Music Almanac: June 4, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1907 - June Whalin (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys) (d. ?)
  • 1937 - Freddy Fender (d. 2006)
  • 1940 - Cliff Bennett (& the Rebel Rousers) (78)
  • 1941 - Linda Martell (first African-American woman to appear on the Grand Ole Opry) (77)
  • 1944 - Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas) (74)
  • 1944 - Roger Ball (Average White Band) (74)
  • 1945 - Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon) (d. 2009)
  • 1953 - Jimmy McCulloch (Thunderclap Newman, Wings, Stone the Crow) (d. 1979)
  • 1953 - Paul Samson (Samson, Rock Goddess) (d. 2002)
  • 1956 - Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie's band) (62)
  • 1957 - Steve Grimes (Farm) (61)
  • 1958 - Selwyn Brown (Steel Pulse) (60)
  • 1959 - Warner Hodges (Jason & the Scorchers) (59)
  • 1960 - Paul Taylor (Winger) (58)
  • 1961 - El DeBarge (57)
  • 1964 - Chris Kavanagh (Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite) (54)
  • 1968 - Al B. Sure (50)
  • 1970 - Dave Pybus (Cradle of Filth) (48)
  • 1972 - Nikka Costa (46)
  • 1974 - Stefan Kahil Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) (44)
  • 1976 - Kasey Chambers (42)
  • 1981 - Dean Berner (Eden's Edge) (37)
  • 1987 - Mollie King (Saturdays) (31)
  • 1990 - Zachary Farro (Paramour) (28)
Deaths 
  • 1973 - Murry Wilson (father of Brian, Dennis & Carl Wilson) - Heart attack (55)
  • 1975 - Clark Kessinger (78)
  • 1990 - Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords of the New Church) - Traumatic brain injury due to being hit by a taxi (40)
  • 1994 - Derek "Lek" Leckenby (Herman's Hermits) - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (51)
  • 1994 - Zeke Clements (The Dixie Yodeler) (83)
  • 1997 - Ronnie Lane (Small Faces, Faces) - Pneumonia (51)
  • 2001 - John Hartford - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (63)
  • 2007 - Freddie Scott (74)
  • 2012 - Herb Reed (Platters) (83)
  • 2013 - Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - Car accident (67)
  • 2013 - Cornelius "Nini" Harp (Marcels) (73)
On This Day 
  • 1937 - Pee Wee King & the Golden West Cowboys debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1942 - Capitol Records is launched by Glenn Wallichs. One of his early innovations is the use of promo records to send out to radio DJs.
  • 1956 - Gene Vincent played in public for the first time in Norfolk, VA. 
  • 1962 - The Beatles signed with EMI to record demos. 
  • 1964 - The Beatles began their first world tour in Copenhagen. 
  • 1966 - Janis Joplin joined Big Brother and the Holding Company. 
  • 1967 - To Sir With Love, which costarred Lulu, premiered in New York. 
  • 1969 - Natives of Glenrowen, Australia start a petition to block Mick Jagger from being cast as local hero Ned Kelly.
  • 1969 - Nicky Hopkins left the Jeff Beck Group.
  • 1974 - David Bowie started his Diamond Dogs tour in Montreal.
  • 1974 - Porter Wagoner performed together at the Grand Ole Opry for the final time.
  • 1975 - The Rolling Stones become the first western rock band to receive a royalty check for songs aired in Russia.
  • 1979 - Chuck Berry played at the White House for Jimmy Carter. 
  • 1984 - Lorrie Morgan joined The Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1985 - Elton John sued Dick James Music for the rights to his earlier songs, estimated to be worth $51 million.
  • 1986 - The first of six Conspiracy for Hope concerts for Amnesty International was held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Those on the bill included U2, Sting, Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez and the Neville Brothers.
  • 1986 - The producers of the show Beatlemania are told to pay $10 million to Apple Corps Ltd. after it was deemed their production was "too much like" the Beatles.
  • 1992 - Smokey Robinson was sued by his half sister, Rose Ella Jones, for royalty payments on songs that she cowrote in the 80's.
  • 1992 - Young Elvis beat old, Las Vegas Elvis in a poll by the U.S. Postal Service to determine which of the two designs would be used for a commemorative stamp.
  • 1993 - Kurt Cobain was arrested for fighting over his collection of firearms.
  • 1994 - Oasis was on the cover of Britain's NME for the first time.
  • 1996 - It was announced that Crowded House had split up.
  • 1997 - The body of Jeff Buckley, who had disappeared on May 29, was discovered floating in the Mississippi River.
