1962: Monday fell on June 25 and of course that meant new releases from rock artists. Two great songs were both released on this day--"Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" from Neil Sedaka.
1962: The Beatles recorded a show for the BBC radio program "Here We Go" at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, England. Many of the patrons of the Cavern Club were on hand who had become huge fans of the group.
1964: Manfred Mann recorded "Do Wah Diddy Diddy".
1966: "Paint It Black" became the new #1 song for the Rolling Stones. Lovin' Spoonful closed to #2 with "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" while Simon & Garfunkel challenged with "I Am A Rock".
1967: Country Joe and the Fish, the Sons of Champlin, Every Mother's Son, Tim Buckley, the Seeds, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, the Grass Roots, the Steve Miller Band and the 5th Dimension performed at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival in Marin County, California.
1968: John Lennon recorded "Revolution 9" in one studio at Abbey Road while Paul McCartney recorded "Blackbird" in another for their upcoming LP which became known as The White Album.
1969: "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" became the 17th number one song for the Beatles in the U.K.
1973: Helen Reddy released the single "Delta Dawn".
1979: Chuck Berry pleaded guilty to charges of income tax evasion and was sentenced to four months in prison.
1979: The Knack released the album Get the Knack.
1983: Alex Van Halen, drummer for the group Van Halen, married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles. Alex's brother Eddie was best man.
1983: "My Love" by Lionel Richie was #1 for the fourth straight week on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1983: Irene Cara was halfway through her run at #1 (three weeks already) with "Flashdance...What A Feeling". David Bowie was stuck at 2 with "Let's Dance" while Culture Club edged up to 3 with "Time (Clock of the Heart)". Men At Work dropped with "Overkill" with Lionel Richie's "My Love" moving up to #5. The rest of the Top 10: Michael Jackson's former #1 "Beat It" remained at 6, Thomas Dolby slipped to #7 with "She Blinded Me With Science", Naked Eyes scored a Top 10 with "Always Something There To Remind Me", Styx moved from 14-9 with "Don't Let It End" and Rick Springfield had his 11th hit--"Affair Of The Heart".
1986: Madonna released the single "Papa Don't Preach" in the United States.
1988: Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, George Michael, the Eurythmics, Simple Minds and UB40 performed at the 70th birthday tribute for Nelson Mandela at Wembley Stadium in London. The tribute was broadcast to 40 countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion people.
Carlisle enjoyed another solo hit...
1996: Carl Perkins was awarded a spot on Hollywood's Rock Walk.
2000: Aaliyah hit #1 with "Try Again".
2001: Depeche Mode played at the Pepsi Center in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
2001: Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St. Salvator's Church in Ireland.
1940: Joey Dee (leader of the Starliters who had the #1 "Peppermint Twist" in 1961) was born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1943: Reg Presley, lead singer of the Troggs, was born in Andover, Hampshire, England; died February 4, 2013 in Andover after a year-long battle with lung cancer.
1947: Glenn Leonard of the Temptations was born in Washington, D.C.
1947: Richard Palmer-James, lyricist for Supertramp and King Crimson, was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England. (Note: some websites insist Richard was born in the county of Dorset, but Bournemouth did not become part of Dorset until after the 1974 Local Government Reorganization Act. Since Palmer-James was born in 1947, 27 years before the change took place, it is physically impossible for him to have been born in the county of Dorset and you will never see Dorset listed as the county of birth on his official birth certificate. At the time of his birth, Bournemouth was located in the county of Hampshire.)
1949: Frank Beard, the only member of ZZ Top who doesn't have a beard, was born in Frankston, Texas.
1950: Graham Russell of Air Supply was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. (Note: some websites claim Russell was born on June 1. They are missing a digit; he was born on June 11, according to Russell on Air Supply's official website.)
1952: Donnie Van Zant, lead singer and guitarist with .38 Special, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1964: Penny Ford, who sang the lead vocal for Snap on "The Power" was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Note: some websites show her birthday as November 6, but her talent agency, CA International Artists, indicates that it was on June 11.)
1969: Dan Lavery of Tonic