June 1st: On this day
1959, The first edition of Juke Box Jury aired on the BBC. The shows host, David Jacobs, lead a revolving panel of guests in critiquing the week’s top record releases. Although the songs were never played in their entirety, the four judges gave a verdict on whether each would be a “hit” or a “miss”.
1959, ‘The Battle Of New Orleans’ by Johnny Horton went to No.1 on both the Country and Pop charts in the US, where it will stay for two months. The song was originally a poem written by high school teacher James Morriss in 1936, which he put to the music of an old fiddle tune known as ‘The Eighth Of January’. Horton later won a Grammy Award for the song.
1961, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Surrender’, his eighth UK No.1. The song was based on the 1911 Italian song, ‘Return To Sorrento.’
1963, Lesley Gore started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Quincy Jones (then a staff producer for Mercury Records) produced ‘It’s My Party’, a No.9 hit in the UK. Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin scored a UK No.1 in 1981 with their version of the song.
1964, The Rolling Stones were met by over 500 fans as they arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The Stones held a press conference and then guested on the prestigious “5th Beatle”, DJ Murray The K’s radio show. The first date took place on 5th June in San Bernardino, California.
1966, During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing “We all live in a yellow submarine.”
1967, David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, ‘Rubber Band’ and ‘The Laughing Gnome’.
1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mrs Robinson’. Featured in the Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft film ‘The Graduate’, the song earned the duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.
1969, The Plastic Ono Band recorded ‘Give Peace A Chance’ during a ‘bed-in’ at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Producer Phil Spector, poet Allan Ginsberg and writer Timothy Leary all sang on the song.
1971, The two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
1973, Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt broke his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It left Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.
1975, The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever US tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ronnie Wood joined The Stones on tour for the first time, replacing Mick Taylor.
1977, Bob Marley and The Wailers played the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There were six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows were cancelled due to a serious toe injury Marley received, (in a friendly football game with French journalists just before the tour’s start in Paris). Subsequently the tour’s second leg in the United States was postponed and then cancelled.
1978, U2 appeared at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin, Ireland.
1981, The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.
1982, Madness were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘House Of Fun’. The group’s only No.1 from 27 UK Top 40 hits.
1985, Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Around The World In A Day.
1985, Bruce Springsteen kicked off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland
1991, American soul singer David Ruffin died of a drug overdose. After taking a large amount of cocaine Ruffin passed out, a friend drove him to a hospital in Philadelphia, where he later died. With The Temptations, had the 1971 US No.1 & UK No. 8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and ‘My Girl’ (which Ruffin sang lead vocals). Solo, (1975 US No.9 & UK No.10 single ‘Walk Away From Love’).
1996, ‘Three Lions’, (the official song of the England Football team) by Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1997, Spice Girl Baby Spice arrived back in the UK in a wheelchair after breaking her ankle during a Turkish TV show.
2000, The film ‘Honest’, starring three of All Saints was pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office. The three singers played sisters who turn to crime in the late 1960’s.
2003, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was arrested on drugs and drink-driving charges after he collided with a car after going through a red light in his home town of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, (who wears a pig mask on stage) then tried to write a cheque for $1,000 (£600) to the other driver, who then called the police. Gray failed two alcohol tests at the scene and was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drink-driving.
2005, White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.
2005, Crazy Frog was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Axel F’. It started as a mobile phone ring tone, the single is based on Harold Faltermeyer’s film theme, which reached No.2 in 1985.
2006, The 1994 debut album by Oasis, Definitely Maybe was voted the greatest album of all time in a survey to mark 50 years of the Official UK Albums Chart. The Beatles came in second and third place with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver OK Computer by Radiohead was fourth and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis was voted fifth.
2007, Contemporary musicians recorded their own versions of songs from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album to mark 40 years since it was released. Acts including Oasis, Travis, The Fray, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bryan Adams and The Magic Numbers all worked with Geoff Emerick – the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions, using the original analogue 4-track equipment to demonstrates the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.
2013, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ by Vampire Weekend went to No.1 on the US album charts. Their sophomore album ‘Contra’ also debuted at No.1 in 2010, making this the first time an independent rock band had entered at No.1 with two consecutive releases. ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ also shattered the previous record for first week vinyl sales, moving nearly 10,000 units.
June 1st: Born on this day
1934, Born on this day, Pat Boone, US singer, (1956 UK No.1 single ‘I’ll Be Home’, 1957 US No.1 single ‘Love Letters In The Sand’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 hit singles).
1945, Born on this day, James William McCarty, guitarist, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles, Cactus, Mystery Train, Bob Seger.
1947, Born on this day, Ronnie Wood guitarist, songwriter, painter and radio presenter. Originally a member of UK band The Birds, he first worked alongside Rod Stewart in the Jeff Beck Group. He then got together with three members of The Small Faces to form The Faces joined by Rod on vocals. His songwriting partnership with Rod extended to Rod’s early solo albums. Wood joined The Rolling Stones in 1975 after the departure of Mick Taylor.
1950, Born on this day, Charlene, singer, (1982 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’).
1950, Born on this day, Tom Robinson, singer, songwriter, radio presenter and long-time LGBT rights activist. He was a member of Cafe Society, Sector 27, and scored the 1977 UK No.5 single with Tom Robinson Band, ‘2-4-6-8- Motorway’, plus ‘Glad to Be Gay’, ‘Don’t Take No for an Answer’ and the solo single ‘War Baby’.
1950, Born on this day, Graham Russell, guitar, vocals, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1 single ‘The One That You Love’).
1952, Born on this day, John Ellis, guitarist, The Vibrators, (1978 UK No.35 single ‘Automatic Lover’).
1958, Born on this day, Barry Adamson, Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single ‘Shot By Both Sides’).
1959, Born on this day, Alan Wilder, keyboards, vocals, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK top 40 singles).
1960, Born on this day, Simon Gallup, bass, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, plus over 20 other UK top 40 singles).
1963, Born on this day, Mike Joyce, drums, The Smiths, (1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). In 1996, Joyce sued former Smiths’ colleagues Johnny Marr and Morrissey for an equal share of performance and recording royalties. Joyce won the case and was awarded damages of around one million pounds from Morrissey and Marr.
1967, Born on this day, Roger Sanchez, DJ, producer, (2001 UK No.1 single ‘Another Chance’). He was a Grammy Award Winner for his remix of ‘Hella Good’ by No Doubt in 2003 and won the first International Dance Music Award for Best Podcast in 2007.
1968, Born on this day, Jason Donovan, Australian actor, singer, (1989 UK No.1 single ‘Too Many Broken hearts’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 hit singles)
1969, Born on this day, Damon Minchella, bass, Ocean Colour Scene, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘The Day We Caught The Train’, plus over 12 other Top 40 singles, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘Marchin’ Already’).
1974, Born on this day, Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American, singer, songwriter, (1996 US No.4 & UK No.11 single ‘Ironic’ from Jagged Little Pill album which has sold more then 30 million copies, making it the best ever selling record by a female performer. Morissette appeared on the Canadian children’s television show You Can’t Do That for five episodes when she was in elementary school and has now sold more than 60 million albums worldwide
1981, Born on this day, American alternative country and folk rock singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Her 2007 single ‘The Story’, from the album of the same name, was a commercial success, and was used by General Motors for commercials.