  • 1998 - Ray Charles celebrated his 50th year in entertainment with a show at the 15th Chicago Blues Festival.
  • 1998 - Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn and Hanson do a charity show to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network.
  • 1999 - A crowd panic ended a Tim McGraw show in Pontiac, MI when a female concertgoer used mace on a man who she claimed had groped her.
  • 2000 - A fan of Sisqo was shot in the leg at his Phoenix, AZ concert after disputes broke out over $30 parking fees.
  • 2000 - Police arrested Eminem and three of his people after trouble broke out outside a Warren, MI bar.
  • 2001 - Spinal Tap "returned" to the stage at the Toyota Comedy Festival in New York.
  • 2002 - George Michael was booed on a CNN news program when he tried to explain that his new video, that included George Bush and Tony Blair in bed together, was an indictment of Blair and not Bush.
  • 2002 - Wyclef Jean was arrested at a rally protesting the reduction in education spending in the state.
  • 2002 - KISS released the first issue of the new magazine Gene Simmons Toungue and the first edition of KISS Kondomes.
  • 2003 - Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera start their Justified and Stripped Tour.
  • 2004 - Creed split up.
  • 2006 - Loretta Lynn broke her shoulder due to a fall in her home. 
  • 2011 - Fire destroyed the home of Trace Adkins.
  • 2017 - Ariana Grande hosted the One Love Manchester concert to benefit the victims of the May 22 terrorist bombings. 
Marriages
  • 1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Myra Gale Brown (second ceremony as Lewis wasn't divorced when they married for the first time)
  • 1986 - Bob Dylan and Carolyn Dennis
  • 2006 - Tommy Thayer (KISS) and Amber Peek
Recorded
  • 1955 - I Wanted You - The Miracles
  • 1964 - Slow Down - Beatles
  • 1970 - Black Magic Woman - Santana
  • 1970 - I've Lost You - Elvis Presley
  • 1976 - Live at CBGB's New York - Various Artists including Blondie, Mink De Ville, Talking Heads, Tuff Dart.
  • 1979 - Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (USC Trojan Marching band recorded at Dodger Stadium)
Released 
  • 1962 - Surfin' Safari / 409 - Beach Boys (single)
  • 1963 - Sweets For My Sweet - Searchers (debut single)
  • 1969 - At San Quentin - Johnny Cash
  • 1975 - If I Could Only Win Your Love - Emmylou Harris (single)
  • 1977 - Give a Little Bit - Supertramp
  • 1980 - One For the Road - Kinks
  • 1983 - Another Perfect Day - Motörhead
  • 1984 - Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
  • 1984 - The Glamorous Life - Sheila E
  • 1991 - Make a Jazz Noise Here - Frank Zappa
  • 1991 - Back on the Bus, Y'all - Indigo Girls
  • 1996 - 18 Til I Die - Bryan Adams
  • 1996 - Load - Metallica
  • 2002 - Let's Go - Avril Lavigne
Awards
  • 1967 - Emmy Awards
    • Outstanding Comedy Series - The Monkees
Broadcasts
  • 1963 - Pop Goes the Beatles premiered on the BBC in the U.K.
  • 1976 - Midnight Special - Neil Sedaka (host), Kim Carnes, Eric Carmen, Commodores
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 2005 - We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (14 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1949 - South Pacific - Original Cast Album (29 weeks)
  • 1994 - The Crow - Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 2005 - Mezmerize - System of a Down (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1949 - Trouble Blues - Charles Brown Trio (15 weeks)
  • 1966 - It's a Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown (2 weeks)
  • 1977 - Got to Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye (2 weeks)
  • 1983 - Juicy Fruit - Mtume (8 weeks)
  • 2005 - We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (14 weeks)
  • 2011 - Motivation - Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne (6 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1949 - Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams & His Drifting Cowboys (1 week)
  • 1983 - Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will) - Waylon Jennings (1 week)
  • 1988 - What She Is (Is a Woman in Love) - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 2011 - Old Alabama - Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles 
  • 1966 - Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra (7 weeks)
  • 1977 - Looks Like We Made It - Barry Manilow (3 weeks)
  • 2011 - Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars (4 weeks (16 previous weeks))
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1969 - Dizzy - Tommy Roe (1 week)
  • 1983 - Every Breath You Take - Police (4 weeks)
  • 1994 - Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet (15 weeks)
  • 2005 - Axel F - Crazy Frog (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1988 - Nite Flite - Various Artists (4 weeks)
  • 1994 - Seal - Seal (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Demon Days - Gorillaz (1 week)
  • 2011 - Born Ths Way - Lady Gaga (2 weeks)

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