Music Almanac - June 7

Birthdays
  • 1917 - Dean Martin (d. 1995)
  • 1934 - Wynn Stewart (d. 1985)
  • 1940 - Tom Jones
  • 1944 - Clarence White (Byrds) (d. 1973)
  • 1945 - Billy Butler (Enchanters)
  • 1946 - Micky Jones (Man)
  • 1953 - Johnny Clegg
  • 1955 - Joey Scarbury
  • 1956 - L.A. Reid
  • 1956 - Larry Boone
  • 1957 - Paddy McAloon (Prefab Sprout)
  • 1958 - Prince (d. 2016)
  • 1961 - Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal)
  • 1962 - Michael Cartellone (Damn Yankees, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1963 - Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes)
  • 1964 - John "Ecstacy" Fletcher (Whodini)
  • 1966 - Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • 1967 - Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • 1974 - T-Low (Next)
  • 1977 - Randy Ragsdale (Cross Canadian Ragweed)
  • 1985 - Charlie Simpson (Busted, Fightstar)
  • 1988 - Bill Satcher (A Thousand Horses)
  • 1990 - Iggy Azalea
  • 1991 - Fetty Wap (born Willie Maxwell II)
  • 1993 - George Ezra

Deaths
  • 1996 - Courtney Johnson (New Grass Revival) - Lung cancer (56)
  • 1998 - Wally Gold (Four Esquire, wrote It's My Party, It's Now or Never) (70)
  • 1998 - Jerry Capehart (songwriter) - Brain cancer (69)
  • 2001 - Carole Fredericks (singer, sister of Taj Mahal) - Heart attack (49)
  • 2005 - Simon "Si" Waronker (co-founder of Liberty Records)
  • 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
  • 1948 - Roy Acuff qualified to run for governor of Tennessee.
  • 1957 - Don Gibson wrote both Oh, Lonesome Me and I Can't Stop Loving You in one afternoon.
  • 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.
  • 1970 - Arsonists set fire to L.A.'s The Ash Grove.
  • 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.
  • 2002 - Glen Campbell made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 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.
  • 2014 - George Strait played his final tour concert in Arlington, TX with special guests Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Jason Aldean, Lee Ann Womack, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Martina McBride.
  • 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
  • 1973 - Paper Roses - Marie Osmond

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
  • 1959 - The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Johnny Horton
  • 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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