Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25

1937: Eddie Floyd (R&B Singer)
1939: Harold Melvin (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes)
1940: Clint Warwick (Bass for The Moody Blues)
1945: Carly Simon (Rock Singer)
1946: Ian McDonald (Sax for King Crimson & Foreigner)
1946: Allen Lanier (Keyboards & Guitar for Blue Oyster Cult)
1952: Tim Finn (Singer & Songwriter for Split Enz & Crowded House)
1954: David Paich (Keyboards for Toto)
1963: George Michael (Singer for Wham and Solo)
1968: Candyman (Candell Manson) (Rapper)
1972: Mike Kroeger (Bass for Nickelback)

1957: In response to several successful concerts and dance contests, Egypt bans rock and roll from public places and from being mentioned in the press, deeming it "an imperialist plot" and citing it as a prime example of "Western degeneracy."

1964: The British Invasion gets a taste of its own medicine when Roy Orbison becomes the first American to hit #1 in the UK in 47 weeks, scoring with his single "It's Over."

1966:  R&B singer Jackie Wilson was arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a frenzy and refused to stop singing when requested to do so by police. He was later convicted of drunkenness and fined $30.

1966: Neil Diamond makes his television debut, singing his hit "Solitary Man" on today's broadcast of ABC's American Bandstand.

1967: The world's first worldwide satellite broadcast entitled Our World, which features performances from all over the globe, airs the live English portion of the program, as the Beatles introduce their new single, a message of hope from John Lennon entitled "All You Need Is Love." Broadcast live around the world from the Abbey Road Studios in London, it features the band singing and playing along to a pre-recorded track, joined in the studio by guests Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richard, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, George's wife Pattie, Paul's fiance Jane Asher and his brother Mike, Graham Nash and his wife, and others. 200 Million tuned in to watch the program.

1967: During a north American tour, The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West.

1969: The Hollies recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'. Elton John played piano on the session.

1970: The band Whole Oats, a duo consisting of Philadelphians Daryl Hall and John Oates, goes into the studio to record their first demos.

1980: Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to perform before 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden.

1984: Bruce Springsteen takes on a new backup singer named Patti Scialfa, who will eventually become his second wife after their affair leads to the breakup of his first marriage to model and actress Julianne Phillips. Nine years later to the day, he becomes the last musical guest on the NBC-TV show Late Night With David Letterman.

1984: The soundtrack "Purple Rain" was released five weeks ahead of the film.

1986: Jenifer Strait, the 13-year-old daughter of George Strait, dies in an auto accident when the car, driven by a teenage friend, rolls over during a left turn in San Marcos, Texas.

1987: Reba McEntire files for divorce from Charlie Battles, four days after their 11th anniversary.

1988: Singer Jimmy Soul died of a heart attack at 45.

1988: Hillel Slovak, original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

1992: Billy Joel got his high school diploma. He had overslept and missed English and Gym finals 25 years before

1994: Five people attending this years UK Glastonbury Festival were shot and injured when a lone madman pulled a gun and started shooting into the crowd.

1995: Pearl Jam canceled their tour because of an ongoing feud with Ticketmaster.

1997: Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop.

2003: Boston's mastermind, Tom Scholz, sues his record label for failure to promote the band's latest comeback album, ironically entitled Corporate America.

2003: The Recording Industry Association of America disclosed its plans to fight Internet piracy. The plan was to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online. The process was planned to begin the next day.

2004: Rapper DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car from New York's Kennedy airport. DMX - real name is Earl Simmons - and Jackie Hudgins were held after the city's Port Authority police interrupted a dispute. The pair were arrested on charges of attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. A spokesman said a preliminary investigation indicated that Mr Simmons may have identified himself as a federal agent.

2006: Nicole Kidman married her country singer boyfriend Keith Urban at ceremony in Sydney, Australia. X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, media magnate Rupert Murdoch and actress Naomi Watts were among the guests at the service.

2009: Michael Jackson died at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles, California.

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