June 20th: On this Day
1965, The Beatles began a 14-day European tour with two performances at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France. The Beatles’ set list for this tour: ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘She’s a Woman’, ‘I’m a Loser’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Baby’s In Black’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Ticket to Ride’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.
1969, David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at Trident Studios London. The track went on to become a UK No.1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ and ‘Blackstar’.
1969, The first of a three day Festival in Newport, California, featuring: Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A three day ticket cost $15 (£8.80). Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.
1974, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.
1981, Stars on 45 went to No.1 on the US singles chart, a medley of Beatles songs set to a disco beat. It was the start of a flood of ‘Stars On’ hits including Stars on Stevie Wonder, punk songs, Status Quo and Chas & Dave.
1987, Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour. Over the years the venue has been the home to the Texxas Jam, which has featured Deep Purple, Boston, Journey, Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Blue Öyster Cult, Sammy Hagar, Rush, Nazareth, Styx, Foghat, Santana and The Eagles. Eric Clapton notably held his first massive 3-day Crossroads Guitar Festival here in 2004.
1992, Mariah Carey scored her sixth US No.1 single with ‘I’ll Be There’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The song was also a US No.1 for The Jackson Five in 1970.
1997, Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops died from liver cancer aged 59. (1965 US No.1 single ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, 1967 UK No.6 single ‘Standing In The Shadows of Love’).
1998, Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Lions ’98’ released for the football World Cup 98.
1999, Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Synkronized’, the group’s second No.1 album.
2000, The Ronettes were awarded $2.6 million (£1.5 million) in back earnings from Phil Spector. New York judge Paula Omansky ruled that the legendary producer had cheated them out of royalties.
2004, Organisers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.
2006, Claydes Charles Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & the Gang died aged 57 after a long illness. They had the 1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Celebration’ and 15 other Top 40 hits.
2008, American singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett’s earnings at $44 million.
2014, Songs by Elvis Presley, ABBA and the Spice Girls were among those being used in research that hoped to unlock the secret of how our memory works. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam had created an online game in an attempt to shed light on why some tunes get stuck in your head. Fans were asked to identify song clips and compare them by their catchiness.
2016, Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for ‘Stairway To Heaven’. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band were accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, Taurus.
June 20th: Born on this day
1920, Born on this day, Danny Cedrone American guitarist and bandleader, best known for his work with Bill Haley & His Comets. Cedrone played the lead guitar break on ‘Rock Around the Clock’ with Bill Haley and His Comets. He died on 17th June 1954, ten days after the session, of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.
1924, Born on this day, Chet Atkins, guitarist, 1960 UK No.46 single ‘Teensville’. Recorded over 100 albums during his career, major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. Atkins died on June 30th 2001, aged 77.
1936, Born on this day, Billy Guy, The Coasters. The American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group scored the 1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, the 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’, as well as ‘Young Blood’ and ‘Poison Ivy’.
1936, Born on this day, Mickie Most, record producer. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50’s. Produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own label, RAK during the 1970’s, hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud. Most died on May 30th 2003, aged 67.
1937, Born on this day, Jerry Keller, US singer, (1959 UK No.1 and US No. 14 single ‘Here Comes Summer’). A One Hit Wonder in the UK.
1942, Born on this day, Brian Wilson American singer, songwriter with The Beach Boys who scored the 1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘Good Vibrations’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles. The 1966 classic album Pet Sounds is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history. Wilson released and toured the ‘lost’ Beach Boys ‘Smile’ album in 2004.
1946, Born on this day, Anne Murray, singer, songwriter, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.22 single ‘You Needed Me’).
1948, Born on this day, Don Airey, keyboards, Deep Purple since 2002.
1949, Born on this day, Lionel Richie, vocals, keyboards, The Commodores, (1978 UK & US No.1 single ‘Three Times A Lady’) solo, (1984 UK & US No.1 single ‘Hello’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 hit singles).
1953, Born on this day, Alan Longmuir, Bay City Rollers, (1975 UK No.1 single ‘Bye Bye Baby’, plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles’, 1976 US No.1 single ‘Saturday Night’).
1954, Born on this day, Michael Anthony, bass guitarist, Van Halen and other acts. Anthony markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony.
1958, Born on this day, Kelly Johnson, Girlschool, (1981 UK No.5 single with Motorhead, ‘St Valentines Massacre EP’).
1958, Born on this day, Simon Underwood, Pigbag, (1982 UK No.3 single ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag’).
1960, Born on this day, Chris Gibson, The Gibson Brothers, (1979 UK No.5 single ‘Que Sera Mi Vida’).
1960, Born on this day, John Taylor, bass and co-founder of Duran Duran who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’, plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’. Also a member of The Power Station who had the 1985 UK No.14 single ‘Some Like It Hot’.
1962, Born on this day, American musician Amir Derakh who has worked with Julien-k, Dead By Sunrise and Rough Cutt.
1967, Born on this day, Murphy Karges, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single ‘Every Morning’).
1971, Born on this day, Jeordie Osborne White (Twiggy Ramirez), bass, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, ‘Mechanical Animals’, UK No. 12 single, ‘The Dope Show’). Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album ‘White Teeth’). Also a member of Goon Moon, Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle.
1971, Born on this day, Ian Matthews drummer with Kasabian. Their 2014 release 48:13 became their fourth UK No.1 album.
1972, Born on this day, Chino Moreno, vocals, Deftones, (2003 US No.2 & UK No.7 album ‘Deftones’). Also a member of the side-project groups Team Sleep, Crosses, Saudade, and Palms.
1979, Born on this day, Charlotte Hatherley, guitar, vocals, Ash, (1995 UK No.11 single ‘Girl From Mars’). Also worked with Client, KT Tunstall and Bat for Lashes.
1982, Born on this day, Elliot Gleave, better known by his stage name Example, English singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer. His second studio album, Won’t Go Quietly, peaked at No.4 on the UK Albums Chart.