Today In Pop Music: June 10 – The Most Unlikely #1 Hit Of The 70’s And A Star Studded Duet
JUNE 10 BIRTHDAYS
1910 – Chester Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf – influential blues man and major inspiration for The Rolling Stones)
1922 – Judy Garland (way more than Over The Rainbow’)
1941 – Shirley Owens (The Shirelles – first all girl group to top Billboard Hot 100 in rock and roll era)
ON THIS DAY
1972 – It had to be one of the most unlikely records to top the Billboard Hot 100 in the 70’s, but it happened when Sammy David Jr. took a song from ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ to #1. “The Candy Man” would stay there for 3 weeks. Go figure…..
1972 – The Rolling Stones went to #1 on the UK album chart, their seventh chart topper, “Exile On Main Street”, which features the hit singles “Tumbling Dice” and “Happy”. In 2010, the re-release of the album proved historic when it entered the UK chart again at #1 – almost 38 years to the day that it held the top spot the first time. The Rolling Stones are the first act to have a studio album return to #1 after its initial release.
1991 – Temptations member Eddie Kendricks was arrested while attending the funeral of former group member David Ruffin in Detroit on charged of owing $26,000 in child support.
2004 – Ray Charles died at the age of 73.
2006 – The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for a forthcoming benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four song set at Led Zeppelin’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1978 – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from the ‘Grease’ soundtrack, in what turned out to be one of the suprise hit duets of the year. It helped push the ‘Grease’ album to 8x platinum status.