Saturday, June 23, 2018

More Music History for June 23, 2018 (Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival + others)

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1965 -

June 23
Motown Records releases "Tracks Of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles. The song was written by the group, based on a riff that Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin had come up with. Their version would reach number 16 on the US Pop charts, while Johnny Rivers' rendition would reach number 10 two years later.

June 23
The Yardbirds played at The City Hall in Salisbury, England. Admission: 10 shillings ($1.40).

1967 -

June 23
Aretha Franklin records "Chain Of Fools", which will become the sixth of her forty-five Billboard Top 40 hits, reaching #2 in the US the following January.

June 23
Arthur Conley receives a Gold record for "Sweet Soul Music", a song that reached number two in the US on both the Pop and R&B charts. It was one of nine records that Conley put on the Billboard charts between 1967 and 1970.

1972 -

June 23
Smokey Robinson appears in concert for the last time with The Miracles in Washington, DC. After enjoying 27 Billboard Top 40 hits with the group, Robinson would go on to have nine more as a solo artist while The Miracles would have just two without him.

1973 -

June 23
23-year-old B.W. Stevenson records "My Maria", which will reach #9 in the US later in the year. Although his real first name was Louis, he used the initials B.W., which stood for Buck Wheat.

1975 -

June 23
Alice Cooper broke six of his ribs after he fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver. Several dates on his Welcome to My Nightmare tour had to be cancelled.

June 23
Jefferson Starship's LP "Red Octopus" was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to number one in the US and became the band's biggest seller.

1976 -

June 23
Paul McCartney And Wings complete their Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band's final number and presented his old friend with flowers.

1979 -

June 23
Supertramp's album, "Breakfast in America" rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, "The Logical Song" (#6), "Goodbye Stranger" (#15), and "Take the Long Way Home" (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.

1988 -

June 23
The Jets, an eight piece family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, enjoy their sixth and final US Top 40 hit when "Make It Real" peaks at #4 on the Billboard Pop chart. The lead vocals were handled by 14-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm, who had also led the group to #3 a year earlier with "You Got It All".

1990 -

June 23
Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.

June 23
The decline of the music industry was never more evident than when MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" topped the Billboard R&B chart. By simply talking over Rick James' 1981 hit, "Super Freak", Hammer (real name: Stanley Kirk Burrell) would go on to win Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Song as well as Best Rap Solo Performance.

1994 -

June 23
The one hour stage musical Copacabana, based on the Barry Manilow song, opens in London, England at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it will play for 26 months.

1995 -

June 23
Riding high on the success of "Leave Virginia Alone", Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival, along with Joe Cocker and Elton John.

2003 -

June 23
Diana Ross was in court and testified that she was coerced and felt intimidated to take the breath test that showed her blood alcohol level was 0.2 (well over the 0.08 limit). "He said if I don't take the breath tests, I was either going to go to the hospital or to jail," Diana said. Diana's lawyer has asked for all evidence to be suppressed. After the hearing, Diana asked the judge if it would be possible to have court paperwork processed using her married name of Diana Naess. The City Magistrate said he thought it was "a little late" for that now.

2008 -

June 23
Culture Club frontman Boy George was denied entry into the United States by US authorities who cited looming legal issues overseas. George was arrested in 2007 after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer of false imprisonment and assault.

2010 -

June 23
62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."

June 23
Pete Quaife, the original bassist for The Kinks, died of kidney failure at the age of 66. Quaife played on such early hits as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You" before leaving the group in 1969. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the rest of the original band in 1990.

2013 -

June 23
Bobby "Blue" Bland, who placed three songs on the Billboard Top 40, including 1962's "Turn On Your Love Light", passed away at the age of 83.

2016 -

June 23
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, "Stairway to Heaven". A Los Angeles jury determined that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the band lifted the song's intro from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus".

Today in Music History...June 23, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: June 23rd:


2013 Bobby 'Blue' Bland dies of an undisclosed illness at age 83.

2006 Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys leaves the group to pursue other interests.

2004 St. Andrews University in Scotland presents Bob Dylan with an honorary doctorate in Music.

2003 Diana Ross pleads not guilty to drunk driving charges in Tucson after being discovered with a 0.2 BAC, claiming that the arresting officer threatened her with injury if she didn't take the breath test.

