Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Today in Music History

1945- Born on this day, Little Eva, US singer. She was babysitting for Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record a song they had written. It gave her the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Loco-Motion'. She died on April 10th 2003.

1953 - birthday - Colin Hay, Men At Work, (1983 UK and US No.1 single 'Down Under')

1968 - A free concert was held in London's Hyde Park, England, with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. (now there is a show!)

1968- The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.' A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin.

1969 - American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Had the 1968 US No.8 single 'Here Comes The Judge.' He acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

1973 - Ian Gillan singer with Deep Purple quit the band at the end of a tour in Japan.

1974 - Singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot scored his only US No.1 single with 'Sundown'.

1979 - American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Lowell George died of a heart attack. The Little Feat front man was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

1984 - Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.

1985 - David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street.'' for the forthcoming 'Live Aid' fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit.

1991, Skid Row entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Slave To The Grind'.

2002, American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer. Had the 1954 UK No.1 single 'This Ole House' appeared in the 1954 movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral.

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