Thursday, June 3, 2010

This Date In Music History - June 3


Eddie Holman (1946)

Ian Hunter - Mott The Hoople (1946)

Born on this day in 1946, John Paul Jones, bass, keyboards, producer with Led Zeppelin who had the 1969 US #4 single "Whole Lotta Love." The band's fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic "Stairway To Heaven," has sold over 37 million copies. As a session player in the 1960s he worked with The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Hermans Hermits, Lulu, Tom Jones. In recent years Jones has worked with R.E.M. on 1992 'Automatic For The People' album and is a member of Them Crooked Vultures.

Suzi Quatro (1950)

Deniece Williams (1951)

Dan Hill (1954)

El Debarge - Debarge (1961)

Kerry King - Slayer (1964)

Mike Gordon - Phish (1965)

Samantha Sprackling - Republica (1968)

Gabriel Hernandez - No Mercy (1971)

Ariel Hernandez - No Mercy (1971)

Kelly Jones - Stereophonics (1974)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1947, Dave Alexander, bass, Iggy Pop And The Stooges. Died February 10, 1975.

Born today in 1943, Michael Clarke, drummer, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, (1965 US & UK #1 single "Mr Tambourine Man"). Clarke died of liver failure on December 19th 1993.

Born on this day in 1962, David Cole, C & C Music Factory. Produced Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Cole died January 24th 1995.

Born on this day in 1942, Curtis Mayfield, singer, songwriter. Member of The Impressions, Solo. (1972 US #4 single "Freddie's Dead, Theme From Superfly"). He died on December 26,1999.

Born today in 1947, Mickey Finn, T Rex, percussion. Finn died on January 11, 2002.

Born on this day in 1952, Billy Powell, keyboards, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on Jan 28, 2009. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate the musician but he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Boots Randolph ("Yakety Sax") (June 3, 1927 – July 3, 2007)


In 1949, Elvis Presley received an 'A' in language but only a 'C' in music on his 8th grade report card at Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brothers Leonard and Phillip Chess launched Chess Records in Chicago in 1950. The label releases countless influential Blues recordings.

Elvis Presley graduated from Humes High School in 1953 (despite his C in music earlier).

Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley appeared together at an autograph session at a Lubbock, Texas car dealership in 1955.

The Isley Brothers released their first single "The Angel's Cried" in 1957

In 1964, during a photo session Ringo Starr was taken ill suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, days before a world tour was about to start. After a last-minute phone call from George Martin, session drummer Jimmy Nichol rushed over to EMI Studios, where he and The Beatles ran through six songs from their tour repertoire in a quick rehearsal. Nichol replaced Ringo and became a Beatle for eleven days.

Gary Lewis recorded "Save Your Heart For Me" in 1965.

Aretha Franklin went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1967 with her version of the Otis Redding hit "Respect."

The Doors "Light My Fire" was released in the US in 1967, it went on to be #1 on the singles chart two months later.

In 1968, Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol was seriously wounded in the attack and barely survived.

In 1970, the Kinks Ray Davies was forced to make a 6,000 mile round trip from New York to London to record one word in a song. Davies had to change the word 'Coca- Cola' to 'Cherry Cola' on the bands forthcoming single "Lola" due to an advertising ban at BBC Radio.

Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" was released in 1970.

The Rolling Stones kicked off their seventh North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada in 1972. The 32 date tour grossed $4 million, making it the richest rock tour in history.

Family gospel group of father and three daughters The Staple Singers went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1972 with "I'll Take You There."

Jethro Tull started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1972 with 'Thick As A Brick.'

Ozzie Nelson (Ricky's dad) died of liver cancer in 1975.

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1978 with "Too Much Too Little Too Late."

In 1983, session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison Frank Zappa and many other artists.

George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" was banned by the BBC in 1987.

Michael Damian went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1989 with his version of the David Essex song "Rock On."

The Fine Young Cannibals started a seven-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1989 with 'The Raw & The Cooked.'

Willie Nelson released his "Who'll Buy My Memories - The IRS Tapes" LP in 1991. The album was made up of songs that had been seized by the U.S. government and would go towards paying off his $16 million tax bill.

Bryan Adams started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1995 with "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman." Taken from the film 'Don Juan De Marco' it became Adams third US solo #1.

Staind started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2001 with 'Break The Cycle.'

In 2002, Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, The Corrs, Will Young, Atomic Kitten and S Club 7 all appeared at The Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, London.

In 2003, Barry Manilow suffered a broken nose after he accidentally walked into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California and knocked himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he didn't endure any lasting effects as doctors determined that surgery was not necessary.

In 2004, Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen announces that he`s running for president. He`s the first to admit that his bid is "to be considered for entertainment purposes only." Still, Kaukonen promotes a nonviolent, anti-hatred and pro-compassion platform with a foreign policy based on the need for "visual peace." He did not get the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Red Hot Chili Peppers were at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with 'Stadium Arcadium,' the bands ninth studio album.

In 2008, Weezer’s self-titled disc (aka "The Red Album") was released earlier than originally planned because several tracks were leaked online.

Also in 2008, Radiohead's entire back catalog was available via iTunes to coincide with the release of "Radiohead: The Best Of " compilation.

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