| Glenn Wallichs started Capitol Records this
week back in 1942. It has served
as home to such artists as Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Frank
Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell,
, The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook,
Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and countless
| An Ike Turner produced track featuring
Jackie Brenstons vocals, Rocket 88, was number 1 on the
R&B singles chart in 1951. It
is often cited as the very first rock n roll record, and was
released by Sun Records. Brenston was backed by the Delta Cats,
which were actually the Kings of Rhythm, a band that Turner
formed in high school.
| Bill Haley renamed his Saddlemen
group in 1953. They would now
be known collectively as Bill Haley and His Comets, and by adding a
drummer, moved from country music into more of a rockabilly style. Almost
exactly one year later, Rock Around the Clock would be sitting at number
23 after selling 75000 copies in the U.S., before dropping off the charts. It
would return in 1955 in a much bigger way.
| Chuck Berry knows June 7th all
too well. In 1957 two of his
singles were released on competing record labels in the U.K. Roll Over
Beethoven was put out by London Records and School Day was issued on
the Columbia label. A cover of Berrys, Come On by The
Rolling Stones became their debut single this week in 1963. And in the same week in 1979, Berry played at the White
House, and was also charged with income tax evasion going back to 1973. He was
sentenced to five months in jail.
| The Isley Brothers released The Angels
Cried in 1957. The song for
Teenage Records was their first single, it had a doo wop flavour to it, and was
backed by The Cow Jumped Over the Moon. Neither track was a hit and they
soon moved on to RCA Records where they recorded their infectious track,
Shout. Eventually, in 1962, Twist and Shout cracked the top 20
and began an intermittent run of hits for the New Jersey trio, that extended
into the 1970s.
| Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits went to
number 1 in 1958. It stayed on
the charts for 490 weeks, setting a longevity record. That record would be
broken in the 1980s by Pink Floyds, Dark Side of the Moon.
Its Not for Me to Say, The Twelfth of Never and the number
1 hit, Chances Are, were all included on the Greatest Hits album,
as was his first hit, Wonderful! Wonderful!
| Roy Orbison earned his first number 1 hit
this week in 1961. Running
Scared followed Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel) and Blue Angel
into the top 10, where it spent a week above the rest. Orbison had
to be coaxed into a soaring vocal at the climax of the song. Studio engineers
couldnt get a proper recording of his voice because it was being drowned
out by the instrumental build-up, so Roy had to let it rip at the very
| Ringo Starr collapsed from exhaustion
during a 1964 photo session for
the Saturday Evening Post. He rested for a couple of weeks while The Fifth
Beatle, Jimmy Nicol, sat in on drums for shows in Denmark, Holland,
Hong Kong and Australia. Ringo was taken to University College Hospital
and was treated for tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
| Not long after they had reconciled, Roy
Orbisons wife, Claudette, was killed when her motorcycle collided
with a truck in 1966. She was
only 25 when the accident occurred in Gallatin, Texas. Orbison had
previously written a song about her, and The Everly Brothers had a hit
with Claudette in 1958.
| Blind Faith played their only live
performance in 1969 in Hyde Park,
London. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and
Ric Grech produced just one album together, which included the popular
songs, Cant Find My Way Home and Presence of the
| Gladys Knight and The Pips were musical
guests on the final Ed Sullivan Show, in 1971.
| Grand Funk broke
box office record in 1971 by selling out Shea Stadium in 72 hours, as their
Survival album hit number 6 in the U.S. This was just a month after 150
reporters were invited to meet the group at a New York hotel and only six
showed up. The Survival record included covers of Dave
Masons, Feelin Alright and Gimme Shelter,
originally by The Rolling Stones.
| Manfred Mann mounted a comeback in 1971 when he reformed as Manfred
Manns Earth Band, with Mick Rogers replacing Mike Hogg
on vocals. A couple of singles were released, which were included on a
self-titled album in February of the following year. But they would have to
wait until 1976 to have international success when The Roaring Silence
featured the smash single, Blinded By the Light. By this time,
Chris Thompson had taken over on vocal duties. A remixed version of
Spirits in the Night with Thompsons superb voice made the
top 40 in the U.S. this week in 1977. It can finally be found on CD on The Roaring
| The Doors had their last studio album of
original material enter the top 10 this week in 1971. L.A. Woman peaked at number 9 in the U.S.,
and was the final record that featured the vocals of Jim Morrison. The
strongest tracks on the LP were Love Her Madly, Riders On the Storm
and the title track. Morrison was absent for much of the
| Gram Parsons made his final live appearance
in 1973. He performed at the
Tower Theater in Philadelphia only days after playing in Baltimore. Between
gigs, Parsons was working on his Grievous Angel studio album with
the help of Emmylou Harris, which would be released in February the
following year, five months after he died. The record included a duet on
Love Hurts with Harris. Exactly 25 years later, Emmylou
guested on Late Night With David Letterman to promote the current Lilith
Fair tour. The highly successful series of concerts was organized by Sarah
McLachlan, which Sheryl Crow abandoned on the same day as
Emmylous TV appearance.
