On This Day In Music 23rd June

1929 June Carter Cash born in Maces, Spring, Virginia. Country Singer, wife of Johnny Cash. Died 15th May 2003 aged 73. Had hits with Johnny Cash, ‘Ring Of Fire’, ‘Jackson’, ‘If I Were A Carpenter’. 
1937 Niki M. Sullivan was an American rock and roll guitar player born in South Gate, California. He was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing band, The Crickets. Though he lost interest within a year or two of his involvement, his guitar playing was an integral part of Holly’s early success. He co-wrote a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career. Sullivan died suddenly of a heart attack on April 6th 2004, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged 66
1940 Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams) is born in London, England. . He produces Roger Daltrey’s first solo album, manages Leo Sayer and acts in film and TV. He has only marginal success with his own musical work, placing just two singles on Billboard’s Hot 100. He died on the 8th March 2003 aged 62. 
1940 Stu Sutcliffe born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Original bass guitarist with The Beatles, 1960-61. Stayed in Hamburg until his death, died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital on April 10th 1962, aged 22. 
1940 Diana Trask born in Victoria. Australian Singer. 
1945 Paul Goddard born in Doraville, Georgia. US Bass Player with Atlanta Rhythm Section. 
1952 Betty Dragstra – Dutch singer with Pussycat. 
1956 Randall Darius Jackson (Randy Jackson) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. American musician and record producer, now best known for being a judge on the US television show American Idol. 
1957 Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Gamblin’ Man / Putting On The Style’, the singers second UK No.1. It was the last UK No.1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7′ vinyl record. 
1957 Lee John, Imagination, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Just An Illusion’).
1960 Brendan O’Brien was American record producer, mixer, engineer, and musician , who has produced, to date, 14 US No.1 albums for acts such as Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aerosmith.
1960 Eddie Cochran was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘Three Steps To Heaven’. The American singer had been killed 3 months earlier in a car crash while touring the UK. 
1962 Ray Charles started a 14-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music’. 
1962 Steve Shelley, drums, Sonic Youth, (1993 UK No.26 single ‘Sugar Kane’). 
1962 The film soundtrack to ‘West Side Story’ went to No.1 on the UK charts for the first time. It spent a total of 13 weeks at No.1 on seven different occasions. 
1962 Richard Coles – UK Keyboard Player and songwriter with the Communards.
1964 Joey Allen born in Ft Wayne, Indiana. Guitarist with Warrant
1965 The Supremes make the studio recording of “Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart.” The song reaches No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1965 Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, guitar, Oasis, (first single ‘Supersonic’ 1994 UK No.31, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, 1994 UK No.1 album ‘Definitely Maybe’ fastest selling UK debut album ever’). Quit the band in Aug 1999. 
1965 The Yardbirds appeared at The City Hall, Salisbury, England, admission 10 shillings, ($1.40). 
1966 The Beatles had their tenth consecutive UK No.1 single with ‘Paperback Writer’ / ‘Rain’. The track is marked by the boosted bass guitar sound throughout, partly in response to John Lennon demanding to know why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record, due to a new piece of equipment used in the mastering process. 
1966 James MacPherson, drummer, The Breeders, (1993 UK No.40 ‘Cannonball EP’). 
1966 Mark Chadwick, guitar, vocals, The Levellers, (1995 UK No.12 single ‘Just The One’). 
1970 Cubby Checker was arrested in Niagara Falls after police discovered marijuana and other drugs in his car. 
1973 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rubber Bullets’, the first of three UK No.1’s for the band, (who also had a No.1 as Hotlegs). 
1973 George Harrison started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Living In The Material World’, his second US No.1. His third studio solo album was the follow-up to 1970’s acclaimed All Things Must Pass and his massive charity project, The Concert for Bangladesh. 
1975 During his ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs. 
1975 Ted Mulry Gang released ‘Jump In My Car’. 
1975 Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of 14 shows over 7 nights at Paul’s Mall in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their Natty Dread Tour. 
