Music History: June 3
2016 After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist who was the subject of the 1975 hit "Black Superman," dies of respiratory complications at age 74.
2011 R&B singer Benny Spellman dies of respiratory failure at age 79.
2011 Andrew Gold, who penned what would famously become the theme song to The Golden Girls, dies of heart failure at age 59.
2009 Blues singer Koko Taylor, known for her popular cover of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle," dies of surgical complications after a procedure for gastrointestinal bleeding at age 80.
2006 Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium hits #1 on both the UK and US album charts.
2003 Barry Manilow suffers a broken nose after he accidentally walks into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California, and knocks himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he doesn't endure any lasting effects and doctors determine that surgery is not necessary.
2002 Paul McCartney and Aretha Franklin are the performers at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrating the 50th year of her reign.
2001 Shaggy's "Angel" starts a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart. His album Hot Shot also goes to #1 on the UK albums chart.
2001 Staind's Break The Cycle starts a three-week run at #1 on the US albums chart.
2000 Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested after allegedly trashing his house, threatening his wife's life, and then disappearing. He is captured and ordered to get psychiatric help.
1997 Wu-Tang Forever, the second album by the 9-man rap group, is released.
1995 Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?," featured in the Johnny Depp movie Don Juan DeMarco, starts a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.
1991 Willie Nelson releases Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes.
1990 The Big Day free festival takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, with Wet Wet Wet, Deacon Blue, Hothouse Flowers, Sheena Easton, Texas, Hue and Cry, John Martyn, Eddi Reader, The Average White Band and others. Channel 4 TV runs a six-hour live broadcast from the event.
1990 Richard Sohl, pianist and songwriter known for his work with Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack at age 37.
1989 Michael Damian's "Rock On" hits #1 on the Hot 100. Damian grew up listening to the song, which was written and recorded by David Essex in 1973.
1989 Queen's The Miracle hits #1 on the UK album charts.
1989 The Fine Young Cannibals' The Raw & The Cooked starts a seven-week run at #1 on the US albums chart.
1988 A judge rejects the defense of James Brown's wife Adrienne, who claims diplomatic immunity in an effort to get out of traffic tickets. Her reasoning is that two years earlier, Congressman Douglas Bernard, Jr. called her husband the "#1 Ambassador" as part of James Brown Appreciation Day. The judge doesn't go for it.
1988 Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia play a memorable duet of "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on a foot-operated electronic keyboard in the fantasy comedy Big.
1985 Bryan Ferry releases his sixth solo album, Boys and Girls.
1985 Pretty Ricky's Slick'em is born Tavion La'Corey Mathis in Miami, Florida.
1982 Elvis Presley's fabled home, Graceland, is opened to the public.
1981 Just before The Duprees are about to embark on a reunion tour, the doo wop group's Joe Santollo dies of internal bleeding after suffering a heart attack at age 37.
1978 Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams' "Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams" hits #1.
1975 Ozzie Nelson, who starred with his real-life family, including son Rick Nelson, in the long-running radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, dies of liver cancer at age 69.
1974 Kelly Jones (lead singer of Stereophonics) is born in Cwmaman, Wales.
1972 With Martha Reeves and Stevie Wonder opening, The Rolling Stones kick off their Exile On Main Street tour in Vancouver, BC. The 32-date tour would gross $4 million, making it the richest rock tour in history at that time.
1972 The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" hits #1 as the group makes a successful transition from gospel to secular music.
1972 Jethro Tull's LP Thick As A Brick hits #1.
1972 The Eagles release "Take It Easy."
1972 Pink Floyd release their seventh album, Obscured By Clouds.
1972 Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Melanie, Richie Havens and Sha Na Na all appear at the Crystal Palace Garden Party in England.
1971 Twin brothers Ariel and Gabriel Hernandez (of the pop band No Mercy) are born in Cuba.
1971 The Band appear at London's Royal Albert Hall during a European tour.
1970 Bob Dylan records "Kingston Town (Jamaica)," "Can't Help Falling In Love With You," "Long Black Veil," "Lily Of The West," and "One More Weekend."
1970 Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsies is certified gold.
1970 Stevie Wonder releases "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" as a 45RPM vinyl single. The single reaches #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B charts, and is later played following rally speeches by American presidential candidate Barack Obama.
