Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Date In Music History - June 28


Glenn Shorrock - Little River Band (1944)

Andy Scott - Sweet (1951)

Stanley Clarke (1951)

Hal Lindes - Dire Straits (1953)

Adrian Wright - Human League (1956)

Doug Sampson - Iron Maiden (1957)

Julianne Regan - All About Eve (1962)

Peter James Camell - The La's (1967)

Philip Anselmo - Pantera (1968)

Tom Drummond - Better Than Ezra (1969)

Cheryl Cole - Girls Aloud (1983)

Fantasia Barrino - American Idol winner The first time in US history a debut single had topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (2004 US #1 single "I Believe") (1984)

T-Pain (Faheem Najm) (1985)

They Are Missed:

The late Lena Horne ("Love Me Or Leave Me") was born in 1917.

Born on this day in 1943, Florence Ballard, vocals, The Supremes. She died February 21, 1976.

Soul singer singer Phyllis Hyman committed suicide in 1995 by overdosing on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her New York City apartment (age 45). She was found hours before she was scheduled to perform at the Apollo Theatre, in New York.

In 2001, legendary guitarist and producer Chet Atkins died in Nashville (age 77). Recorded over 100 albums during his career, produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves and Waylon Jennings. Was a major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler.


Twenty-five people were hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 1956.

The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan in 1966. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans.

The Supremes made the studio recording of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" in 1966.

San Francisco's Fillmore West concert hall closed in 1971.

In 1973, George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with "Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth" (his second US #1 hit) .

In 1975, Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three year on and off marriage.

Also in 1975, the Jackson Five announced that they were leaving Motown Records for Epic Records. The brothers were forced to change their name to The Jacksons since Motown owned the other name.

Police raided the home of Neil Diamond in 1976 searching for drugs, however, they found less than one ounce of marijuana. Say it ain't so!

In 1976, Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, 'Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.' Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants.

Marvel Comics published a Kiss comic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink in 1977.

In 1978, United Artists released The Buzzcocks single "Love You More," at 1 minute 29 seconds it was the second shortest single ever released. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 1960 hit "Stay" was the shortest hit at one minute 28 seconds. What about "Her Majesty" by the Beatles (not sure if it was released as a single, but I believe it runs for 43 seconds)

One hit wonder Anita Ward started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1979 with "Ring My Bell," also a UK #1.

In 1983, the Everly Brothers announced plans for a reunion tour, ten years after they had split up.

Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the US album chart in 1984 with 'Sports'.

Madonna released the album "True Blue" in 1986.

Steve Winwood released "Back in the High Life" in 1986.

New Kids On The Block started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1990 with "Step By Step," the group's third US #1 hit.

In 1990, police raided Chuck Berry's estate and seized homemade porn videos, drugs and guns.

Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testified at a congressional hearing concerning rising concert ticket prices in 1994.

Neil Young premiered his album, "Broken Arrow" via the Internet in 1996.

An Eric Clapton & Friends concert in 1999 with Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan at NY's Madison Square Garden raised $1 million for Clapton`s drug rehab clinic in Antiqua.

In 2000, nine people were crushed to death at a Copenhagen Pearl Jam concert. People push forward because they can’t hear due to broken speakers. Vocalist Eddie Vedder tells the audience to move back but to no avail.

In 2001, Beach Boys member Al Jardine went to court in a bid to sue his former band mates, claiming he had been frozen out of the Beach Boys. The $4 million suit was filed against Mike Love, Brian Wilson, the Carl Wilson Trust and Brother Records Incorporated in a New York Superior Court. In 1998 a US judge temporarily barred Jardine from performing under the name “Beach Boys Family And Friends” after representations from Mike Love and Brother Records. Jardine lost the case in 2003.

The Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee opened in 2001.

In 2004, Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralysed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.

In 2005, the record industry said Led Zeppelin has sold 107.5 million albums in the U.S. That secures the #3 spot on the all-time list. Only The Beatles (168.5 million) and Elvis Presley (116.5 million) have done better.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are honored in an exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland in 2006. "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Thirty Years of Rock and Roll," displays the flowered shirt Petty wore for the "Free Fallin'" video and a gray jacket from his time in the Traveling Wilburys.

In 2006, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are on hand for the premiere performance of Love, the Beatles-themed Las Vegas production featuring the Cirque du Soleil troupe. At the end of the show, McCartney takes the stage and declares, "This is for John and George!"

A long lost ’64 interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney was broadcast on the BBC in 2008. In the interview McCartney expounds on their songwriting technique. “Normally, we sit down and try and bash one out,” says The Beatles' bassist. He adds that sometimes each writes a complete song on his own – though they both take credit for it.

U2’s 2009 worldwide stadium trek in support of "No Line On The Horizon" began in Barcelona, Spain. U2 360° features an innovative in-the-round configuration. The 90,000 in attendance hear a 22-song set that includes a two song-tribute to the recently deceased Michael Jackson. "We wrote this one for Billie Holiday but we are going to play it tonight for Michael Jackson," says Bono before the group performs “Angel Of Harlem.” "Unspeakable talent, that's all there is to say, really," concludes the singer. "Angel" morphs into Jackson hits "Man In The Mirror" and "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

Music licensing agency, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), determined in 2009 that Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was the most played song at NFL (football), MLB (baseball) and NHL (hockey) games during the previous 12-month period.

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