Friday, June 2, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1950 "Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole debuts on the charts.

In 1953 Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis.

In 1956 "I Almost Lost My Mind" by Pat Boone enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1958 "The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley and "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 Island Records releases its first single, "Twist Baby" by Jamaican vocalist Owen Gray.

In 1962 "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.

In 1964 The Rolling Stones open the group's first U.S. tour with a show at a high school football stadium in Lynn, Massachusetts.

In 1967 David Bowie's self-titled debut album is released.

In 1967 The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is released in the U.S.

In 1972 Dion reunites with the Belmonts for an Oldies revival show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

In 1973 Electric Light Orchestra begins its first U.S. tour in San Diego.

In 1973 "Yesterday Once More" by the Carpenters enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 "My Love" by Paul McCartney & Wings hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1975 Paul McCartney and Wings' album "Venus And Mars Rock Show" is certified gold.

In 1978 Crystal Gayle hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Eddie Rabbitt, Chuck Mangione and Tom Petty.

In 1979 "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1973 "Touch Me In The Morning" by Diana Ross enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1980 Bassist Glen Matlock is ejected from the Sex Pistols because he liked the Beatles.

In 1980 The Pretenders' debut album is certified gold.

In 1984 "When Doves Cry" by Prince enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1987 New York's Madison Square Garden cancels a sold-out Billy Idol concert because of unfinished asbestos-removal work.

In 1987 Whitney Houston's second album, "Whitney," is released.

In 1988 While in court fighting traffic tickets, James Brown's wife Adrienne claims diplomatic immunity because she's the wife of the "Official Ambassador of Soul." The judge says "no way."

In 1989 In a review, Rolling Stone calls the Bangles "the human incarnation of cartoon group 'Josie and the Pussycats.'"

In 1989 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman marries 19-year-old model Mandy Smith.

In 1990 Tesla begins a 5-city acoustical tour in San Francisco. Tracks from the shows are later released as the "5 Man Acoustical Jam" album.

In 1990 "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1992 Freedom Williams quits C+C Music Factory, and files a $10 million fraud and breach of contract suit in New York against the group.

In 1992 Rod Stewart and his wife, model Rachel Hunter, have their first child, Renee, in London. (Stewart had three other children.)

In 1992 Guns N' Roses' single "November Rain" and Wilson Phillips' second album "Shadows & Light" are both released.

In 1993 Aerosmith begins its first concert tour in nearly three years in Topeka, Kansas.

In 1995 Travis Tritt spends the night in a Nashville hospital after collapsing in the studio of severe exhaustion and dehydration.

In 1997 The Spice Girls' album "Spice" is certified triple platinum.

In 1998 Rod Stewart performs a series of 1-hour shows along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood with a free concert in the Tower Records parking lot before playing at the Roxy then the Whisky.

In 1998 Hootie & the Blowfish are honored by the American Society of Young Musicians as the "inspirational band of the year."

In 1998 Sarah McLachlan's "Surfacing" album goes triple platinum.

In 1999 Junior Braithwaite, an original member of Bob Marley's Wailers, is shot and killed in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 47.

In 1999 "If You Had My Love" by Jennifer Lopez is certified gold and platinum.

In 2000 Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during its annual summit in Washington, DC.

In 2001 Tom Petty marries longtime girlfriend Dana York in Las Vegas.

In 2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure in Archer, FL. He was 79.

In 2011 Singer Pink & husband Carey have a baby daughter, Willow Sage.

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