Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3

1906: Josephine Baker (Singer & Dancer)
1927: Boots Randolph (Sax Player)
1942: Curtis Mayfield (Singer for The Impressions & Solo)
1943: Michael Clarke (Michael James Dick) (Drummer for The Byrds & The Flying Burrito Brothers)
1946: Ian Hunter (Singer for Mott The Hoople & Solo)
1946: John Paul Jones (John Baldwin) (Bassist for Led Zeppelin)
1947: Dave Alexander (Bass for The Stooges)
1947: Mickey Finn (Drummer for T Rex)
1950: Suzi Quatro (Singer & Bassist)
1950: Deniece Williams (R&B Singer)
1952: Billy Powell (Keyboards for Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1954: Dan Hill (Country Singer)
1956: Danny Wilde (Singer for The Rembrandts)
1962: David Cole (Producer in C & C Music Factory)
1964: Kerry King (Guitar for Slayer)
1964: Doro Pesch (Singer for Warlock & Solo)
1965: Mike Gordon (Bass for Phish)
1973: Lyfe Jennings (R&B Singer)
1974: Kelly Jones (Vocals & Guitar for Stereophonics)

1949: Elvis Presley, still an 8th grader, receives his final grades for the year at Humes High School, including an "A" in language but only a "C" in music.

1949: Hank Williams makes his last appearance on Shreveport's Louisiana Hayride.

1955: A car dealership in Lubbock, TX, holds a promotional autograph signing for two rising stars -- Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

1959: Billboard Magazine responds to the growing popularity of stereophonic recordings by splitting its album chart in two: one chart for mono, one for stereo.

1959: Stricken with tonsillitis while in the Army, Elvis Presley enters the base hospital in Germany and remains there for six days, during which a fruitless search is undertaken for a doctor who will operate on the famous throat. The inflammation is instead allowed to run its course.

1963: The mayor of Aurora, IN, declares today "Lonnie Mack Day" in honor of the native guitarist, recently on the charts with his famous instrumentals "Memphis" and "Wham!"

1964: The Rolling Stones perform their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" on tonight's episode of ABC-TV's musical variety show Hollywood Palace, hosted this week by Dean Martin.

1964: During a photo shoot for The Saturday Evening Post, an exhausted Ringo Starr collapses and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis. With the band scheduled to leave for a world tour in only 27 hours. Producer George Martin and manager Brian Epstein agree on his replacement, session drummer Jimmy Nicol, who had already drummed on a Beatles covers album. Nicol is immediately rushed to the studio to rehearse six songs, and then joins the group on tour for eleven days. When John and Paul ask how he's doing on the tour, Nicol always replies with "It's getting better," which will eventually inspire the song "Getting Better" on Sgt. Pepper.

1967: A truly surreal edition of ABC-TV's American Bandstand features Jefferson Airplane performing "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit."

1967: The Doors single "Light My Fire" was released.

1968: Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol was seriously wounded in the attack and barely survived.

1970: With the BBC refusing to air the Kinks' new single, "Lola," due to its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies is forced to fly all the way from London to New York to record the words "cherry cola" for a alternate release.

1982: Elvis Presley's fabled home, Graceland, is opened to the public.

1983: Already undergoing psychiatric treatment and suffering from, among other things, voices in his head, Derek and the Dominoes drummer Jim Gordon brutally murders his own mother with a hammer and knife in their home. Gordon, who co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Layla," is sentenced to life in prison.

1987: George Michael's "I Want Your Sex" was banned by the BBC.

1989: Country singer Rebe McEntire weds her manager Narvel Blackstone.

1990: Michael Jackson was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica after complaining of chest pains. Test showed that he had bruised ribs from dance practice.

1991: To pay off his $16 million tax bill to the IRS, Willie Nelson releases a new album entitled Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes.

1994: Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder (29) weds Beth Liebling (27).

1998: Van Halen canceled a show at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a piece of ceiling plaster fell and hit Alex Van Halen. He suffered a bruised arm.

2000: Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested after allegedly trashing his house, threatening his wife's life, and then disappearing. He is captured and ordered to get psychiatric help.

2002: Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, The Corrs, Will Young, Atomic Kitten and S Club 7 are the performers at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrating the 50th year of her reign.

2003: Barry Manilow suffered a broken nose after he accidentally walked into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California and knocked himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he didn't endure any lasting effects as doctors determined that surgery was not necessary.

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