Music Almanac: June 6, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1885 - Gid Tanner (Skillet Lickers) (d. 1960)
  • 1936 - Levi Stubbs (Four Tops) (d. 2008)
  • 1939 - Gary "U.S." Bonds (79)
  • 1942 - Howie Kane (Jay & the Americans) (76)
  • 1942 - Larry Taylor (Canned Heat) (76)
  • 1943 - Joe Stampley (75)
  • 1944 - Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) (74)
  • 1944 - Peter Albin (Big Brother & the Holding Company) (74)
  • 1946 - Tony Levin (72)
  • 1947 - Terry Williams (First Edition) (71)
  • 1948 - Richard Sinclair (Caravan) (70)
  • 1949 - Holly Near (69)
  • 1951 - Dwight Twilly (67)
  • 1955 - Curtis Wright (songwriter) (63)
  • 1959 - Jimmy Jam (born James Harris II) (63)
  • 1959 - Bobby Bluebell (Bluebells) (59)
  • 1960 - Steve Vai (58)
  • 1961 - Tom Araya (Slayer) (57)
  • 1961 - Dee C Lee (Style Council) (57)
  • 1964 - Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) (54)
  • 1965 - David Ben White (Brother Beyond) (53)
  • 1966 - Sean Yseult (White Zombie) (52)
  • 1970 - James Shaffer (Korn) (48)
  • 1974 - Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer) (44)
  • 1978 - Carl BarĂ¢t (Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things) (40)
  • 1978 - Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) (40)
  • 1987 - Kyle Falconer (The View) (31)
Deaths
  • 1966 - Claudette Frady-Orbison (wife of Roy Orbison) - Motorcycle accident (25)
  • 1970 - Lonnie Johnson - Complications from being hit by a car while walking, stroke (71)
  • 1976 - Tara Richards (son of Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg) - Respiratory failure (10-weeks)
  • 1986 - Dick Rowe (the man who didn't sign the Beatles to Decca) - Diabetes
  • 1991 - Stan Getz - Liver cancer (64)
  • 1996 - William Palmer (inventor of magnetic tape recording)
  • 2002 - Robbin Crosby (Ratt) - Heroin overdose (42)
  • 2003 - Dave Rowberry (Animals) - Ulcer hemorrhage (62)
  • 2006 - Billy Preston - Malignant hypertension & kidney disease (59)
  • 2010 - Marvin Isley (Isley Brothers) - Complications of diabetes (56)
  • 2015 - Ronnie Gilbert (Weavers) (88)
On This Day 
  • 1960 - Bing Crosby received a platinum disc representing his 200 millionth record sold.
  • 1960 - Tony Williams left the Platter to go solo.
  • 1968 - The Rolling Stones added new words to Sympathy for the Devil about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • 1969 - Rod Stewart signed with Mercury Records.
  • 1970 - Syd Barrett played his first show since leaving Pink Floyd. David Gilmour was on hand to assist.
  • 1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono came on stage to jam with Frank Zappa at New York's Fillmore East.
  • 1973 - Elvis Presley's Elvis on Tour opened in theaters nationally.
  • 1977 - The very first rock golf tournament under the Fairway to Heaven name is run by the Doobie Brothers.
  • 1977 - Stevie Wonder surprised students at UCLA as a guest lecturer.
  • 1979 - A show that Def Leppard played in Sheffield led to a recording contract with Phonogram Records.
  • 1980 - The movie Urban Cowboy opens. The soundtrack spawned numerous hits from Johnny Lee, Mickey Gilley, Anne Murray and more.
  • 1982 - The Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena included Tom Petty, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne.
  • 1987 - Michael Jackson announced he was breaking from the Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • 1990 - A Florida federal judge rules that the album As Nasty As They Want to Be by 2 Live Crew is obscene.
  • 1993 - The Velvet Underground played together for the first time in 24 years at Wembley Arena in London. 
  • 1994 - Paul Stanley of Kiss and his wife Pamela became the parents of a baby boy.
  • 1997 - Ray Wilson of Stiltskin is announced as the replacement for Phil Collins in Genesis.
  • 2000 - Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens files to run for New Jersey senate.
  • 2000 - Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones checks into rehab to end his alcohol addiction prior to the upcoming Rolling Stones tour.
  • 2001 - Elton John auctioned twenty vehicles from his collection for $2.75 million.
  • 2003 - The management of Six Flags in Darien Lake, NY invoke a clause that allows them to ban Marilyn Manson from performing during Ozzfest.
  • 2004 - Eric Clapton held his Crossroads Festival in Dallas, TX.
  • 2005 - The band Something Corporate cancels their summer shows when singer Andrew McMahon announces he has leukemia.
  • 2009 - The new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX is christened by George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack. 
  • 2012 - Adam Clayton's (U2) personal assistant went on trial for the stealing of 3 million Euros from Clayton.
  • 2016 - All four members of ABBA appeared together and performed at a private party in Stockholm. 
  • 2017 - The site where Woodstock was held was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
Marriages
  • 1960 - Eartha Kitt and Bill McDonald
  • 1992 - David Bowie and Iman (repeated vows after determining the first ones may not have been legal)
  • 2002 - Natalie Appleton (All Saints) and Liam Howlett (Prodigy)
  • 2004 - Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) and Bill Johnson
  • 2007 - Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) and Stephen Belafonte
Recorded
  • 1962 - Love Me Do , Ask Me Why, P.S, I Love You - Beatles (their first recording session & the first time they met George Martin))
  • 1966 - Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
  • 1974 - I Can Help - Billy Swan
Released 
  • 1956 - My Prayer - Platters (single)
  • 1960 - Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison (single)
  • 1970 - Third - Soft Machine
  • 1970 - Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (single)
  • 1972 - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
  • 1972 - Looking Glass - Looking Glass
  • 1974 - I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton (single)
  • 1975 - Made in the Shade - Rolling Stones
  • 1975 - Metamorphosis - Rolling Stones
  • 1977 - Way Down - Elvis Presley (single)
  • 1978 - The Cars - Cars
  • 1981 - Juju - Siouxsie & the Banshees
  • 1981 - Talk Talk Talk - Psychedelic Furs
  • 1983 - Allies - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • 1986 - Storms of Life - Randy Travis
  • 1987 - Band Animals - Heart
  • 1988 - Provision - Scritti Politti
  • 1988 - Sur la Mer - Moody Blues
  • 1989 - World in Motion - Jackson Browne
  • 1989 - In Step - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • 1995 - Let Your Dim Light Shine - Soul Asylum
  • 2000 - Brutal Planet - Alice Cooper
  • 2005 - X&Y - Coldplay
  • 2006 - Laugh Now, Cry Later - Ice Cube
  • 2006 - It's Alive - New Cars
  • 2006 - The River in Reverse - Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint
Awards