1975 KT Tunstall (Kate Victoria Tunstall) born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scottish singer-songwriter and musician. 2005, UK No.3 album, ‘Eye To The Telescope’. 
1976 Paul McCartney and Wings played the last date on their Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. 
1979 The Knack recorded ‘My Sharona’. 
1980 Jessica Taylor, singer, Liberty X, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘Just A Little’). 
1981 Anthony Costa, singer, Blue, (2002 UK No.1 single ‘If You Come Back’). 
1984 Aimee Anne Duffy, (Duffy) born in Gwynedd, Wales. Welsh singer-songwriter who had the 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Mercy’. 
1984 Duran Duran started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s first US No.1, was taken from their third album, Seven and the Ragged Tiger. 
1989 Lauren Bennett, English singer, best known as a member of the girl group G.R.L.. She is also known for her work with the Paradiso Girls, CeeLo Green, Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls, and most notably with LMFAO, where she was featured on the 2011 summer hit ‘Party Rock Anthem’. 
1989 George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British Music. 
1990 13-year-old Keith Sorrentino filed a $500,000 (£294,118) lawsuit against Madonna, claiming he suffered nightmares and bed-wetting problems after an incident outside Madonna’s home when she allegedly flung him to the ground. 
1990 Elton John had his first UK solo No.1 single with ‘Sacrifice / Healing Hands’ after achieving over 50 previous UK hits and 6 chart toppers in the US. 
1990 Buddy Holly’s Gibson acoustic guitar sold for £139,658 ($237,419) in a Sotheby’s auction. The guitar was in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself. 
1992 Luciano Pavarotti went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Essential Collection’. 
1995 Drummer Alan White made his live debut with Oasis at Glastonbury Festival. Also former Take That member Robbie Williams appeared on stage with the band during the show. 
1996 Bryan Adams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ’18-Till I Die’. Metallica went to No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth studio album ‘Load’. The album has now sold over five million copies in America alone. Including ”Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman”, “The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You” and “Let’s Make A Night To Remember”.
2002 The top pop earners from US sales during 2001 were listed by Rolling Stone magazine as: Madonna at No.5 with £29.1 million ($49.5 million); Dave Matthews Band at No.4 with £31 million ($52.7 million); The Beatles at No.3 with £34.2 million ($58 million); Dr. Dre at No.2 with £37.1 million ($63 million) and, top of the list, U2 with £44.2 million ($75 million).
2003 Diana Ross appeared in court and testified that she was coerced and felt intimidated into taking a breath test that showed her blood alcohol level was 0.2 (well over the 0.08 limit). The singer said, “If I didn’t take the breath tests, I was either going to go to the hospital or to jail”. After the hearing, Ross asked the judge if it would be possible to have court paperwork processed using her married name of Diana Naess. The City Magistrate said he thought it was “a little late” for that now.
2004 UK DJ Tony Blackburn was suspended by radio station Classic Gold Digital for playing songs by Cliff Richard which was against station policy.
2004 Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland’s oldest University and made a “Doctor of Music.”
2008 Coldplay appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the first night of the North American leg, Viva la Vida, 161-date world Tour.
2009 Chris Brown pleaded guilty to one count of assault on his former girlfriend, Rihanna. The 19 year-old R&B singer was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to do six months community service. Brown had faced charges of assaulting Rihanna, 21, during a row in February. The last-minute plea deal came before a hearing at a Los Angeles court at which Rihanna was due to give evidence. The Los Angeles County Superior Court judge also ordered Brown and Rihanna to stay at least 50 yards from each other, except at entertainment industry events when the distance is reduced to 10 yards.
2010 Peter Quaife who had been receiving kidney dialysis for more than ten years, died, aged 66. He was an English musician, artist and author. He was a founding member and the original bass guitarist for The Kinks, from 1963 until 1969. He also sang backing vocals on some of their records.
2010 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said “I changed my ways years ago, but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift.”
2016 American bluegrass artist Ralph Stanley who was known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing, died aged 89. With his brother Carter, he helped popularise the bluegrass genre. Stanley won new fans when his work featured in the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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