Monday, June 29, 2015

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 Adult Contemporary chart for the fifth consecutive week.
1966:  The Supremes recorded "You Keep Me Hangin' On".
1966:  The Beatles opened the first of three shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall 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 at the Royal Albert Hall "Pop Proms" in London.

1971:  CCR released the single "Sweet Hitch Hiker".
1972:  The Rolling Stones opened a tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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:  Elton John released his great single from Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy--"Someone Saved My Life Tonight".
1975:  David Bowie began filming for the movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.

1975:  The Jackson 5 announced they were leaving Motown for Epic Records.  Since Motown owned their name, they 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".

1980:  The Rolling Stones tried disco with the release of their single "Emotional Rescue".
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 has a super album at #5--Heartbeat City.
1985:  John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce sold for $2 million at a New York City auction.
1986:  Madonna released the outstanding album True Blue.

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 reached #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". 
1994:  The Rolling Stones released the album Voodoo Lounge.


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.

1997:  Third Eye Blind had a hot new single on the desks of radio station Music Directors on this date--"Semi-Charmed Life".
1999:  Eric Clapton performed a concert to benefit his rehab center in Antigua.
2000:  Michael "Cub" Koda of Brownsville Station ("Smokin' In The Boys' Room" from 1973) died from kidney disease in Chelsea, Michigan at the age of 51.
2003:  Brandy announced that she was splitting from husband Robert Smith.
2003:  Fans everywhere were encouraged when Luther Vandross said his first words after his stroke that forced him into a coma.
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 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".
2006:  Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, died at the age of 60.
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.

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, United Kingdom.
1946:  Billy Brown, 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, England.
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, England.

1984:  Fantasia Monique Barrino, winner of "American Idol" in the third season, was born in High Point, North Carolina.
1985:  T-Pain (Faheem Majm) was born in Tallahassee, Florida.

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