Music Almanac: June 2, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1927 - Carl Butler (Carl Butler & Pearl) (d. 1992)
  • 1932 - Sammy Turner (86)
  • 1934 - Johnny Carter (Flamingos, Dells) (d. 2009)
  • 1936 - Otis Williams (Charms) (82)
  • 1937 - Jimmy Jones (d. 2012)
  • 1939 - Charles Miller (War) (d. 1980)
  • 1941 - Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) (77)
  • 1941 - William Guest (Gladys Knight & the Pips) (d. 2015)
  • 1944 - Marvin Hamlisch (d. 2012)
  • 1945 - Chubby Tavares (Tavares) (73)
  • 1951 - Steve Brookins (.38 Special) (67)
  • 1955 - Michael Steele (Runaways, Bangles) (63)
  • 1959 - Lydia Lunch (59)
  • 1960 - Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) (58)
  • 1961 - Dez Cadena (Black Flag) (57)
  • 1962 - Þór Eldon (Sugarcubes) (56)
  • 1965 - Jeremy Cunningham (Levellers) (53)
  • 1970 - B-Real (born Louis Freese) (48)
  • 1970 - Dominic Greensmith (Reef) (48)
  • 1976 - Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) (42)
  • 1979 - Butterfly Boucher (39)
  • 1980 - Fabrizio Moretti (Strokes) (38)
  • 1980 - Orish Grindstead (702) (d. 2008)
  • 1983 - Leela James (35)
  • 1983 - Brooke White (35)
  • 1986 - ZZ Ward (born Zsuzsanna Ward) (32)
Deaths
  • 1983 - Stan Rogers - Airplane fire (33)
  • 1987 - Andres Segovia - Heart attack (94)
  • 1998 - Helen Carter (Carter Family) - Gastrointestinal and heart problems (70)
  • 1999 - Junior Braithwaite (Wailers) - Murdered (50)
  • 2000 - Adolph Hofner (83)
  • 2002 - Boyd Bennett - Lung ailment (77)
  • 2006 - Vince Welnick (Tubes, Grateful Dead) - Suicide (55)
  • 2007 - John Ryan Pike (Ra Ra Riot) - Drowning (23)
  • 2008 - Bo Diddley - Heart failure (79)
On This Day 
  • 1953 - Elvis Presley graduated from Memphis' IC Humes High School. 
  • 1958 - Alan Freed started working for WABC in New York.
  • 1958 - Barry Sadler joined the U.S. Army. 
  • 1960 - Bobby Darin played his first show at the Copacabana. 
  • 1962 - Island Records released their first single, Twist Baby by Owen Gray.
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones play their first U.S. show in Lynn, MA.
  • 1972 - Dion reunites with the Belmonts during a Madison Square Garden concert.
  • 1973 - ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) began their first U.S. tour in San Diego.
  • 1976 - Wings set a record, playing for 67,100 people in Seattle, the largest indoor crowed to-date.
  • 1981 - Prince played his first show in Britain at the Lyceum Ballroom in London.
  • 1984 - Aerosmith opened their North American Back in the Saddle Tour in Concord, NH.
  • 1992 - Freedom Williams quit C+C Music Factory.
  • 1992 - Martina McBride started her first major concert tour opening for Garth Brooks. 
  • 1992 - Freedom Williams quit C+C Music Factory and filed a breach of contract suit. 
  • 1993 - Aerosmith opened their Get a Grip world tour in Kansas.
  • 1995 - The Stone Roses were forced to cancel a series of shows when guitarist John Squire broke his collarbone falling off of a bike.
  • 1995 - Travis Tritt is taken to a Nashville hospital after collapsing from exhaustion and dehydration.
  • 1998 - Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the founders of A&M Records, sue Polygram Records in Philips Electronics for $5 million in underpaid funds for the sale of A&M to Polygram.
  • 1998 - Rod Stewart plays a series of one-hour shows in Las Vegas to promote his new album, When We Were the New Boys.
  • 2002 - Hannah Spearitt announced she was leaving the British group S Club 7. 
