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May 30th: Born on this day


1944, Born on this day, Lenny Davidson, Dave Clark Five, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Glad All Over', 1965 US No.1 single 'Over And Over' plus 15 other UK Top 15 singles).

1955, Born on this day, Nicky 'Topper' Headon, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single 'London Calling', 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1960, Born on this day, Stephen Duffy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, founding member of Duran Duran with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes (left in 1979). Member of Lilac Time, Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 singe 'Hanging Around'), solo, (1985 UK No.4 single 'Kiss Me').

1964, Born on this day, Tom Morello, guitar, Rage Against The Machine, (1996 US No.1 album 'Evil Empire'). Audioslave (2005 US No.1 album 'Out of Exile').

1967, Born on this day, Sven Pipien, bass, The Black Crowes.

1968, Born on this day, Tim Burgess, vocals, The Charlatans, (1990 UK No.9 single 'The Only One I Know', 1996 UK No.3 single 'One To Another', plus 3 UK No.1 albums). And solo.

1971, Born on this day, Patrick Dalheimer, bassist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

1974, Born on this day, Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley, (2006 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Crazy’), and solo.


May 30th: On this Day


1955, Elvis Presley appeared at the Fair Park Auditorium, Abilene, Texas.

1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Me Do', the group's fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums.

1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.

1966, US country singer, songwriter Dolly Parton married Carl Dean in Catoosa County, Georgia.

1966, The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground, Lincoln, England.

1966, The Doors appeared at the Hullabaloo, West Hollywood, California.

1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.

1969, Pink Floyd appeared at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England.

1969, Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.

1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Everything Is Beautiful'. The former DJ had a string of novelty hits, including 'Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green & Purple Pill'.

1972, Slade with Status Quo as support appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Tickets priced at 65p.

1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.

1976, The Sex Pistols appeared at Reading University, Reading, England.

1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

1987, Adam Horovitz from The Beastie Boys was arrested while on tour after a beer can hit a fan during a disturbance in Liverpool, England.

1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feynoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.

1988, Leonard Cohen played the first of three sold out nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1991, Morrissey played the first date on his debut 'Kill Uncle' US concert tour at San Diego Sports Arena, California.

1992, Singer, songwriter Paul Simon married singer Edie Brickell.

1992, The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion'.

1996, Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being The Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.

2002, Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to "clear up some personal issues" before setting out on a summer concert tour.

2003, Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50's, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Most ran his own record label RAK in the 1970's, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.

2003, Singer Finley Quaye was threatened with jail after his mobile phone rang when he was in the dock waiting to be sentenced on charges of assault. After being found guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend he was ordered to attend a six-month domestic violence programme by a district Judge.

2004, Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song ‘Hollywood’ was inspired by Burton.

2005, Coldplay's new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album, any CDs that were sent out were labelled with a false name - The Fir Trees - to throw would-be pirates off the scent.

2007, a coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson's death was a homicide. Dr Louis Pena said bruising suggested the barrel of a gun may have been forced into Ms Clarkson's mouth before she was fatally shot in 2003. Spector was accused of murdering Clarkson on 3 February 2003 at his home in California.

2007, A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.

2007, Britney Spears said she "truly hit rock bottom" when she went to rehab earlier this year. In a message on her website, the singer wrote that she "genuinely did not know what to do with myself" following her split from husband Kevin Federline. The 25 year old singer entered a Malibu treatment facility in February after months of partying which ended with the singer shaving off all her hair.

2008, Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California's Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this year Billboard magazine named him the "most successful British music manager of all time", with an estimated fortune of $450m (£229m).

2008, Green Day went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘21st Century Breakdown’ the bands eighth studio album.

2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, 'Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.

2009, An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had produced several portraits of the pop icon in a state of undress.

2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally

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May 31st: Born on this day

1938, Born on this day, Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.1 single 'Leaving On A Jet Plane').

1947, Born on this day, Junior Campbell, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da').

1948, Born on this day, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven, has sold over 37 million copies. Bonham died on September 25th 1980 after choking on his own vomit.

1952, Born on this day, Karl Bartos, Kraftwerk, (1975 US No.25 single 'Autobahn', 1982 UK No.1 single 'Computer Love / The Model').

1959, Born on this day, Danny Pearson, bass, American Music Club, (1993 album 'Mercury').

1963, Born on this day, Wendy Smith, guitar, vocals, Prefab Sprout, (1988 UKNo.7 single with 'The King Of Rock 'N' Roll').

1964, Born on this day, MC Darryl 'D' McDaniels, Run-DMC. (1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith 'Walk This Way', 1998 UK No.1 single 'It's Like That').

1965, Born on this day, Steve White, drums, The Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).

1980, Born on this day, Andrew John Hurley, drummer, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High’).


May 31st: On this Day


1961, Chuck Berry opened 'Berry Park', an amusement complex near St Louis. The park had it's own zoo, golf course and ferris wheel.

1962, The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1965, Marianne Faithfull became a resident guest on BBC2 TV's 'Gadzooks! It's The In Crowd'.

1966, Filming began on The Monkees first TV series.

1968, Working on what will become The White album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for ‘Revolution 9’, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.

1969, Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).

1971, 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider, at a gig in the US.

1975, Freddy Fender went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls', his only US No.1.

1975, During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck.

1976, The Who gave themselves a place in the Guinness book of Records as the loudest performance of a rock band at 120 decibels, when they played at Charlton Athletic Football ground.

1977, The Patti Smith group started a nine night residency at New York's CBGB's.

1977, The BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying its, "in gross bad taste". And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations saying the playing the single would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of the Broadcasting act. The single reached No.2 on the UK chart.

1977, The Police appeared at The Railway Hotel, Putney, London.

1980, Lipps Inc went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Funkytown', a UK No.2 hit.

1980, Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'McCartney II'.

1980, The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds. Mike Altman the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman, was 14 years old when he composed the song's lyrics.

1982, The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people.

1982, R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.

1986, Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with 'So' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and a duet with Kate Bush 'Don't Give Up'.

1986, The Notting Hillbillies made their live debut when they appeared at The Grove in Leeds. The group featured Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips and Brendan Crocker who were each paid £22.

1989, David Bowie's Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York.

1994, The Eagles appeared at Irvine Meadows Theatre, California.

1997, Eternal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Wanna Be The Only One' the girl soul trio's first - and only UK chart-topper.

1998, Geri Halliwell announced she had quit The Spice Girls saying "This is because of differences between us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."

1998, Simply Red went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Blue', their fifth consecutive No.1 album.

1998, The Tamperen went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Feel It'. The track featured US vocalist Maya and was based on the Jacksons 1981 hit 'Can You Feel It'.

2000, US soul singer Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack in a Texas hospital shortly after his 62nd birthday. Taylor had been a member of The Highway QCs and The Five Echoes and in 1957 Taylor replaced Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers. He scored the 1976 US No.1 ‘Disco Lady.’

2003, UK police announced that thousands of people at this years pop festivals would be subjected to a computerised drug test. Fans would be asked to provide swab samples from their hands, which would be inserted into a drug detection machine. It was to be a voluntary test but Anti-drug officers could search anyone refusing.

2004, US guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. Worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids, (1977 album 'Blank Generation' features the track 'Love Comes In Spurts') and Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants.

2005, Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was in a critical condition in a London hospital after he fell under the wheels of his Mercedes convertible. The accident happened outside his home in Walthamstow when Harvey was reversing from an access road into the street. The singer suffered a broken leg, pelvis and a crushed abdomen and ribs.

2008, Death Cab For Cutie were at No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth release ‘Narrow Stairs.


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June 1st: Born on this day


1934, Born on this day, Pat Boone, US singer, (1956 UK No.1 single 'I'll Be Home', 1957 US No.1 single 'Love Letters In The Sand', plus over 30 other UK Top 40 hit singles).

1945, Born on this day, James William McCarty, guitarist, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles, Cactus, Mystery Train, Bob Seger.

1947, Born on this day, Ron Wood, guitar, Jeff Beck Group, The Faces, (1972 UK No.6 & US No.17 single 'Stay With Me'). Joined The Rolling Stones in 1975, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Miss You').

1950, Born on this day, Charlene, singer, (1982 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'I've Never Been To Me').

1950, Born on this day, Tom Robinson, singer, songwriter, Cafe Society, Sector 27, (1977 UK No.5 single with Tom Robinson Band, '2-4-6-8- Motorway').

1950, Born on this day, Graham Russell, guitar, vocals, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love').

1952, Born on this day, John Ellis, guitarist, The Vibrators, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Automatic Lover').

1958, Born on this day, Barry Adamson, Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single 'Shot By Both Sides').

1959, Born on this day, Alan Wilder, keyboards, vocals, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single 'People Are People', plus over 25 other UK top 40 singles).

1960, Born on this day, Simon Gallup, bass, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single 'Love Song', 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK top 40 singles).

1963, Born on this day, Mike Joyce, drums, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single 'Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now', plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1967, Born on this day, Roger Sanchez, DJ, producer, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Another Chance').

1968, Born on this day, Jason Donovan, Australian actor, singer, (1989 UK No.1 single 'Too Many Broken hearts' plus 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles)

1969, Born on this day, Damon Minchella, bass, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single 'The Day We Caught The Train', plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’).

1974, Born on this day, Alanis Morissette, singer, songwriter, (1996 US No.4 & UK No.11 single 'Ironic' from 'Jagged Little Pill' album which has sold more then 30 million copies, making it the best ever selling record by a female performer.


June 1st: On this Day


1959, The first edition of Juke Box Jury aired on the BBC. The show's host, David Jacobs, lead a revolving panel of guests in critiquing the week's top record releases. Although the songs were never played in their entirety, the four judges gave a verdict on whether each would be a "hit" or a "miss".

1959, ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton went to No.1 on both the Country and Pop charts in the US, where it will stay for two months. The song was originally a poem written by high school teacher James Morriss in 1936, which he put to the music of an old fiddle tune known as ‘The Eighth Of January’. Horton later won a Grammy Award for the song.

1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Surrender', his eighth UK No.1. The song was based on the 1911 Italian song, 'Return To Sorrento.'

1963, Lesley Gore started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Quincy Jones (then a staff producer for Mercury Records) produced 'It's My Party', a No.9 hit in the UK. Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin scored a UK No.1 in 1981 with their version of the song.

1964, The Rolling Stones arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The first date was on 5th June in San Bernardino, California.

1966, During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!" Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing "We all live in a yellow submarine."

1967, Fairport Convention made their live debut when they played St Michael's Hall, Golders Green.

1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Mrs Robinson'. Featured in the Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft film 'The Graduate', the song was also a UK hit for the Lemonheads in 1992.

1969, The Plastic Ono Band recorded 'Give Peace A Chance' during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada.

1971, The two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.

1972, Pink Floyd were working at Abbey Road studios, London on their 'Dark Side Of The Moon' album.

1973, Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt broke his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It left Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.

1974, Steely Dan supported by Highway appeared at the Kursall Ballroom, Southend, England.

1974, UK weekly music paper The NME published it's 100 Great Albums: at No.3 The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds', No.2, Bob Dylan 'Blonde On Blonde' and The Beatles Sgt Pepper was voted in at No.1.

1975, The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever US tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined The Stones on tour for the first time, replacing Mick Taylor.

1977, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour's start in Paris). Subsequently the tour's second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.

1978, U2 appeared at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland.

1979, The Police, supported by The Cramps appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £2.00.

1981, The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.

1982, Madness were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'House Of Fun'. The group's only No.1 from 27 UK Top 40 hits.

1985, Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Around The World In A Day'.

1985, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland

1991, American soul singer David Ruffin died of a drug overdose. After taking a large amount of cocaine Ruffin passed out, a friend drove him to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he later died. With The Temptations, had the 1971 US No.1 & UK No. 8 single 'Just My Imagination' and 'My Girl' (which Ruffin sang lead vocals). Solo, (1975 US No.9 & UK No.10 single 'Walk Away From Love').

1991, The Happy Mondays, The Farm and Northside all appeared at Elland Road, Leeds, England.

1991, Seal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with his self-titled debut LP.

1991, Sting appeared on the first airing of a new Soviet TV rock show, called 'Rock Steady'.

