June 9


Today In Music History

1959 : Bobby Darin makes his Las Vegas debut, opening for George Burns at the Sahara Hotel.

1962 : Tony Bennett plays Carnegie Hall in New York for the first time.

1963 : The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles’ fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them.

1964 : During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded Mr. Tambourine Man at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. This was the first session for the Another Side Of Bob Dylan, which saw Dylan recording fourteen original compositions that night. The Byrds later recorded a version of Mr. Tambourine Man that was released as their first single and reached No.1 on both the US & UK Chart. The Byrds’ recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk-rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single’s success.

1966 : Elvis Presley’s movie, Paradise, Hawaiian Style is sneak-previewed in Memphis (it opens nationally a month later).

1967 : Pink Floyd played two gigs in one day, the first at the College of Commerce in Hull, and then the UFO at The Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road, London, England.

1969 : The Rolling Stones replace founding member Brian Jones with Mick Taylor. Jones, who says he’s leaving to “play my kind of music,” is found dead less than a month later at his home.

1970 : Bob Dylan receives an honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University.

1971 : Paul McCartney’s “Ram” is certified gold.

1972 : Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing 4 sold-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Art Garfunkel were among music stars that attended the shows. The shows were recorded and became the album ‘Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garden’.

1972 : Bruce Springsteen signs with Columbia Records and begins recording his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

1975 : Windsor Davies and Don Estelle were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whispering Grass.’ It was a spin-off from the BBC TV sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. Originally recorded by The Ink Spots in 1940.

1977 : Divorce final: George and Patti Harrison.

1978 : The Rolling Stones released Some Girls, their first studio album recorded with Ronnie Wood as a full member. The album cover was designed by Peter Corriston and featured The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads. The cover immediately ran into trouble when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened legal action.

1979 : The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love You inside Out’, the group’s 9th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.

1984 : Cyndi Lauper started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Time After Time’ a No.3 hit in the UK. Lauper co-wrote ‘Time After Time’ with Philadelphia based Rob Hyman of The Hooters.

1990 : Englandneworder started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘World In Motion’. England’s song for the World Cup in 1990, following their No.1 in 1970. In the game they were knocked out by Germany on both occasions.

1990 : M.C. Hammer’s debut album started a record breaking 21 week stay at the top of the US album charts, making it the longest uninterrupted stay at the top since the album charts started.

1990 : Michael Jackson was admitted to hospital with a mystery illness. It was later diagnosed as an inflamed cartilage in his rib cage.

1990 : Bailiffs repossessed the mansion owned by the group 5 Star after non-payment of the mortgage. The group had achieved 15 top 20 hits over five years.

1990 : Wilson Phillips went to No.1 on the US with ‘Hold On’. 25 years earlier to the day Wendy and Carnies father Beach Boy Brian had been at No.1 with ‘Help Me Rhonda’.

1993 : The Tina Turner biographical film, What’s Love Got To Do With It opens.

1994 : After a fight with boyfriend and NFL star Andre Rison, TLC singer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes sets douses Rison’s tennis shoes with lighter fluid and sets them on fire in a bathtub. The fire quickly melts the plexiglass tub and catches onto the frame of the house. Rison’s mansion is burned to the ground causing damage worth $2 million and Lopes is charged with first degree arson. She is sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

1998 : Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London.

1998 : The Ronettes appeared in the Supreme Court of New York for their lawsuit against producer Phil Spector. The Ronettes, whose hits included ‘Be My Baby’ and ‘Walking In The Rain’, claimed that Spector had breached the group’s 34-year-old contract by paying the members no royalties since 1963. Although The Ronettes went on to win the case, the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the decision in October, 2002, saying that the contract the Ronettes signed with Spector in 1963 was still binding.

2002 : It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music.

2003 : Former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating raised more than $170,000 for cancer charities during a 23 day walk from the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim to Kinsale in County Cork. He visited 610 towns along the way, walking an average of 32km (20 miles) each day.

2007 : George Michael became the first music artist to perform at the new Wembley Stadium in London when he played the first of two shows at the venue during his ’25 Live Tour’.

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