On This Day In Music 24th June

1944 Mick Fleetwood born in Cornwall, England. Drummer with Fleetwood Mac, (1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’, and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’ from worldwide No.1 album ‘Rumours’). 
1944 Arthur Brown (Arthur Wilson) born in Yorkshire, England. (1968 UK No.1 and US No.12 single ‘Fire’, with The Crazy world of Arthur Brown). 
1944 Chris Wood born in Harborne, Birmingham. UK Flautist/Saxophonist/Pianist & Singer with Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’). Wood died 12th July 1983. 
1944 Jeff Beck is born in Surrey, England. He is a member of the Yardbirds from 1964-66. He is joined by Rod Stewart and Ron Wood in the Jeff Beck Group from 1967-69. He joins other rock superstars in the Honeydrippers, which has a No. 3 song, “Sea of Love,” in 1984.(1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single ‘For Your Love’). Rod Stewart, solo, 1967 UK No.14 single ‘Hi- Ho Silver Lining’, 1975 solo album ‘Blow By Blow’). The Honeydrippers, (alongside Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love.
1944 Charlie Whitney born in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. Guitarist with Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’). 
1945 Colin Blunstone born in Hertfordshire, England. Lead Vocalist for the Zombies, (1964 UK No.12 single ‘She’s Not There’), solo, (1981 UK No.13 single ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’). 
1948 Patrick Moraz born in Morges, Switzerland. Swiss Keyboard Player. He was with Yes from 1974-1976. He then joined The Moody Blues in 1981 as a replacement for Mike Pinder. 
1949 John Illsley born in Leicester, England. Bass Player with Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’, 1985 world wide No.1 album ‘Brothers In Arms’). 
1957 Jeff Cease born in Nashville, Tennessee. Guitarist with The Black Crowes from from 1988-1991. His last performance with the band was October 19, 1991 at Hammersmith Odeon in London. (1991 UK No.39 single ‘Hard To Handle’, 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’). 
1957 Astro(Terence Wilson) born in Birmingham, England. UK Trumpeter/Vocals & Announcer for UB40. He is usually the central figure in their stage shows. 
1959 Andy McCluskey born in Heswall, Wirral, Cheshire. UK Synthesizer player/singer/bassist & songwriter for Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, (1984 UK No.5 single Locomotion’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Worked with Atomic Kitten. 
1961 Curt Smith born in Bath, England. Vocals, bass and one half of the duo Tears For Fears, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ plus over 12 other UK Top 40 singles) 
1964 The Beatles played the first of two nights at Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand. 
1965 John Lennon’s second book of poetry and drawings, ‘A Spaniard In The Works’, was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book ‘In His Own Write’. 
1965 The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Alive’, the group’s first of two UK No.1’s and over 25 other Top 40 singles. 
1966 The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl, Lynn, Massachusetts, support acts; The McCoys and The Standells. 
1967 Richard Zven Kruspe born in Wittenberge, East Germany.Lead guitarist of the German rock band Rammstein. 
1967 The Monkees went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Headquarters’ the group’s third chart topper. 
1969 The UK Top 5 singles this week: No.5, ‘Living In The Past’, Jethro Tull, No.4, ‘Time Is Tight’, Booker T and the MG’s, No.3, ‘Dizzy’, Tommy Roe. No.2, ‘Oh Happy Day’, Edwin Hawkins Singers and at No.1, ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’ by The Beatles. 
1970 Glenn Medeiros born in Hawaii. US Singer, (1988 UK No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’, 1990 US No.1 single ‘She Ain’t Worth It’). 
1972 Appearing at the Guildford City Hall, England, David Bowie on his Ziggy Stardust world tour. 
1972 Helen Reddy’s single “I Am Woman” was released. 
1973 Mario Calire, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, ‘Bringing Down The Horse’). 
1977 The Jacksons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Show You The Way To Go.’ The Jacksons were four members of the Jackson Five, including Michael. 
1978 Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park, England, tickets cost £6 ($10). 
1986 American singer, songwriter, Solange Knowles who had the 2016 US No.1 album A Seat at the Table. 
1988 UB40 bass player Earl Falconer was sent to prison for six months, with a further 12 suspended, after admitting to causing his brothers death in a car accident. 
1989 Paul McCartney scored his seventh UK No.1 solo album with ‘Flowers In The Dirt’, featuring the single ‘My Brave Face’. 
1989 Richard Marx scored his second US No.1 single with ‘Satisfied’, a No.52 hit in the UK. 
1989 Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Back To Life’. Their only UK No.1 peaked at No.4 on the US chart. 
1990 New Kids On The Block’s Donnie Wahlberg spent two days in hospital after falling through an unlocked trapdoor mid-concert in Saratoga Springs, New York. 
1991 Frank Zappa took part at the concert ‘Adieu Soviet Army’, organised in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague spring). This was probably Zappa’s last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army). 
1992 Donny Osmond started a year long run in the musical ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, in Toronto, Canada. 
1992 Billy Joel receives his high school diploma from Hicksville High School on Long Island, N.Y. He failed to graduate with his class in 1967 because of missed gym and English credits. The school choir sings Joel’s song “Summer, Highland Falls” at the cerem
1999 Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie’s in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla’, sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic. 
2001 Blink 182 scored their second US No.1 album with ‘Take Off Your…’ The group’s fourth studio album has sold over 12m copies worldwide and contains the singles ‘The Rock Show’, ‘Stay Together for the Kids’, and ‘First Date’. 
2003 A man who had been deported from Sweden for stalking Abba singer Agnetha Faeltskog was arrested near the singer’s island retreat. Gert van der Graaf, 37, had been the singer’s boyfriend from 1997 to 1999, but had been issued a restraining order barring him from seeing or talking to her in 2000. 
2004 A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998. 
2005 The Thrills, The Zutons, Doves, The Killers, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, The Coral, Keane, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx all appeared at this years UK Glastonbury Festival.
2007 The White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Icky Thump’ the duo’s sixth and final studio album. ‘Icky Thump’ won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2008.
2012 The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Julien’s Auctions said it would not sell the crypt until the cemetery “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.
2013 Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986. 
2013 Puff Johnson died of cervical cancer, at the age of 40. She was an American R&B singer-songwriter.
2014 A working draft of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, set a record at auction after selling for $2m (£1.2m) at Sotheby’s. The manuscript, said to be the only known draft of the final lyrics, was written in pencil in 1965 by the 24 year-old Dylan. 
2016 A US jury concluded that Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from the US band Spirit, saying the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit’s 1967 song ‘Taurus’ “was not intrinsically similar” to Stairway’s opening. During the trial, defence lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years.

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