1996, 'Three Lions', (the official song of the England Football team) by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1997, Spice Girl, Baby Spice arrived back in the UK in a wheelchair after breaking her ankle during a Turkish TV show.

2000, The film 'Honest', starring three of All Saints was pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office. The three singers played sisters who turn to crime in the late 1960's.

2000, The Dixie Chicks played the first night of their 85 date 'Fly' North American tour at Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2003, Staind were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘14 Shades Of Gray’, the bands second US No.1, peaking at No.16 on the UK chart.

2003, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, (who wears a pig mask on stage) then tried to write a cheque for $1,000 (£600) to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drink-driving.

2005, White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.

2005, Crazy Frog was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Axel F'. It started as a mobile phone ring tone, the single is based on Harold Faltermeyer's film theme, which reached No.2 in 1985.

2006, The 1994 debut album by Oasis, Definitely Maybe, was voted the greatest album of all time in a survey to mark 50 years of the Official UK Albums Chart. The Beatles came in second and third place with ‘Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Revolver’, ‘OK Computer’ by Radiohead was fourth and ‘(What's the Story) Morning Glory?’ by Oasis was voted fifth.

2007, Contemporary musicians recorded their own versions of songs from the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album to mark 40 years since it was released. Acts including Oasis, Travis, The Fray, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bryan Adams and The Magic Numbers all worked with Geoff Emerick - the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions, using the original analogue 4-track equipment to demonstrates the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.

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June 2nd: Born on this day


1924, Born on this day, Maurice Kinn, launched The New Musical Express in 1953, instigated the first charts based on record sales. Kinn died on August 3rd 2000.

1936, Born on this day, Otis Williams, singer, The Charms, (1956 US No.11 single 'Ivory Tower').

1937, Born on this day, Jimmy Jones, US singer, 1960 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'Good Timin'.

1941, Born on this day, Charlie Watts, drums, The Rolling Stones, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Satisfaction' and over 35 UK Top 40 singles and albums). Plus occasional gigs with Charlie Watts and his Big Band

1941, Born on this day, William Guest, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 1975 UK No.4 single with Gladys Knight, (The Way We Were').

1944, Born on this day, Marvin Hamlisch, pianist, composer, (1974 US No.1 album 'The Sting', US No.3 single 'The Entertainer.' Won 1973 Grammy for 'The Way We Were').

1950, Born on this day, Chubby Tavares, Tavares, (1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel').

1959, Born on this day, Michael Steele, bass, vocals, The Bangles, (1986 UK No.2 single with Prince song 'Manic Monday', 1986 US No.1 single 'Walk Like An Egyptian').

1960, Born on this day, Tony Hadley, vocals, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 and US No.4 single 'True', plus 16 other UK Top 40 hits).

1962, Born on this day, Thor Eldon, guitar, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single 'Hit').

1965, Born on this day, Jeremy Cunningham, bass, The Levellers, (1995 UK No.12 single 'Just The One').

1970, Born on this day, Louis Freeze, B- Real, Cypress Hill, (1993 UK No.15 single 'I Ain't Goin' Out Like That', 1993 US No.1 album 'Black Sunday').

1970, Born on this day, Dominic Greensmith, drums, Reef, (1996 UK No. 6 single ‘Place Your Hands’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Glow).

1976, Born on this day, Tim Rice-Oxley, piano, Keane, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘Hopes And Fears’).

1980, Born on this day, Fabrizio Moreti, drummer, The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single, 'Last Nite'. 2001 UK No.2 album 'Is This It').


June 2nd: I knew the bride

1989, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman secretly married 19-year-old Mandy Smith. Wyman's 28-year-old son was best man. All other four Stones attended. The marriage lasted 17 months.


June 2nd: On this Day


1953, Elvis Presley left IC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

1957, Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yes Tonight Josephine', the US singers third and final UK No.1.

1962, Owen Gray's 'Twist Baby' became the first single released on UK based Island Records. The label became home to Free, Traffic, Jethro Tull, Bob Marley and U2.

1962, Ray Charles started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Don Gibson penned country ballad 'I Can't Stop Loving You', also No.1 in the UK.

1964, The Rolling Stones made their US TV debut on 'The Les Crane Show'.

1966, Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Strangers In The Night', the singers second UK No.1.

1966, The Who kicked off a 10-date European tour at the Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.

1967, David Bowie released his debut album, 'David Bowie', which failed to make the UK charts.

1971, Pink Floyd appeared at the Student Health Centre Refectory, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1973, Paul McCartney had both the No.1 positions on the US charts when 'Red Rose Speedway', went to the top of the album chart and 'My Love', started a four week run as the No.1 single.

1973, The Electric Light Orchestra began their first US tour, a 40-date trek in San Diego, California.

1976, Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.

1979, Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hot Stuff', her second US No.1, it made No.11 in the UK.

1981, Prince made his live British debut at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, (he will not play the UK again for five years).

1984, Wham! had their first UK No.1 with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.' Written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo. Inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew's parents, originally intended to read "wake me up before you go" but with "up" accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote "go" twice on purpose.

1984, Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American Back In The Saddle Tour.

1990, Soul II Soul started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second LP 'Vol. II (A New Decade').

1993, The Verve appeared at The Old Trout, Windsor, England.

1993, Aerosmith appeared at the Landon Arena in Kansas, the first night on their 169 date Get A Grip world tour.

1995, Stone Roses guitarist John Squire smashed his collarbone in a cycling accident causing the band to pull out of major gigs.

1999, Junior Braithwaite from Bob Marley and the Wailers was shot dead aged 46. Braithwaite was one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers.

2002, It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiancée Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during a row. Guards at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort combed the grounds using metal detectors and later found the £15,000 ($25,500) ring.

2002, Pop Idol winner Will Young scored his second UK No.1 single with his version of The Doors 1967 classic 'Light My Fire'.

2002, Eminem scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘The Eminem Show.’ Also a No.1 on the US chart.

2003, A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants caused tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge, put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery, as part of a Festival and since then motorists had caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.

2005, Franz Ferdinand's frontman, Alex Kapranos was detained by Russian police after being suspected of being a spy. Kapranos was attempting to board a plane in Moscow when the altercation took place. Travelling under his actual surname, Huntley, Alex was accused of being an MI6 agent who was previously suspected of stealing information on Russian weaponry. Unlucky for Alex that the surname Huntley was also used by actual former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson who did steal secrets in the early 90s. The singer was freed after he pointed out that the Huntley they were so concerned about was 42, 13 years older than him.

2008, US guitarist and singer Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida aged 79. The legendary singer and performer was known for his homemade square guitar, and influenced artists from Buddy Holly, to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.
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1942, Born on this day, Curtis Mayfield, US singer, songwriter. Member of The Impressions, (1965 US No.7 single 'Lilies Of The Field'). Solo, (1971 UK No.12 single 'Move On Up', 1972 US No.4 single 'Freddie's Dead, Theme From Superfly'). He died on December 26th 1999.

1943, Born on this day, Michael Clarke, drummer, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, (1965 US & UK No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). Clarke died of liver failure on December 19th 1993.

1946, Born on this day, Ian Hunter, vocals, guitar, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 single 'All The Young Dudes'), solo 1975 UK No.14 single 'Once Bitten twice Shy'. One half of Hunter Ronson with Mick Ronson. Wrote the book 'Diary Of A Rock 'n' Roll Star').

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

1947, Born on this day, Mickey Finn, T Rex, percussion, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Hot Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles). Finn died on January 11th 2002.

1950, Born on this day, Florian Pilkington-Miksa, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv').

1950, Born on this day, Suzi Quatro, vocals, bass, (1973 UK No.1 single 'Can The Can', plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles, 1979 US No.4 single with Chris Norman, (Stumblin' In').

1951, Born on this day, Deniece Williams, US singer, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single with Johnny Mathis 'Too Much Too Little Too Late', 1984 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Let's Hear It For The Boy'). Worked as a backing singer with Stevie Wonder's group Wonderlove.

1952, Born on this day, Billy Powell, keyboards, Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1974 US No. 8 single, 'Sweet Home Alabama', 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird'). Died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida on 28th Jan 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.

1954, Born on this day, Dan Hill, singer, (1978 US No.3 & UK No. 13 single 'Sometimes When We Touch').

1956, Born on this day, Danny Wilde, singer, songwriter, Great Buildings, The Rembrandts, (1990 US Top 20 hit ‘Just the Way It Is, Baby’, 1995, UK No. 3 single ‘I’ll Be There For You’, Theme from Friends).

1961, Born on this day, El Debarge, Debarge, (1985 UK No.4 single 'Rhythm Of The Night).

1962, Born on this day, David Cole, C & C Music Factory, (1991 UK No.4 single 'Things That Make You Go Hmmm..., 1991 US No.1 single 'Gonna Make You Sweat'). Produced Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Cole died January 24th 1995.

1964, Born on this day, Kerry King, guitar, Slayer, (1995 UK No.50 single 'Serenity In Murder').

1965, Born on this day, Mike Gordon, bass, banjo, piano, harmonica and percussion, Phish. Also an award-winning filmmaker.

1968, Born on this day, Samantha Sprackling, vocals, Republica, (1997 UK No.7 single 'Drop Dead Gorgeous').

1974, Born on this day, Kelly Jones, vocals, guitar, Stereophonics, (1999 UK No.1 album, 'Performance and Cocktails' spent 97 weeks on the UK chart. 2001 UK No.4 single 'Handbags And Gladrags').

1985, Born on this day, Tavion La'Corey Mathis, singer, Pretty Ricky, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Late Night Special’).


June 3rd: On this Day


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.

1957, The Isley Brothers released their first single 'The Angel's Cried'.

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.

1967, Aretha Franklin went to No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit 'Respect'. A No.10 hit on the UK chart. Aretha scored her first UK No.1 20 years later with a duet with George Michael 'I Knew You Were Waiting'.

1967, The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ was released in the US, it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later.

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.

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.

1971, The Band appeared at London's Royal Albert Hall during a European tour.

1972, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Melanie, Richie Havens and Sha Na Na all appeared at the Crystal Palace Garden Party, England.

1972, The Rolling Stones kicked off their seventh North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada. The 32 date tour grossed $4 million (£2.35 million), making it the richest rock tour in history.

1972, Family gospel group of father and three daughters The Staple Singers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Take You There', it made No.30 in the UK.

1972, Jethro Tull started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Thick As A Brick'.

1972, Pink Floyd released Obscured By Clouds in the UK. The album which was recorded in Paris France in less than two weeks peaked at No.6 on the UK chart and No.46 on the US chart.

1974, Boots record dept advertised 69p off top selling albums, 'Quo' by Status Quo was £2.75, offer price £2.02, David Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs', was £2.38, now £1.69 and 'Sweet Fanny Adams' by Sweet was £2.31 and now £1.69. All Top 50 singles were priced at 40p
1978, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Too Much Too Little Too Late', it made No.3 in the UK.

1983, US 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.

1989, Michael Damian went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the David Essex song 'Rock On', not a hit in the UK.

1989, Queen scored their sixth UK No.1 album with 'The Miracle'.

1989, The Fine Young Cannibals started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Raw & The Cooked'.

1990, The Big Day, free festival took place in Glasgow, Scotland with Wet Wet Wet, Deacon Blue, Hothouse Flowers, Sheena Easton, Texas, Hue and Cry, John Martyn, Eddi Reader, The Average White Band and others. Channel 4 TV ran a six-hour live broadcast from the event.

1995, Bryan Adams started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman' Taken from the film 'Don Juan De Marco' it became Adams third US solo No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK.

2001, Shaggy started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Angel' his fourth No.1 which was based on the melody of 'Angel Of The Morning', a hit for PP Arnold in 1968. His album 'Hot Shot' also went to No.1 on the UK album chart on this day.

2001, Staind started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Break The Cycle'.

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.

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.

2006, Red Hot Chili Peppers were at No.1 on the UK and US album charts with Stadium Arcadium the bands ninth studio album.

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June 4th: Born on this day


1937, Born on this day, Freddy Fender, (Baldemar Huerta), 1975 US No.1 single 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls'. Died on 14th Oct 2006.

1940, Born on this day, Cliff Bennett, UK singer, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, (1966 UK No.6 single 'Got To Get You Into My Life').

