Music Almanac - June 25

Birthdays
  • 1900 - Joe Beal (songwriter) (d. 1967)
  • 1918 - Sid Tepper (songwriter) (d. 2015)
  • 1922 - Johnny Smith (d. 2013)
  • 1925 - Clifton Chenier (d. 1987)
  • 1935 - Eddie Floyd
  • 1936 - Harold Melvin (d. 1997)
  • 1940 - Clint Warwick (Moody Blues) (d. 2004)
  • 1945 - Carly Simon
  • 1946 - Ian McDonald (King Crimson)
  • 1946 - Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) (d. 2013)
  • 1952 - Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House)
  • 1952 - Brian MacLeod (Chilliwack) (d. 1992)
  • 1954 - David Paich (Toto)
  • 1963 - George Michael (born Georgios Panayiotou) (d. 2016)
  • 1968 - Candyman (born Candell Manson)
  • 1972 - Mike Kroeger (Nickelback)
  • 1991 - Charlie Salt (Blossoms)

Deaths
  • 1976 - Johnny Mercer - Brain tumor (66)
  • 1987 - Boudleaux Bryant - Cancer (67)
  • 1988 - Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Heroin overdose (26)
  • 2006 - Arif Mardin (producer) - Pancreatic cancer (74)
  • 2009 - Michael Jackson - Cardiac arrest (50)
  • 2009 - Sky Saxon (Seeds) - Heart and renal failure due to infection (71)

On This Day
  • 1949 - Billboard magazine changed it's Hillbilly Music chart to Country & Western.
  • 1966 - Jackie Wilson was arrested and charged with inciting a riot and refusing to obey police in Port Arthur, TX. He was eventually just charged with drunkenness and given a $30 fine.
  • 1966 - A concert at the Hollywood Bowl features the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Captain Beefheart, the Lovin' Spoonful, Love and Percy Sledge.
  • 1966 - Willie Nelson made his final appearance as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1967 - Jimi Hendrix played a free show in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco before playing two paying shows at the Fillmore West.
  • 1969 - Mick Taylor performed for the first time with the Rolling Stones.
  • 1976 - David Bryon performed for the last time with Uriah Heep.
  • 1982 - Lew Dewitt retired from the Statler Brothers. Jimmy Fortune was his replacement.
  • 1984 - Patti Scialfa joined the E-Street Band.
  • 1986 - Jenifer Strait, the 13-year-old daughter of George Strait, is killed in a car accident in San Marcos, TX.
  • 1995 - Pearl Jam cancelled their tour as part of their ongoing disagreement with Ticketmaster.
  • 1997 - A warrant is issued in Jamaica for Sade who did not show up for a court date over failure to stop for an officer.
  • 1997 - A concert was held at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with over 70 artists performing for Chet Atkins Day.
  • 2000 - Billy Gilman made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 12.
  • 2003 - The RIAA announced that it would fight internet piracy by suing individual computer users who they found were downloading music.
  • 2003 - Shania Twain and Robbie Robertson were inducted on to the Canadian Walk of Fame.
  • 2011 - The home and studio of Jack Clement was damaged in a fire.
  • 2014 - Beyonce and Jay-Z opened their On the Run Tour in Miami.

Marriages
  • 1980 - Leroy Van Dyke and Gladys
  • 1980 - Lorrie Morgan and Ron Gaddis
  • 2005 - Sophie Ellis Bextor and Richard Jones (The Feeling)
  • 2006 - Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Divorces
  • 1987 - Reba McEntire and Charlie Battles (filed)

Recorded
  • 1965 - Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold
  • 1969 - He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother - Hollies
  • 1974 - I Love My Friend - Charlie Rich

Released
  • 1971 - I Wrote a Simple Song - Billy Preston
  • 1973 - Chicago VI - Chicago
  • 1975 - One Size Fits All - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  • 1976 - Goes to Hell - Alice Cooper
  • 1976 - Softs - Soft Machine
  • 1976 - Whistling Down the Wire - Crosby & Nash
  • 1980 - Huey Lewis & the News - Huey Lewis & the News
  • 1982 - Let Me Rock You - Peter Criss
  • 1982 - The Lexicon of Love - ABC (debut album)
  • 1984 - Purple Rain - Prince
  • 1991 - Attack of the Killer B's - Anthrax
  • 1991 - Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
  • 1996 - Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z (debut)
  • 1996 - Dreamin' Out Loud - Trace Adkins (debut)
  • 2002 - Songs About Jane - Maroon 5 (debut)

Broadcasts
  • 1966 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Neil Diamond (his first national TV appearance)
  • 1967 - Our World - The first worldwide TV Broadcasts with performances by the Beatles (All You Need is Love), the Rolling Stones and the Who.
  • 1976 - Midnight Special - Natalie Cole (host), Captain & Tennille, Electric Light Orchestra, Sonny James, Pratt & McClain, Jethro Tull
  • 1994 - The Roots Of Country: Nashville Celebrates The Ryman (CBS) - Reba McEntire, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Kathy Mattea, Steve Wariner, John Anderson

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1966 - Paperback Writer - Beatles (1 week)
  • 1977 - Got to Give It Up (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye (1 week)
  • 1988 - Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1983 - Flashdance - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • 1988 - OU812 - Van Halen (4 weeks)
  • 1994 - Purple - Stone Temple Pilots (3 weeks)
  • 2005 - X&Y - Coldplay (3 weeks)
  • 2011 - 21 - Adele (1 week (9 previous weeks))

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1955 - Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (2 weeks)
  • 1966 - Ain't Too Proud to Beg - Temptations (4 weeks)
  • 1977 - Best of My Love - Emotions (3 weeks)
  • 1988 - Joy - Teddy Pendergrass (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1983 - Fool For Your Love - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1988 - He's Back and I'm Blue - Desert Rose Band (1 week)
  • 2011 - Honey Bee - Blake Shelton (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1977 - It's Sad to Belong - England Dan & John Ford Coley (5 weeks)
  • 1988 - Make It Real - Jets (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1964 - It's Over - Roy Orbison (2 weeks)
  • 1977 - Show You the Way to Go - Jacksons (1 week)
  • 1988 - I Owe You Nothing - Bros (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1964 - The Sound of Music - Soundtrack (7 weeks (30 previous weeks))
  • 1977 - The Muppet Show - TV Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 1983 - Synchronicity - Police (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We? - Cranberries (1 week)
  • 2011 - Progress - Take That (1 week)

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