  • 1993 - Tony Awards
    • Original Score - Tommy - Pete Townshend (tied with Kiss of the Spider Woman)
    • Choreography - Tommy - Wayne Cilento
    • Direction of a Musical - Tommy - Des McAnuff
    • Scenic Deisgn - Tommy - John Arnone
    • Lighting Design - Tommy - Chris Perry

Broadcasts
  • 1964 - Hollywood Palace - Swingle Singers, Wayne Newton
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - B.J. Thomas, Knickerbockers
  • 1971 - Ed Sullivan - Gladys Knight & the Pips (the final show of the series)
  • 2014 - You've Got a Friend: The Carole King Story (BBC)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1964 - Chapel of Love - Dixie Cups (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde (1 week)
  • 1998 - The Boy is Mine - Brandy and Monica (13 weeks)
  • 2015 - Bad Blood - Taylor Swift Featuring Kendrick Lamar (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1953 - The Music of Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg - Mantovani (1 week)
  • 1964 - Hello, Dolly! - Original Cast (1 week)
  • 1992 - Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1998 - It's Dark and Hell is Hot - DMX (1 week)
  • 2009 - Relapse - Eminem (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1998 - The Boy is Mine - Brandy and Monica (8 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1964 - Together Again - Buck Owens (2 weeks)
  • 1970 - Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty (4 weeks)
  • 1981 - Friends / Anywhere There's a Jukebox - Razzy Bailey (1 week)
  • 1987 - I Will Be There - Dan Seals (1 week)
  • 1998 - I Just Want to Dance With You - George Strait (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - Then - Brad Paisley (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 2009 - Love Story - Taylor Swift (6 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1970 - Yellow River - Christie (1 week)
  • 1987 - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - C'est La Vie - B*Witched (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - Want to Want Me - Jason Derulo (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1987 - Live in the City of Light - Simple Minds (1 week)
  • 1992 - Back to Front - Lionel Richie (6 weeks)
  • 1998 - Where We Belong - Boyzone (1 week)
  • 2015 - 85% Proof - Will Young (1 week)

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