June 14th: On this day
1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two month hospital stay, her song “I Fall to Pieces” gave the singer her first Country No.1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.
1963, During a UK tour The Beatles played at New Brighton Tower in Wallasey supported by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Tickets cost 6 shillings in advance. Between 1961 -1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions.
1964, Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.
1964, The Manish Boys, (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.
1967, The Doors appeared at Steve Paul’s Scene, New York City, Jimi Hendrix was in the audience to see the show.
1970, Derek and the Dominoes played their first gig when they appeared at London’s Lyceum.
1974, Ray Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Streak’ a song about the latest British craze of streaking, (running naked in a public place).
1975, America went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sister Golden Hair’, the group’s second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.
1977, Led Zeppelin played the last of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. The 3-hour set included: The Song Remains The Same, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, ‘Stairway To Heaven’, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll and When the Levee Breaks.
1980, Billy Joel started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Glass Houses’, his second US No.1 album. The album features Joel’s first song to peak at No.1 on Billboard’s Pop Singles chart, ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.’
1980, Peter Gabriel scored his first UK No.1 album with his third solo release ‘Peter Gabriel’.
1984, A model of Boy George from Culture Club was unveiled at Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London, England on his 23rd birthday.
1986, Bob Geldof was named in HRH The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, receiving an honorary Knighthood in recognition of his humanitarian activities.
1986, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘On My Own’. The pair recorded their vocal parts separately and had never met until after the song went to number one.
1986, Queen scored their 5th UK No.1 album with ‘A Kind Of Magic’, featuring the single ‘One Vision’.
1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.
1987, Madonna played the first date on her Who’s That Girl World Tour at the Osaka Stadium, Osaka, Japan. The tour became the highest-grossing tour ever, grossing over $20 million.
1987, 30 hired hands moved 800 rented NHS beds onto Saunton Sands in North Devon for Storm Thorgerson to shoot what would be the cover of the forthcoming Pink Floyd album ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’. Rain interrupted the shoot and the team were forced to repeat the exercise two weeks later.
1989, Pete De Freitas drummer with Echo And The Bunnymen was killed at the age of 27, when his motorbike collided with a car.
1994, Composer Henry Mancini died aged 70. Wrote the music to ‘Moon River, which was originally sung in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Audrey Hepburn, was also the theme song for the Andy Williams television show. Had the 1969 US No.1 single ‘Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet.’ Recorded over 90 albums, contributed music to over 100 movies, including ‘Theme From The Pink Panther.’
1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker’s Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands.
1995, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley on ABC-TV’s Prime Time Live. It was the couple’s first interview since their surprise marriage a year earlier and was part of the publicity push for Jackson’s album ‘HIStory – Past, Present and Future: Book One’. Jackson and Presley declared they were a “normal married couple who hoped to have a baby”. When asked if they had sex, they replied “yes, yes, yes!” They also confirmed that a prenuptial agreement had been signed.
1997, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a 11 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Missing You’, a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. Also a No.1 in the UK.
2000, Noel Gallagher from Oasis was voted into first place in Melody Maker’s annual ‘Un-coolest People in Rock’ survey. Marilyn Manson came second and Robbie Williams was voted third.
2002, During an UK visit Michael Jackson made a tour of Parliament and was shown the monarch’s throne in the House of Lords. Whenever Jackson went outside he called for an umbrella to shield his face from the sun.
2002, Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was jailed for 56 days at the High Court London after breaching an injunction taken out by his estranged wife.
2002, Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
2006, Shakira kicked off her 99 date Oral Fixation world tour in Zaragoza, Spain. Attended by over 2m fans, the tour grossed over $98 million dollars.
2007, Bob Dylan won Spain’s Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country’s most prestigious honours. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a ‘living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world’. Previous winners of the annual prize include US film-maker Woody Allen.
2012, Ringo Starr’s birthplace in Liverpool was saved from the threat of demolition. The house, a run-down three-bedroom Victorian terrace, was one of 400 buildings marked for demolition in the Dingle area of Liverpool, but Beatles fans and city residents had successfully lobbied to save the house, along with 15 others in the area. The Liverpool City Council has agreed to give locals the opportunity to fix up the properties.
June 14th: Born on this day
1943, Born on this day, Spooner Oldham, American songwriter and session musician, organist, best known as part of the studio backing band known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Alabama. He played on many hits including, Percy Sledge (When a Man Loves a Woman), Aretha Franklin (Respect,, Wilson Pickett (Mustang Sally) and worked with Bob Dylan, Delaney Bramlett, Willy DeVille, Joe Cocker, the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Everly Brothers, Dickey Betts, Cat Power, J. J. Cale and many others.
1945, Born on this day, Rod Argent, keyboards, The Zombies, (1964 UK No.12 single ‘She’s Not There’). Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’). Now a TV and film composer.
1949, Born on this day, Alan White, drummer, Plastic Ono Band, (1970 UK No.5 single ‘Instant Karma!’), Yes, (1977 UK No.7 single ‘Wonderous Stories’).
1949, Born on this day, Born on this day, Jim Lea, English musician, bass, piano, violin with Slade who scored the 1971 UK No.1 single ‘Coz I Luv You’, plus five other UK No.1 hits and 18 UK Top 40 hit singles. Lea has since released a number of singles under the name Gang of Angels, Whild and The X Specials.
1958, Born on this day, Nick Van Ede, singer, Cutting Crew, (1987 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single ‘I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’).
1961, Born on this day, George O’Dowd, (Boy George), English singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and photographer. As lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award winning Culture Club, he scored the 1983 UK No.1 & 1984 US No.1 single ‘Karma Chameleon’ and global hits ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’, and ‘Time’ (Clock of the Heart). As a solo artists George had the 1987 UK No.1 single ‘Everything I Own’. He became a coach on The Voice UK in 2016.
1963, Born on this day, Chris Degarmo, with American progressive heavy metal band Queensryche. Their 1994 album ‘Promised Land’ went top 3 in the US.
1971, Born on this day, Billy Myers, UK female singer, (1998 UK No. 4 single ‘Kiss The Rain’).
1974, Born on this day, Joshua Radin, American singer-songwriter. His songs have been used in numerous films and TV series including Bones, Scrubs, House, Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill.
1983, Born on this day Siobhan Donaghy, vocals, The Sugababes, (2002 UK No.1 single, ‘Round Round’, 2002 UK No.2 album ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’).