On This Day In Music 2nd June

1924 Maurice Kinn, launched The New Musical Express in 1953, instigated the first charts based on record sales. Kinn died on August 3rd 2000. 
1936 Otis Williams born in Cincinnati, Ohio. US singer with The Charms, (1956 US No.11 single ‘Ivory Tower’). 
1937 Jimmy Jones born in Birmingham, Alabama. US singer, 1960 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘Good Timin’. Jimmy Jones died in Aberdeen, North Carolina, on August 2, 2012
1941 Charlie Watts born in London, England. Drummer with The Rolling Stones, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Satisfaction’ and over 35 UK Top 40 singles and albums). Plus occasional gigs with Charlie Watts and his Big Band 
1944 Marvin Hamlisch born in New York, New York. US pianist, composer, (1974 US No.1 album ‘The Sting’, US No.3 single ‘The Entertainer.’ Won 1973 Grammy for ‘The Way We Were’). After a brief illness, on August 6, 2012, Hamlisch collapsed and died in Los Angeles, California
1944 Robert Henrit born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, England. Drummer with Argent. 
1947 Antone ‘Chubby’ Tavares born in Providence, Rhode Island. US Lead Singer with, Tavares, (1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’). 
1953 Elvis Presley left IC Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee. 
1957 Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Yes Tonight Josephine’, the US singers third and final UK No.1. Ray became deaf in his right ear at age 13 after an accident during a Boy Scout “blanket toss,” a variation of the trampoline. (Ray later performed wearing a hearing aid). 
1959 Michael Steele born inPasadena, California. US Bass Player, Singer & Songwriter for the Bangles (1986 UK No.2 single with Prince song ‘Manic Monday’, 1986 US No.1 single ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’). 
1960 Tony Hadley born in Islington, London, England. UK Singer with Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘True’, plus 16 other UK Top 40 hits). 
1962 Owen Gray’s ‘Twist Baby’ became the first single released on UK based Island Records. The label became home to Free, Traffic, Jethro Tull, Bob Marley and U2. 
1962 Ray Charles started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Don Gibson penned country ballad ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’, also No.1 in the UK. 
1962 Thor Eldon, guitar, The Sugarcubes, (1992 UK No.17 single ‘Hit’). 
1963 The Rolling Stones played two gigs in one day. The first at Studio 51, Ken Colyer Club in Soho, London. The Stones played a regular Sunday afternoon gig at the club from 4 until 6.30 and were billed as Rhythm and Blues with The Rolling Stones. That evening they appeared at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey. 
1964 The Rolling Stones made their US TV debut on ‘The Les Crane Show’. 
1965 David White – UK Guitarist/Songwriter with Brother Beyond, (1988 UK No.2 single ‘The Harder I Try’). 
1965 Jeremy Cunningham, bass, The Levellers, (1995 UK No.12 single ‘Just The One’). 
1966 Frank Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Strangers In The Night’, the singers second UK No.1. The song was originally composed by Avo Uvezian as ‘Broken Guitar’ and later under the title ‘Beddy Bye’ as part of the instrumental score for the movie A Man Could Get Killed. 
1967 David Bowie released his debut album, ‘David Bowie’, which failed to make the UK charts. 
1967 The Beatles release the landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The album tops Billboard’s album chart for 15 weeks and features songs like “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “When I’m Sixty-F
1968 Merril Bainbridge born in Melbourne, Victoria. Australian Singer. 
1968 Mary Hopkin recorded her first hit single – Those Were The Days. 
1970 Dominic Greensmith, drums, Reef, (1996 UK No. 6 single ‘Place Your Hands’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Glow). 
1970 Louis Freeze, B- Real, Cypress Hill, (1993 UK No.15 single ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That’, 1993 US No.1 album ‘Black Sunday’). 
1973 Paul McCartney had both the No.1 positions on the US charts when ‘Red Rose Speedway’, went to the top of the album chart and ‘My Love’, started a four week run as the No.1 single. 
1976 Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd. 
1976 Tim Rice-Oxley, piano, Keane, their 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Hopes And Fears’ was the second best-selling British album of the year. 
1978 Wings set a new world record when they performed in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, the largest attendance for an indoor crowd. 
1978 Thin Lizzy released the live double album ‘Live And Dangerous’. It was recorded in Philadelphia, London and Toronto in 1977, during the tours accompanying the albums Johnny The Fox and Bad Reputation. 
1979 Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hot Stuff’, her second US No.1, it made No.11 in the UK. 
1980 Fabrizio Moreti born inRio de Janeiro, Brazil. Drummer with The Strokes, (2001 UK No. 14 single, ‘Last Nite’. 2001 UK No.2 album ‘Is This It’). 
1981 Prince made his live British debut at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, (he would not play the UK again for five years). 
1984 Wham! had their first UK No.1 with ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.’ Written and produced by George Michael, one half of the duo. Inspiration for the song was a scribbled note left by his Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley for Andrew’s parents, originally intended to read “wake me up before you go” but with “up” accidentally written twice, so Ridgeley wrote “go” twice on purpose. 
1984 Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American Back In The Saddle Tour. 
1989 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman secretly married 19-year-old Mandy Smith. Wyman’s 28-year-old son was best man. All other four Stones attended. The marriage lasted 17 months. 
1990 Soul II Soul started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second LP ‘Vol. II (A New Decade’). 
1995 Stone Roses guitarist John Squire smashed his collarbone in a cycling accident causing the band to pull out of major gigs. 
1999 Junior Braithwaite from Bob Marley and the Wailers was shot dead aged 46. Braithwaite was one of the founders of, and the first lead singer of The Wailers. 
2002 It was reported that Paul McCartney had thrown his fiance’ Heather Mills’ engagement ring out of a hotel window during a row. Guards at Miami’s Turnberry Isle Resort combed the grounds using metal detectors and later found the £15,000 ($25,500) ring. 
2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young scored his second UK No.1 single with his version of The Doors 1967 classic ‘Light My Fire’. 
2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants caused tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge, put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery, as part of a Festival and since then motorists had caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look. 
2005 Franz Ferdinand’s frontman, Alex Kapranos was detained by Russian police after being suspected of being a spy. Kapranos was attempting to board a plane in Moscow when the altercation took place. Travelling under his actual surname, Huntley, Alex was accused of being an MI6 agent who was previously suspected of stealing information on Russian weaponry. Unlucky for Alex that the surname Huntley was also used by actual former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson who did steal secrets in the early 90s. The singer was freed after he pointed out that the Huntley they were so concerned about was 42, 13 years older than him. 
2008 American guitarist and singer Bo Diddley (Ellas Otha Bates) died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida aged 79. The legendary singer and performer, was known for his homemade square guitar and his ‘shave and a haircut, two bits’ rhythm, which influenced artists from Buddy Holly to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2. 
2016 The limited edition vinyl pressing of the David Bowie album ChangesOneBowie was at No.1 on the UK’s Official Vinyl Album Chart. Bowie had four other vinyl albums on the chart; Blackstar at No.14, Hunky Dory at No. 17, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars at No. 18 and Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best of David Bowie at No.23. Sales of vinyl records were up 32% to $416 million, their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA.

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