On This Day In Music 18th June

1925 Johnny Pearson born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. UK Pianist, Band leader and songwriter. He had the international hit ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind’ with Sounds Orchestral. He died at the age of 85, on 20 March 2011.
1938 Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris born in Pasadena, California. US guitarist, pianist, 50’s duo Don & Dewey. Worked with Little Richard, John Mayall and Frank Zappa. Died on 30th November 1999 in Los Angeles, California.
1939 Frank Sinatra made his first recording, a song called ‘Our Love’, with the Frank Mane band. 
1942 Sir Paul McCartney (James Paul McCartney) born in Liverpool, England. Singer, Songwriter, Musician. The Beatles, Wings, solo. The most successful rock composer of all time. First met John Lennon on July 6th 1957 who was impressed that Paul could tune a gu
1942 Carl Radle born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Best known for his lifetime association with Eric Clapton, starting in 1969 with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and 1970 with Derek and the Dominos, recording alongside drummer Jim Gordon, guitarist Duane Allman, and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock. In 1970 he took part in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. He worked on all of Clapton’s solo projects from 1970 until 1979 and was a member of Clapton’s touring band Eric Clapton & His Band from 1974 through 1979.(1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’). Died of kidney failure June 30th 1980, aged 38. Also worked with George Harrison and Delaney And Bonnie. 
1942 Richard Perry born in Brooklyn, New York. US producer. Member of The Legends during the 60’s. Worked with Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, Captain Beefheart, Leo Sayer, Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters. 
1947 Sandy Posey born in Jasper, Alabama. US Pop Singer. 
1948 Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc. 
1952 Ricky Gazda, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’). 
1953 Jerome Smith born in Miami, Florida.Was a guitarist at TK Records in Miami, Florida, who was a member of KC and the Sunshine Band. His rhythm guitar playing was a key part of the band’s propulsive disco sound, first gaining international attention on George McRae’s hit recording of “Rock Your Baby” (for T.K.) in 1974.. He died on August 2nd 2000 after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating. 
1953 Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Believe.’ The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks. Laine holds the record for most (non-consecutive) weeks at No.1 than any other single in three chart runs with a total of 18 weeks. 
1955 Jimmy Young was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Unchained Melody’, (a theme for the obscure prison film Unchained and a hit for the Righteous Brothers in 1965). Young scored another ten Top 40 hit singles and went on to become one of UK’s favourite radio DJ’s 
1961 Alison Moyet (Genevieve Alison-Jane Moyet) born in Basildon, England. English Singer, ‘Alf’ was vocalist with Yazoo, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Only You’). Solo (1985 UK No.2 single ‘That Ole Devil Called Love’).
1963 Dizzy Reed (Darren Arthur Reed) born in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is best known for his tenure as the keyboardist, pianist and percussionist for the rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he has played, toured, and recorded since 1990. 
1964 Touring Australia The Beatles played at Sydney Stadium in Sydney. This was Paul McCartney’s 22nd birthday and after the show his guests included 17 girls who were winners of the Daily Mirrors ‘Why I would like to be a guest at a Beatles birthday party’ competition. 
1966 This weeks Top 5 UK singles chart: No.5, Percy Sledge, ‘When A Man Love’s A Woman’, No.4, The Mersey’s, ‘Sorrow’, No.3, The Mamas and the Papas, ‘Monday Monday’, No.2, The Beatles, ‘Paperback Writer’, No.1, Frank Sinatra, ‘Strangers In The Night.’ 
1969 Simon Rowbottom, guitarist, The Boo Radleys, (1995 UK No.9 single ‘Wake Up Boo’). 
1971 Nathan Morris born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Vocalist with Boyz II Men, (1992 US & UK No.1 single ‘End Of The Road’). 
1973 Gary Stringer, vocals, Reef, (1996 UK No. 6 single ‘Place Your Hands’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Glow). 
1974 Peter Hoorelbeke drummer with US band Rare Earth was arrested after a concert for throwing his drumsticks into the crowd. 
1975 Elvis Presley had a face-lift at Mid South hospital, Memphis. 
1976 Blake Shelton, American country music singer and television personality. Blake Shelton has charted over 20 country singles, including 11 No.1’s. He is the husband of country singer Miranda Lambert. 