1944, Born on this day, Michelle Gilliam, The Mamas and the Papas, (1966 US No.1 and UK No.3 single 'Monday Monday').

1944, Born on this day, Roger Ball, sax, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 and UK No.6 single 'Pick Up The Pieces').

1945, Born on this day, Gordon Waller, Peter & Gordon, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'A World Without Love').

1952, Born on this day, Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist, member of Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Something In The Air'), also worked with Wings, John Entwistle, Stone The Crows and The Bluesbreakers. McCulloch died on September 27th 1979.

1956, Born on this day, Reeves Gabrels, American guitarist, worked with David Bowie from 1987 to 2000.

1958, Born on this day, Selwyn Brown, vocals, keyboards, Steel Pulse, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Prodigal Son').

1962, Born on this day, Steve Grimes, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single 'All Together Now').

1964, Born on this day, Chris Kavanagh, drums, Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single 'E=MC2).

1974, Born on this day, Stefan Lessard, bass, Dave Matthews Band, (1998 US No.1 album 'Before These Crowded Streets', 2005 US No.1 album ‘Stand Up’).

1976, Born on this day, Kasey Chambers, Australian country musician who has scored three successive Australian No.1 albums.

1990, Born on this day, Zachary Farro, drummer, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’.


June 4th: On this Day


1942, Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the US. The label became home to such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and countless others. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.

1963, The first 'Pop Goes The Beatles' program was aired on the BBC in the UK. The band played a version of 'Pop Goes The Weasel' on the show.

1964, The Beatles played two performances at the KB Hallen, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark on the first date of a 27-day world tour. Drummer Jimmy Nicol replaced Ringo Starr who was ill in hospital.

1967, Procol Harum, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Denny Laine all appeared at The Saville Theatre London, England.

1969, Seven years after his first hit Tommy Roe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dizzy' his only No.1 hit. Also a UK No. 1 for Vic Reeves and Wonder Stuff in 1991.

1969, Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.

1970, Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA’s studio B in Nashville, starting each day at 6pm and working until dawn.

1974, David Bowie kicked off his 73 date Diamond Dogs Tour at the Montreal, Forum in Canada.

1975, The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.

1976, Live recordings were made at the new wave venue GBGB's of performances from Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts. The tracks featured on the album 'Live At CBGB'S New York'.

1977, The Jams debut single 'In The City' made No.40 on the UK singles chart.

1980, The Specials, The Bodysnatchers and Go Go's appeared at Tiffanys Great Yarmouth, England.

1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Every Breath You Take' the group's fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, ‘Born In The USA’, which went on to top the US chart for seven weeks and featured seven Top 10 singles.

1985, Elton John began a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than £30 million ($51 million). The singer lost a six-month court battle to recover the copyright to 169 songs however, the court ordered Dick James to cough up millions in unpaid royalties.

1986, The first of a six date ‘Conspiracy of Hope’ tour was held at Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.

1988, Tracy Chapman went to No.1 on the US chart with her self-titled debut album.

1990, American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.

1992, Iron Maiden played a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.

1992, Smokey Robinson's half sister, Rose Ella Jones field a suit against Smokey claiming she had been cheated out of royalty payments from songs written during the 1980's.

1992, The US Postal Service announced the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. The young Elvis beat the (older and larger) Vegas Elvis.

1993, Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms.

1994, Oasis had their first ever front cover when UK music weekly NME featured the band.

1994, Wet Wet Wet started a fifteen-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Is All Around', from the film 'Four Weddings & A Funeral'. The song was written by Reg Presley of The Troggs and a former Top 10 for his band in 1967.

1996, Crowded House announced they had split up. Brothers Neil and Tim Finn from the group were both awarded OBE's in 1993 for their service to their native New Zealand.

1997, Jeff Buckley’s body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. A passenger on a tourist boat spotted the body near the southern tip of Mud Island. The singer, songwriter had disappeared when swimming on May 29th.

2000, A teenage Sisqo fan was shot in the leg at a concert by the R&B star in Phoenix, Arizona when violence erupted after punters began objecting to parking fees of $30 (£17.60) at the venue.

2000, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Crush'.

2000, Eminem started a eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut release 'The Marshall Mathers LP'.

2002, George Michael was jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he took part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single 'Shoot The Dog' in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.

2002, Wyclef Jean was one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean was arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event’s permit. P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and the Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion (£0.7 billion) cut to New York’s public education system.

2004, Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleaded guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on 27th May in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favour. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.

2004, American Idol winner Fantasia was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Believe.' The first time in US chart history a debut single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

2006, Orson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Bright Idea' the US bands debut album.

2006, Sandi Thom was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair'). The song was originally released in October 2005 by Viking Legacy records, where it reached No.55.
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June 5th: Born on this day


1941, Born on this day, Floyd Butler, vocalist with The Friends Of Distinction, who had a 1969 US No.3 single with ‘Grazing In The Grass’. Died of a heart attack on 29 April 1990.

1946, Born on this day, Freddie Stone, guitar, Sly and The Family Stone, (1971 US No.1 & 1972 UK No.15 single 'Family Affair').

1947, Born on this day, Laurie Anderson, US singer, (1981 UK No.2 single 'O Superman').

1947, Born on this day, Tom Evans, bass, vocals, Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 and US No.7 single 'Come And Get It'). Evans committed suicide on 19th November 1983.

1948, Born on this day, Frank Eslersmith, keyboards, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love'). He died March 1st 1991.

1954, Born on this day, Nicko McBrain, drums, Iron Maiden, (1991 UK No.1 single 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter').

1956, Born on this day, Richard Butler, vocals, Psychedelic Furs, (1986 UK No.18 single 'Pretty In Pink').

1964, Born on this day, Maggie Dunne, vocals, guitar, We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It, (1989 UK No.11 single 'International Rescue').

1965, Born on this day, Stefan Schnfeldt, bass, The Wannadies, (1996 UK No. 18 single, 'You And Me Song').

1969, Born on this day, Brian McKnight, US singer, (1998 UK No.36 single 'You Should Be Mine').

1970, Born on this day, Claus Norreen, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').

1971, Born on this day, Mark Wahlberg, Marky Mark, New Kids On The Block, (1991 US No.1 single, 'Good Vibrations'). Solo

1974, Born on this day, Dominic Chad, Mansun, (1996 UK No.15 single 'Wide Open Space').

1979, Born on this day, Pete Wentz, bassist, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High’).


June 5th: On this Day


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

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.

1961, Roy Orbison went to No.1 on the US chart with 'Running Scared', it made No.9 in the UK.

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

1965, The soundtrack album to 'The Sound of Music' started a 10-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. It returned to the top of the charts on no less than 11 other occasions spending over 380 weeks on the chart.

1966, At the Marquee Club, London “The Bowie Showboat”, a lunchtime performance from David Bowie, “three hours of music and mime”, plus a Top Ten disco. Admission was 3 shillings, ($0.42).

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

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

1971, Paul McCartney's second solo album 'Ram' started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Featuring the US No.1 single 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey'.

1974, Sly Stone married Kathy Silva on stage during a gig at Madison Square Gardens, (they separated four months later).

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.

1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers appeared at Celtic Football Club, Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets cost £4 ($7).

1976, Canadian singer J.J. Barrie was at No.1 in the UK with the single 'No Charge'. It made J.J. a One hit wonder.

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.

1979, Blues legend Muddy Waters (aged 64), married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.

1982, Roxy Music scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Avalon'.

1983, During a 48-date North American tour 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.'

1988, Eric Clapton's wife Patti applied for a divorce, the couple had married in 1979.

1988, The Pet Shop Boys played their debut live show when they appeared at London's Piccadilly Theatre as part of an Anti Section 28 Benefit concert.

1990, American drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.

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

1990, Bobby Brown played the first of eight sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena.

1993, Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single 'It's Only Make Believe'. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 No.1's. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

1993, Mariah Carey married the President of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola in Manhattan, guest's included Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and Ozzy Osbourne. (The couple separated in 1997).

1993, Janet Jackson started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Janet'.

1997, Noel Gallagher married Meg Matthews at the Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas, (where Elvis married Priscilla). The Oasis guitarist divorced Matthews in 2001.

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

1999, Jazz singer and songwriter Mel Torme died aged 73. Biggest hit was the 1956 UK No. 4 single 'Mountain Greenery' and his 'Christmas Song' (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) has been recorded more than 1,700 times.

2001, Madonna kicked off her Summer Drowned World Tour in Cologne, Germany.

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.

2002, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitarist with The Ramones died at his Hollywood, California apartment of a heroin overdose aged 49. He was the group's primary songwriter, penning songs such as 'Rockaway Beach', '53rd & 3rd', and 'Poison Heart'.

2003, A Grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire was under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32ft transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, Beatles and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because 'talent-less boy bands and dance music' featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.

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.

2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ the bands sixth UK No.1 album.

2005, Audioslave were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Out of Exile.'

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.

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.

2010, Led Zeppelin were officially voted the nation’s favourite band by the BBC’s ‘I’m In A Rock ‘N` Roll Band’, Zeppelin coming ahead of both The Beatles and Queen in a phone-in vote. The show also featured Best Singer, Guitarist, and Drummer live phone-in votes which saw Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all nominated in their categories. John Bonham was crowned top drummer ahead of Dave Grohl and Keith Moon, whilst Jimmy and Robert were runners up to Jimi Hendrix and Freddie Mercury respectively.


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June 6th: Born on this day


1936, Born on this day, Levi Stubbs, vocals, The Four Tops, (1965 US No.1 single 'I Can't Help Myself', 1967 UK No.6 single 'Standing In The Shadows of Love').

1939, Born on this day, Gary U.S. Bonds, singer, (1961 US No.1 single 'Quarter To Three', 1981 UK No.43 single 'This Little Girl').

1942, Born on this day, Howie Kane, Jay and the Americans, (1969 US No.6 single 'This Magic Moment plus nine other US Top 30 hits).

1944, Born on this day, Clarence White, guitar, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). White died on July 14th 1973.

1944, Born on this day, Edgar Ffoese, keyboards, guitar, Tangerine Dream, (1974 UK No.15 album 'Phaedra').

1944, Born on this day, Peter Albin, Janis Joplin Band, (1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', 1971 US No.1 album 'Pearl').

1955, Born on this day, Michael Wallace, keyboards, Third World, (1978 UK No. 10 single 'Now That We've Found Love'). Wallace was shot dead on 6th July 1999.

1959, Born on this day, Robert Hodgens, guitar, vocals, The Bluebells, (1993 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Young At Heart').

1960, Born on this day, Steve Vai, guitarist, Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, (1987 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Here I Go Again').

1961, Born on this day, D.C. Lee, singer, Wham! Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer') Solo (1985 UK No.3 single 'See The Day').

1961, Born on this day, Tom Araya, vocals, bass, Slayer, (1995 UK No.50 single 'Serenity In Murder').

1965, Born on this day, David White, Brother Beyond, (1988 UK No.2 single 'The Harder I Try').

1966, Born on this day, Gary Newby, The Railway Children, (1991 UK No.24 single 'Every Beat Of The Heart').

1970, Born on this day, James Shaffer, guitar, Korn, (1998 UK No.23 single 'Got The Life', 1998 US No.1 album 'Follow The Leader').

1978, Born on this day, Carl Barat, singer, The Libertines, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘The Libertines’). Dirty Pretty Things, (2006 UK No.3 album ‘Waterloo to Anywhere’).

1987, Born on this day, Kyle Falconer, lead vocalist, guitarist, The View, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Hats Off to the Buskers’).


June 6th: On this Day


1960, The Silver Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers appeared at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Liscard, Lancashire, England.

1960, Bing Crosby was presented with a Platinum disc to commemorate his 200 millionth record sold. The sales figures were a combined total of 2,600 recorded singles and 125 albums. Crosby's global lifetime sales on 179 labels in 28 countries totaled 400 million records.

1962, The first Beatles recording session took place at Abbey Road studios. The group recorded four tracks, one of which was ‘Love Me Do’, the four musicians received payments for the session of £7.10 ($12.07) each.

1964, The Dixie Cups started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Chapel Of Love', it made No.22 in the UK.

