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Today in Music History - June 6

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - June 6

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Today in Music History - June 6


Today in Music History for June 6:

In 1939, singer Gary U.S. Bonds, whose real name is Gary Anderson, was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Bonds had a string of energetic dance records in the early 60s, topped by "Quarter to Three," which reached No. 1 in 1961. Bonds' career was revived in 1981 by Bruce Springsteen, who wrote "This Little Girl of Mine." It became his first hit in nearly 20 years and his comeback album, "Dedication," also made the charts.

In 1956, Gene Vincent's recording of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" was released. The song was co-written by Vincent and "Sheriff" Tex Davis, a deejay at a Norfolk, Va., radio station.

In 1960, Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely" was released. It would reach No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and inspire Bruce Springsteen to write "Born to Run."

In 1960, Tony Williams of "The Platters" left the group for a solo career. Williams was the lead singer on "The Platters" big hits in the '50s -- "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," among others.

In 1962, "The Beatles" auditioned for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. Martin was later quoted as saying he thought "they were pretty awful," but also thought them "interesting" and signed them to a contract the following month.

In 1968, "The Rolling Stones" recorded "Sympathy for the Devil."

In 1969, Rod Stewart, while still officially a part of the "Jeff Beck Group," signed a solo contract with Mercury Records. His debut LP, "The Rod Stewart Album," was only a modest success.

In 1971, "Gladys Knight and the Pips" were the last musical guests to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The show was later cancelled by CBS after 23 seasons.

In 1977, Stevie Wonder delivered an unannounced lecture to a class at UCLA studying the record industry.

In 1982, an anti-nuclear rally featuring performances by Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty drew 85,000 people to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

In 1986, CHUM-AM Toronto, the station with the longest-running hit record chart in North America, abandoned its top-40 format for a mixture of soft rock and oldies. CHUM adopted the rock format in 1957 and published its chart for 1,512 consecutive weeks.

In 1989, officials in Easton, Maryland voted to cancel an Ozzy Osbourne concert due to complaints about the singer's lyrics and on-stage antics.

In 1990, a judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., declared "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" by "2 Live Crew" to be obscene. A record store owner was charged two days later for selling the hit rap album. But an appeals court overturned the judge's decision two years later, causing "2 Live Crew" leader Luther Campbell to remark -- "This makes me so happy -- I'm going to go get drunk tonight."

In 1991, jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, who helped popularize bossa nova music in North America, died of cancer at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 64. Getz first gained fame as a member of "The Four Brothers" reed section in "The Woody Herman Band" in the late 1940s. His showcase was the song "Early Autumn." "Jazz Samba," a 1962 album by Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd, introduced the bossa nova to North Americans. It also reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop albums chart and produced the hit single, "Desafinado." Several other bossa nova albums followed, including 1964's "Getz-Gilberto," featuring the Brazilian husband-and-wife team of Joao and Astrud Gilberto. It went to No. 2, and spawned a top-five single, "The Girl From Ipanema."

In 1993, the Canadian production of "Kiss of the Spiderwoman" won seven Tony awards. …

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