1976 Abba gave a special live performance in Stockholm for Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath on the eve of their wedding. 
1977 Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dreams’, the groups first and only US No.1, it made No.24 in the UK. 
1977 The Beatles ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, the album featured recordings from 23/8/64 and 30/8/65. 
1977 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. 
1977 Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dreams’, the group’s first and only US No.1, was also a No.24 in the UK. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes. 
1977 Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten when they were attacked in a car park outside a London pub. They objected to the Pistols’ anti-monarchist song ‘God Save the Queen’. The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes. 
1982 Nathan Cavaleri born in Camden, NSW. Australian Guitarist. 
1983 Swiss band Yello released the first three- dimensional picture disc, complete with 3-D glasses. 
1988 Josh Dun American drummer for the musical duo Twenty One Pilots. Their second album the 2015 Blurryface peaked at No.1 on the US chart.
1988 Doctorin’ The Tardis’ by The Timelords was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The Timelords were Scottish duo Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, who formed KLF. The song was a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme music, Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock and Roll (Part Two)’ with sections from ‘Blockbuster!’ by Sweet. 
1988 Rick Astley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Together Forever’, his second US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. 
1992 Peter Allen, Australian Singer/Songwriter, died aged 48 from an Aids related illness. 
1993 A&M Records chairman Jerry Moss and vice-chairman Herb Alpert announced they were leaving the company they founded more than 30 years earlier. They had sold A&M in 1990 to Polygram for $500 million. Moss and Alpert started the label in the garage of Alpert’s Los Angeles home in 1962. The label was the home to such acts as The Police, Bryan Adams, Joan Baez, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Supertramp and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. 
2000 It was reported that sales of pirate music CDs had now exceeded more than 500 million a year and accounted for one in every five sold. The Phonographic Industry estimated it was costing the music industry £3 billion ($5.1 billion) in lost sales. 
2000 Rapper Nate Dogg was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend from her mother’s house, holding her against her will, assaulting her and setting a car on fire. All charges were later dismissed. 
2000 S Club 7 S Club 7 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘7’. 
2002 The ex-husband of Spice Girl Mel B appeared in court on a charge of assaulting a three year-old boy. Dancer Jimmy Guizar denied assaulting the child in a play area at London Zoo. 
2002 U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin.’Over 8,000 fans signed an online petition to preserve the studio, where the group recorded ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ and some of their ‘Pop’ album. 
2003 Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller became the first British music manager since The Beatles’ Brian Epstein to hold the top three positions in the US singles chart. Fuller, who steered the Spice Girls and S Club 7 to success, was in charge of bestselling artists Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, together with the American Idol 2 Final 10. During 2003 Fuller sold more than ten million records around the world and has had 96 No.1 singles and 79 top-placed albums in both the US and UK during his career. He was named in the latest Sunday Times Rich List as the 359th wealthiest person in the UK with assets of £90 million ($153 million). 
2006 Keane started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Under The Iron Sea’ the bands second No.1 album. 
2007 American singer and record producer Hank Medress died of lung cancer at 68. He was the vocalist on The Tokens 1961 US No.1 hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, Medress was also in the vocal quartet The Linc-Tones with Neil Sedaka and produced the hit single ‘He’s So Fine’ by The Chiffons, as well as Tony Orlando’s ‘Knock Three Times’. 
2008 A Lost Angeles hotel filed a lawsuit against Phil Spector for failing to pay more than $100,000 (£61,000), in outstanding bills for lawyers and expert witnesses in his murder trial. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel claimed that by the time Spector’s trial ended with a hung jury, the defendants owed the hotel more than $104,000 (£63,400). 
2010 John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold for $1.2m (£810,000) at an auction at Sotheby’s in New York. The double-sided sheet of paper with notes written in felt marker and blue ink also contained some corrections and other notes penned in red ink. 
2015 Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper and Toby Keith were among the inductees into the Song Writers Hall Of Fame at a star-studded gala in New York City. The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia was also inducted posthumously alongside the band’s lyricist Robert Hunter. 
2016 Adele was named songwriter of the year at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which recognise achievement in songwriting. The singer was honoured for her multi-million selling album, 25, which emerged last year after a long struggle with writer’s block

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