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On This Day In Music 19th June

1925 Charlie Drake (Charles Springhall) born in Brinsworth House, Twickenham, Middlesex, England. British actor & comedian. He died on 23 December 2006, after suffering multiple strokes the previous night.
1936 Shirley Goodman born in New Orleans, Louisiana. US Singer with Shirley & Lee and Shirley & Co. After suffering a stroke in 1994, she moved to California, and died on July 5, 2005, in Los Angeles.
1936 Tommy Devito born in Belleville, New Jersey. US guitarist & Singer with The Four Seasons. In 1971 he retired from the Music Insdustry. 
1939 Al Wilson born in Meridian, Mississippi. US singer, (1974 US No.1 single ‘Show And Tell’). He died on April 21, 2008 of kidney failure, in Fontana, California, at the age of 68.
1942 Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane born in Peoria, Illinois. US Lead Singer & Songwriter with Spanky And Our Gang, (1967 US No.9 single ‘Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again’). Joined the re- formed Mama and the Papas in 1982. 
1944 Robin Box – UK Lead Guitarist with White Plains. (1970 UK No.8 single ‘Julie Do Ya Love Me’). 
1948 Nick Drake born in Rangoon, Burma was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has posthumously achieved wider notice and recognition.(1972 album ‘Pink Moon’). Drake suffered from major depression. This was often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972’s Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents’ home in rural Warwickshire. On 25 November 1974, at the age of 26, Drake died from an overdose of approximately 30 amitriptyline pills, a prescribed antidepressant. His cause of death was determined to be suicide.
1950 Ann Wilson born in San Diego, California. Vocalist/guitarist/keyboard player with US band Heart. (1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Alone’). 
1953 Larry Dunn born in Denver, Colorado. US Keyboard Player with Earth Wind & Fire. Dunn, along with other members of Earth, Wind & Fire, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
1953 Gwen Owens – US Singer and one of the trio of Hot. “Angel In Your Arms”. 1977
1957 Maxi Jazz (Maxwell Fraser), rapper, Faithless, (1996 UK No.3 album ‘Insomnia’). 
1957 Jerry Lee Lewis debuted on the national pop charts with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” 
1959 Mark Debarge born in Grand Rapid, Michigan. US Singer/trumpeter & saxophonist with the sibling group Debarge, (1985 UK No.4 single ‘Rhythm Of The Night’). 
1960 Dennis Fuller, London Boys, (killed in a car crash with London Boy partner Edem Ephraim on 21/1/96), 1989 UK No.2 single ‘London Nights. 
1960 Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn made her debut on the country charts with her first single release, “Honky Tonk Girl,” on the Zero label. 
1961 Pat Boone went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Moody River’, the single reached No.18 in the UK. 
1963 Paula Abdul born in Los Angeles, California. US Dance, Choregrapher & Singer. (1990 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Opposites Attract’ plus five other US No.1 singles. 1989 album ‘Forever Your Girl’ spent ten weeks as US No.1.). Judge on American Idol TV show. 
1963 Simon Wright born in Oldham, Lancashire . Drummer with AC/DC, he joined in 1983. Joined Dio in 1989. 
1964 ROLLING STONES IN CONCERT The night before playing New York’s CARNEGIE HALL, their first US tour stops in HARRISBURG, PA 
1965 The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Can’t Help Myself’. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song. 
1965 ELVIS PRESLEY earns his first #1 hit in England in 2 years (Since “YOU’RE THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE”) when his “CRYING IN THE CHAPEL” tops their charts 
1965 BEATLES’ EUROPEAN TOUR Their concert at the PALAIS DES SPORTS in PARIS is the first of a 9-show tour covering France, Italy and Spain 
1965 The Kinks and the Moody Blues make their U.S. concert debut at the Academy of Music in New York 
1965 The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival, England. Tickets cost from 7/6 to 10/6. 
1967 Having admitted to taking LSD four times during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn’t regret that he’d spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand. 
1968 The Rolling Stones scored their seventh UK No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.” 
1969 “Grazin’ In The Grass” single by Friends Of Distinction was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1970 Brian Welch born in Torrance, California. Guitarist with Korn, (1998 UK No.23 single ‘Got The Life’, 1998 US No.1 album ‘Follow The Leader’). 
1971 Carole King started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move’. Both songs were from her ‘Tapestry’ album. 
1971 “Rainy Days And Mondays” by Carpenters peaked at #2 on the US singles chart. 
1973 “Frankenstein” single by the Edgar Winter Group was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1974 The Delinquents a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash) made their debut at the Students union bar, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington. 
1975 Pilot went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with ‘January’. Staying at NO.1 for 2wks.
1975 “Shining Star” single by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1976 Wild Cherry’s hit “Play That Funky Music” was released. 
1976 BAY CITY ROLLERS IN THE US Their first American tour begins with a show at THE STEEL PIER, Atlantic City NJ 
1977 Paul Cook, a member of the Sex Pistols, was mugged outside a London subway station, suffering head wounds in the incident. 
