Saturday, June 4, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: June 5

1955:  "Eddy Arnold Day" was declared in Nashville, Tennessee.
1956:  Elvis Presley was on the final episode of The Milton Berle Show, where he was presented with a Billboard Triple Crown Award to commemorate "Heartbreak Hotel" being #1 on the Pop, R&B and Country charts.  Elvis also performed with gyrating movements that shook everybody up.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly state the date of his appearance as June 4.  It was June 5, according to 'PBS'.  This is confirmed by the fact that 'The Milton Berle Show' aired on NBC on Tuesday nights.  In 1956, June 5 fell on a Tuesday, not June 4.)

1957:  Bill Justus recorded "Raunchy", one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*.
1959:  Bob Zimmerman earned his diploma from Hibbing 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 from 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 Bernardino, 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 nine weeks.

1965:  "Help Me Rhonda" 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 "It Must Be Dusty" in London.  (Note:  some websites mysteriously say the name of the series was "It Music Be Dusty".     ???  The name of the show was "It Must Be Dusty".)
1969:  The Doors documentary Feast of Friends premiered at the Cinematheque 16 in Hollywood, California.
1969:  Joan Baez and Donovan performed in London at a rally for nuclear disarmament.
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 Easy Listening chart.

1972:  Two great songs were released on this date.  Gilbert O'Sullivan released the single "Alone Again (Naturally)".  

1972:  Looking Glass released the single "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)".
1972:  Maureen McGovern quit her job as a secretary to become a singer.
1974:  Sly Stone of Sly & the Family Stone married Kathy Silva onstage during a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1974:  The Bobbie Gentry Happiness Hour premiered for the summer on CBS-TV.
1975:  Former lead singer Syd Barrett showed up at Abbey Road Studios in London while the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here was mixed.  Many of the songs referred to Barrett's dementia.
1976:  Eddie Rabbitt released his first single on this date--"Rocky Mountain Music".
1976:  Black and Blue by the Rolling Stones was the new #1 album.
1976:  "Shop Around" by the Captain & Tennille reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

1978:  The Commodores released the single "Three Times A Lady".

1978:  Barry Manilow released the single "Copacabana".

1978:  A new rock group was trying to make a go of it on this date.  Cheap Trick released their first single "Surrender".
1980:  The Grateful Dead played a concert at Compton Terrace Amphitheatre 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 in the U.S.

                                           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.
1999:  Frankie Laine married Marcia Kline.
2001:  Alicia Keys 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 performed 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.
2005:  Oasis had the #1 U.K. album with Don't Believe the Truth.
2005:  Audioslave had the #1 album with Out of Exile.
2007:  Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, Memory Almost Full.
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:  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:  Freddy Stone (Freddy Stewart) of Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station was born in Dallas, Texas.
1947:  Tom Evans, bass guitarist and vocalist of Badfinger, was born in Liverpool, England; committed suicide on November 19, 1983.
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.
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:  Klaus Norreen of Aqua and also a producer, was born in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
1971:  Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and New Kids on the Block, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1974:  Aaron "P-Nut" Wills, bassist of 311 ("Down" from 1996) 
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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