Today In Pop Music: June 12 – Common Thread Between Queen, Van Morrison, Phil Collins, And Little Richard
JUNE 12 BIRTHDAYS
1941 – Reg Presley (The Troggs/lead singer – ‘Wild Thing – died 2013)
1948 – Barry Bailey (Atlanta Rhythm Section/original guitarist – ‘So Into You’)
1949 – John Wetton (Asia/bass – ‘Only Time Will Tell’)
1951 – Brad Delp – (Boston/guitar-vocals – ‘More Than A Feeling’)
1951 – Bun E. Carlos – (Cheap Trick/drums)
1952 – Pete Fardon – (The Pretenders/bass – ‘Brass In Pocket’)
1953 – Rocky Burnette (‘Tired Of Toein’ The Line’)
ON THIS DAY
1965 – The Beatles were included in the Queen’s birthday honors list to each receive the MBE. Not everyone was pleased with her decision, as one former recipient award was quoted as saying ‘British Royalty has put me on the same lever as a bunch of vulger numbskulls’.
1966 – The Supremes became the first American group to top the Billboard Hot with five consecutive singles when ‘Back In My Arms Again’ went to #1.
1972 – Ronnie Spector, with no shoes on and help from her mother, left her husband Phil’s Beverly Hills manor for the last time, leaving behind her adopted sons. Within days she filed for a divorce which was granted two years later.
1982 – A superstar lineup that included James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Gary ‘US’ Bonds, appeared at a concert in Central Park for nuclear disarmament. Over 450,000 people were in attendance.
1989 – The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum opened at Graceland. Over 30 cars Elvis owned went on display including his famous pink Cadillac, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Stutz Blackhawks, a 1975 Dino Ferrari, 1956 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, and the red MG Presley drove in the film ‘Blue Hawaii’.
2003 – An unlikely group of artists gathered in New York to receive induction in to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. One by one they made their way to the stage to accept their award: members of Queen, Phil Collins, Little Richard, and Van Morrison. Definitely a once in a life time event!