1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.

1968, Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the Freehold Hullabaloo in Freehold, New Jersey, (Sutch was touring the East Coast in a old custom-painted Rolls Royce “hearse”). Support band was The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals).

1970, Christie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yellow River', the group's only No.1. Written by Jeff Christie for the Tremeloes who turned it down, so he recorded it himself.

1970, Colosseum, Taste, Atomic Rooster, Matthews Southern Comfort, Brinsley Schwarz, The Strawbs and Daddy Longlegs all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.

1970, Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extraveganza '70, at London's Olympia. He was joined on stage by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.

1971, John & Yoko jammed live on stage with Frank Zappa at The Filmore East in New York.

1979, Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in Sheffield. The gig was reviewed in UK music paper 'Sounds' and led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.

1982, Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California to a crowd of 85,000 fans.

1986, A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.

1987, Kim Wilde went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Keep Me Hanging On', a No.2 hit in the UK. The song had been a 1966 hit for The Supremes.

1987, Simple Minds scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Live In The City Of Light'.

1987, Whitney Houston had her second UK No.1 single with 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)'. It reached No.1 in over a dozen other countries and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988.

1987, Michael Jackson announced that he was breaking all ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses. Jackson had been raised as a Jehovah's Witness and would don disguises and go door to door with the Watchtower message in cities where he was performing.

1992, Lionel Richie started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the compilation LP 'Back To Front'.

1998, B*Witched scored their first UK No.1 single with 'C'est La Vie', making them the seventh act in chart history to debut at No.1. Also today for only the second time in chart history all of the Top 3 singles on the UK chart were new entries.

1998, Boyzone scored their third UK No.1 album with 'Where We Belong', it was also the first time in chart history that both the No.1 positions were by Irish acts, with B*Witched at the top of the singles chart.

1998, Brandy & Monica started an 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Boy Is Mine'.

1999, Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)'. Actor Lee Perry read the narrative.

1999, Plans were announced for Elvis Presley to tour the UK almost 23 years after his death with a virtual version of the 'King' performing with a live orchestra and members of his band.

1999, Backstreet Boys started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Millennium’, the US boy bands first No.1 album.

2003, Keyboard player with The Animals Dave Rowberry died aged 62. He replaced Alan Price who left in 1965. The Animals had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'.

2003, A High court judge in London ruled that rap lyrics should be treated as a foreign language after admitting that he was unsure of the meaning of 'shizzle my nizzle' and 'mish mish man.' The court battle was over a copyright issue between the Ant'ill Mob and the Heartless Crew who had used the lyrics on a remix.

2004, Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Under My Skin’, the Canadian singers second US No.1.

2004, American R&B act Mario Winans feat Enya and P Diddy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Don't Wanna Know'. Enya's track 'Song For Bodecia' was sampled.

2006, Billy Preston died of kidney failure. The Grammy-winning keyboard player collaborated with some of the greatest names in the music industry, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Nat King Cole, Little Richard, Ray Charles, George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

2008, Ki McPhail and Owen Doyle from Busted lost their £10m royalties battle. The former band members claimed they were forced to sign away their rights before being sacked from the band in October 2001. They pair said they wrote songs with the two other band members James Bourne and Matt Willis, including ‘Year 3000’ and ‘What I Go To School For’, when the group formed in 2001, but the judge in the case, Mr Justice Morgan, dismissed their claims and criticised the evidence they gave.

2009, Eminem started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Relapse’, the rappers sixth studio album.

2010, Marvin Isley, the youngest member of the American R&B band, the Isley Brothers, died, aged 56. Marvin Isley, who was the group's bass player, stopped performing in 1996 because of complications from diabetes, including the loss of his legs
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June 7th: Born on this day


1917, Born on this day, Dean Martin, US actor, singer, (1956 UK & US No.1 single 'Memories Are Made Of This' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). He died December 25th 1995.

1940, Born on this day, Thomas Woodward, (Tom Jones), 1965 UK No.1 and US No.10 single 'It's Not Unusual' plus over 20 other UK and US Top 40 hit singles. 1999 UK No.1 album 'Reload' plus over 20 other UK Top 40 albums).

1957, Born on this day, Paddy McAloon, guitar, vocals, Prefab Sprout, (1988 UK No.7 single 'The King Of Rock 'N' Roll').

1958, Born on this day, Prince Rogers Nelson, T.A.F.K.A.P, 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'When Doves Cry', 1994 UK No.1 single 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World', plus over 40 other Top 40 singles.

1966, Born on this day, Eric Kretz, drums, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single 'Plush').

1967, Born on this day, David Navarro, Jane's Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single 'Been Caught Stealing'). Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1993 - 1998. (1994 UK No.9 single 'Give It Away'). Also worked with Alanis Morissette.

1969, Born on this day, Liam Tyson, Cast, (1996 UK No.4 single 'Flying').

1985, Born on this day, Charlie Simpson, guitar, vocals, Busted, (2003 UK No.1 single 'You Said No', 2002 UK No.2 album, 'Busted').


June 7th: On this Day


1963, The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.

1964, During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.

1968, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California.

1969, Supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park.

1969, Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was a write-off.

1969, The Who’s ‘Tommy’ album entered the UK chart peaking at No.2. One of two full-scale rock operas from The Who (the other being the 1973 'Quadrophenia').

1969, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

1975, Elton John's album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys', went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1.

1975, John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy', the singers third US No.1.

1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City.

1979, Blondie performed 'Sunday Girl' on UK music television show 'Top Of The Pops'.

1980, Bob Marley And The Wailers, Average White Band, Joe Jackson and The Q-Tips all appeared at The Summer Of '80 Garden Party, Crystal Palace, London, England. Tickets £7.50 on the day.

1983, Shawn Michelle Stevens became wife number five for Jerry Lee Lewis.

1985, The Smiths played the first date of a US tour at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.

1986, Doctor And The Medics started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their version of the Norman Greenbaum 1970 hit 'Spirit In The Sky'.

1986, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Live To Tell', her third US No.1 single, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1987, David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened.

1990, The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London.

1991, During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada.

1995, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was admitted to hospital after his ear was leaking blood. The problem was diagnosed as his arm movement from continuous guitar playing.

1997, Gary Barlow went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Open Road'.

1997, Hanson started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'MMMbop'. Originally called The Hanson Brothers, lead singer Zak Hanson was just 13-years-old at the time of the hit. One of the biggest debut singles of all time; reaching No.1 in 27 countries.

1997, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a five-song set at the Tibet Freedom Concert, Downing Stadium in New York City. U2, Patti Smith and Radiohead also appeared at the concert.

1998, Songwriter Wally Gold died in a New Jersey hospital aged 70. Wrote 'It's My Party' hit for Lesley Gore and 'It's Now or Never', hit for Elvis Presley. Member of late 50's group The Four Esquires, produced Kansas & Gene Pitney.

2001, During their 'The Tour of Brotherly Love' tour, Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog played the first of three nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

2002, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy married former All Saints singer Natalie Appleton at a ceremony in Les Adrets, France. Guests included Liam and Noel Gallagher and former Eurythmic Dave Stewart.

2002, Virgin Records announced they had dropped Victoria Beckham after her debut solo album, which cost over £3 million ($5.1 million) to make, had sold only 50,000 copies.

2007, The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted "Hey Bo Diddley" shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.

2008, 3 Doors Down were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US No.1.

2009, Paolo Nutini went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Sunny Side Up’ the Scottish singers second album.

2010, Former Stereophonics drummer and BBC Radio Wales presenter Stuart Cable, was found dead at him home near Aberdare in Wales aged 40. His new band Killing for Company had been due to appear at the Download rock festival at Donington Park in a few days time. Cable had also been presenting a Rock show on BBC Radio Wales.

2010, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees.
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1982, Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California to a crowd of 85,000 fans.

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June 8th: Born on this day


1940, Born on this day, Nancy Sinatra, US singer, actress, (1966 UK & US No.1 single 'These Boots Are Made For Walking'). With her father Frank she became the only father and daughter team ever to score a UK No.1 single with the 1967 hit 'Somethin' Stupid'.

1940, Born on this day, Sherman Garnes, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love'). Garnes died February 26th 1977.

1941, Born on this day, Clarence Haskins, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album 'One Nation Under A Groove').

1942, Born on this day, Chuck Negron, vocals, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Mama Told Me Not To Come').

1944, Born on this day, Boz Scaggs, US singer, member of The Marksmen with Steve Miller, The Wigs, solo, (1976 US No.3 single 'Lowdown', 1977 US No.11 and UK No.13 single 'Lido Shuffle').

1947, Born on this day, Mick Box, guitar, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1953, Born on this day, Bonnie Tyler, singer, (1983 UK & US No.1 single 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart').

1953, Born on this day, Jeff Rich, drums, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single 'Rockin' All Over The World', plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).

1960, Born on this day, Mick Hucknall, singer, songwriter, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Holding Back The Years', 1995 UK No.1 single 'Fairground' and 1991 UK No.8 single 'Stars', world-wide No.1 1991 album 'Stars').

1962, Born on this day, Nick Rhodes, keyboards, Duran Duran, (1983 UK No.1 single 'Is There Something I Should Know', plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, 1984 US No.1 single 'The Reflex'), Arcadia, (1985 UK No.7 single 'Election Day').

1965, Born on this day, Rob Pilatus, vocals, Milli Vanilli, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You'). He died of a drug and alcohol overdose on April 2nd 1998.

1966, Born on this day, Doris Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1967, Born on this day, Neil Mitchell, keyboards, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No.1 single 'Love Is All Around', which spent 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1970, Born on this day, Nicci Gilbert, Brownstone, US female group, (1995 UK No.8 single, 'If You Love Me').

1971, Born on this day, Jef Streatfield, guitar, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single 'Sick Of Drugs').

1977, Born on this day, Kayne West, US rapper, producer, worked with Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Solo, (2005 US No.1 single 'Gold Digger', 2005 US No.1 album 'Late Registration', 2007 World-wide No.1 album 'Graduation').

1985, Born on this day, Jamie Shaw, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single 'Sacred Trust/After You're Gone').

1989, Born on this day, Richard Fleeshman, English actor and singer-songwriter. His television appearances have included a role in Coronation Street.


June 8th: On this Day


1954, US record labels started to supply radio stations with 45rpm discs for the first time, replacing the 78 records.

1963, The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" peaked at No.3 on the US singles chart. Produced by Phil Spector, who used a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blain on drums and Nino Tempo on sax.

1967, Procol Harum were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', the group's only UK No.1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.

1967, The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.

1969, Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw 'eye to eye' with the rest of the band.

1970, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1974, A one-day concert at Hinckley Athletic Football Ground with Geordie, Blackfoot Sue, Medicine Head and top of the bill The Bay City Rollers, tickets £2.50.

1974, Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with 'Monkey Grip', (it peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.99 in the US).

1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album 'Diamond Dogs'.

1974, Dolly Parton was at No.1 on the US country chart with 'I Will Always Love You'. The Parton penned song later became a worldwide hit for Whitney Houston in 1992.

1974, Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes.

1974, Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Band On The Run', his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.

1979, Marianne Faithfull married Ben Brieley of punk rock band The Vibrators.

1985, Tears For Fears started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World', the group's first US No.1.

1985, The Style Council scored their only UK No.1 album with 'Our Favourite Shop'.

1987, Yogi Horton a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumped to his death from a 17th floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of Living in the shadow of Vandross Also worked with The B-52's, Diana Ross and Debbie Harry.

1989, At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.

1991, Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California.

1991, Color Me Bad had their only UK No.1 single with 'I Wanna Sex You Up'. The song was a No.2 hit in the US where some radio stations edited out the word "sex" with disc jockeys announcing the song 'I Wanna Love You Up'.

1991, Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'More Than Words', a No.2 hit in the UK.

1991, Paula Abdul started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Spellbound'.

1991, The Pixies and Ride appeared at Crystal Palace Bowl, London, tickets £15.

1996, The Fugees scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of the Roberta Flack 1973 hit 'Killing Me Softly'. The song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel in 1971 was inspired by Lori Lieberman's poem 'Killing Me Softly with His Blues', written having seen a performance by US singer, songwriter Don McLean.

1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London.

