June 5 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Richard Butler!

Births On June 5

1928 Bill Hayes (Ballad of Davy Crockett)
1946 Freddy Stone (Sly and the Family Stone)
1947 Laurie Anderson
1956 Kenny G
1956 Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs)
1964 Mags (Fuzzbox)
1971 Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark)

Deaths On June 5

1977 Sleepy John Estes (country/blues singer)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 5

1961 Roy Orbison Runnin’ Scared US 45
1965 The Sound of Music soundtrack UK LP
1971 Paul McCartney: Ram UK LP
1976 J.J. Barrie: No Charge UK 45
1982 Roxy Music: Avalon UK LP

Various Music Events On June 5

1954 Billboard magazine reports that from July major record labels will supply radio DJs with 45s instead of 78s
1956 Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on The Milton Beale Show and receives two Trip Crown awards for Heartbreak Hotel, which is No.1 across the charts
1959 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School, Minnesota
1964 Lisa Jane – first ever single by David Bowie (under the name David Jones and the King Bees) – released in UK on Vocalion
1966 Paperback Writer promotion film gets first showing on The Ed Sullivan Show
1969 Feast of Friends, a Doors documentary, premieres in Los Angeles
1971 Grand Funk Railroad break the Beatles’ money record as their Shea Stadium show sells out in 72 hours, making $306,000
1976 Rolling Stones become first group to receive record royalties from the USSR when copyright laws are changed.
1977 Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor is fatally bitten by the live rat it was being fed for breakfast

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