Thursday, June 4, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: June 5

1955:  "Eddy Arnold Day" was declared in Nashville, Tennessee.
1956:  Gene Vincent released "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
1956:  Elvis Presley performed on the final episode of The Milton Berle Show and did his famous "gyrating movements".
1957:  Bill Justus recorded "Raunchy", one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*.
1959:  Bob Zimmerman earned his diploma from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota.  He later adopted the name Bob Dylan.
1961:  Roy Orbison earned his first of two #1's in his career as "Running Scared" moved to the top spot.  Ricky Nelson dropped with "Travelin' Man" and Shep & the Limelites lost ground with "Daddy's Home".  The Shirelles had their sixth hit and third Top 10 in a row with "Mama Said".  The rest of the Top 10:  Elvis Presley with "I Feel So Bad", Ben E. King, former member of the Drifters, moved from 13 to 5 with his solo release--"Stand By Me", Pat Boone entered the Top 10 with "Moody River", Gene McDaniels felt the weight of "A Hundred Pounds of Clay", as he stalled at #8, Dee Clark was up form 15-9 with "Raindrops" and Connie Francis's 24th hit "Breakin' In a Brand New Broken Heart".
1964:  The  Rolling Stones made their live debut in the United States at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernadino, California.
1965:  Lou Rawls first appeared on the chart on this date as his first single, "Three O'Clock in the Morning", debuted.
1965:  All signs indicated that the Byrds had a big hit on their hands as "Mr. Tambourine Man" climbed from #55 to #17.

1965:  The Soundtrack to "Mary Poppins" was #1 on the album chart for the ninth week in a row.
1965:  "I Can't Help Myself" reigned supreme on the R&B chart for the Four Tops.  It would remain king for 9 weeks.

1965:  "Help Me Rhoda" was #1 for the second week for the Beach Boys.  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs would settle for #2 with "Woolly Bully".
1968:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield television series in London.
1969:  The Doors documentary Feast of Friends premiered.
1969:  Joan Baez and Donovan performed in London at a rally for nuclear disarmament.
1971:  James Taylor released the single "You've Got A Friend".
1971:  Paul McCartney's album Ram was #1 on the U.K. chart.
1971:  Grand Funk Railroad sold out Shea Stadium in New York City in 72 hours.
1971:  "Rainy Days and Mondays" by the Carpenters was the #1 song for a second week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1972:  Maureen McGovern quit her job as a secretary to become a singer.
1974:  Sly Stone married Kathy Silva onstage during a concert in New York City.
1974:  The Bobby Gentry Happiness Hour premiered for the summer on CBS-TV.
1975:  Former lead singer Syd Barrett showed up at the studio while the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here was mixed.  Many of the songs referred to Barrett's dementia.
1976:  Black and Blue by the Rolling Stones was the new #1 album.
1976:  "Shop Around" by the Captain & Tennille reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1978:  Joe Walsh released the single "Life's Been Good".


1978:  Barry Manilow released the single "Copacabana".
1980:  The Grateful Dead played a concert in Phoenix, Arizona on their 15th anniversary.
1982:  Roxy Music hit #1 for the third time in the U.K. with their new album Avalon.
1982:  Tug of War by Paul McCartney was #1 for the second week on the Album chart.

                                     Springfield had to settle for being #2...


1982:  "Ebony and Ivory" was #1 for the fourth week for superstars Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.  "Don't Talk To Strangers" from Rick Springfield peaked at #2.
1982:  "Ebony And Ivory" was also #1 for the fourth week in a row on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1983:  U2 played at the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver, Colorado.  The concert was recorded and released as U2 Live at Red Rocks:  Under a Blood Red Sky.
1987:  Sly Stone surrendered to police after violating his probation.
1993:  Mariah Carey married Tommy Mottola, the President of Sony Music, in Manhattan, New York.  Columbia Records superstars Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand were on hand.
1993:  Janet Jackson debuted at #1 on the Album chart with janet.

1993:  "That's the Way Love Goes" from Janet Jackson remained atop the chart for a fourth week.  Former #1 "Freak Me" from Silk remained strong at #2 for a fourth week.  H-Town was steady with "Knockin' Da Boots", SWV remained at #4 with "Weak" and Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight were at #5 with "Love Is".  The rest of the Top 10:  SWV was moving back up with "I'm So Into You", PM Dawn with "Looking Through Patient Eyes", Robin S made a 14-8 jump with "Show Me Love", Rod Stewart collected his 47th career hit with "Have I Told You Lately" and the Inner Circle with "Bad Boys".
1997:  Noel Gallagher of Oasis married record publicist Meg Matthews in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2001:  Alicia Key released her debut album Songs in A Minor.
"3 x 5", one of the great Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*, continues to help Mayer's album sell to this day...

2001:  Another phenomenal debut album, Room for Squares, was released by John Mayer.
2001:  Madonna began a world tour at the Cologne Arena in Cologne, Germany.
2002:  Dee Dee Ramone (real name Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitar player for the Ramones, died in Hollywood, California of heroin at the age of 49.
2003:  Santana announced that proceeds from his summer tour would go towards battling AIDS.



2004:  Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony married at J. Lo's home in Beverly Hills, California.
2005:  Oasis had the #1 U.K. album with Don't Believe the Truth.
2005:  Audioslave had the #1 album in the United States with Out of Exile.
2007:  Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, Memory Almost Full, in the U.S., one day after its launch in the U.K.
2008:  Toto announced that they were breaking up.
2008:  James Taylor sang the U.S. national anthem prior to Game One of the National Basketball Association Finals in Boston, Massachusetts.
2009:  The Bo Diddley Community Plaza was dedicated in Gainesville, Florida.


Born This Day:
1925:  Actor Bill Hayes, who had a huge #1 hit with "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" in 1955, was born in Harvey, Illinois.
1926:  Floyd Butler of Friends of Distinction was born in San Diego, California; died of a heart attack April 29, 1990.
1946:  Freddie Stone (Freddy Stewart) of Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station was born in Dallas, Texas.  (Note:  some websites report Stone was born in Vallejo, California.  He was born in Dallas before moving with his family to California.)
1947:  Tom Evans, bass guitarist and vocalist of Badfinger, was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England; committed suicide on November 19, 1983 in London.  (Note:  some websites claim Evans died in the county of Surrey, but London has not been a part of Surrey since 1889.)
1948: Frank Esler-Smith, keyboardist of Air Supply, was born in London; died of pneumonia March 1, 1991 in Melbourne, Australia.
1950:  Ronnie Dyson was born in Washington, D.C.; died November 10, 1990 on heart failure in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1954:  Nicko McBrain, drummer of Iron Maiden, was born in Hackney, London, England.
1956:  Kenny G, elite saxophonist, was born in Seattle, Washington.
1956:  Richard Butler of the Psychadelic Furs was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England.






1969:  Brian McKnight ("Back At One") was born in Buffalo, New York.
1970:  Claus Norreen of Aqua and also a producer, was born in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
1971:  Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and New Kids on the Block and also a successful actor, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  (Note:  several websites claim Wahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts; he was born in Worcester, according to 'The New York Times'.)
1974:  Aaron "P-Nut" Wills, bassist of 311 ("Down" from 1996), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1979:  Pete Wentz, bass guitarist and primary lyricist of Fall Out Boy, was born in Wilmette, Illinois.
1981:  Sebastien Lefebvre, rhythm guitarist of Simple Plan, was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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