Friday, June 22, 2018

More Music History for June 22, 2018 (The Surfaris' "Wipe Out" is released in the US + others)

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1846 -

June 22
In Paris, France, 32 year old Adolphe Sax, a Belgian musician and musical instrument designer, patents the saxophone. Sax continued to make instruments throughout his life, however, rival instrument makers challenged the legitimacy of his patents and initiated a campaign of litigation against him and his company, driving him into bankruptcy twice, in 1856 and 1873.

1957 -

June 22
The Quarry Men, consisting of Rod Davis, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and John Lennon, performed on the back of a coal truck during a street party marking Liverpool's 750th anniversary.

1959 -

June 22
Fabian's biggest hit, "Tiger" entered the Billboard chart, where it would top out at #3. In all, the Philadelphia singer, born Fabiano Forte, placed eight songs in the US Top 40.

1963 -

June 22
The Surfaris' "Wipe Out" is released in the US, where it will enter the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks later and reach #2 by mid-August. The record would also reach #5 in the UK. The song would be re-issued in 1966 and climb to #16 on the Billboard Top 40 and again in 1970 when it failed to chart.

1974 -

June 22
Gordon Lightfoot started a two-week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with "Sundown". The title track reached #1 on the Pop and Adult Contemporary charts as well as #13 on the Country chart, while "Carefree Highway" reached #10 on the Pop chart, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #81 on the Country chart.

June 22
The Stylistics biggest hit, "You Make Me Feel Brand New", is the largest selling single in America according to Cashbox magazine. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 during a fourteen week stay.

1981 -

June 22
Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to murdering John Lennon in December of 1980 and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison. The most hated man in Rock 'n' Roll history has been denied parole nine times and as of 2017 was still incarcerated at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., right where he belongs.

1990 -

June 22
Billy Joel becomes the first Rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

June 22
Kripp Johnson, a founding member of the Del-Vikings, died of cancer at the age of 57. One of the first racially-integrated Rock 'n' Roll groups, the Doo Wop quintet had two Top 10 hits in 1957, "Come Go With Me" and "Whispering Bells".

2012 -

June 22
The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after more than 10,000 fans protested it should be kept as a shrine. Presley was temporarily interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, for two months after he died before being reburied at his Graceland home.

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