| Rick Wakeman left Yes in 1974. He would return at the end of 1976,
after releasing several successful solo albums, including The Six Wives of
Henry VIII, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Myths and
Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Wakeman
and the boys had released Tales from Topographic Oceans in late
1973, and would work again in the studio on Going for the One in
| Elton John took his 1975 album, Captain Fantastic and the
Brown Dirt Cowboy, to number 1 in its first week of release. No one had
done this before. He did it again later in the year with Rock of the
Westies. Since 1990, when chart positions began being determined very
differently, its almost expected for a new album by a popular artist to
go directly to number 1.
| Just as Fool to Cry peaked at number 10 in
America and number 6 in the U.K. in 1976, Keith Richards ten week old son died of
pneumonia. Tara lost his fight in Switzerland while the band was performing in
Paris, France, promoting their Black and Blue album.
| Heart hit the top 40 in the U.S. for the
first time when Crazy On You made number 35 in 1976. The parent album, Dreamboat Annie, and a
second single, Magic Man, would both reach the top 10 four months
| A rat being served up as dinner to Alice
Coopers boa constrictor bit the snake and killed it in 1977. Cooper held public auditions to replace his
valuable stage prop, and Angel was the winner to be taken on the road. Alice
had just released his Lace and Whiskey album, which included the
track, Road Rats, as well as the standouts You and Me,
Its Hot Tonight and the title track.
| Simon and Garfunkel briefly reunited in
1982 for a nine date tour of
Europe, beginning in Paris and ending at Wembley Stadium. The U.S. portion of
the tour was shelved after the duo rediscovered their past conflicts and
decided to return to solo projects. A successful live album recorded in New
Yorks Central Park the previous fall had been doing well on the albums
| Benny Mardones made 1980s bookends out of
his song, Into the Night, when it re-entered the top 40 in the U.S. in
1989. The hit originally charted
in 1980, stalling at number 11. It was reissued in 89 and made another
climb, but not quite as high this time. A newly recorded version was also
released in 1989, but it was the original that got Mardones back on the
| The Doobie Brothers reformed in 1989 with original leader, Tom
Johnston, and played the first of many U.S. concerts promoting the newly
released, Cycles album. A single from the album, The Doctor, made
it into the top 10, while the follow-up, Need a Little Taste of Love,
stalled at number 45. The saxophone player performed live vocals on songs
previously sung by Michael McDonald, who wasnt in the reunited
| The Raw and The Cooked album from The
Fine Young Cannibals hit number 1 in 1989. It stuck at the top for 7 weeks and contained the
hits, She Drives Me Crazy, Good Thing (both number 1), and
Dont Look Back.
| Extreme took More Than Words to
number 1 in the U.S. back in 1991. The song was one of the mellower tracks on
Pornograffitti, which covered several musical styles, including the more
upbeat follow-up single, Hole Hearted.
| Van Halen cancelled its concert at Hamburg
Docks in Germany in 1998, when
Alex Van Halen was injured. Some plaster chunks from the ceiling decided
to blanket the drummer, but only minor bruising to his arm resulted. The
accident occurred during a soundcheck, a couple of months after their first
tour began with Gary Cherone on lead vocals. Their only album with this
new line-up, Van Halen III, stiffed on the charts.
| Alice Cooper came under fire in 2000 when he released his latest album,
Brutal Planet. One of the songs, Wicked Young Man, describes an
adolescent with, a pocket full of bullets and a blueprint of the
school, clearly a reference to the April 29, 1999 shootings at Columbine
High School in Littleton, Colorado. Cooper said he wrote the song to,
let people know that if they see or know someone like this guy in the
song, that they report him immediately. Another track, Blow Me a
Kiss, was also about Columbine. Critics feared that Cooper was
sensationalizing the tragic event to gain publicity for his
|Curtis Mayfield (1942), Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople, 1946), Suzi Quatro (1950), Deniece Williams (1951) and Dan Hill (1954) came Stumblin In on
|Relatives Wasted Days and Wasted Nights waiting
for the arrival of Freddy Fender (1937), Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon,
1945) and Jimmy McCulloch
|Tom Evans (Badfinger) wore his first
Baby Blue in 1947.
|The doctor heard The Same Old Song of crying when
Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops, 1936), Gary U.S. Bonds (1939), Joe Stampley (1943) and Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream,
|Its Not Unusual for Tom Jones
(1940) and Joey Scarbury
(1955) to mark their
birthdays on this day.
|The families of Chuck Negron (Three Dog
Night, 1942), Boz Scaggs
(1944), Bonnie Tyler
(1953) and Mick Hucknall
(Simply Red, 1960) had
reason to Celebrate.
|Les Paul (1916), Johnny Ace (1929), Jackie Wilson (1934) and Jon Lord (Deep
Purple, 1941) each became a
Child in Time.
|Ronnie Lane (The Small Faces), died from
multiple sclerosis in 1997.
|Mel Tormé passed away at the age of 73 in
1999, from complications caused
by a stroke. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drug overdose in 2002.
|Claudette Orbison, wife of Roy, was killed
in a motorcycle accident in 1966.