June 6 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Gary “US” Bonds!

Musician’s Born On June 6

1936 Levi Stubbs (Four Tops)
1939 Gary ‘US’ Bonds (Quarter to Three)
1944 Roger Fraser (Tangerine Dream)
1944 Peter Albin (Big Brother & the Holding Company)
1959 Robert Hodgens (Bluebells)
1965 David White (Brother Beyond)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 6

1964 Dixie Cups: Chapel of Love US 45
1970 Christie: Yellow River UK 45
1971 Honey Cone: Want Ads US 45
1972 Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick US LP
1987 Simple Minds: Live in the City of Light UK LP
1987 Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody UK 45
1992 Lionel Richie : Back to Front : UK LP
1998 Brandy and Monica : The Boy is Mine : US single
1998 Boyzone : Where We Belong : UK LP

Various Music Events On June 6

1956 Be Bop A Lula by Gene Vincent is released

1960 Silver Beatles share the bill with the Pacemakers at Grosvenor Ballroom, UK

1960 Tony Williams leaves Platters for solo career

1962 Beatles begin their first demo recordings for EMI at Abbey Road Studios

1970 Joni Mitchell hits UK LP chart for the first time with Ladies of the Canyon

1970 Free debut on UK chart with All Right Now

1971 John and Yoko join Frank Zappa on stage at Fillmore East in New York

1971 Gladys Knight and the Pips star on the last Ed Sullivan Show

1982 First of a week of peace gigs begins when Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and others play to 85,000 in Los Angeles for Peace Sunday

1987 Herb Alpert hits Top 10 at No. 9 in the US with Diamonds, 24-1/2 years after his first Top 10 hit with Lonely Bull

1987 Genesis becomes the first group to spend a full year on Hot 100 with track from one LP, Invisible Touch

1992 The Broadway musical “Tommy.” wins 5 Tony awards. Pete Townshend wins Award for Best Original Score

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