Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This Date In Music History - June 9


Jon Lord - Deep Purple (1941)

Stuart Edwards - Edison Lighthouse (1946)

George Bunnell - Strawberry Alarm Clock (1949)

Trevor Bolder - Uriah Heep (1950)

Dean Felber - Hootie & The Blowfish (1967)

Dean Dinning - Toad the Wet Sprocket (1967)

Ed Simons - Chemical Brothers (1970)

Matthew Bellamy - Muse (1978)

Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello), US R&B singer (1983)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1891, Cole Porter, singer, composer, one of America's greatest songwriters. Wrote countless classic songs, "Night And Day," "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye." Died Oct 15, 1964.

Born today in 1929, R&B singer Johnny Ace, Billboards 'most played artist of 1955'. He died playing Russian roulette backstage at a gig on December 25,1954.

Born on this day in 1934, Jackie Wilson, US soul singer. Suffered a heart attack on stage at a New Jersey Club in 1975 and was in a coma until he died on January 21st 1984. Scored 24 US Top 40 hits during late 50's & 60's.

Fred Waring - Musician (The Pennsylvanians), bandleader, radio-television personality (June 9, 1900 – July 29, 1984)

Born today in 1947, Mitch Mitchell, drums, Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mitchell had been in the ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' house band. Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on Nov 12, 2008 (age 61).

Born today in 1915, legendary guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered “close miking” and echo delay recording. He broke his right arm in a car accident and had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar. Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on 12th Aug 2009.


"Jelly-Roll Blues" was recorded by Jelly Roll Morton and his band in 1924.

In 1951, Ike Turner & The Rhythm Kings have the #1 R&B song "Rocket 88." Many consider this track to be the first Rock n’ Roll record.

In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis (with the help of Sun Records owner Sam Phillips) takes out a full-page ad in Billboard magazine to explain his second divorce and third marriage (to his 14 year old cousin Myra). In the end, the ad doesn’t do much good and Jerry Lee remains ostracized for the next few years.

Today in 1958, the song "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.

Johnny Mathis went to #1 on the US album chart in 1958 with his 'Greatest Hits' album.

The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire in 1962. It was during this tour that The Beatles' fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.

Andy Williams was the mystery guest on TV's "What's My Line" in 1963.

During an evening session in 1964, Bob Dylan recorded "Mr. Tambourine Man" at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

In 1967, the Monkees kicked off a North American summer tour at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

In 1969, Brian Jones announced he was leaving The Rolling Stones because he didn't agree with the band's musical direction. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who has played with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, signs on as Brian Jones’ replacement.

In 1972, Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing 4 sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Garfunkel were among music stars that attended the shows. The shows were recorded and became the album 'Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden'.

Bruce Springsteen signed with Columbia Records in 1972 and started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.

The Bee Gees went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1979 with "Love You inside Out," the group's 9th US #1 hit.

Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1984 with "Time After Time."

In 1989, after suggesting just three days earlier that she would help the environment by “firebombing McDonald’s restaurants,” Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) signed a document vowing to never repeat the statement again. McDonald’s had threatened legal action.

Grunge label, Sub-Pop, holds the first Lame Fest at Seattle’s Moore Theater in 1989. The headliners are Tad and Mudhoney. An opening act is a little known band called Nirvana.

In 1990, M.C. Hammer's debut album started a record breaking 21 week stay at the top of the US album charts, making it the longest uninterrupted stay at the top since the album charts started.

Wilson Phillips went to #1 on the US charts in 1990 with "Hold On." 25 years earlier to the day Wendy and Carnies father Beach Boy Brian had been at #1 with "Help Me Rhonda."

The Tina Turner biographical film, "What's Love Got To Do With It" opened in 1993.

Also in 1993 - The U.S. Postal Service debuted its Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll-Rhythm and Blues stamp collection. The set featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington, and Elvis Presley.

After an argument in 1994, TLC singer Left Eye set fire to her boyfriend’s (Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons) Atlanta mansion, worth $2 million, burning it to the ground. She was charged with arson and fined $10,000 with five years probation.

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London in 1998.

Also in 1998, the Ronettes appeared in the Supreme Court of New York for their lawsuit against producer Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included "Be My Baby" and "Walking In The Rain," claimed that Spector had breached the group's 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. Although The Ronettes went on to win the case, the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.

In 2002, it was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.

John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo) entered the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2005. Other inductees include Isaac Hayes, Steve Cropper, Bill Withers and David Porter.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Highway Companions North American Tour gets underway in Charlotte, NC in 2006. The trek celebrates the band's 30th anniversary. Stevie Nicks is a supporting act on the first eight shows and also performs with Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In 2007, George Michael became the first music artist to perform at the new Wembley Stadium in London when he played the first of two shows at the venue during his ‘25 Live Tour.'

The Rock Band Unplugged video game is in stores in 2009. It features songs by 3 Doors Down, Audioslave and Alice In Chains, the Who, Boston, Police, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, and Rush.

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