Friday, June 23, 2017

Today in Music History...June 23, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: June 23

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.

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

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.More

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 releases 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 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.

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.

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

1979 The Charlie Daniels Band release "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

1963 Del Shannon's cover of The Beatles' "From Me to You" hits the bottom of the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the first Lennon-McCartney composition to ever make the US charts.

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

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