2001, AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).

2002, Jennifer Lopez separated from her second husband, dancer Cris Judd, after just nine months of marriage.

2002, months of secrecy surrounding Sir Paul McCartney's wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.

2003, Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bring Me To Life.' The song won a Grammy Award in 2004 for the Best Hard Rock performance.

2003, Stereophonics scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back.’

2003, Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1 album.

2007, George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court, north London. The 43-year-old who was arrested last October after being found slumped at the steering wheel of his car pleaded guilty to driving while unfit, blaming "tiredness and prescribed drugs" for the offence.

2008, Paul Weller went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his ninth solo album ’22 Dreams.’

2008, Mint Royale started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Singing In The Rain'. This version was used by the winner of the TV show Britain's Got Talent. 'Singing In The Rain' was famously featured in the 1952 film of the same name. The film starred Gene Kelly, whose sampled voice can be heard on this version.

2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ By The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry.
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June 9th: Born on this day


1891, Born on this day, 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 15th Oct 1964.

1915, Born on this day, 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.

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

1934, Born on this day, 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. 1986 UK No.1 single with the re-issued 'Reet Petite.' Van Morrison wrote 'Jackie Wilson Said' covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

1941, Born on this day, Billy Hatton, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single 'A Little Loving').

1941, Born on this day, Jon Lord, keyboards, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night'), 1973 US No. 4 single 'Smoke On The Water').

1946, Born on this day, Stuart Edwards, Edison Lighthouse, (1970 UK No.1 single 'Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes').

1947, Born on this day, Mitch Mitchell, drums, Jimi Hendrix Experience, (1967 UK No.3 single 'Purple Haze', 1970 UK No.1 single Voodoo Chile'). Mitchell had been in the ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' house band. Mitchell was found dead in his US hotel room on 12th Nov 2008 aged 61.

1949, Born on this day, George Bunnell, Strawberry Alarm Clock, (1967 US No.1 single 'Incense And Peppermints').

1949, Born on this day, Francis Monkman, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv').

1950, Born on this day, Trevor Boulder, bass, Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1951, Born on this day, Terry Uttley, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single 'If You Think You Know How to Love Me').

1953, Born on this day, Errol Kennedy, vocals, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single 'Just An Illusion').

1954, Born on this day, Peter Byrne, Climie Fisher, (1988 UK No.2 single 'Love Changes Everything').

1962, Born on this day, Eddie Lundon, guitar, China Crisis, (1984 UK No.9 single 'Wishful Thinking').

1967, Born on this day, Dean Felber, bass, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album 'Cracked Rear View' sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single 'Hold My Hand').

1970, Born on this day, Ed Simons, keyboards, The Chemical Brothers, (1996 UK No.1 single 'Setting Sun', 2007 UK No.1 album 'We Are The Night' ).

1972, Born on this day, Wesley Reid Scantlin, singer, songwriter, Puddle Of Man.

1978, Born on this day, Matthew Bellamy, guitar, vocals, keyboards, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’).

1980, Born on this day, James Walsh, singer, guitarist, Starsailor, (2001 UK No.2 album 'Love Is Here').

1983, Born on this day, Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello), US R&B singer, (2004 UK & Australian No.1 single ‘F.U.R.B.’ (f**k You Right Back). A response to Eamon's single 'f**k It (I Don't Want You Back').



June 9th: On this Day


1958, Johnny Mathis went to No.1 on the US album chart with his 'Greatest Hits' album.

1963, The Beatles held the UK No.1 position on the singles chart with 'From Me To You'. Lesley Gore was at No.1 on the US chart with 'It's My Party'.

1963, The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George's Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. 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.

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

1967, Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, England.

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

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'.

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

1975, Windsor Davies and Don Estelle were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whispering Grass.' It was a spin-off from the BBC TV sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Originally recorded by The Ink Spots in 1940.

1977, George and Patti Harrison were officially divorced.

1978, Ian Dury and the Blockheads appeared at St George's Hall, Bradford, England.

1978, Joy Division appeared at The Russell Club, Manchester, England.

1978, Siouxsie And The Banshees signed to Polydor records in the UK.

1979, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love You inside Out', the group's 9th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.

1984, Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Time After Time' a No.3 hit in the UK.

1988, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Waldbuhne, Berlin, West Germany during their Stage European tour.

1990, Englandneworder started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World In Motion'. England's song for the World Cup in 1990, following their No.1 in 1970. In the game they were knocked out by Germany on both occasions.

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.

1990, Michael Jackson was admitted to hospital with a mystery illness. It was later diagnosed as an inflamed cartilage in his rib cage.

1990, Bailiffs repossessed the mansion owned by the group 5 Star after non-payment of the mortgage. The group had achieved 15 top 20 hits over five years.

1990, Wilson Phillips went to No.1 on the US with 'Hold On'. 25 years earlier to the day Wendy and Carnies father Beach Boy Brian had been at No.1 with 'Help Me Rhonda'.

1994, After an argument TLC singer Left Eye set fire to her boyfriend’s Atlanta mansion, worth $2 million (£1.176 million), burning it to the ground. She was charged with arson and fined $10,000 (£5,882) with five years probation.

1997, The Spice Girls started filming 'Spice World The Movie'.

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

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.

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

2003, Former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating raised more than £100,000 ($170,000) for cancer charities during a 23 day walk from the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim to Kinsale in County Cork. He visited 610 towns along the way, walking an average of 32km (20 miles) each day.

2006, Robbie Williams kicked off a 16-date European tour in Dublin, Ireland ending at Wembley in London.

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’.

2009, Rachel Stevens was robbed of jewellery by three men who followed her into her flat in north London. The men ambushed the former S Club 7 singer as she entered her flat near Regents Park, the items stolen included her engagement ring, a necklace and her watch
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June 10th: Born on this day


1910, Born on this day, Blues singer, guitarist, Chester Burnett, (Howlin Wolf). 1956 hit, 'Smoke Stack Lightning'. He died from cancer on January 10th 1976.

1922, Born on this day, Judy Garland, singer, actress. Played Dorothy in the 1939 film 'Wizard Of Oz' sang 'Over The Rainbow' in the film, 1961 US No.1 comeback album 'Judy At Carnegie Hall'. 'Over The Rainbow' was voted the 'Song Of The Century' in a 2001 poll published in America. She died June 22nd 1969 of a barbiturate overdose.

1941, Born on this day, Shirley Owens, The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow').

1944, Born on this day, Rick Price, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way'), Wizzard, (1973 UK No.1 single 'See My Baby Jive').

1961, Born on this day, Kim Deal, bass guitar, vocals, Pixies, (1990 UK No.28 single 'Velouria'), The Breeders, (1993 UK No.40 'Cannonball EP').

1961, Born on this day, Mark Shaw, vocals, Then Jerico, (1989 UK No.13 single 'Big Area').

1964, Born on this day, Emma Anderson, guitar, Lush, (1996 UK No.21 single 'Single Girl').

1964, Born on this day, Jimmy Chamberlin, drums, Smashing Pumpkins, (1995 US No.1 album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness', 1996 UK No.7 single 'Tonight Tonight').

1967, Born on this day, Darren Robinson, (Human Breathbox), Rapper, The Fat Boys, (1988 UK No.2 single 'Wipe-out'). Died 9th December 1995.

1971, Born on this day, Joel Hailey, (Jojo), vocals, Jodeci, (1995 UK No.17 single 'Freek 'N' You).

1973, Born on this day, Faith Evans, US female singer, (1997 US & UK No.1 single with Puff Daddy 'I'll Be Missing You', 2000 UK No.26 single with Whitney Houston, 'Heartbreak Hotel').

1987, Born on this day, Tinchy Stryder, (Kwasi Danquah), 2009 UK No.1 single ‘Number 1’.



June 10th: On this Day


1956, American singer, actor Pat Boone was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'll Be Home.' Boone scored over 30 UK Top 40 hit singles during the 50's and early 60's and was the second biggest charting artist behind only Elvis Presley.

1964, The first edition of the official Rolling Stones book was issued, priced at one and six. Also on this day, The Stones recorded 'It's All Over Now', and ‘Time Is On My Side' during their first session at Chess studios in Chicago.

1964, On their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.

1966, Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.

1972, Sammy Davis Jr started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Candy Man', his only US No.1. The song was taken from the film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'.

1972, The Rolling Stones double album 'Exile On Main Street' went to No.1 on the UK chart, the bands seventh UK No.1 album.

1974, The Who began a four-night sold-out run at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1977, Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 ($8.50) by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.

1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You're The One That I Want' also No.1 in the UK.

1982, Addie Harris from The Shirelles died of a heart attack after a show in Atlanta. 1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow'. Became the first all girl group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

1983, Chris Sievey of UK group The Freshies released the first computer game single. When played on a Sinclair ZX 81 computer via a record deck the lyrics of the song came on the screen.

1986, Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went into a five day diabetic coma, resulting in the band withdrawing from their current tour.

1988, George Michael played the first of 6 sold-out nights at Earls Court in London, England, during his 137-date Faith World Tour. Tickets cost £14.50 ($25) and £12.50 ($21.25).

1989, Bette Midler went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wind Beneath My Wings', taken from the film 'Beaches', a No.5 hit in the UK.

1989, Jason Donovan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Brian Hyland 1962 hit 'Sealed With A Kiss'. Donovan became the first Australian act to enter the UK charts at No.1.

1989, Madonna's 'Express Yourself', became her 18th UK Top 5 hit, a new record for a female artist.

1991, Temptations member Eddie Kendricks was arrested while attending the funeral of soul singer David Ruffin in Detroit on charges of owing $26,000 ($15,294) in child support.

1991, Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.

1992, U2 played the first of two nights at the Globen, Stockholm, Sweden on their Zoo TV Tour.

1993, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor took out a full-page ad in the Irish Times asking the public to "stop hurting me please." She blamed her troubles on abuse she suffered as a child. O'Connor was still being criticized for ripping up a picture of the Pope during an appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October.

1997, INXS kicked off a seven date UK tour at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. Tickets cost £17.50 ($30).

2001, Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Amnesiac'.

2002, Former Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow made his debut appearance in the London West End show 'Chicago' at The Adelphi Theatre.

2003, Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, was arrested and released pending further investigation in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, for driving with a revoked license. Two Ziploc bags containing a 'white powdery substance' were found in the glove box of her white Cadillac.

2004, US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died aged 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. Had the 1962 UK & US No.1 single 'I Can't Stop Loving You' plus over 30 US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album 'Genius Loves Company.' Appeared in the 1980 hit movie, The Blues Brothers, Charles was married twice and fathered twelve children by nine different women. Winner of 17 Grammy Awards.

2006, Dixie Chicks started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Taking the Long Way’ the American country girl group’s eighth album.

2006, The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin's 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

2007, The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.

2007, Rihanna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her third album 'Good Girl Gone Bad,' featuring the single ‘Umbrella’. which spent 10 consecutive weeks at No.1 in the UK making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet's ‘Love Is All Around'.

2007, R. Kelly was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Double Up.' His eleventh studio album featured guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nelly, T.I., Usher, Huey, Ludacris and Kid Rock.

2009, The daughter of Cher, Chastity Bono was set to undergoing a sex change to become a man. The gender-swap process began shortly after Bono's 40th birthday in March and more than a decade after she came out as a lesbian.

2009, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall Of Fame at the magazine's award ceremony. Singer Richard Hawley won the best album prize, while Kasabian's single ‘Fire’ was named song of the year. Mojo had become the best-selling music magazine in the UK, selling more than twice as many copies as NME. A further 16 honorary prizes were handed out. They included the classic album award, which went to The Stone Roses for their 1989 self-titled debut LP and veteran space rockers Hawkwind accepted the Mojo Maverick honour. A number of other acts from the 1980s were also honoured, including Marc Almond, Jean Michelle Jarre and Teardrop Explodes.
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1940, Born on this day, Joseph DiNicola, Joey and the Starlighters. (1962 US No.1 single 'Peppermint Twist, Part 1'). Jimi Hendrix was a member of the band during 1964.

1946, Born on this day, John Lawton, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy').

1947, Born on this day, Glenn Leonard, vocals, The Temptations, (1971 UK No.8 single 'Just My Imagination' and re-issued 'My Girl' UK No.2 in 1992).