1977 Six men wielding knives and iron bars outside Shepherd’s Bush underground station beat up Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols. Cook required 15 stitches to a head wound. 
1978 The Rolling Stones played the Palladium, New York during their summer tour of North America. 
1978 “Octave” album by The Moody Blues was certified Gold by the RIAA
1979 “Discovery” album by Electric Light Orchestra was certified Platinum by the RIAA 
1979 “Bad Girls” single by Donna Summer was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1980 US singer Donna Summer became the first act to be signed by David Geffen to his new Geffen record label. 
1981 “Heavy Weather” album by Weather Report was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1982 Culture Club appeared at the recently opened Hacienda Club in Manchester, England. 
1984 “Weird Al” Yankovic gave a free live performance at the Del Mar Fair in Del Mar (San Diego) CA. David Tanny made a rare visit to any concert event that night cause he’s cheap (D.T. that is).
1987 the Recording Industry Association of America reported that for the first time, sales of CDs surpassed LPs in 1986.
1987 Guns N’ Roses made their UK live debut at a sold out Marquee Club in London. 
1988 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Foolish Beat,” Debbie Gibson. 
1988 more than three-thousand East Germans gathered by the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson, who was performing across the border in West Germany. 
1989 “My Favorite Chopin” album by Van Cliburn was certified Gold by the RIAA 
1990 “A Night On The Town” album by Bruce Hornsby And The Range was released 
1990 Prince played the first of 12 sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London, England on his current Nude European tour. 
1991 Jordan Knight of the New Kids On The Block allegedly ordered his bodyguard to punch a heckler outside a Boston nightclub. Assault charges later filed against Knight were eventually dropped a year later. 
1991 “Time, Love & Tenderness” album by Michael Bolton was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA 
1992 The Greenpeace Stop Sellafield, campaign concert took place at G-Mex in Manchester, England with U2, Big Audio Dynamite II, Public Enemy and Kraftwerk. 
1993 “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart peaked at #5 on the US singles chart. 
1993 “Come Undone” by Duran Duran peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart. 
1995 “Astro-creep: 2,000 Songs Of Love, Devotion And …” album by White Zombie was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA 
1995 Merril Bainbridge went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with “Mouth”. Staying at No.1 for 3 weeks. 
1997 singer Bobby Helms died at his home in Martinsville, Indiana. He was 61. 
1999 U2’s Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldolf were among the 35,000 or so people who formed a human chain around a building in Cologne, Germany, where the G7 summit was being held. They called on the world leaders to cancel all outstanding debts owed by the world’s poorest countries. 
2000 Eminem was to be immortalised in animation, with a new cartoon series, which would be hosted on a new web site. 26 weekly ‘webisodes’ would be broadcast on the site, featuring Eminem providing all the voices.
2003 G-Man from So Solid Crew was jailed for four years for possessing a loaded handgun. The 24 year-old dumped a loaded gun during a police chase in London last November. He’d always denied it, as well as denying knowing anything about 11 other bullets that were found in a flat in south London. The jury in London’s Southwark Crown Court heard evidence that DNA found on the weapon matched his, and found him guilty. 
2006 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean went to No.1 on the Australian Singles Chart with ”Hips Don’t Lie”. 
2007 Darren Hayes, formerly of Australian pop duo Savage Garden, married his boyfriend Richard Cullen in a civil partnership ceremony in London. Hayes was previously married to make-up artist Colby Taylor between 1997 and 1999. 
2007 Lawyers for Britney Spears demanded a Florida radio station remove “offensive” advertisements, which featured her with a shaved head. The WFLZ billboards included the slogans “Total nut jobs”, “Shock Therapy” and “Certifiable”, which ran across pictures of a bald Spears. Law firm Lavely and Singer demanded the “immediate removal” of the banners in a letter to the station. Spears was photographed shaving her own head in a Californian hair salon earlier this year. 
2011 Amy Winehouse was booed by crowds in Serbia’s capital Belgrade after appearing to be too drunk to perform. The concert – the first on the singers 12-day European tour, saw Winehouse mumble her way through parts of songs, leave the stage altogether and at one point she threw her microphone to the floor. She was frequently booed by the crowd, who had paid up to £45 to see her in a country in which wages are some of the lowest in Europe. 
2012 The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band’s management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines. 
2013 Slim Whitman the American country music and western music singer/songwriter and instrumentalist died aged 90. Known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth high octave falsetto, he sold in excess of 120 million records during his career. Michael Jackson cited Whitman as one of his ten favorite vocalists and Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence.Paul McCartney credited a poster of Whitman with giving him the idea of playing his guitar left-handed with his guitar strung the opposite way to a right-handed player’s. 
2014 Gerry Goffin, who penned chart-topping songs with his then-wife Carole King died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including ‘The Loco-Motion’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’. After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston ‘Saving All My Love for You’ in 1985. 
2015 Blues musician Wendell Holmes died aged 71. He released 12 albums as part of The Holmes Brothers, a family band that included his siblings Sherman and Willie. During their career, the brothers played with many artists including Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Willie Nelson. 
2016 Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that “exploit music for their financial enrichment”, but not artists.

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