1969 Elton John's first album, Empty Sky, is released; it sells 4,000 copies.
1968 Saffron (lead singer of Republica) is born Samantha Marie Sprackling is born in Lagos, Nigeria.
1968 Valerie Solanas shoots Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently been misplaced. Warhol is seriously wounded in the attack and barely survives.
1967 Aretha Franklin's "Respect" hits #1.
1967 It's a very trippy episode of American Bandstand, with Jefferson Airplane performing "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit."
1967 The Doors release a truncated version of "Light My Fire" as a single, trimming it from an album-awesome 6:50 to a radio-friendly 2:52. The group's first single, "Break On Through," didn't, but "Light My Fire" ignites, going to #1 and becoming their most famous song.
1966 The Beatles record "I Want To Tell You."
1965 Mike Gordon (bass guitarist for Phish) is born in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
1964 During a photo shoot for The Saturday Evening Post, an exhausted Ringo Starr collapses and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis. Jimmy Nicol replaces him on the Beatles tour.
1964 The Rolling Stones perform for the first time on American TV when they're guests on a variety show called Hollywood Palace, which is hosted that week by Dean Martin. They play their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," and endure ridicule from Martin, who quips, "Their hair is not that long - it's just smaller foreheads."
1964 Kerry King (guitarist for Slayer) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1962 David Cole (of C and C Music Factory) is born in Johnson City, Tennessee.
1959 Billboard magazine responds to the growing popularity of stereophonic recordings by splitting its album chart in two: one chart for mono, one for stereo.
1957 Pat Boone's "Love Letters In The Sand" hits #1 on the US Top 100 and stays for seven weeks. Boone would have two of the Top 5 songs of 1957 ("April Love" is the other), while Elvis has the other three.
1957 The Isley Brothers release "Angels Cried."
1956 Danny Wilde (of The Rembrandts) is born Daniel Thomas in Houlton, Maine.
1955 Buddy Holly opens for Elvis Presley at a matinee concert in Lubbock, Texas. After the show, they sign autographs in a promotional appearance at the Johnson-Connelley Pontiac car dealership.
1954 Dan Hill, known for the 1977 ballad "Sometimes When We Touch," is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1953 Florence Beatrice Price, the first African American composer to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies of a stroke at age 66.
1952 Frank Sinatra records "Birth Of The Blues."
1952 Billy Powell (keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1950 Perry Como's "Hoop-Dee-Doo" hits #1.
1950 Glam rocker Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1950 Florian Pilkington-Miksa (original drummer for Curved Air) is born in Roehampton, South West London, England.
1950 Soul singer Deniece Williams is born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, Indiana.
1947 Dave Alexander (original bassist for The Stooges) is born in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, and will be raised in nearby Ann Arbor.
1947 T. Rex drummer Mickey Finn is born Michael Norman Finn outside of London, England.
1946 Michael Clarke (original drummer for The Byrds) is born Michael James Dick is born in Spokane, Washington.
1946 Eddie Holman, known for his 1970 hit "Hey There Lonely Girl," is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1942 Curtis Mayfield is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1939 Ian Hunter (lead singer of Mott the Hoople) is born Ian Hunter Patterson in Shropshire, England, to a Scottish father.
1930 Jazz singer Dakota Staton is born in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for the 1957 hit "The Late, Late Show."
1927 Boots Randolph, popular saxophonist and pioneer of the Nashville Sound, is born Homer Louis Randolph III in Paducah, Kentucky.
1906 Josephine Baker, an internationally famous entertainer who becomes the first black woman to star in a major film, 1934's ZouZou, is born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri.
1970With the BBC refusing to air The Kinks' new single "Lola" because of its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."
2014 Jade Castrinos, the female vocalist in Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, updates her Instagram bio to read: "For seven years i sang and wrote music with edward sharpe. they voted me off of tour a week before they left, via email. lol."More
2007 During a gig in New York, a fan throws something at Akon during his set. The singer brings the offender on stage, picks him up and hurls him into the crowd.More
1992 Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line "while Bill Clinton plays the sax" at the start of every episode.
1983 Already undergoing psychiatric treatment and suffering from, among other things, voices in his head, Derek and the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon brutally murders his own mother with a hammer and knife in their home. Gordon, who co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Layla," is sentenced to life in prison.
1967 "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day," as Billie Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge, according to the Bobbie Gentry song "Ode To Billie Joe."