1948, Born on this day, Alan Skipper, drums, The Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single 'Don't Bring Me Down').

1949, Born on this day, Frank Beard, drums, ZZ Top, (1984 US No.8 & 1985 UK No.16 single 'Legs').

1951, Born on this day, Lynsey De Paul, UK singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Sugar Me'). Became the first woman to win an Ivor Novello song-writing award.

1960, Born on this day, Nick Hallam, DJ, producer, co founder of Gee Street Records, Stereo MC's, (1992 UK No.12 single 'Step It Up').

1961, Born on this day, Robert Birch, vocals, Stereo MC's, (1992 UK No.12 single 'Step It Up').


June 11th: On this Day


1949, Hank Williams made his debut at the 'Grand Ole Opry' in Nashville and received an unprecedented total of six encores.

1960, Drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He would briefly be replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band would hire Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.

1962, The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, "Here We Go", at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.

1966, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Paint It Black', the group's third US No.1 single. Also a No.1 in the UK.

1966, European radio stations mistakenly report that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey is dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.

1967, Printed in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, 'Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.'

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios in London on The White Album, John Lennon worked on ‘Revolution 9’ in studio 3, while Paul McCartney recorded ‘Blackbird’ in studio 2.

1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' the group's 17th UK No.1. Only two Beatles played on the track, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

1976, AC/DC appeared at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, on the first night of their Lock Up Your Daughters 19 date UK tour.

1977, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100 ($170).

1977, As Britain celebrated the Queen's Silver Jubilee, The Sex Pistols reached No. 2 in the singles chart with 'God Save The Queen'.

1977, KC and the Sunshine Band became only the second group after The Jackson Five to achieve four US No.1's when 'I'm Your Boogie Man' went to the top of the charts.

1978, The Top ten posters for sale in this weeks NME included Deborah Harry, Olivia Newton-John, Saturday Night Fever, Cheryl Ladd in hot pants, Yes live and Genesis, all priced at £1.10.

1980, Echo and the Bunnymen played the first night of a 19-date tour at The Trinity Hall, Bristol. The bands first full UK tour.

1983, Drummer Alex Van Halen married Valeri Kendall in Los Angeles, California. Brother Eddie Van Halen was best man.

1988, Nelson Mandellas 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion.

1997, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall received a Master of Science Degree at UMIST, Manchester for his fund-raising work following an IRA bombing in the city the previous year.

2000, Aaliyah went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Try Again'. It became the first "airplay-only" song to reach No.1 on the US singles chart (no points from a commercial single release).

2000, On this weeks Top 3 US album chart; Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' at No.1. Kid Rock, 'The History Of Rock' at No.2 and Britney Spears, 'Oops!...I Did It Again' at No.3.

2001, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses.

2001, Depeche Mode played the first date on their Exciter world tour at the Pepsi Arena in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

2003, Adam Ant was arrested after going berserk and stripping off in a London cafe. The former 1980's pop star had thrown stones at neighbour's homes smashing windows before going to the nearby cafe.

2004, Courtney Love surrendered to US police after allegedly assaulting a woman at the home of her former manager and ex-boyfriend. Ms Love was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. She was later released on bail. The charges related to an incident on 25 April 2004, when Ms Love allegedly assaulted a woman with a bottle and a torch at the LA home of Jim Barber.

2005, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin founding member and guitarist, was awarded an OBE in the Queen of England's Birthday Honours list and Queen guitarist and founding member Brian May was awarded a CBE.

2006, Sandi Thom went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Smile ... It Confuses People' the Scottish singer, songwriters debut album which featured the hit 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair').

2006, Nelly Furtado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maneater', the Canadian's first No.1 hit five years after her first hit 'I'm Like A Bird'.

2008, The American Federation of Musicians filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of American Idol, claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s live music was re-recorded for re-runs. The union filed the suit seeking unspecified damages in the US District Court in Los Angeles, alleging that American Idol Productions Inc. and its subsidiary Tick Tock Productions Inc. violated a collective bargaining agreement.

2009, Peter Doherty was released on £50,000 bail to await trial accused of driving dangerously after a gig. The Babyshambles frontman was stopped after police saw a car being driven erratically in Gloucester. The 30-year-old appeared at Stroud Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and to having no driving licence or insurance.

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June 12th: Born on this day


1928, Born on this day, Vic Damone, US singer, 1958 UK No.1 & US No.4 single 'On The Street Where You Live'.

1941, Born on this day, Chick Corea, jazz musician. Worked with Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Bobby McFerrin.

1941, Born on this day, Roy Harper, UK folk singer, songwriter, (1977 UK No.25 album 'Bullinamingvase'). Led Zeppelin wrote 'Hat's Of To Roy Harper' featured on the bands third album.

1943, Born on this day, Reg Presley, singer, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing').Wrote ‘Love Is All Around’, covered by Wet Wet Wet in 1994, which stayed at No.1 in the UK Singles Chart for fifteen weeks. In 1990 Presley began to develop an interest in the paranormal, in particular crop circles. He used the royalties ‘Love Is All Around’ to fund his research into the area and outlined his findings in a book, Wild Things They Don't Tell Us, which was published in 2002.

1944, Born on this day, Harold Cowart, John Fred and His Playboy Band, (1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Judy In Disguise').

1948, Born on this day, Barry Bailey, Atlanta Rhythm Section, (1977 US No.7 single, 'So In To You', 1979 UK No.48 single 'Spooky').

1951, Born on this day, Brad Delp, guitar, vocals, Boston, (1977 UK No.22 single 'More Than A Feeling', 1986 US No.1 single 'Amanda'). Committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire on March 9th 2007.

1951, Born on this day, Bun E Carlos, drums, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single 'I Want You To Want Me', 1988 US No.1 single 'The Flame').

1952, Born on this day, Pete Fardon, bass player with The Pretenders, (1980 UK No.1 single with ‘Brass In Pocket’). He died of a drug overdose on April 14th 1983.

1953, Born on this day, Rocky Burnette, singer, (1980, US No. 8 single, 'Tired Of Toein The Line').

1959, Born on this day, John Linnell, accordion, keyboards, sax, They Might Be Giants, (1990 UK No.6 single, 'Birdhouse In Your Soul').

1979, Born on this day, Robyn Carlsson, Swedish singer, (1998 UK No.8 single 'Show Me Love', 2007 UK No.1 single 'With Every Heartbeat').



June 12th: On this Day


1964, The Beatles arrived in Adelaide, Australia and were greeted by an estimated 250,000 fans, (the biggest welcome the band would ever receive), who lined the ten mile route from the airport to the city centre. The group gave their first four shows in Australia at the Centennial Hall, Adelaide over two nights, playing: I Saw Her Standing There, I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, This Boy, Long Tall Sally and Twist And Shout. Temporary member Jimmy Nicol was standing in for Ringo on drums who was recovering from having his tonsils removed.

1965, The Beatles were included in the Queen's birthday honours list to each receive the MBE. Protests poured into Buckingham Palace, MP Hector Dupuis said 'British Royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls'.

1965, The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single when 'Back In My Arms Again', went to the top of the charts.

1965, The Who appeared at The Town Hall, Dudley, Birmingham. England.

1966, The Dave Clark Five made a record 12th appearance on US TV Ed Sullivan show.

1971, Black girl trio Honey Cone went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Want Ads'.

1972, The Sound Broadcasting Act was passed in the UK, providing for 21 new commercial radio stations.

1976, The Wurzels scored their only UK No.1 hit with 'Combine Harvester' the cider-drinking folkies from the West Country had reworked Melanie's hit 'Brand New Key.'

1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers all appeared at Swansea City Football Club, Swansea, Wales, Tickets cost £4 ($7).

1978, Playing live around the UK, Dire Straits at Erics, Liverpool. The Thompson Twins at The Limit in Sheffield and The Jam at King George's Hall, Blackburn.

1979, The Police appeared at The Locarno, Bristol, England, supported by The Cramps.

1982, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary 'US' Bonds all appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park, New York to over 450,000 fans.

1982, Adam Ant was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Goody Two Shoes', his third and last No.1.

1989, The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum opened at Graceland. The museum contained over 20 cars which were owned by Presley.

1990, David Bowie appeared at Deer Creek, Indianapolis, on the North American leg of his Sound & Vision tour.

1991, Crowded House played the first of two nights at The Borderline in London.

1993, Dutch duo 2 Unlimited went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'No Limits'.

1993, UB40 had their third UK No.1 single with ('I Can't Help), Falling In Love With You', a No.1 hit for Elvis Presley in 1962.

1999, It was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 ($340,000) as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, ‘Hello, hello, it’s good to be back’ in the song ‘Hello’.

2000, Sinead O’Connor announced that she was a lesbian. The mother of two told the American magazine Curve that she had been in the closet for years saying “I am a lesbian. I haven’t been very open about that, I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian.”

2002, Clive Calder the man who is credited with discovering Britney Spears sold his record company Zomba to BMG Music for $2 billion. Calder started Zomba in 1975 and had hits with Billy Ocean, Sam Fox and Tight Fit.

2004, Lee Ryan from Blue was found guilty of criminal damage and ordered to pay £500 ($850) compensation from charges relating to an incident outside London nightclub 10 Rooms the previous December. Ryan admitted to throwing punches at a photographer after being bombarded by snappers when leaving the club, but argued that he was provoked into doing so. Judge Caroline Tubbs accepted that Lee was acting in self-defence, so dismissed any assault charges.

2005, Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981.

2006, Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his "visionary" use of the Internet; Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997's Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.

2008, Amy Winehouse performed an exclusive gig at a Moscow art gallery for Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Daria Zhukova. It was reported that the singer was paid £1m for the gig at the launch of The Garage gallery, which has been set up by Ms Zhukova
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June 13th: Born on this day


1934, Born on this day, Uriel Jones, session drummer for Motown Records' in-house studio band, the Funk Brothers, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Jones played on many Motown classics including ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’, by Marvin Gaye, ‘Cloud Nine’ by the Temptations, ‘I Second That Emotion’ by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder. Died on 24th March 2009.

1940, Born on this day, Bobby Freeman, singer, (1958 US & UK No.5 single 'Do You Want To Dance').

1943, Born on this day, Esther Ofarim, singer, (1968 UK No.1 single 'Cinderella Rockerfella').

1949, Born on this day, Dennis Locorriere, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single 'Sylvia's Mother' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).

1951, Born on this day, Howard Lees, Heart, (1987 US & UK No.3 single 'Alone').

1957, Born on this day, Rolf Brendel, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single '99 Red Balloons').

1963, Born on this day, Robbie Merrill, bassist, Godsmack, (2003, US No.1 album ‘Faceless’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘IV’).

1968, Born on this day, David Gray, UK singer, songwriter. His 'White Ladder' was the second biggest selling UK album of 2001. He scored the 2000 UK No.5 single 'Babylon.'

1968, Born on this day, Deneice Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1969, Born on this day, Soren Rasted, Aqua, (1997 UK No.1 single 'Barbie Girl').

1970, Born on this day, Rivers Cuomo, Weezer, (1995 UK No.12 single, 'Buddy Holly').

1976, Born on this day, Jason Brown, vocals, Five, (1998 UK No.2 single 'Everybody Get Up', 1999 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Movin').

1981, Born on this day, Kymberley Marsh, singer, Hear'Say, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple'). Quit the group in 2002. Now an actress.


June 13th: On this Day


1964, Louis Armstrong started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hello Dolly!'

1964, The Beatles performed another two shows at Centennial Hall, Adelaide, South Australia. For the four shows that The Beatles performed in Adelaide there were 12,000 tickets, for which 50,000 requests had been placed. The two shows on this day were drummer’s Jimmy Nicol's last as a "temporary Beatle". Ringo Starr (who had been ill), re-joined The Beatles in Melbourne the next day.

1967, The Bee Gees appeared live on the UK TV show 'As You Like It'. The group were promoting their debut single 'New York Mining Disaster 1941.'

1969, The Rolling Stones held a photo call in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor. The 20 year-old former John Mayall's Bluesbreakers member made his live debut with The Stones the following month at a free concert at Hyde Park London.

