Monday, June 21, 2010

This Date In Music History - June 21


Ray Davies - Kinks (1944)

Miguel Vicens - Los Bravos First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single. (1944)

Chris Britton - Troggs (1945)

Joey Molland - Badfinger (1948)

Greg Munford - Strawberry Alarm Clock (1949)

Joey Kramer - Aerosmith (1950)

Nils Lofgren, guitar, piano, vocals. He joined Neil Young's band at age 17, playing piano on the album After the Gold Rush. From 1971 to 1974 recorded four albums with his own band, Grin. Joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1984. Also member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band. (1953)

Mark Brzezicki - Big Country (1957)

Sonia Clarke (Sonique) - singer, DJ (1968)

Pat Sansone - Wilco (1969)

Justin Cary - Sixpence None the Richer (1975)

Lee Gaze - Lostprophets (1975)

Michael Einziger - Incubus (1976)

Brandon Flowers - Killers (1981)

They Are Missed:

Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer, died of tuberculosis in 1979 (age 34). He had quit the band in 1965.

German orchestra leader and songwriter Bert Kaempfert died in 1980 (age 56). Both Frank Sinatra ("Strangers In The Night") and Elvis Presley ("Wooden Heart") covered his songs. Kaempfert released over 50 albums. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on recording sessions for Polydor, (these were the Beatles' first commercial recordings).

John Lee Hooker, blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep in 2001 (age 83). Had hits will "Boom Boom," "Dimples" and "I'm In The Mood." His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. He also appeared and sang in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.

Born on this day in 1936, O.C. Smith, singer, (1968 #1 single 'Little Green Apples"). He died on November 23, 2001.


In 1948, Columbia Records began the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP.

In 1952, Fats Domino's "Goin' Home" became his first #1 hit.

Johnny Cash's first single, "Cry Cry Cry," was released in 1955.

In 1955, Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.

Bobby Vee recorded "Take Good Care Of My Baby" in 1961.

The Beatles opened for Bruce Channel in concert near Liverpool in 1962 and Bruce's harmonica player, Delbert McLinton, gave John Lennon tips that served John well later on the single "Love Me Do."

Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club, London in 1966.

After a North American tour in 1966, the Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.

Working at Abbey Road studios in London in 1966, the Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song "She Said She Said." The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.

In 1972, Led Zeppelin appeared at Denver Coliseum, Denver on their North American tour.

The last Bread concert was held, in Salt Lake City in 1973.

1975, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Rufus and The Eagles all appeared in front of 120,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London in 1975. Tickets cost $5.95.

“Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)” peaked at #11 in 1975. The Doobie Brothers hit is a cover of a Holland/Dozier/Holland song originally recorded by Kim Weston.

James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is" was released in 1975.

Captain and Tennille started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with the Neil Sedaka song "Love Will Keep Us Together."

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple in 1975 to form his own group Rainbow.

Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London in 1977.

In 1980, police arrested The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.

It’s The Who’s 25th anniversary trek. The Kids Are Alright Tour: 1964 -1989 begins at the Glen Falls Civic Center in New York in 1989.

In 1994, George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn't be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.

Master P was at #1 on the US album chart in 1998 with ‘MP Da Last Don.’

In 1999, Pantera rode a float in the Dallas Stars Stanley Cup victory parade in downtown Dallas. Pantera is responsible for the Stars' theme song.

In 2000, 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.

In 2005, American Idol runner-up Bo Bice releases his debut single, "Inside Your Heaven." This normally wouldn’t be worth mentioning except that the B-side has a cover of the Ides Of March hit “Vehicle” with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. Bice got a lot of milage out of the 1970 hit during the Idol competition. Desmond Child, a longtime Bon Jovi collaborator, produced both songs.

Disturbed were at No.1 on the US album chart in 2008 with ‘Indestructible’ the bands third consecutive US #1.

In 2009, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer invites 20 wounded soldiers to attend the band's performance in Bristow, VA, to help him celebrate his 59th birthday. "I can't think of a better gift to receive on my birthday than to have the privilege of sharing a night of our music with these brave and heroic warriors," says Kramer. The troops are Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and patients from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Also in 2009, the Video of the Year honor for "Gotta Be Somebody" is one of three trophies Nickelback receives at Canada's 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The also nab the MuchLOUD Rock Video of the Year and Post Production of the Year (wow!) awards. "Our greatest reward in making music has always been the fans wanting us to make more," says Nickelback in a statement. The band closes out show with "Burn It To The Ground."

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