Today In Pop Music: June 13 – Big Records Set With Whitney’s Second Album
JULY 13 BIRTHDAYS
1934 – Uriel Jones (Motown Records session drummer) – You may not know his name, but you know the songs he played on: Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, The Temptations ‘cloud Nine’, smokey Robin and the Miracles ‘I Second That Emotions’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once In My Life’, and literally hundreds of other tracks. He died in 2009
1940 – Bobby Freeman (‘Do You Want To Dance, ‘ C’mon and Swim’)
1949 – Dennis Locorriere (Dr. Hook/guitar – ‘Sharing The Night Together’, ‘Cover Of The Rolling Stone’)
1951 – Howard Lees (Heart/guitar)
ON THIS DAY
1969 – The Rolling Stones held a photo session in London’s Hyde Park to introduce their new guitarist, 20 year old Mick Jones, who replaced Brian Jones.
1970 – The Beatles began a two week run atop Bilboard’s Hot 100 with ‘The Long And Winding Road’, their 20th American chart topper. Their album ‘Let It Be’ also clombed to #1 that same day and remained there for four weeks.
1970 – Grand Funk Railroad appeared at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, New Jersey. Their opening act was Steel Mill, fronted by Bruce Springsteen. $5 got you in to see both bands.
1975 John Lennon made his final television appearance on the program ‘Salute To Lew Grade’, peforming ‘slippin’ and Slidin’ and ‘Imagine’. His performance had been taped at the waldorf Astoria Hotel on April 18 of that year.
1975 – Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Recordings from the shows were used as part of his #1 double album ‘Frampton Comes Alive’, a breakthrough recording for Frampton.
1987 – Whitney Houston broke several records with her second abum ‘Whitney. She became the first female artist to debut at #1, and her first four singles (I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, So Emotional, and Where Do Broken Hearts Go) all peaked at #1, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat too.