Friday, June 1, 2012

June 1

1921: Nelson Riddle (Composer)
1926: Marilyn Monroe
1934: Pat Boone (Pop Singer)
1947: Ron Wood (Bass for The Faces & The Rolling Stones)
1949: Mike Levine (Keyboardist & bassist for Triumph)
1956: Lisa Hartman Black (Actress & Singer)
1959: Alan Wilder (Keyboards for Depeche Mode)
1960: Simon Gallup (Bass for The Cure)
1963: Mike Joyce (Drums for The Smiths)
1974: Alanis Morissette (Singer)
1981: Brandi Carlile (Singer / Songwriter)

1956: Doris Day signs a major five-year, million-dollar recording contract with Columbia.

1957: NBC-TV chooses Ricky Nelson as one of Five Stars For Springtime on its variety special of the same name, along with Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Gordon MacRae, and Andy Williams.

1961: Experimental FM stereo is heard for the first time in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Schenectady, NY markets.

1964: Having just graduated high school the day before, a young singer named Dolly Parton heads to Nashville to be discovered.

1964: The Rolling Stones visit the US for the first time, arriving at New York's Kennedy Airport in order to kick off their first American tour, an event which would inspire their song "Flight 505."

1965: Art Garfunkel graduates with a Master's in mathematics from New York's Columbia University.

1967: Fairport Convention makes their stage debut with a performance at St. Michael's Hall in the Golders Green section of London.

1971: The two-room shack in Tupelo, MS that served as a birthplace and early home for Elvis Presley is opened to the public.

1971: CBS-TV airs what would be the last Ed Sullivan Show, featuring guest performer Gladys Knight. The show would be canceled the next day, having run an astonishing 23 years.

1972: At Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd begin recording their landmark album Dark Side Of The Moon.

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: On his 28th birthday, Ron Wood makes his stage debut with the Rolling Stones as the band kicks off its latest US tour at LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.

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.

1991: Soul Singer David Ruffin (The Temptations) died of a cocaine overdose.

1992: Natalie Cole announces her separation from her husband, producer Andre Fischer.

1992: Rod Stewart is the proud parent of his fifth child, daughter Renee, by his second wife, model Rachel Hunter.

1994: Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Matthew Sorum files to divorce Kai.

1997: Kenny Rogers marries his fifth wife, assistant Wanda Miller, at his home in Athens, GA.

1997: Spice Girl Baby Spice arrived back in the UK in a wheelchair after breaking her ankle during a Turkish TV show.

1998: Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) was arrested for drug possession in New York.

1999: 18 year old Northeastern University dropout Shawn Fanning invents a file-sharing program he calls Napster.

1999: Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn began a five day journey on a Sea-Doo (from Nashville to New Orleans) to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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 check for $1,000 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 drunk-driving.

2005: White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.

2009: The first event, a George Strait concert, was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.

2011: Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991, and the highest sales week since 2005.

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