Monday, June 29, 2009

This Date In Music History-June 29


Carlo Santanna - Paper Lace (1947)

Derv and Lincoln Gordon - Equals (1948)

Ian Paice - Deep Purple (1948)

Colin Hay - Men at Work (1953)

Don Dokken – Dokken (1953)

Evelyn "Champagne" King (1960)

Tim McCord – Evanescence (1979)

They Are Missed:

Nelson Eddy (June 29, 1901 - March 6, 1967)

Shorty Long drowned in 1969 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River (age 29). Had the 1968 #8 single “Here Comes The Judge.” He also acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

Little Feat's Lowell George died of a heart attack in 1979.

The babysitter for Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Little Eva, was born today in 1945. They asked her to record a little song they had written, the 1962 #1 hit “The Loco-Motion.” She died on April 10, 2003.

In 1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley died of an overdose of heroin and morphine (age 28).

Legendary singer Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer in 2002.


In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen's TV show to sing "Hound Dog"- to an actual basset hound.

Buddy Holly recorded the epic "Peggy Sue" in 1957.

In 1959, Dick Clark formed a new partnership with aging promoter Irvin Feld. The two announced four rock 'n' roll package tours over the next year, all called Dick Clark Caravans.

The first song written by Lennon/McCartney made it to the Hot 100 in 1963. It's "From Me to You" by Del Shannon.

The Beatles performed in Tokyo, Japan in 1966 before a sold-out crowd. Over 500 police were called in to get the crowd under control.

Pink Floyd's second album “A Saucerful of Secrets” was released in 1968.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last concert together on the final day of the three-day Denver Pop Festival.

Singer Ian Gillan quit Deep Purple in 1973. He did return.

Gordon Lightfoot scored his only #1 hit in 1974 with “Sundown.”

Drummer Neal Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rustey in 1974.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his “Born in the USA Tour” with a three-night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen played a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.

Also in 1984, it was reported that Motown shipped out 2 million copies of the Jacksons' Victory album.

In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit “Dancing In The Street'' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' fundraising event. The single went on to become a #1 UK hit (#7 in US)

Also in 1985, John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

Mall-lover Tiffany released her self-titled debut album in 1987.

In 1988, The Guardian newspaper reported that many music CD's would fade and distort over the next few years due to manufacturing faults, sending shock-waves through the music industry.

Skid Row entered the US album chart at #1 in 1991 with “Slave To The Grind.”

It was reported in 1996 that US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try and reduce the drug death toll in the industry. Yeah, that’ll happen….

Flash-in-the-pan Leif Garrett was arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles in 1999.

In 1999, Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a concert at Munich's Olympic stadium.

Eight men were trampled to death in 2000 during Pearl Jam's performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage.

Tragedy struck the Rolling Stones European Tour in Madrid, Spain in 2007. Two workers are killed while breaking down the stage following the group's performance the previous night. The accident occurs when three stagehands plunge from a 33-foot metal structure and land on a fourth crew member. "(The Stones') heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the injured and their profound sympathies to the deceased," says a representative for the group.

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