1970, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Long And Winding Road', the group's 20th US No.1. The album 'Let It Be' started a four-week run at No.1 the US album chart on the same day.

1970, Grand Funk Railroad, supported by Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey, tickets $5.00.

1972, Clyde McPhatter, original lead vocalist with The Drifters, died of a heart attack in New York. Joined Billy Ward & the Dominoes in 1950, formed The Drifters in 1953, had several solo hits including 1962 'Lover Please,' was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

1975, John Lennon made his last ever TV appearance when he appeared on 'Salute To Sir Lew Grade', performing 'Slippin And Slidin', and 'Imagine'.

1981, Smokey Robinson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song he wrote in the late 60's. 'Being With You', the American singers first solo No.1.

1987, Atlantic Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Always', a No.3 hit in the UK.

1987, Whitney Houston started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her second LP 'Whitney'.

1988, The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London's Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children's charities in southern Africa.

1992, Billy Ray Cyrus started a 17-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Some Gave All'.

1992, Erasure started a five-week run at No.1 in the UK with the 'Abba-Esque EP'. The release featured four covers of Abba hits and Vince Clark & Andy Bell dressed up as the two Abba girls for the videos.

1995, Alanis Morissette released 'Jagged Little Pill'. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies world-wide making Morissette the first female Canadian to score a US No.1 album.

1999, S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bring It All Back', the group's first chart topper.

2000, 37-year-old Susan E Santodonato collapsed and died of a heart attack outside New York radio station Star 105.7. after a Britney Spears impersonator left the building. A crowd had gathered after a DJ claimed Britney Spears was in the studio.

2000, A roadie who worked for The Spice Girls, Oasis, Elton John and Whitney Houston was arrested and charged with smuggling millions of pounds worth of Ecstasy into the UK.

2000, Bobby Brown admitted he was an alcoholic, saying, 'I have a disease, I am an addict, I am an alcoholic'. The singer made the admission while appearing in a Florida court.

2003, Former East 17 member Brian Harvey was cleared of drugs charges after the prosecution's key witness refused to give evidence and left the UK for Spain. Harvey had been arrested after a News Of The World investigation and charged with possessing and supplying cocaine.

2003, The elder statesman of music were rewarded in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list for their services to music. Sting was awarded a CBE, Gerry Marsden an MBE, Errol Brown an MBE and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour a CBE.

2003, The Arctic Monkeys made their live debut at The Grapes pub in Sheffield, England. They received £27 from ticket sales.

2004, Faithless were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘No Roots.’

2004, After 50 Cent mentioned R. Kelly's pending child pornography trial during an appearance at the New York Summer Jam XI concert, chairs were thrown onstage forcing 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew to leave the stage area.

2005, Michael Jackson was cleared of all charges of child abuse by a jury of eight women and four men at the end of a 16-week hearing in Santa Maria, California. Jackson was found not guilty of all 10 charges including abusing a 13-year-old boy, conspiracy to kidnap and supplying alcohol to a minor to assist with a felony.

2008, A Chicago jury acquitted R. Kelly of all 14 charges of child pornography against him. The US singer was found not guilty of making an explicit sex video that prosecutors had said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. Both Kelly and the alleged victim, now 23, denied they were the people shown on the tape, which the jury saw. The defence argued that the man in the tape did not have a large mole on his back as does Mr Kelly, and that the tape could have been doctored.
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June 14th: Born on this day


1945, Born on this day, Rod Argent, keyboards, The Zombies, (1964 UK No.12 single 'She's Not There'). Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up'). Now a TV and film composer.

1949, Born on this day, Alan White, drummer, Plastic Ono Band, (1970 UK No.5 single 'Instant Karma'), Yes, (1977 UK No.7 single 'Wonderous Stories').

1949, Born on this day, Born on this day, Jim Lea, bass, piano, violin, Slade, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Coz I Luv You', plus five other UK No.1 hits and 18 UK Top 40 hit singles).

1958, Born on this day, Nick Van Ede, singer, Cutting Crew, (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single 'I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight').

1961, Born on this day, George O'Dowd, (Boy George), singer, DJ. Culture Club, (1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single 'Karma Chameleon'). Solo, (1987 UK No.1 single 'Everything I Own').

1963, Born on this day, Chris Degarmo, Queensryche, (1992 UK No.18 single 'Silent Lucidity').

1971, Born on this day, Billy Myers, UK female singer, (1998 UK No. 4 single 'Kiss The Rain').

1983, Born on this day Siobhan Donaghy, vocals, The Sugababes, (2002 UK No.1 single, 'Round Round', 2002 UK No.2 album 'Angels With Dirty Faces').


June 14th: On this Day


1953, Elvis Presley graduated from IC Hulmes High School in Memphis; his graduation photo shows him to have a split curl in the middle of his forehead, later to become his trademark.

1961, Country singer Patsy Cline was involved in a near fatal car crash in Nashville; she sustained head injuries after being thrown through the windscreen.

1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played at New Brighton Tower supported by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance.

1964, Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.

1964, The Manish Boys, (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.

1967, The Doors appeared at Steve Paul's Scene, New York City, Jimi Hendrix was in the audience.

1968, Pink Floyd appeared at the Midsummer Ball, University College London, Bloomsbury, England.

1970, Derek and the Dominoes played their first gig when they appeared at London's Lyceum.

1972, Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York.

1974, Ray Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Streak' a song about the latest British craze of streaking, (running naked in a public place).

1975, America went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sister Golden Hair', the group's second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.

1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Glass Houses', his second US No.1 album.

1980, Peter Gabriel scored his first UK No.1 album with his third solo release 'Peter Gabriel'.

1984, A model of Boy George from Culture Club was unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Waxworks in London, England on his 23rd birthday.

1986, Bob Geldof was named in HRH The Queen's Birthday Honours List, receiving an honorary Knighthood in recognition of his humanitarian activities.

1986, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'On My Own'. The pair recorded their vocal parts separately and had never met until after the song went to number one.

1986, Queen scored their 5th UK No.1 album with 'A Kind Of Magic', featuring the single 'One Vision'.

1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.

1987, Madonna played the first date on her Who's That Girl World Tour at the Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan. The tour became the highest-grossing tour ever, grossing over $20 million.

1987, 30 hired hands moved 800 rented NHS beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot what will be the cover of ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’.

1989, Pete De Freitas drummer with Echo And The Bunnymen was killed at the age of 27, when his motorbike collided with a car.

1991, Nirvana appeared at The Palladium, Hollywood, California.

1994, Composer Henry Mancini died aged 70. Wrote the music to 'Moon River, which was originally sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's by Audrey Hepburn, was also the theme song for the Andy Williams television show. Had the 1969 US No.1 single 'Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet.' Recorded over 90 albums, contributed music to over 100 movies, including 'Theme From The Pink Panther.'

1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands.

1997, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be Missing You', a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. Also a No.1 in the UK.

1997, The Wu-Tang Clan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Wu- Tang Forever'.

2000, Noel Gallagher from Oasis was voted into first place in Melody Maker's annual 'Un-coolest People in Rock' survey. Marilyn Manson came second and Robbie Williams was voted third.

2002, During an UK visit Michael Jackson made a tour of Parliament and was shown the monarch's throne in the House of Lords. Whenever Jackson went outside he called for an umbrella to shield his face from the sun.

2002, Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was jailed for 56 days at the High Court London after breaching an injunction taken out by his estranged wife.

2002, Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

2003, Bryan Adams, Iggy Pop and Paul Weller all appeared at a weekend festival at The Isle Of Wight.

2006, Shakira kicked off her 99 date Oral Fixation world tour in Zaragoza, Spain. Attended by over 2m fans, the tour grossed over $98 million dollars.

2008, Usher was at No.1 on the US album chart with his fifth studio album ‘Here I Stand.’

2009, Kasabian started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ the bands third studio album
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June 15th: Born on this day


1929, Born on this day, Nigel Pickering, Spanky And Our Gang, (1967 US No.9 single 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again').

1933, Born on this day, Waylon Jennings, US country singer. (1980 US No.21 single 'Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard'), plus country No.1 hits. Played bass with Buddy Holly in 1959. Jennings died on February 13th 2002.

1941, Born on this day, Harry Nilsson, US singer, songwriter, (1972 UK & US No.1 single with his version of The Badfinger song 'Without You', 1969 US No.6 single 'Everybody's Talkin' from the film Midnight Cowboy'). The Monkees, Three Dog Night & Ronettes all covered his songs. He died on January 15th 1994.

1943, Born on this day, Johnny Halliday, 'the French Elvis', major star in Europe. Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton and Foreigner's Mick Jones have played on his records.

1943, Born on this day, Muff Winwood, The Spencer Davis Group, (1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running). Became a producer and A&R man for Sony Records.

1946, Born on this day, Noddy Holder, guitar, vocals, Slade, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Coz I Luv You', plus five other UK No.1 singles and 18 UK Top 40 hits. Now a TV actor, (The Grimleys), radio and TV presenter.

1947, Born on this day, Demis Roussos, singer, (1976 UK No.1 EP, featuring 'Forever And Ever').

1949, Born on this day, Russell Hitchcock, vocals, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love', 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love').

1951, Born on this day, Steve Walsh, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single 'Dust In The Wind', 1978 UK No.59 single 'Carry On Wayward Son').

1956, Born on this day, David Hinds, Steel Pulse, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Prodigal Son').

1958, Born on this day, Neil Arthur, Blancmange, (1982 UK No.7 single 'Living On The Ceiling').

1966, Born on this day, Michael Britt, guitar, Lonestar, (2000 US No.1 & UK No. 21 single ‘Amazed’).

1969, Born on this day, Ice Cube, rapper, 1994 UK No.22 single Bop Gun, (1992, US No.1 US album 'The Predator'). NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single 'Express Yourself').

1976, Born on this day, Gary Lightbody, guitar, vocals, Snow Patrol, (2006 UK No.1 album ‘Eyes Open’, 2006 UK No.6 single ‘Chasing Cars’).

1976, Born on this day, Dryden Vera Mitchell, US singer, Alien Ant Farm, (2001 Australian No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Smooth Criminal’).

1981, Born on this day, Billy Martin, guitarist, Good Charlotte, (2002 US No.7 album, ‘The Young And The Hopeless’, 2003 UK No.6 single ‘Girls and Boys’).

1985, Born on this day, Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud, (2002 UK No.1 single 'Sound Of The Underground', and over 20 UK Top 20 singles.).




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June 15th: On this Day



1958, The first teenage all-music show 'Oh Boy', was broadcast for the first time in the UK.

1961, On this weeks UK singles chart: No.5, Clarence Frogman Henry, 'But I Do', No.4, Ricky Nelson, 'Hello Marylou', No.3, The Shadows, 'The Frightened City', No.2, Del Shannon, 'Runaway', No.1, Elvis Presley, 'Surrender.'

1963, Kyu Sakamoto started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sukiyaki’, the first-ever Japanese song to do so. It made No.6 on the UK chart in 1963 and was also a No.10 UK single for Kenny Ball in the same year.

1964, The Beatles touring Australia played two sets at the Festival Hall, Melbourne.

1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies.

1967, Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac.

1969, During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England supported by Blodwyn Pig and The Liverpool Scene.

1969, The Doors appeared at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 



1974, Abba's debut album 'Waterloo' entered the UK chart for the first time peaking at No.28.

1974, Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Billy Don't Be A Hero', The song was a UK No.1 for Paper Lace.

1974, Elvis Presley played the first night of an 18 date US tour by playing four shows at the Tarrant County Center, Forth Worth, Texas.

1976, The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham's Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club, London.

1977, The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

1978, During a European tour Bob Dylan played the first of six sold out nights at London's Earl Court.

1982, Pete Farndon bass player with The Pretenders was fired from the group, he went on to form a group with Topper Headon from The Clash. Farndon was found dead in his bath on 14th April 1983.

1985, Bryan Ferry went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Boys And Girls' his first solo No.1 LP.

1985, Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, 'Brothers In Arms'.

1986, U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International.

1988, During Bruce Springsteen's stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.

1989, Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles.

1991, Paula Abdul started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rush Rush', her 5th US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.

