Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This Date In Music History- June 4


Frank's little girl, Nancy Sinatra was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1940.

DeBarge singer El DeBarge was born in Grand Rapids, Mich in 1964.

Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas ("Creeque Alley") is 64.

Gordon Waller of Peter & Gordon was born in Braemar, Scotland in 1945. The duo's biggest hit was 1964's "A World Without Love," written by Paul McCartney.


Ray Charles performed with his old band in Chicago in 1998 as part of his "50th year in show biz" celebrations.

Ronnie Lane, bassist and songwriter for the Faces, died in 1997 at age 51 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

The world collectively holds its breath as, at Graceland, Priscilla Presley announced who will appear on the Elvis stamp in 1992. Will it be the young, handsome Elvis? Or the fat, aging Elvis? Some 277,000 people wanted Elvis '77, but luckily 851,000 voted for Elvis '57.

The producers of Broadway's Beatlemania were ordered to pay $10 million to the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. in 1986 because the show is deemed too much like the Beatles. Now that’s a surprise!

The Rolling Stones become the first Western rock group to actually collect royalties on albums sold in Russia in 1975.

In 1972, Pink Floyd began sessions for their next album at London's Abbey Road. Tentatively titled Eclipse, the record was eventually released as Dark Side of the Moon.

The late Freddy Fender ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights") was born in 1937.

Former Beach Boys manager Murry Wilson (father of the group's Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson) died in 1973. His alleged physical abuse left songwriting genius Brian deaf in one ear. Murray also managed the group when it was first starting out. (Brian did not attend the funeral)

Janis Joplin joined Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1966.

The Beatles signed a recording contract with EMI Parlophone in Britain in 1962.

Freddie Scott ("Hey Girl") died from a heart attack in 2007.

Gene Vincent performed his first concert, in his home town of Norfolk, Virginia, in 1956.

The Monkees TV show won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Comedy Series" in 1967. And I thought it was all about their music.

The Beach Boys released "Surfin' Safari" in 1962, their first single on Capitol.

On TV in 1956, you could have watched Elvis make his second appearance on the wacky, cross-dressing Milton Berle Show. Berle presented Elvis with a Billboard Triple Crown award after "Heartbreak Hotel" tops the pop, country, and R&B charts.

Glenn Wallichs set up Capitol Records in 1942 and inaugurates the era of record promotion by sending free copies of the label's records to radio stations in the hope of garnering airplay.

Bruce Springsteen released the album, "Born In The USA" in 1984, which topped the US LP chart for 7 weeks and spawned 7 Top-10 singles.

Derek Leckenby, lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits, died of cancer on June 4th at the age of 51 in 1994.

John Hartford, the songwriter who wrote Glen Campbell's hit "Gentle On My Mind" and recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, winning Grammy awards in three different decades, died on June 4, 2001 after a long battle with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 63.

Don’t Bring Me Down,” by the Animals, enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #12 in 1966. It will be the last charting single by the original quintet, although Eric Burdon will pilot a new lineup of Animals through the end of the decade.

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