June 20th: On this day
1948, Toast Of The Town, which would later be called The Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS-TV. The first show was produced on a budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night’s program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
1953, Eddie Fisher was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Walking Behind You’. The American singer had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher on NBC from 1953 – 1957.
1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Like It’, the group’s second No.1.
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’ and ‘Hallo Spaceboy’.
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.
1971, On this week’s UK singles chart, No.5, Tammi Lynn, ‘I’m Gonna Run Away From You’, No.4, Blue Mink, ‘The Banner Man’, No.3, Tony Christie, ‘I Did What I Did For Maria’, No.2, Dawn, ‘Knock Three Times’, and at No.1, Middle Of The Road ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’, the Scottish group’s only No.1 hit.
1973, Neil Diamond appeared on the 20th anniversary show of American Bandstand. The US TV show also featured Little Richard, Cheech and Chong, Paul Revere and the Raiders and Three Dog Night.
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.
1986, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual ‘Prince’s Trust Rock Gala’ held in London.
1987, The Firm were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Star Trekkin’, a novelty song parodying the characters of Star Trek.
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.
1995, Jeff Buckley played the first night of a UK tour at The Queens Hall, Edinburgh.
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, Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Korn, Pantera, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter all appeared at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, England.
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.
1999, Dutch-based dance act The Vengaboys went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!’
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, Britney Spears went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Everytime’, the singers fifth UK No.1. Velvet Revolver were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Contraband.’
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.
2009, Dave Matthews Band went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’, the bands seventh studio album.
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.
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, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 UK No.6 single ‘Charlie Brown’).
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’.
1967, Born on this day, Murphy Karges, Sugar Ray, (1999 UK No. 10 single ‘Every Morning’).
1968, 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 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’).
1979, Born on this day, Charlotte Hatherley, guitar, vocals, Ash, (1995 UK No.11 single ‘Girl From Mars’).