Thursday, June 12, 2008

This Date In Music History- June 12


Len Barry ("1-2-3") is 66.

Reg Presley of the Troggs ("Wild Thing") turns 67.

Rocky Burnette ("Tired Of Toeing The Line" and son of Johnny Burnette) is 55.

Boston's Brad Delp was born in Boston in 1951.

Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos was born Brad Carlson in Rockford, Ill in 1951.


"Back In My Arms Again" topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1965, making the Supremes the only American group to release five Number One hits in a row.

Janis Joplin debuts a new band, Full-Tilt Boogie, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky in 1970.

1979- 13 of the 23 #1 songs were disco, including Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", Blondie's "Heart Of Glass", and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.” "Disco Demolition Night" at Chicago's Comiskey Park, hosted by Steve Dahl, spearheads the"Disco Sucks" movement.

'Some Time in New York City,' a double album by John Lennon backed by the New York rock group Elephant’s Memory was released in 1972.

Yes was formed in 1967.

Jimmy Dorsey ("So Rare") died of cancer in 1957.

In 1965, Sonny & Cher made their first TV appearance, on ABC's "American Bandstand.”

The Dave Clark Five break a record (for rock performers), as they appeared for the twelfth time on the "Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS in 1966.

Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" was originally released to no success in 1954. The song won't top the charts until May 1955.

The Beach Boys recorded "Surfer Girl" and "Little Deuce Coupe" in 1963.

Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, and Gary "U.S." Bonds are in the 750,000-strong crowd at the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament in New York's Central Park in 1982. The demo becomes the biggest political rally in U.S. history.

Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson performed on the same bill in Norfolk, Virginia in 1959. At Cooke's insistence, arena management includes integrated seating for the audience.

For everybody who ever wished there were more cars at Graceland, the Presley estate opens the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum in 1989. Now fun-seekers can ogle 20 of the King's vehicles.

In 1935, at age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs. The two songs were "Love and Kisses" and "I'll Chase the Blues Away."

The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was released in 1965.

Cab Calloway suffered a stroke in 1994, from which he never truly recovered from. He died November 18, 1994 at the age 86.

The Zombies conducted their first recording session at Decca Studios in London in 1964. Among the tracks recorded is their hit, "She’s Not There."

Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits,” released in 1973, finally goes gold in 1975.

England's Queen Elizabeth awards the Beatles MBEs in 1965. John Lennon would later return his in protest of the Vietnam War. Canadian MP Hector Dupuis, who also has an MBE, is disgusted. "The British house of royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls," he moaned.

In 1968, the Rolling Stones appeared at the annual New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England, where they play their latest release "Jumpin' Jack Flash". It will mark the last time that guitarist Brian Jones performs with the band.

The 21 song John Lennon tribute album "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur" was released in 2007. The set contains Jackson Browne's rendition of "Oh My Love," as well as contributions from Green Day, U2, Aerosmith and R.E.M. who provide the compilation's first single, "#9 Dream," featuring the band's founding drummer, Bill Berry. Proceeds go to Amnesty International's initiative against the Darfur genocide.

Also in 2007, the Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne) two studio albums were reissued together with extras (including a DVD with videos and a group documentary). Contractual problems kept the group's work out of distribution for several years.