  • 2005 - Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand was detained by Russian police who accused him of being a spy.
  • 2006 - Orleans' member John Hall started his congressional campaign with a fundraiser starring Jackson Browne, Dar Williams & Pete Seger.
  • 2006 - Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was added to the National Historical Register. 
  • 2010 - Paul McCartney received the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize. Performing were Elvis Costello, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Jack White and the Jonas Brothers
  • 2011 - Shania Twain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
  • 2012 - Michael Bluestein of Foreigner announced he would be taking an extended leave of absence from the band for treatment of colon cancer. 
  • 2013 - Taylor Swift posed with a Denver DJ who she later accused of grabbing her buttocks. 
Marriages
  • 1989 - Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith (Smith was 19 while Wyman's 28-year-old son, was best man)
Released 
  • 1956 - Bluebird of Happiness - Lee Andrews & the Hearts
  • 1956 - Could It Be You - Four Tops (first single)
  • 1967 - David Bowie - David Bowie (debut album)
  • 1967 - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles (U.S. Release)
  • 1967 - From the Beginning - Small Faces
  • 1974 - The Psychomodo - Cockney Rebel
  • 1978 - Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1978 - Live and Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
  • 1986 - A Kind of Magic - Queen
  • 1986 - The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
  • 1986 - Wonderland - Erasure
  • 1987 - Let It Loose - Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine
  • 1987 - Whitney - Whitney Houston
  • 1992 - Shadow and Light - Wilson Phillips
  • 1992 - MTV Unplugged - Mariah Carey
  • 1998 - If You See Her - Brooks & Dunn
  • 1998 - Adore - Smashing Pumpkins
Awards
  • 1985 - Tony Awards - Big River wins seven awards (written by Roger Miller)
  • 2000 - National Fatherhood Institute - Father of the Year - Tim McGraw
Broadcasts
  • 1964 - Les Crane Show - Rolling Stones (U.S. television debut)
  • 1965 - Shindig - Major Lance, Patty Duke, Diane Renay, Righteous Brothers, Linda Carr, Marianne Faithfull, Blossoms, Billy Preston, Bobby Sherman, Delaney Bramlett, Joey Cooper, Shindogs, Wellingtons
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Susan Rafey, Andy Malone, Tina Mason, Karen Verros
  • 1978 - Midnight Special - Crystal Gayle (host), Chuck Mangione, Andy Kaufman, Peace & Quiet, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Eddie Rabbitt
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1962 - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles (5 weeks)
  • 1973 - My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings (4 weeks)
  • 1979 - Hot Stuff - Donna Summer (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1973 - Red Rose Speedway - Paul McCartney & Wings (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Lateralus - Tool (1 week)
  • 2007 - Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park (1 week)
  • 2012 - Trespassing - Adam Lambert (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles 
  • 1945 - Caledonia - Louis Jordan & the Tympany Five (7 weeks)
  • 1979 - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead (1 week)
  • 1984 - Let's Hear It For the Boys - Deniece Williams (3 weeks)
  • 2001 - Fiesta - R. Kelly (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles 
  • 1945 - Shame on You - Spade Cooley (1 week (5 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1958 - All I Have to Do is Dream - Everly Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1984 - Honey (Open That Door) - Ricky Skaggs (1 week)
  • 1990 - I've Cried My Last Tear For You - Ricky Van Shelton (1 week)
  • 2012 - Somethin' 'Bout a Truck - Kip Moore (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles 
  • 1973 - My Love - Paul McCartney & Wings (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Just When I Needed You Most - Randy VanWarmer (1 week)
  • 1984 - Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - Do You Remember? - Phil Collins (5 weeks)
  • 2007 - Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham! (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Do You Really Like It - DJ Pied Piper & The Masters of Ceremonies (1 week)
  • 2012 - We Are Young - Fun Featuring Janelle Monae (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1990 - Volume II (1990 A New Decade) - Soul II Soul (3 weeks)
  • 2007 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5 (2 weeks)
  • 2012 - Our Version of Events - Emeli Sande (1 week)
  • 2016 - Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande (1 week)

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