Saturday, June 5, 2010

This Date In Music History - June 5


Don Reid - Statler Brothers (1945)

Freddie Stone - Sly and The Family Stone (1946)

Laurie Anderson (1947)

Nicko McBrain - Iron Maiden (1954)

Richard Butler - Psychedelic Furs (1956)

Brian McKnight (1969)

Mark Wahlberg/Marky Mark - New Kids On The Block & Solo (1971)

Pete Wentz - Fall Out Boy (1979)

They Are Missed:

Ronnie Dyson was born in 1950. Died on November 10, 1990.

Born today in 1941, Floyd Butler, vocalist with The Friends Of Distinction, who had a 1969 US #3 single with "Grazing In The Grass." Died of a heart attack on April 29, 1990.

Drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool in 1990 (age 42). He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.

Richard Sohl, keyboard player with the Patti Smith group died of a heart attack in 1990. Also played live with Iggy Pop.

Born on this day in 1948, Frank Eslersmith, keyboards, Air Supply. He died March 1st 1991.

Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 1993. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 #1's.

Ex Small Faces, The Faces and leader of Slim Chance, Ronnie Lane died in 1997 (age 51) after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Jazz singer and songwriter Mel Torme died in 1999 (age 73). His "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" has been recorded more than 1,700 times.

Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones died in 2002.

Animals’ keyboardist Dave Rowberry died in London in 2003 at the age of 62. Rowberry joined The Animals after the group had a falling out with founder/leader Alan Price. Rowberry stayed until the original group disbanded in the mid-60s.


In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV's 'Milton Berle Show,' and while singing "Hound Dog" performed the suggestive 'gyrating' movements.

Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was released in 1956. It sells over a million copies.

"Susie Q" was released by Dale Hawkins in 1957.

Bill Justis recorded "Raunchy" in 1957.

In 1959, Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket.

Roy Orbison went to #1 on the US chart in 1961 with "Running Scared."

In 1964, the Rolling Stones played their first-ever live date in the US when they appeared at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.

Davey Jones and the Kingbees release their first single “Liza Jane” in the U.K. in 1964. Later, Jones recasts himself as David Bowie.

In 1968, the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show filmed on ATV, in London, England.

Also in 1968 - The Rolling Stones began recording "Sympathy For The Devil" at London's Olympic Sound Studios. Also responding to Senator Kennedy's assassination, Mick Jagger adds the line "who killed the Kennedys?" The Stones finished the track in less than a week.

Donovan and Joan Baez performed at a rally for nuclear disarmament in London in 1969.

The Doors documentary film, "Feast Of Friends", debuts in Los Angeles in 1969.

In 1971, Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours.

1971 - James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" was released in 1971.

Sly Stone was married during his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1974 (the marriage lasts less than five months).

Patti Smith recorded her first song in 1974. It was her version of "Hey Joe."

In 1975, during recording sessions for 'Wish You Were Here' at Abbey Road Studios, London, England, Syd Barrett turned up out of the blue as Pink Floyd were listening to playbacks of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," (a tribute to former band member Barrett). This was the last time any member of Pink Floyd saw Barrett.

In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act, suffered a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. Cooper held auditions for a replacement and a snake named 'Angel' got the gig.

During a 48-date North American tour in 1983, U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show was recorded and released as 'U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.'

Janet Jackson started a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1993 with 'Janet.'

Alicia Key's debut album "Songs in A Minor" was released in 2001.

Also in 2001 - Officials in Singapore threw out an appeal against a ban on Janet Jackson's latest album, ‘All For You.' They decided that the lyrics of the album, particularly one song, "Would You Mind," were "not acceptable to our society." The record was initially outlawed because of its "sexually explicit lyrics", including "I just wanna touch you, tease you, lick you, please you, love you, make love to you." EMI were attempting a compromise by trying to persuade Jackson's management to delete "Would You Mind" from the album.

In 2003, R. Kelly was banned from travelling to LA for a video shoot. He wasn't allowed to leave Chicago after being charged with 21 child porn offences last June over a video, which claimed to show him having sex with an underage girl.

Audioslave were at #1 on the US album chart in 2005 with 'Out of Exile.'

In 2007, jurors in the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector were shown the bloody revolver that was found at the feet of Lana Clarkson, the actress he was accused of killing at his home in the early hours of February 3rd, 2003. She had accompanied Spector to his Alhambra, California mansion after meeting him at her job as a hostess at the House of Blues just hours earlier.

Also in 2007 - Sir Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, ‘Memory Almost Full’ on the new Hear Music Starbucks label. It was later announced that all copies sold through UK Starbucks would not be eligible for the UK charts as the 533 stores were not registered with the Official Chart Company. The album was being played non-stop in more than 10,000 Starbucks outlets across 29 countries.

In 2007, Lucy O’Donnell, a former schoolmate of John Lennon’s son Julian, claims that she was the subject of a painting by Julian that inspired The Beatles song "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."