1993, Jamiroquai appeared at The Riverside, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1996, US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook' was the first of eight "Songbook" sets. Appeared in the TV commercial for Memorex, where she sang a note that shattered a glass while being recorded on a Memorex cassette tape. The tape was played back and the recording also broke the glass, asking "Is it live, or is it Memorex?"

2000, Rapper Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was convicted of assault with a firearm and for being an ex-convict in criminal possession of a firearm after threatening a friend with an AK-47.

2002, A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price.

2003, Radiohead scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Hail To The Thief.’

2003, Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.

2005, Coldplay went straight to No.1 on US album chart with their third album 'X&Y', having already entered at number one in the UK. The last time a British artist had a simultaneous US and UK number one was in November 2000 with '1', a compilation of hits by The Beatles. The last studio album to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic was Radiohead's 'Kid A' in October 2000. 'X&Y' went on to top over 30 global charts.

2008, Liverpool was voted England's most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. The home of The Beatles, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, OMD and The Zutons took 49% of the vote in an online poll set up by the funding body. Sheffield - which brought the world the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp - came second, while Manchester with Oasis, Stone Roses and The Smiths came third.

2008, Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fourth studio album ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.
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June 16th: Born on this day


1941, Born on this day, Lamont Dozier, (Holland/Dozier/Holland), producer, songwriter, wrote many hits for Motown records, including The Supremes, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas plus Freda Payne and Chairmen Of The Board.

1942, Born on this day, Edward Levert, The O'Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'Love Train').

1946, Born on this day, Ian Matthews, singer, Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort, (1970 UK No.1 & 1971 US No. 23 single 'Woodstock'). Solo.

1949, Born on this day, Peppy Castro, The Blue Magoos, (1967 US No.5 single, 'We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet').

1950, Born on this day, James Smith, vocals, The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single 'You Make Me Feel Brand New', 1975 UK No.1 single 'Can't Give You Anything But My Love' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1953, Born on this day, Ian Mosley, drums, Marillion, (joined in 1983, 1985 UK No.2 single 'Kayleigh').

1954, Born on this day, Gerry Roberts, guitar, The Boomtown Rats, (1979 UK No.1 single 'I Don't Like Mondays' plus 10 other UK Top 40 hit singles).

1958, Born on this day, Patrick Waite, Musical Youth, (1982 UK No.1 single 'Pass The Dutchie'). Waite died on 13th February 1993.

1966, Born on this day, MC Ren, NWA, (1990 UK No.26 single 'Express Yourself').

1971, Born on this day, Tupac Amaru Shakur, (born Lesane Parish Crooks). Died from bullet wounds on September 13th 1996. 1996 US No.1 single 'How Do U Want It / California Love.' 1996 UK No. 6 single, 'California Love'.




June 16th: On this Day


1959, Russ Conway was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Roulette'. The English pianist's second No.1 hit.

1962, The Konrads (featuring Dave Jay later to become David Bowie), made their live debut when they played at Bromley Technical School in Kent, England.

1964, The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford.

1965, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

1966, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.

1966, Cliff Richard joined evangelist Billy Graham on stage at Earls Court London and talked about his discovery of the Christian faith.

1966, The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the UK television program Top of the Pops, performing ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’. It became The Beatles' last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of ‘All You Need Is Love’.

1967, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Soft Machine both appeared at The Liverpool Love Festival in Liverpool, England.

1967, The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free, the “Summer of Love” was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. Tickets cost $3.50–6.50 (£2–3.80). John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, ‘San Francisco’ (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a hit for Scott McKenzie.

1970, Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'In The Summertime'. It went on to become the best selling UK single of 1970 spending seven weeks at No.1 and was a hit in 26 other countries. The UK release was a maxi-single playing at 33 rpm, (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).

1973, Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song 'Can The Can'. 10CC were at No.2 with 'Rubber Bullets' and Fleetwood Mac at No.3 with 'Albatross.'

1974, Tangerine Dream made their live UK debut at London's Victoria Palace.

1976, The Jackson Five four-week summer variety show premiered on CBS- TV featuring The Jacksons plus sisters Latoya, Rebbie and Janet.

1977, Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lucille'. It was the American Country music singer's first of two UK No.1's.

1979, Donna Summer scored her second US No.1 album with 'Bad Girls'.

1979, The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Discovery' their first No.1 LP, featuring the tracks 'Shine A Little Love', 'Don't Bring Me Down' and 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp'.

1980, The Blues Brothers film starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd premiered in Chicago. The film also featured Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Ray Charles in the role of a streetwise storeowner.

1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction.

1982, Donny Vanzant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place.

1984, Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second UK No.1 single with 'Two Tribes.' It stayed at No.1 for nine weeks making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the UK chart. During this run the group's previous single 'Relax' climbed back up the charts to No.2.

1988, Vince Neil of Motley Crue married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.

1989, The first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost £28 ($48).

1990, After a court battle, pop duo Bros paid over £40,000 in settlement of a legal dispute over management.

1990, Roxette started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'It Must Have Been Love'. The song, taken from the film 'Pretty Woman' became the duo's third US No.1 and a No.3 hit in the UK.

1994, Kristen Pfaff, bass player with Hole was found dead in her bathtub due to a heroin overdose aged 26.

1994, Oasis played at The Erotika Club, Paris in France, the bands first gig outside the UK.

1996, Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album 'Load'.

1996, Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.

1999, Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58. He was the first long-haired pop star-boasting hair over 18 inches long and the self-styled lord (real name David Sutch), was Britain's longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.

1999, Cher kicked off her 122 date 'Believe Tour' at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

2000, On the first night of his 'Up in Smoke' tour in Chula Vista, Snoop Dogg's tour bus was stopped at the Temecula border checkpoint in San Diego after the border patrol smelled marijuana wafting from the tour bus. One member of the crew was arrested.

2001, Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.

2002, 46 years after his first hit, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Little Less Conversation', (Elvis vs. JXL), giving Elvis a total of 18 UK No.1 singles, the most by any artist in chart history. This also set a new record for the longest span of No.1 hits with 44 years, 11 months and 9 days. His first UK No.1 single was 'All Shook Up' in 1957.

2007, Rod Stewart married model girlfriend Penny Lancaster on the Italian Riviera just outside the resort of Portofino. The 62 year old singer was previously married to models Alana Hamilton and Rachel Hunter and has seven children in total.

2008, Coldplay kicked off their Viva la Vida, 161-date world tour at the Brixton Academy in London, England.

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June 17th: Born on this day


1930, Born on this day, Cliff Gallup, guitarist, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, (1956 US No. 7 & UK No. 16 single 'Be-Bop-A-Lula'). Gallup died of a heart attack on October 9th 1988.

1942, Born on this day, Norman Kuhlke, The Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 and US No.24 single 'Hippy Hippy Shake').

1944, Born on this day, Chris Spedding, session guitarist. Worked with Donovan, David Essex, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, Jack Bruce, Eno, Bryan Ferry, The Wombles. Solo, (1975 UK No.14 single 'Motor Biking'). Also a member of The Sharks.

1946, Born on this day, Barry Manilow, (born Barry Alan Pincus) US singer, songwriter, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.11 single 'Mandy', also wrote 'Could It Be Magic', and 'Copacabana.' Has scored over 25 US Top 40 singles selling over 75 million records worldwide. Had the 2006 US No.1 album ‘The Greatest Songs of the Fifties.’

1947, Born on this day, Eric Lewis, Middle Of The Road, (1971 UK No.1 single 'Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep').

1947, Born on this day, Glenn Buxton, guitar, Alice Cooper Band, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single 'School's Out'). He died October 19th 1997.

1947, Born on this day, Greg Rolie, Santana, (1970 US No.4 single 'Black Magic Woman', 1977 UK No.11 single 'She's Not There').

1947, Born on this day, Paul Young, singer, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single 'Every Day Hurts'), Mike and the Mechanics, (1989 UK No.2 single 'The Living Years'). Died on 15th July 2000.

1957, Born on this day, Philip Chevron, guitar, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover').

1958, Born on this day, Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys, (1981 UK No.36 single 'Too Drunk To F**k').

1962, Born on this day, Michael Monroe, vocals, Hanoi Rocks, (1984 UK No.61 single 'Up Around The Bend').

1965, Born on this day, Richard Hynd, drums, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want', 1997 UK No.1 album 'White On Blonde').

1969, Born on this day, Kevin Thornton, Color Me Bad, (1991 UK No.1 single 'I Wanna Sex You Up', 1991 US No.1 single 'I Adore Mi Amor').

1972, Born on this day, Ricardo Rikrot, UK singer, (2000 UK and US No.1 single with Shaggy ‘It Wasn't Me’).

1983, Born on this day, Lee Ryan, singer, Blue, (2002 UK No.1 single 'If You Come Back').



June 17th: On this Day


1954, The first edition of UK music paper Record Mirror was published.

1954, Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on ‘Rock Around The Clock’ with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.

1955, After a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranged a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, resulting in an agreement that saw the Colonel handle Presley's gigs and career strategy from now on.

1963, The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, 'Come On', it peaked at No.21 on the UK chart.

1965, Elvis Presley was at No.1 in the UK with 'Crying In The Chapel' his 15th UK No.1 single.

1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo's vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.

1965, The Kinks and the Moody Blues made their US concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York City.

1966, Guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

1971, Carole King went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tapestry’ for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The album contained ‘It's Too Late’, ‘I Feel the Earth Move’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ and ‘You've Got a Friend’.

1972, Don McLean had his first UK No.1 single with 'Vincent.' The song was written about the 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh. The song is played daily at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

1972, The Rolling Stones album 'Exile On Main Street' started a four-week run at the top of the US charts, (also No.1 in the UK).

1973, Dolly Parton recorded ‘I Will Always Love You’ in RCA's Studio "B" in Nashville. Written for her one-time partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner (the two were splitting professionally at the time).

1976, Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers on the bill.

1977, After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

1978, Andy Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of the US charts to have his first three releases reach No.1, when ‘Shadow Dancing’ hit the top of the chart. Spending seven weeks at No.1 it became the best selling single in the US in 1978.

1978, 'You're The One That I Want' by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a nine week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was from the film Grease.

1979, Anita Ward was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ring My Bell'. The only hit for the gospel singer from Memphis, making her a One-hit Wonder.

1980, Van Halen kicked off a 6-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.

1983, This week's Top 5 UK singles: No.5, Bob Marley, 'Buffalo Soldier', No.4, Yazoo, 'Nobody's Diary', No.3, David Bowie, 'China Girl', No.2, Wham! 'Bad Boys', No.1, The Police, 'Every Breath You Take.'

1983, James Brown, UB40, Fun Boy Three, The Beat, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Cliff, Marillion and Melanie all appeared at this years Glastonbury CND Festival, Shepton Mallet, England.

1985, The Crowd were at No.1 in the UK with a remake of the 1963 hit 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The single was recorded to raise funds for The Bradford City Football disaster that killed over 50 people. The song featuring Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney and Rolf Harris, among others.

1987, Florida real estate agent Vittoria Holman sued Motley Crue and their concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 meters) from the speakers. The case was settled out of court with the band's insurance company paying Holman over $30,000. (£18,200).

1989, New Kids On The Block went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Be Loving You Forever', the group's first US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK.

1999, A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden.

2001, Travis started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Invisible Band'.

2005, Pete Doherty was thrown off a yacht after being found smoking crack cocaine. The Babyshambles singer had been invited onto the yacht with his girlfriend Kate Moss by Davinia Taylor, they were asked to leave the party and were dropped off in Porto Cervo.

2007, The Traveling Wilburys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Collection.' The line of the Wilburys was: George Harrison, (Nelson Wilbury), Jeff Lynne, (Otis Wilbury), Roy Orbison, (Lefty Wilbury), Tom Petty, (Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.) and Bob Dylan, (Lucky Wilbury).

2008, Welsh singer Duffy's single Mercy was named song of the year at the Mojo magazine awards held in London. Best breakthrough act went to The Last Shadow Puppets - the side project of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Other acts honoured at the reader-voted Mojo Honours included Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller, the Sex Pistols and Genesis. Ska band the Specials were welcomed into the Mojo Hall of Fame and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, won the inspiration award for his contribution to rock music.

2008, George Michael kicked off the North American leg of his ‘25 Live’ 106-date world tour at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California.


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