June 21st: On this day
1955, Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.
1963, The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berks. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club in Windsor, Berkshire, was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1966, Reg Calvert manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. (Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline). Smedley was later cleared of the murder.
1966, Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at The Marquee Club London.
1966, After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966, Tom Jones needed 14 stitches in his forehead after his Jaguar was involved in a car crash in Marble Arch, London.
1966, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1968, Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College, Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the ‘Trip Machine’ was dismantled and taken away by the police.
1972, The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, England culminating on the summer solstice. Staged between 1972 and 1984, acts who have appeared include Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Buster Blood Vessel, Crass, Selector, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, The Raincoats, Amazulu, Wishbone Ash, Man, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Enid, Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Ted Chippington, Zorch and Ozric Tentacles.
1975, Elton John, The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Rufus and The Eagles all appeared in front of 120,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London. Tickets cost £3.50 ($5.95).
1975, Captain and Tennille started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Sedaka song ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. The duo of husband and wife “Captain” Daryl Dragon and Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille had worked as backup musicians for Elton John and Neil Sedaka.
1975, Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow. The group went through many line-up changes with, Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, and Doogie White all being members.
1977, Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.
1979, Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground’s first drummer died of tuberculosis aged 34. He quit the band in 1965.
1980, German orchestra leader and songwriter Bert Kaempfert died aged 56. Both Frank Sinatra (Strangers In The Night) and Elvis Presley (Wooden Heart) covered his songs. Kaempfert released over 50 albums. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on recording sessions for Polydor, (these were the Beatles’ first commercial recordings).
1980, all appeared at Knebworth ’80, Knebworth Park, England, tickets £9.00.
1980, French police arrested all members of The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.
1986, Genesis scored their fourth UK No.1 album with their 13th studio album ‘Invisible Touch’. It remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it the most commercially successful album of their career, eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide and produced five US Top 5 singles, including the title track.
1992, The Orb released ‘Blue Room’ the single had a duration of 39 minutes and 58 seconds, two seconds shorter than the maximum permitted for a single under UK chart rules. The single peaked at No.8.
1994, George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn’t be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.
1998, Bobby Brown was arrested on charges of sexual battery after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.
2000, 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001, John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Dimples’ and ‘I’m In The Mood’. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.
2011, American band Maroon 5 released ‘Moves Like Jagger’, featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics refered to a male’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. The single peaked at No.1 on the US chart.
2011, People magazine reported that 75-year-old Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I still love making music,” said Campbell. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”
2015, Apple Music reversed its payment policy, a day after Taylor Swift said she was refusing to allow the company to stream her latest album 1989. In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers, saying “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” Apple now said it would pay artists for music streamed during trial periods.
June 21st: Born on this day
1932, Born on this day, Lalo Schifrin, composer and arranger of film soundtracks, (1976 UK No.14 single Jaws’).
1936, Born on this day, O.C. Smith, singer, (1968 US No.1 single ‘Little Green Apples’ and 1968 UK No.2 single ‘The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp’). He died on November 23rd 2001.
1944, Born on this day, Ray Davies, guitar, vocals, The Kinks, (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 ‘You Really Got Me’, 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Waterloo Sunset’ plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles. 1983 US No.6 single ‘Come Dancing’).
1944, Born on this day, Miguel Vicens, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘Black Is Black’). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single.
1944, Born on this day, Jon Hiseman, drums, Colosseum, (1969 album, ‘Valentyne Suite’).
1945, Born on this day, Chris Britton, guitar, The Troggs (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’).
1948, Born on this day, Joey Molland, guitar, vocals, Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 and US No.7 single ‘Come And Get It’).
1949, Born on this day, Greg Munford, Strawberry Alarm Clock, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Incense And Peppermints’).
1950, Born on this day, Joey Kramer, drums, Aerosmith (1989 UK No.13 single ‘Love In An Elevator’, 1989 album ‘Pump’ spent 53 weeks on the US charts, 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘Get A Grip’, 1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’).
1951, Born on this day, Alan Silson, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How To Love Me’).
1953, Born on this day, Nils Lofgren, guitar, piano, vocals. He joined Neil Young’s band at age 17, playing piano on the album After the Gold Rush. From 1971 to 1974 recorded four albums with his own band, Grin. Solo 1976 UK No.8 album, ‘Cry Tough’. Joined Bruce Springsteen E Street Band in 1984. And member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band.
1957, Born on this day, Mark Brzezicki, drums, Big Country, (1983 UK No.10 single ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
1959, Born on this day, Marcella Detroit, vocals, Shakespears Sister, (1992 UK No.1 single ‘Stay’).
1967, Born on this day, Tim Simenon, Bomb The Bass, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘Beat Dis’).
1968, Born on this day, Sonia Clarke, (Sonique), singer, DJ, 2000 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘It Feels So Good’.
1969, Born on this day, Pat Sansone, multi-instrumentalist, Wilco, (2004 album ‘A Ghost Is Born’).
1975, Born on this day, Lee Gaze, lead guitarist, Lostprophets, (2006 UK No.1 album ‘Liberation Transmission’).
1976, Born on this day, Michael Einziger, Incubus, (2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album ‘A Crow Left of the Murder’’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Light Grenades’).
1981, Born on this day, Brandon Flowers, vocals, keyboards, The Killers, who scored the 2005 UK No.1 with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss’. In 2010, Flowers released a solo album, entitled Flamingo which peaked at No.1 on the UK charts.
1985, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, Lana Del Rey, (born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant). In 2011 a music video for her debut single ‘Video Games’ created by Del Rey was posted on YouTube and became a viral internet hit with over 20 million views.