertramp's "The Logical Song", Rickie Lee Jones was at position #7 with "Chuck E.'s In Love", Kenny Rogers moved from 10 to 8 with "She Believes In Me", former #1 "Reunited" from Peaches & Herb, and Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions jumped from 18-10 with "Boogie Wonderland".
1980:  The movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago.  The film starred John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers and also included Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles.
1982:  Donny Van Zant of .38 Special was arrested on stage during a concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking.
1982:  James Honeyman Scott, the great guitarist of the Pretenders, died of drugs in London at the age of 25.
1984:  "Let's Hear It For The Boy" made it three weeks atop the R&B chart for Deniece Williams.

1984:  Cyndi Lauper held on to #1 with "Time After Time".
1987:  The Ben & Jerry ice cream company was given permission to sell a flavor called Cherry Garcia, after longtime Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia.
1988:  Pink Floyd played a concert in West Berlin, Germany.  More than 2,000 East Berliners lined up at the wall to listen.
1989:  The Glastonbury Festival took place in the U.K. with Suzanne Vega among the opening day performers.

1989:  Smokey Robinson introduced a new woman's fragrance on the market called Smoke.
1990:  The great movie Pretty Woman was out, and from the film, Roxette moved to #1 with "It Must Have Been Love".
1993:  The United States Postal Service unveiled a new set of stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter and Dinah Washington.
1994:  Kristen Ptaff, bassist of Hole, died of heroin at age 26 in Seattle, Washington. 
1996:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth and the Fugees performed at the Tibetan Freedom Concert at Golden Gate Park.  Over 100,000 fans attended.
1996:  Metallica had the top album with Load.
1997:  Radiohead released the album OK Computer in the U.K.  The album was released July 1 in the U.S.
1999:  Cher debuted her "Believe Tour" at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

1999:  Phil Collins was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004:  Ben Shabalala, a former member of the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo that was featured on Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album was shot to death in Durban, South Africa.
2004:  Velvet Revolver owned the #1 album with Contraband.
2005:  "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey was the #1 song for a fourth week.
2007:  Rod Stewart married Penny Lancaster in Portofino, Italy.
2008:  Coldplay began a world tour at the Carling Brixton Academy in London.

Born This Day:

1941:  Lamont Dozier of the famous Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1942:  Eddie Levert of the O'Jays (and father of Gerald Levert) was born in Bessemer, Alabama.  (Note:  some websites insist Eddie was born in Canton, Ohio.  According to Eddie on his official website, he was born in Bessemer, then moved with his family to Canton when Levert was six years old.)
1946:  Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort and a solo performer (who went by Ian Matthews on the 1978 solo hit "Shake It") was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.
1949:  Peppy Castro of Blues Magoos and Balance ("Breaking Away") was born in Manhattan, New York.  (Note:  some websites lazily say Castro was born in New York City, when NYC of course is made up of separate boroughs, each census designated.  Some websites claim Castro was born in the Bronx, New York.  According to a 2011 interview with Peppy, he said he was born in Manhattan and moved to the Bronx with his family when he was four.)
1950:  James Smith of the Stylistics

1952:  Gino Vannelli ("I Just Wanna' Stop", "Living Inside Myself" and "Nightwalker") was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1954:  Garry Roberts, lead singer with the Boomtown Rats, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1958:  Patrick Waite, bassist of Musical Youth, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; died February 18, 1993 of a hereditary heart condition at the age of 35 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.  (Note:  some websites report Patrick was born on May 16.  Although no credible sources exist for either date, our best information tells us that he was born on June 16.  Some websites naively say Waite was born in Birmingham, West Midlands.  The county of West Midlands did not exist until 1974, 16 years after Waite was born, so it is physically impossible for him to have been born there and no official birth certificate will show West Midlands as his county of birth.)
1971:  Tupac Shakur (Lesane Parish Crooks) was born in Manhattan, New York; shot and killed on September 13th, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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