Music Almanac: June 7, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Dean Martin (d. 1995)
  • 1934 - Wynn Stewart (d. 1985)
  • 1940 - Tom Jones (78)
  • 1944 - Clarence White (Byrds) (d. 1973)
  • 1945 - Billy Butler (Enchanters) (73)
  • 1946 - Micky Jones (Man) (72)
  • 1953 - Johnny Clegg (65)
  • 1955 - Joey Scarbury (63)
  • 1956 - L.A. Reid (63)
  • 1956 - Larry Boone (62)
  • 1957 - Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout) (61)
  • 1958 - Prince (d. 2016)
  • 1961 - Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) (57)
  • 1962 - Michael Cartellone (Damn Yankees, Lynyrd Skynyrd) (59)
  • 1963 - Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) (55)
  • 1964 - John "Ecstacy" Fletcher (Whodini) (54)
  • 1966 - Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) (52)
  • 1967 - Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (51)
  • 1974 - T-Low (Next) (44)
  • 1977 - Randy Ragsdale (Cross Canadian Ragweed) (41)
  • 1985 - Charlie Simpson (Busted, Fightstar) (31)
  • 1990 - Iggy Azalea (28)
  • 1991 - Fetty Wap (born Willie Maxwell II) (27)
  • 1993 - George Ezra (25)
Deaths
  • 1998 - Wally Gold (Four Esquire, wrote It's My Party, It's Now or Never) (70)
  • 2001 - Carole Fredericks (singer, sister of Taj Mahal) - Heart attack (49)
  • 2009 - Kenny Rankin - Lung cancer (69)
  • 2009 - Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) - Leukemia (64)
  • 2010 - Stuart Cable (Stereophonics) - Choked in his sleep (40)
  • 2012 - Bob Welch - Suicide (66)
On This Day 
  • 1958 - The film High School Confidential opens. 
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones were booed off the stage in San Antonio, TX during their first U.S. tour.
  • 1969 - Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker) made their live debut in London's Hyde Park.
  • 1969 - Keith Richards and Anita Pallenburg were in a car crash near Sussex, England.
  • 1970 - The Who perform Tommy at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. It was the first time rock (opera or not) had been heard in its hallowed halls.
  • 1972 - Grease opened on the Great White Way after an almost four-month run Off-Broadway.
  • 1977 - Members of the Sex Pistols and their entourage are arrested when they try to interrupt the Silver Jubilee Celebration by playing God Save the Queen from a boat on the Themes River.
  • 1978 - Bob Dylan and Tom Petty met for the first time at a Dylan show in Los Angeles. 
  • 1979 - Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion on the same day he plays for Jimmy Carter at the White House.
  • 1982 - Graceland in Memphis, TN opened for public tours. 
  • 1990 - The Black Crowes played their first U.K. show in London.
  • 1991 - Alan Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1992 - In Strasburg, ND, the birth home of Lawrence Welk was opened to the public. Between 2 and 3,000 attended.
  • 1993 - The groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1993 - Prince changed his name to an unpronouncable icon.
  • 1994 - Grace Slick was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and to attend AA meetings for pointing a gun at a police officer the previous March.
  • 1995 - Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead was admitted to the hospital after the continuous motion of playing his guitar caused blood to come from his ear.
  • 1999 - Rod Stewart was too late to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, so he kicked soccer balls onto the trading floor.
  • 2000 - Prince "reclaimed" his name with a week-long party at Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, MN.
  • 2001 - The Experience Music Project opened their first exhibition in Seattle with Island Revolution: Jamaican Rhythm from Ska to Reggae, 1956-1981.
  • 2002 - Virgin Records dropped Victoria Beckham after her first solo album sold only 50,000 copies.
  • 2002 - R. Kelly was booked on child pornography charges.
  • 2003 - Beck had to cancel an appearance in East Rutherford, NJ after his ribs were injured by a stage hand while watching Blur's performance.
  • 2003 - Kenny Chesney played his first stadium show in Knoxville, TN. 
  • 2007 - A street in Rancho Mirage, CA was named after Dean Martin. 
  • 2008 - The funeral of Bo Diddley was held in Gainesville, FL. 
  • 2008 - Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones joined the Foo Fighters on stage at Wembley Stadium. 
  • 2009 - Bret Michaels was struck in the head by a descending set after finishing his song at the Tony Awards. 
  • 2015 - Elton John labasted the security staff at a Gloucester, England show, calling one of them a "Hitler". 
Marriages
  • 1974 - Richard Harris and Ann Turkel
  • 1983 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Shawn Michelle Stevens (Lewis' fifth marriage)
  • 1986 - Graham Russell (Air Supply) and Jodi Varble
  • 1991 - Jimmy Osmond and Michelle Larson
  • 2002 - Liam Howlett (Prodigy) and Natalie Appleton (All Saints)
Recorded
  • 1971 - Vincent - Don McLean
Released 
  • 1963 - Come On - Rolling Stones (first single)
  • 1976 - All Things in Time - Lou Rawls
  • 1976 - Rock 'n' Roll Music - Beatles
  • 1978 - Soft and Wet - Prince (first single)
  • 1982 - Built For Speed - Stray Cats
  • 1982 - Chicago 16 - Chicago
  • 1994 - Walk On - Boston
  • 1994 - Purple - Stone Temple Pilots
  • 2004 - Hot Fuss - Killers
  • 2005 - Monkey Business - Black Eyed Peas
  • 2005 - Choose Love - Ringo Starr
  • 2005 - Get Behind Me Satan - White Stripes
Broadcasts
  • 1963 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (British) - Rolling Stones (TV debut)
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Leaves, Keith Green
  • 1969 - The Johnny Cash Show - Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell (debut)
  • 1974 - Midnight Special - Kinks (host), Electric Light Orchestra, Rory Gallagher, Buddy Miles, Alan Price, Suzi Quatro
  • 1979 - Top of the Pops - Blondie
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1940 - My Sister and I - Jimmy Dorsey (1 week)
  • 1947 - Mam'selle - Art Lund (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver (1 week)
  • 1986 - Live to Tell - Madonna (1 week)
  • 2014 - Fancy - Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX (7 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1975 - Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John (6 weeks)
  • 2003 - 14 Shades of Gray - Staind (1 week)
  • 2008 - 3 Doors Down - 3 Doors Down (1 week)
  • 2014 - Ghost Stories - Coldplay (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles 
  • 1969 - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye (6 weeks)
  • 1975 - Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris (1 week)
  • 2014 - Fancy - Iggy Azalea Featuring Charlie XCX (13 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles 
  • 1947 - Sugar Moon - Bob Wills (1 week)
  • 1975 - Window Up Above - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1986 - Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
  • 1997 - It's Your Love - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (6 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles 
  • 1969 - Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini (8 weeks)
  • 1975 - Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille (1 week)
  • 2003 - Drift Away - Uncle Kracker (23 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1957 - Yes Tonight Josephine - Johnnie Ray (3 weeks)
  • 1975 - Whispering Grass - Windsor Davies and Don Estelle (3 weeks)
  • 1986 - Spirit in the Sky - Doctor and the Medics (3 weeks)
  • 1997 - Mmmbop - Hanson (3 weeks)
  • 2014 - I Wanna Feel - Secondcity (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1997 - Open Road - Gary Barlow (1 week)
  • 2008 - Here I Stand - Usher (1 week)
  • 2014 - In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith (2 weeks)

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