2000 Michael Jackson is sued by a German promoter for $21 million after the singer cancels two once-in-a-lifetime millennial New Year's concerts.

1990 Actor Gary Busey, best-known for his lead role in the controversial 1978 biopic The Buddy Holly Story, purchases one of Buddy's guitars, complete with tooled leather case made by the rocker, in auction for approximately $240,000.

1984 Duffy (Amie Ann Duffy) is born in Gwynedd, Wales. Her 2008 album, Rockferry, is a worldwide smash, but her 2010 follow-up, Endlessly, is a disappointment, and she retreats from the public eye.

1980 The Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue.

1979 Supertramp's LP Breakfast In America hits #1.

1977 Jason Mraz is born in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

1976 Paul McCartney wraps up the Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles, marking the last time the ex-Beatle would tour until 1989.

1975 At a stop in Vancouver on his Welcome To My Nightmare tour, Alice Cooper falls from the stage and breaks six ribs.

1975 Jefferson Starship release Red Octopus.

1973 B.W. Stevenson records "My Maria."

1973 George Harrison's album Living In The Material World hits #1 in America.

1972 Smokey Robinson appears onstage for the last time with his group The Miracles in Washington, DC.

1970 Chubby Checker and three passengers are arrested in Niagara Falls after police discover marijuana and other unidentified capsules in the rocker's car. The charges are later dropped, however.

1970 Ringo Starr records Beaucoups Of Blues.

1970 Elvis Presley releases On Stage: February 1970.

1968 Elvis Presley records "If I Can Dream" and "Memories."

1967 John Entwistle of The Who marries his first wife, childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.

1967 Aretha Franklin records "Chain Of Fools."

1967 The Beatles record "All You Need Is Love."

1967 Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" is certified gold.

1965 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release "The Tracks Of My Tears."

1965 The Kinks play a show in Springfield, Illinois, that they later learn was organized by John Wayne Gacy, who would become a notorious serial killer.

1962 Steve Shelley (drummer for Sonic Youth) is born in Midland, Michigan.

1960 20-year-old Paul Anka opens at New York's Copacabana nightclub, the youngest act ever to do so at the time.

1960 Dean Martin and Judy Holliday sing "Just In Time" in the romantic comedy Bells Are Ringing, an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical.

1959 Eddie Cochran records "Somethin' Else."

1951 Nat King Cole's "Too Young" hits #1.

1950 Gary and Bing Crosby record "Play A Simple Melody," 36 years after its debut in the Irving Berlin musical Watch Your Step.

1944 Rosetta Hightower (lead singer of The Orlons) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1941 Robert Hunter (Grateful Dead lyricist) is born Robert Burns in Oceano, California.

1940 Disco-funk saxophonist Jimmy Castor, known for the 1972 hit "Troglodyte (Cave Man)," is born in Manhattan, New York.

1940 Stu Sutcliffe (original bassist for The Beatles) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1940 British teen idol Adam Faith is born Terence Nelhams-Wright in Acton, London, England. Known for UK chart-toppers "What Do You Want" (1959) and "Poor Me" (1960).

1937 Niki Sullivan (original guitarist for Buddy Holly's Crickets) is born in South Gate, California.

1929 June Carter Cash (of The Carter Family) is born Valerie June Carter in Maces Spring, Virginia, to Maybelle and Ezra Carter.

1907 Eddie Pola, co-writer of the Christmas classic "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," is born in New York City.

Tiffany Begins Her Mall Tour

15-year-old Tiffany starts her Mall Tour at the Bergen Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, performing what in November will be her #1 hit, "I Think We're Alone Now."

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2016 After a trial in which the three living members of Led Zeppelin testified, a jury rules that they are not guilty of plagiarizing the intro of "Stairway To Heaven" from the 1968 song "Taurus" by the band Spirit.

1994 The stage musical Copacabana (based on Barry Manilow's song) opens in London.

1984 Duran Duran's "The Reflex" hits #1 in America. This version is a remix of the album cut done by Chic's Nile Rodgers.

1979 The Charlie Daniels Band release "The Devil Went Down To Georgia." Daniels plays the fiddle parts for both Johnny and the Devil; he says the Devil part is "just a bunch of noise."

1962 Ray Charles' landmark album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music hits #1 in America.