Today In Pop Music: June 23 – Motown Diva Blows Bad Breath Test
JUNE 23 BIRTHDAYS
1929 – June Carter Cash (the love of Johnny’s life – wrote ‘Ring Of Fire’ died 2003)
1937 – Niki Sullivan (one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s Crickets/guitar – died 2004)
1940 – Stuart Sutcliff (Beatles original bass player – died 1962)
ON THIS DAY
1962 – Ray Charles began a 14 week run atop the Billboard Album Chart with his landmark album ‘Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music’, which included the #1 single “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.
1966 – The Beatles topped the british charts for the 10th time with ‘Paperback Writer’. The heavier than usual emphasis bass guitar sound on the track due in part to John Lennon’s demand to knkow why the bass on a certain Wilson Pickett record far exceeded the bass on any Beatles records. It was also cut louder than any other Beatles record due to a new piece of equipment used in the single’s mastering.
1973 – George Harrison began a five week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ‘Living In the Material World’, his second chart topper (‘All Thigs Must Pass was the first’).
1975 – During his ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell off the stage breaking six ribs.
1976 – Paul McCartney and Wings wrapped up their ‘Wings Over America with a show at the Forum in Los Angeles.
1990 – Buddy Holly’s Gibson acoustic guitar, encased in a tooled leather cover that Buddy made himself, sold in a Southerby’s auction. Winning bid was $237,419.
2004 – Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest University, and made a ‘doctor of music’.
2003 – Diana Ross appeared in court, testifying she was coerced and felt intimidated into taking a breath test that showed her blood alcohol level was 0.2 – well over the 0.8 limit! According to court records, she stated”If I didn’t take the beath tests, I was either going to the hospital or going to jail”. after the proceedings, she asked the judge if it would be possible to have court paperwork processed using her married name of ‘Diana Naess’. The City Magistrate replied he thought it was “a little late for that now”.