June 8th: On this day
1963, The Crystals’ ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ peaked at No.3 on the US singles chart. Produced by Phil Spector, who used a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that become known as a “wall of sound”. Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blain on drums and Nino Tempo on sax.
1967, Procol Harum were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ the group’s only UK No.1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.
1967, The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart.
1969, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts visited Brian Jones at his home in Cotchford Farm to discuss his future in the group. The Stones later issued a press statement saying that Brian was leaving The Rolling Stones.
1970, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.
1974, Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with Monkey Grip, (it peaked at No.39 in the UK and No.99 in the US). The album featured guest appearances by, Dr John, Leon Russell and Lowell George.
1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album’s release.
1974, Dolly Parton was at No.1 on the US country chart with ‘I Will Always Love You’. Elvis Presley indicated that he wanted to cover the song. Parton was interested until Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her that it was standard procedure for the songwriter to sign over half of the publishing rights to any song Elvis recorded. Parton refused. ‘I Will Always Love You’ later became a worldwide No.1 hit for Whitney Houston in 1992 when featured in The Bodyguard.
1974, Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Band On The Run’ his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK. McCartney later stated that George Harrison unwittingly contributed the first line of one part of the song: “If we ever get out of here” when he said it during one of the many Beatles’ business meetings.
1985, Tears For Fears started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, the group’s first US No.1. In 1986, the song won Best Single at the Brit Awards. Band member and co-writer Roland Orzabal argued that the song deserved to win the Ivor Novello International Hit of the Year award, claiming that the winner, ’19’ by Paul Hardcastle – was not an actual song, but only a “dialogue collage.”
1985, The Style Council scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘Our Favourite Shop’.
1987, Yogi Horton a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumped to his death from a 17th floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of Living in the shadow of Vandross Also worked with The B-52’s, Diana Ross and Debbie Harry.
1989, At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991, Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home in California.
1991, Color Me Bad had their only UK No.1 single with ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’. The song was a No.2 hit in the US where some radio stations edited out the word “sex” with disc jockeys announcing the song ‘I Wanna Love You Up’.
1991, Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘More Than Words’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1996, The Fugees scored their first UK No.1 single with their version of the Roberta Flack 1973 hit ‘Killing Me Softly’. The song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel in 1971 was inspired by Lori Lieberman’s poem ‘Killing Me Softly with His Blues’, written having seen a performance by US singer, songwriter Don McLean.
1998, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London.
2001, AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45).
2002, Months of secrecy surrounding Paul McCartney’s wedding plans were blown when John Leslie the owner of the 17th century Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan, let slip to reporters that Sir Paul had booked the Castle for the wedding.
2003, Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Me To Life.’ The song won a Grammy Award in 2004 for the Best Hard Rock performance.
2003, Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with their triple live album How The West Was Won, the band’s seventh US No.1 album. The performances were from the band’s 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972.
2007, George Michael was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court, north London. The 43-year-old who was arrested last October after being found slumped at the steering wheel of his car pleaded guilty to driving while unfit, blaming “tiredness and prescribed drugs” for the offence.
2008, Mint Royale started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing In The Rain’. This version was used by the winner of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent. ‘Singing In The Rain’ was famously featured in the 1952 film of the same name. The film starred Gene Kelly, whose sampled voice can be heard on this version.
2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry.
2012, Lauryn Hill was charged with willfully failing to file income tax returns in the US. Authorities said the singer earned more than $1.6m (£1.03m) during the three years that she failed to file returns. US prosecutors said her main source of income during the period 2005 – 2007 was royalties from her music and films. According to court papers, the 37-year-old owned four corporations – Creations Music, Boogie Tours, LH Productions 2001 and Studio 22.
June 8th: Born on this day
1940, Born on this day, Nancy Sinatra, US singer, actress, (1966 UK & US No.1 single ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’). With her father Frank she became the first father and daughter team ever to score a UK No.1 single with the 1967 hit ‘Somethin’ Stupid’.
1940, Born on this day, Sherman Garnes, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, (1956 UK No.1 and US No.6 single ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’). Garnes died February 26th 1977.
1941, Born on this day, Clarence Haskins, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1942, Born on this day, Chuck Negron, vocals, Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’).
1944, Born on this day, Boz Scaggs, US singer, member of The Marksmen with Steve Miller, The Wigs, solo, (1976 US No.3 single ‘Lowdown’, 1977 US No.11 and UK No.13 single ‘Lido Shuffle’).
1947, Born on this day, Mick Box, guitar, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album ‘Return To Fantasy’).
1953, Born on this day, Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer, who scored the 1983 UK & US No.1 single ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’, as well as hits with ‘Lost in France’ and ‘It’s a Heartache’.
1953, Born on this day, Jeff Rich, drums, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus over 50 other UK Top 75 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Mick Hucknall, singer, songwriter, Simply Red, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Holding Back The Years’, 1995 UK No.1 single ‘Fairground’ and 1991 UK No.8 single ‘Stars’, world-wide No.1 1991 album ‘Stars’).
1962, Born on this day, Nick Rhodes, keyboards, Duran Duran who had 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 Arcadia who had the 1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’. In March 2013, he released the TV Mania side project with ex-Duran Duran guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.
1965, Born on this day, Rob Pilatus, vocals, Milli Vanilli, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’). He died of a drug and alcohol overdose on April 2nd 1998.
1966, Born on this day, Doris Pearson, 5 Star, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘System Addict’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1967, Born on this day, Neil Mitchell, keyboards, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Love Is All Around’, which spent 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).
1970, Born on this day, Nicci Gilbert, Brownstone, US female group, (1995 UK No.8 single, ‘If You Love Me’).
1971, Born on this day, Jef Streatfield, guitar, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single ‘Sick Of Drugs’).
1977, Born on this day, Kayne West, US rapper, producer, worked with Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Ludacris. Solo, (2005 US No.1 single ‘Gold Digger’, 2005 US No.1 album ‘Late Registration’, 2007 World-wide No.1 album ‘Graduation’).
1981, Born on this day, Alex Band, American musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his hit with The Calling ‘Wherever You Will Go’.
1985, Born on this day, Jamie Shaw, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Sacred Trust/After You’re Gone’).
1989, Born on this day, Richard Fleeshman, English actor and singer-songwriter. His television appearances have included a role in Coronation Street.