Saturday, June 3, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 4

1942:  Glenn Wallichs began Capitol Records in the United States.  Capitol would become the home for Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Anne Murray, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and many, many others.
1956:  Elvis Presley was on 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.

1962:  The Beach Boys released the single "Surfin' Safari".

1963:  The Searchers first appeared on the U.K. chart with the song "Sweets For My Sweet".
1964:  The Beatles began their first world tour in Denmark at the KB Hallen in Fredericksberg, Copenhagen.

1966:  On this date, a new group debuted with their first hit single.  They would go on to become one of the top act of the 60's with 19 hits, 7 Top 10 records and 2 #1's.  "Hanky Panky" debuted on the chart for Tommy James & the Shondells.
1966:  "Strangers In The Night" hit #1 for Frank Sinatra on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1967:  Procol Harum, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine (later of the Moody Blues) performed at the Saville Theatre in London.
1967:  Stevie Wonder released the single "I Was Made To Love Her".

1967:  A brand new act debuted on this date.  They would become not only one of the great act of the 60's but one of The Top 100 Artists of the Rock Era*.  The Association's first single "Along Comes Mary" entered the chart.

1967:  The Monkees won an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series.
1969:  Nicky Hopkins, pianist for the Jeff Beck Group, announced he was leaving.
1969:  Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed petitions against the casting of Mick Jagger in an upcoming film.
1969:  Tommy Roe hit #1 in the U.K. with "Dizzy".
1970:  Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA Studios, beginning his day at 6 p.m. and working until dawn.
1972:  Pink Floyd begins recording for their next album at Abbey Road Studios in London.  It was originally going to be entitled Eclipse but wound up being called Dark Side of the Moon.

1974:  Randy Newman appeared on the U.K. television show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
1976:  Elton John performed at the Capitol Theatre in Leeds, England.
1976:  Live recordings were made of Blondie, the Talking Heads and others at the new wave night club GBGB's in New York City.  The tracks can be heard on the album Live at GBGB's New York.

1977:  "Best of My Love" by the Emotions was #1 on the R&B chart.
1977:  Barry Manilow reached #1 with "Looks Like We Made It" on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1977:  Stevie Wonder made it three weeks in a row at #1 with "Sir Duke".  K.C. & the Sunshine Band followed with "I'm Your Boogie Man" while "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac crept up to #3.  Marvin Gaye was right behind with "Got to Give It Up".
1977:  Bad things happen in Florida.  The 2000 presidential election debacle, the training ground for 9/11 terrorists and back in 1977, a Led Zeppelin concert in Tampa Bay was canceled after fans had rioted the night before.
1980:  The Go-Go's were at Tiffany's in Great Yarmouth, England.
1983:  The Police had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Every Breath You Take"
1983:  Thriller by Michael Jackson was #1 for the 15th week in a row.

1984:  Bruce Springsteen released the album Born in the U.S.A.
1986:  U2, Bryan Adams, Sting and Peter Gabriel performed at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California as part of the Conspiracy of Hope concert tour.
1987:  Fans at a Eurythmics concert in West Berlin can hear people in East Berlin chanting "The wall must go!"  And it did.
1988:  Hysteria by Def Leppard spent its 37th week in the Top 10 of the album chart.

1992:  The United States Postal Service announced that people preferred a stamp design featuring "the younger Elvis" in a vote that had concluded.
1993:  The beginning of the end for Kurt Cobain.  He was arrested after a dispute at his house in Seattle, Washington.
1994  The U.K. magazine NME featured Oasis on the cover.
1994:  "Back & Forth" by Aaliyah was #1 for the third week on the R&B chart.
1994:  All-4-One remained at #1 with "I Swear".  Madonna could not budge with "I'll Remember", Ace of Base remained at 3 with their former #1 "The Sign" and Enigma was at 4 with "Return To Innocence".

1994:  Wet Wet Wet had one of the biggest hits of all-time in the U.K. as their remake of the Troggs' hit "Love Is All Around" began a 15-week run at #1.
1994:  All-4-One remained at #1 for the third week with "I Swear".  Madonna peaked at #2 with "I'll Remember" while Ace of Base was still strong after 23 weeks of release with "The Sign".
1996:  Metallica released the album Load.
1996:  Crowded House announced they were breaking up.

1997:  Ronnie Lane, bass guitarist of Faces, died at the age of 51 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
1998:  Ray Charles performed in Chicago to celebrate 50 years as an entertainer.
2000:  Bon Jovi had the #1 U.K. album with Crush.
2003:  Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera toured together, beginning in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born This Day:

1940:  Nancy Sinatra was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1944:  Roger Ball of the Average White Band
1944:  Holly Michelle Gilliam (Michelle Phillips) of the Mamas and Papas was born in Long Beach, California.
1945:  Gordon Waller of Peter & Gordon was born in Braemar, Scotland; died of a heart attack in Norwich, Connecticut on July 17, 2009.
1952:  Jimmy McCulloch of Thunderclap Newman ("Something in the Air") and later Wings was born in Glasgow, Scotland; died September 27, 1979 from heroin in Maida Vale, West London, England at the age of 26.

1961:  El DeBarge, lead singer and co-founder of the family group DeBarge and a solo artist ("Who's Johnny") was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1974:  Stefan Lessard, bass guitarist with the Dave Matthews Band, was born in Anaheim, California.

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