Music Almanac - June 24

Birthdays
  • 1897 - Memphis Minnie (d. 1973)
  • 1900 - Gene Austin (d. 1972)
  • 1917 - Ramblin' Tommy Scott (d. 2013)
  • 1929 - Connie Hall
  • 1942 - Michelle Lee
  • 1942 - Arthur Brown
  • 1944 - Jeff Beck
  • 1944 - Charlie Whitney (Family, Streetwalkers)
  • 1944 - Chris Wood (Traffic) (d. 1983)
  • 1945 - Colin Blunstone (Zombies)
  • 1947 - Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1948 - Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues)
  • 1949 - John Illsley (Dire Straits)
  • 1950 - Derrick "Duckie" Simpson (Black Uhuru)
  • 1952 - Steuart Smith (Eagles, studio guitarist)
  • 1957 - Astro (born Terence Wilson) (UB40)
  • 1959 - Andy McCluskey (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
  • 1960 - Siedah Garrett
  • 1961 - Curt Smith (Tears for Fears)
  • 1961 - Dennis Danell (Social Distortion) (d. 2000)
  • 1966 - Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
  • 1967 - Richard Kruspe (Rammstein)
  • 1967 - Jeff Cease (Black Crowes)
  • 1970 - Glenn Medeiros
  • 1974 - Mario Calire (Wallflowers, Ozomatli)
  • 1978 - Ariel Pink
  • 1986 - Solange Knowles

Deaths
  • 1987 - Jackie Gleason - Colon cancer (71)
  • 1992 - Tony LeMans - Car accident (29)
  • 2008 - Ira Tucker, Jr. (Dixie Hummingbirds) (83)
  • 2009 - Tim Krekel (songwriter) - Abdominal cancer (58)
  • 2013 - Alan Myers (Devo) - Stomach cancer (58)

On This Day
  • 1957 - The Flamingos signed with Decca Records.
  • 1964 - Connie Smith signed with RCA Records.
  • 1965 - John Lennon's A Spaniard in the Works, his second book of poetry, is published.
  • 1966 - The Rolling Stones opened their fifth North American tour in Lynn, MA with supporting acts the Standells and the McCoys.
  • 1966 - Karen and Richard Carpenter are members of a trio that won a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • 1973 - The Blues Project hold a reunion concert in Central Park.
  • 1975 - Ronnie Van Zandt punched bandmate Billy Powell during a Lynyrd Skynyrd show in Louisville, knocking out two of his teeth.
  • 1975 - Clive Davis was indicted for tax evasion.
  • 1978 - Donna Fargo was hospitalized with numbness which would lead to her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
  • 1981 - Marshall Grant, the former bass player for Johnny Cash, sued the singer for $2.6 million.
  • 1982 - The last recording session was held in Nashville's Columbia Studio B with John Anderson.
  • 1988 - UB40's Earl Falconer was sentenced to six months in jail and 12 months license suspension after being involved in an accident that killed his brother.
  • 1989 - Garth Brooks made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1990 - Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block fell through an unlocked trapdoor in the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (NY) and spent the next two days in the hospital.
  • 1990 - Perry Bamonte replaced Roger O'Donnell in the Cure
  • 1992 - Donny Osmond opened in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Toronto where he would stay for the next year.
  • 1992 - Billy Joel received his high school diploma from Hicksville (Long Island) High School. He originally failed to graduate in 1967.
  • 1998 - Johnny Cash is a surprise guest during the set of Kris Kristofferson at Nashville's Witness History II at the Ryman Auditorium. It's his first Nashville appearance since the previous October when he was diagnosed with Shy-Drager Syndrome.
  • 1999 - Eric Clapton auctioned off 100 of his guitars for his Crossroads Rehabilitation Center in Antigua with the 1956 Fender Stratocaster (named Brownie) used to record Layla fetching the largest bid of $497,500.
  • 2000 - Billy Gilman made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12.
  • 2003 - Mariah Carey starts her first tour in three years in Osaka, Japan.
  • 2004 - Eric Clapton holds another auction for the Crossroads Center. This time, a Fender Stratocaster (named Brownie) sells for $959,000.
  • 2005 - The 2005 Glastonbury Festival includes performances by the Killers, the White Stripes, the Kaiser Chiefs, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream, the Basement Jaxx and more.
  • 2012 - Glen Campbell made his final appearance at the Hollywood Bowl including an opening half that included performances from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne.
  • 2014 - Ben Folds wrote an open letter to the city of Nashville to save the historic RCA Studio A.
  • 2016 - A court concluded that Led Zeppelin did not copy the signature guitar intro to Stairway to Heaven from the Spirit song Taurus.

Marriages
  • 1962 - Wynn Stewart and Claire Douthit
  • 1995 - Daryle Singletary and Kerry Harvick
  • 2000 - Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Adrian Pasdar

Recorded
  • 1968 - Memories - Elvis Presley

Released
  • 1968 - Friends - Beach Boys
  • 1972 - I Am Woman - Helen Reddy (single)
  • 1974 - Endless Summer - Beach Boys
  • 1974 - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (single)
  • 1980 - Hold Out - Jackson Browne
  • 1982 - Stink - Replacements
  • 1986 - Time's Incinerator - Soul Asylum
  • 1997 - Generation Swine - Motley Crue
  • 2003 - Elephunk - Black Eyed Peas
  • 2003 - Hotel Paper - Michelle Branch
  • 2003 - Dangerously in Love - Beyonce (solo debut)
  • 2008 - The Sound of Madness - Shinedown
  • 2008 - Saints of Los Angeles - Motley Crue

Broadcasts
  • 1966 - Where the Action Is - Association (national network TV debut), Petula Clark, Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • 1969 - Maida Vale (BBC) - Led Zeppelin
  • 1977 - Midnight Special - Gregg Allman (host), Elvin Bishop, Booker T & the M.G.'s, Bad Company, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jennifer Warnes
  • 2007 - CMT Crossroads - Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson
  • 2011 - CMT Crossroads - Luke Bryan and the Doobie Brothers
  • 2016 - CMT Crossroads - Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1989 - Satisfied - Richard Marx (1 week)
  • 2000 - Be With You - Enrique Iglesias (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1967 - Headquarters - Monkees (1 week)
  • 1995 - P.U.L.S.E. - Pink Floyd (1 week)
  • 2006 - Decemberunderground - AFI (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1972 - Lean on Me - Bill Withers (1 week)
  • 1995 - One More Chance / Stay With Me - Notorious B.I.G. (9 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1972 - That's Why I Love You Like I Do - Sonny James (1 week)
  • 1978 - I'll Be True to You - Emmylou Harris (1 week)
  • 1989 - I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - Rosanne Cash (1 week)
  • 1995 - Texas Tornado - Tracy Lawrence (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1967 - Stop! and Think It Over - Perry Como (1 week)
  • 1989 - If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Unchained Melody - Jimmy Young (3 weeks)
  • 1965 - I'm Alive - Hollies (1 week)
  • 1989 - Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) - Soul II Soul (4 weeks)
  • 2000 - You See the Trouble With Me - Black Legend (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1989 - Flowers in the Dirt - Paul McCartney (1 week)
  • 1995 - HIStory: Past, Present & Future Book 1 - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 2000 - 7 - S Club 7 (1 week)
  • 2006 - Under the Iron Sea - Keane (2 weeks)

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