Today in Oldies Music History: June 4
Today In Oldies Music History: June 4--
Births1930: Morgana King
1937: Freddy Fender
1940: Cliff Bennett (Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers)
1944: Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas)
1944: Roger Ball (The Average White Band)
1945: Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon)
1953: Jimmy McCulloch (Thunderclap Newman, Wings)
Deaths1973: Murry Wilson
1994: Derek Leckenby (Herman's Hermits)
1997: Ronnie Lane (The Faces)
2001: John Hartford
2007: Freddie Scott
Events1942: The label started the year before by songwriter Johnny Mercer, Liberty Records, is now renamed Capitol, becoming the first major West Coast US label. New label head Glenn Wallichs comes up with the idea of sending free copies of Capitol 78s to radio stations, thus becoming the first record promoter.
1956: Gene Vincent makes his stage debut, performing in his hometown of Norfolk, VA.
1962: The Beatles sign their first record contract with EMI, though it's merely to produce a series of demos. The band will have to pass its upcoming audition to get signed to make actual records.
1964: The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
1964: The Beatles finish filming on their first movie, A Hard Day's Night.
1966: Janis Joplin arrives in San Francisco, having been invited there by Big Brother and the Holding Company in order to become their new lead singer.
1967: At the Emmy Awards in New York, The Monkees wins the statuette for Outstanding Comedy Series.
1968: Brian Jones goes on trial in London for his arrest in May on marijuana possession charges.
1969: Nicky Hopkins leaves the Jeff Beck Group.
1971: ABC-TV's Bobby Sherman TV Special airs, featuring guest stars 5th Dimension.
1972: Pink Floyd begin to record their next album, tentatively titled Eclipse, at Abbey Road Studios in London. It would eventually be released as Dark Side of the Moon.
1979: US President Jimmy Carter hosts Chuck Berry, who plays a concert for The First Family at the White House.
1986: After a years-long court battle, the producers of the Beatle tribute Beatlemania! are forced to pay Apple $10 million in royalties.
1992: Priscilla Presley announces that the winner of the USPS Elvis stamp battle is the earlier "Thin Elvis" stamp, which got more votes than the '70s "Fat Elvis" stamp by a factor of three to one.
1994: The alt-rock supergroup who performed the Beatles' songs in the biopic Backbeat reconvenes for a performance at the MTV Music Awards.
1998: Ray Charles reunites with his legendary touring band in Chicago to perform in celebration of his 50th year in show business.
Releases1962: The Beach Boys, "Surfin' Safari"
1963: The Searchers, "Sweets For My Sweet"
1969: The Beatles, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" b/w "Old Brown Shoe"
Recording1964: The Beatles, "Slow Down"
1968: The Beatles, "Revolution 1"
1970: Bob Dylan: "Bring Me Water," "Three Angels," "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," "Big Yellow Taxi," "New Morning"
1970: Elvis Presley: "Twenty Days And Twenty Nights," "I've Lost You," "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago," "The Sound Of Your Cry," "Faded Love," "The Fool," "A Hundred Years From Now," "Little Cabin On The Hill," "Cindy, Cindy"
1970: Carlos Santana, "Black Magic Woman"