June 9th: On this day
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.
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.
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 signed with Columbia Records and started to assemble the E Street Band from various Asbury Park ex-band mates.
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.
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 and 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 Jacksonwas 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 Wilson had been at No.1 with ‘Help Me Rhonda’.
1994, After an argument TLC singer Left Eye set fire to her boyfriend’s Atlanta mansion, worth $2 million (£1.176 million), burning it to the ground. She was charged with arson and fined $10,000 (£5,882) with five years probation.
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.
2003, Former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating raised more than £100,000 ($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’.
2009, Rachel Stevens was robbed of jewellery by three men who followed her into her flat in north London. The men ambushed the former S Club 7 singer as she entered her flat near Regents Park, the items stolen included her engagement ring, a necklace and her watch.
2011, A Belgian music festival, which prides itself on its horse-meat sausages announced it was going meat-free on the day that vegetarian singer Morrissey appeard. The 10-day Lokerse Feesten, which boasts online about sales of sausage rolls and snails, will order stalls to sell vegetarian food only on 4 August, the day Morrissey is due to appear. In 2009, the singer left the stage at California’s Coachella festival saying he could “smell burning flesh”. The booking “meant a welcomed catering challenge for one day”, it added.
June 9th: Born on this day
1891, Born on this day, Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter who wrote countless classic songs, including ‘Night And Day’, ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You’, ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. His most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award for Best Musical. Porter died on 15th Oct 1964.
1915, Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, inventor of the Gibson Les Paul guitar who also had a 1953 UK No.7 single with ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and the US No.7 single ‘Hummingbird’ with Mary Ford featuring his multi-layered recording techniques. He also pioneered ‘close miking’ and echo delay recording. He broke his right arm in a car accident and had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar. Paul died in hospital in White Plains, New York at the age of 94 suffering from severe pneumonia on 13th Aug 2009.
1929, Born on this day, R&B singer Johnny Ace, Billboards ‘most played artist of 1955’. He died playing Russian roulette backstage at a gig on December 25th 1954.
1934, Born on this day, Jackie Wilson, US soul singer. Suffered a heart attack on stage at a New Jersey Club in 1975 and was in a coma until he died on January 21st 1984. Scored 24 US Top 40 hits during late 50’s & 60’s. 1986 UK No.1 single with the re-issued ‘Reet Petite.’ Van Morrison wrote ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
1941, Born on this day, Billy Hatton, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’).
1941, Born on this day, Jon Lord, keyboards, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’), 1973 US No. 4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’). Lord died of cancer on 16th July 2012.
1946, Born on this day, Stuart Edwards, Edison Lighthouse, (1970 UK No.1 single ‘Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes’).
1949, Born on this day, George Bunnell, Strawberry Alarm Clock, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Incense And Peppermints’).
1949, Born on this day, Francis Monkman, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’).
1950, Born on this day, Trevor Boulder, bass, Spiders From Mars and Uriah Heep. Bolder died from cancer on 21st May 2013 at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.
1951, Born on this day, Terry Uttley, Smokie, (1975 UK No.3 single ‘If You Think You Know How to Love Me’).
1953, Born on this day, Errol Kennedy, vocals, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Just An Illusion’).
1954, Born on this day, Peter Byrne, Climie Fisher, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘Love Changes Everything’).
1962, Born on this day, Eddie Lundon, guitar, China Crisis, (1984 UK No.9 single ‘Wishful Thinking’).
1967, Born on this day, Dean Felber, bass, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album ‘Cracked Rear View’ sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single ‘Hold My Hand’).
1970, Born on this day, Ed Simons, keyboards, The Chemical Brothers, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Setting Sun’, 2007 UK No.1 album ‘We Are The Night’ ).
1972, Born on this day, Wesley Reid Scantlin, singer, songwriter, Puddle Of Man.
1978, Born on this day, Matthew Bellamy, guitar, vocals, keyboards, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’). Bellamy won the Sexiest Male Award at the 2007 NME Awards, (and won again in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014).
1980, Born on this day, James Walsh, singer, guitarist, Starsailor, (2001 UK No.2 album ‘Love Is Here’).
1983, Born on this day, Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello), US R&B singer, (2004 UK & Australian No.1 single ‘F.U.R.B.’ (Fuck You Right Back). A response to Eamon’s single ‘Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back’).