Sunday, June 21, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: June 22

Catch up on Music History* with all the news from this date after the jump:

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 7th 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".

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:  Jan & Dean released the single "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena".

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 London. 
1968:  The Jeff Beck group made its U.S. debut in New York City at The Fillmore East with Rod Stewart as lead singer. 

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". 
1969:  Blind Faith released their first and only album.  

1974:  Gary Glitter owned the top song in the U.K. with "Always Yours".

1974:  "You Won't See Me" by Anne Murray was the new #1 on the Adult Contemporary 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.

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".  

1987:  Los Lobos released their remake of the Richie Valens hit "La Bamba".
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.

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.
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:  Avril Lavigne won the Best International Video Award for "Sk8er (sp) Boy" at the MuchMusic Video Awards.

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 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 Canada Inn in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Born This Day:
1936:  Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas.
1937:  Chuck Jackson, who made his living mastering tracks ("I Don't Want To Cry"), was born in Latta, South Carolina.
1943:  Bobby Harrison, singer-songwriter and drummer of Procol Harum, was born in West Ham, London, England.
1943:  Jimmy Castor ("Trogladyte Cave Man" from 1972) was born in New York.

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 New York City.

1948:  Todd Rundgren was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1949:  Alan Osmond of the Osmonds was born in Ogden, Utah.

1953:  Cyndi Lauper was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1956:  Derek Forbes, the original bass guitarist of Simple Minds, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1956:  Green Gartside 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.
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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