Music History: June 10
2016 Rick Astley releases 50, his first album of original songs in 23 years, in the UK. It goes to #1 its first week.
2011 Jack White and British model Karen Elson throw a "divorce party" to celebrate their amicable breakup. White was previously married to his White Stripes bandmate Meg White.
2010 Appearing at Milan's PalaSharp Arena to promote his self-titled solo record, Slash, in the midst of performing the Guns N' Roses classic "Sweet Child o' Mine," is tackled by a concertgoer. The guitarist bravely keeps on rocking, eventually switching guitars and finishing the song. Afterward, Slash described the night as "a kick-ass rock show."
2009 Barry Beckett, record producer and session musician of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, dies in Hendersonville, Tennessee, at age 66.
2008 Lil Wayne releases Tha Carter III.
2005 Ottawa Governor General Adrienne Clarkson officially makes Paul Anka an Officer of the Order of Canada.
2003 Following a four-year hiatus, Fountains of Wayne reunite in order to release Welcome Interstate Managers. The album spawns the hit single "Stacy's Mom."
2003 The Luther Vandross album Dance With My Father is released two months after the singer suffered a debilitating stroke. The album goes to #1 in America and the title track wins the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, but Vandross dies on July 1, 2005.
1992 Model Kelly Emberg has her palimony suit against Rod Stewart thrown out.
1991 In his first public appearance since being released from prison in February, James Brown stars in the Pay-Per-View concert special James Brown: Living in America. For $19.95, viewers can see Brown perform at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles along with MC Hammer, Bell Biv DeVoe, C+C Music Factory, Kool Moe Dee and En Vogue.
1991 The Temptations' Eddie Kendricks is arrested at the funeral of fellow Temptations member David Ruffin for non-payment of child support.
1991 Temptation David Ruffin's funeral is held in Detroit, with attendees including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and former bandmate Eddie Kendricks, who is arrested at the service for failure to pay child support.
1989 De La Soul's debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising, debuts at #24 on the Billboard 200 chart. On the same day, "Me, Myself and I" hits #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
1988 Steve Sanders (baritone singer, guitarist for The Oak Ridge Boys) dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 45.
1986 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert in their hometown of Denver, Colorado.
1982 R&B singer Addie "Micki" Harris (of The Shirelles) dies at age 42 after suffering a heart attack during a performance in Atlanta, Georgia.
1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's Grease duet "You're The One That I Want" hits #1 in the US.
1978 R&B singer LeMisha Grinstead (of 702) is born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1978 Joe Walsh releases "Life's Been Good."
1975 The Eagles release One Of These Nights.
1973 R&B singer Faith Evans is born in Lakeland, Florida.
1972 Sammy Davis, Jr.'s "The Candy Man" hits #1.
1971 Elvis Presley records "My Way," and "I'll Be Home On Christmas Day."
1971 Police fire tear gas into the rowdy crowd at tonight's Jethro Tull concert in Denver, but the band continues playing even though some of them have trouble seeing their instruments.
1971 Joel "Jo-Jo" Hailey (of K-Ci & JoJo) is born in Monroe, North Carolina.
1970 Earl Grant, a pop singer known for hits like "Ebb Tide" throughout the '50s and '60s, dies in a car accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico, at age 39.
1969 With his father Jerry Lewis as guest host, Gary Lewis performs "This Diamond Ring" on The Tonight Show with his band Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
1967 The Monkees record "Pleasant Valley Sunday."
1967 Outdoor rock: California's Magic Mountain Music Festival features Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and The Byrds - the crowd of 15,000 will be dwarfed by the 200,000 at the Monterey Pop Festival the following weekend.
1967 Stevie Wonder releases "I Was Made To Love Her."
1966 Steve Marriott of Small Faces collapses while performing on the British show Ready Steady Go!, forcing the band to cancel a week of shows.
1966 Janis Joplin makes her singing debut with Big Brother & the Holding Company at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
1966 Elvis Presley releases Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
1965 Joey Santiago (lead guitarist for Pixies) is born in Manila, Philippines.
1964 Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins) is born in Joliet, Illinois.
1964 Elvis Presley records "Puppet On A String," "The Meanest Girl In Town," and "Girl Happy."
1961 Reggae vocalist Maxi Priest is born in Lewisham, London, England.
1958 Elvis Presley records "I Need Your Love Tonight," "A Big Hunk O' Love," "Ain't That Loving You, Baby?," and "A Fool Such As I."
1950 The Ames Brothers' "Sentimental Me" hits #1.
1944 Rick Price (bassist for The Move, Wizzard) is born in Birmingham, England.
1941 Soul singer Shirley Owens Alston (of The Shirelles) is born in Henderson, North Carolina.
1941 Janet Vogel (soprano singer of The Skyliners) is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1934 English composer Frederick Delius dies at age 72.
1910 Chicago blues singer Howlin' Wolf is born Chester Arthur Burnett in White Station, Mississippi.
2000 Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP begins an eight-week run at #1 in the US.
1990 Members of the rap group 2 Live Crew are arrested on charges of public obscenity after performing songs from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be in a Hollywood, Florida, nightclub. A few days earlier, a federal court ruled the album obscene, and therefore performing it is against the law. It gets even more ridiculous when a cover band performs the songs for the purpose of getting arrested, which they do. Eventually, the ruling is overturned and charges against the rappers (and cover band) are dropped.
1976 Paul McCartney and Wings set a new indoor concert attendance record of 67,100 at the newly-opened Kingdome in Seattle.
1922 Judy Garland is born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.