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On This Day In Music 7th June

1917 Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti) born in Ohio. , US actor, singer, died 25/12/95, (1956 UK & US No.1 single ‘Memories Are Made Of This’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). 
1940 Tom Jones (Thomas Jones Woodward) born in Pontypridd, South Wales. Welsh Singer. 1965 UK No.1 and US No.10 single ‘It’s Not Unusual’ plus over 20 other UK and US Top 40 hit singles. 1999 UK No.1 album ‘Reload’ plus over 20 other UK Top 40 albums). 
1944 Clarence White born in Lewiston, Maine. US Guitarist with The Byrds, died 14/7/73, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’). 
1944 Miguel Rios born in Granada, Spain. Spanish Singer who recorded the hit ‘A Song Of Joy’ with his Uncle Waldo de los Rios’ orchestra. 
1949 Jack Ryland – US Bass Guitarist who joined Three Dog Night in 1973. He died in 1996.
1953 Johnny Clegg born in Rochdale near Manchester. Popular Musician who was raised in South Africa. 
1954 Bill Haley & the Comets recorded ‘See You Later Alligator’ and ‘Shake Rattle & Roll’. 
1955 Joey Scarbury born in Ontario, California. US Singer, best known for his hit song, “Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)”, in 1981.
1957 Paddy McAloon born in Durham, England. English singer-songwriter and a founder of the band Prefab Sprout. (1988 UK No.7 single ‘The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’). 
1958 Prince (Prince Roger Nelson) born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles during his career including the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘When Doves Cry’. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Prince died on April 21, 2016, aged 57 after being found unresponsive, in an elevator at Paisley Park his Minnesota home.
1963 The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ 
1966 Eric Kretz, drums, Stone Temple Pilots, (1993 UK No.23 single ‘Plush’). 
1966 Roy Orbison’s wife, Claudette, is killed in a motorcycle crash near Nashville.
1967 David Navarro – Guitarist with Jane’s Addiction, (1991 UK No.34 single ‘Been Caught Stealing’). Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1993 – 1998. (1994 UK No.9 single ‘Give It Away’). Also worked with Alanis Morissette. 
1969 “Grazing In The Grass” by Friends Of Distinction peaked at #3 on the US singles chart.
1971 Don McLean recorded Vincent. 
1971 Carole King’s album “Tapestry” goes gold. The album retains on the charts for three years and produces her biggest single, “It’s Too Late”.
1971 “Carpenters” album by Carpenters was certified Gold by the RIAA
1973 “Now & Then” album by Carpenters was certified Gold by the RIAA
1975 Elton John’s album ‘Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys’, went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1. 
1975 “Old Days” by Chicago peaked at #5 on the US singles chart.
1975 “Bad Time” by Grand Funk peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1976 “Get Up & Boogie” single by Silver Convention was certified Gold by the RIAA
1975 John Denver went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Thank God I’m A Country Boy’, the singers third US No.1. 
1979 “Stumblin’ In” single by Suzie Quatro/Chris Norman was certified Gold by the RIAA
1979 “I Am” album by Earth, Wind & Fire was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1979 Winner Takes All” album by Isley Brothers was certified Gold by the RIAA
1980 “Cars” by Gary Numan peaked at #9 on the US Singles chart.
1980 “Biggest Part Of Me” by Ambrosia peaked at #3 on the US singles chart.
1982 “Ebony & Ivory” single by Paul McCartney/stevie Wonder was certified Gold by the RIAA
1985 Charlie Simpson, guitar, vocals, Busted, (2003 UK No.1 single ‘You Said No’, 2002 UK No.2 album, ‘Busted’). 
1986 Doctor And The Medics started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their version of the Norman Greenbaum 1970 hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’. 
1986 Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Live To Tell’, her third US No.1 single, a No.2 hit in the UK. 
1986 “All I Need Is A Miracle” by Mike + The Mechanics peaked at #5 on the pop singles chart.
1990 Iggy Azalea born in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Australian singer who scored the 2014 US No.1 single ‘Fancy’. 
1991 American rapper Fetty Wap, (Willie Maxwell II). His debut single ‘Trap Queen’, reached No.2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015 and his eponymous debut studio album peaked at No.1 on the US chart.
1993 English singer-songwriter George Ezra. His 2014 hit single ‘Budapest’ reached the top 10 in numerous countries and his debut studio album Wanted on Voyage reached No.1 in the UK and was the third best-selling album of 2014 in the UK. 
1997 7-Jun-1997 Gary Barlow — Gary Barlow went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Open Road’. 
1997 Hanson started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘MMMbop’. 
1998 Songwriter Wally Gold died in a New Jersey hospital aged 70. Wrote ‘It’s My Party’ hit for Lesley Gore and ‘It’s Now or Never’, hit for Elvis Presley. Member of late 50’s group The Four Esquires, produced Kansas & Gene Pitney. 
2002 Virgin Records announced they had dropped Victoria Beckham after her debut solo album, which cost over £3 million ($5.1 million) to make, had sold only 50,000 copies. 
2007 The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted “Hey Bo Diddley” shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley’s music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar. 
2010 Former Stereophonics drummer and BBC Radio Wales presenter Stuart Cable, was found dead at him home near Aberdare in Wales aged 40. His new band Killing for Company had been due to appear at the Download rock festival at Donington Park in a few days time. Cable had also been presenting a Rock show on BBC Radio Wales. 
2010 Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was granted a restraining order against an elderly neighbor who allegedly threatened to kill him. The man was also ordered to pay more than $1,500 in legal fees 
2012 Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as ‘Ebony Eyes,’ was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66. Police said Welch’s body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees. 
2015 Sir Elton John lost his cool during a performance at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium in England after he likened a steward to Hitler as she tried to stop crowds from surging forward during a gig. In an expletive-laden rant, John went on to say it was “not China” and he picked out a female steward, telling her: “You put a uniform on and you think you’re Hitler – well you’re not.”

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