Today in Music History - June 23

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Today in Music History - June 23


Today in Music History - June 23

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Today in Music History for June 23:

In 1920, Canadian dixieland jazz saxophonist and bandleader Lance Harrison was born in Vancouver. He died Nov. 26, 2000.

In 1929, June Carter Cash, a member of the Carter family of country singers, was born in Maces Spring, Va. She married Johnny Cash in 1968 and is credited with helping him turn his life around after a bout with pill addiction. The couple's recording of "Jackson" was awarded a Grammy in 1967 for best country recording by a group. She died May 15, 2003 at a Nashville hospital of complications from heart surgery.

In 1948, singer and guitarist Myles Goodwyn, leader of the Canadian rock group "April Wine," was born in Woodstock, N.B. Formed in Halifax in 1970, "April Wine" later made Montreal its home base. Probably Canada's leading touring band in the '70s, "April Wine's" first international success came in 1972 with the single "You Could Have Been a Lady." Their biggest U.S. hit was "Just Between You and Me," which made No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. The group shared the stage with "The Rolling Stones" at a March, 1977 concert at the El Mocambo nightclub in Toronto. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2010 Juno Awards.

In 1956, "Stranded in the Jungle" by "The Cadets" was released. It reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains a favourite oldie.

In 1967, John Entwhistle, bass guitarist with "The Who," married Alison Wise. Entwhistle told a London newspaper that he knew they would marry from their first date -- when Alison carried his amplifier to a gig.

In 1967, Arthur Conley was awarded a gold record for "Sweet Soul Music." It was the only major hit for Conley, a discovery of Otis Redding.

In 1970, Ringo Starr arrived in Nashville to start recording with such session musicians as steel guitarist Pete Drake and harmonica player Charlie McCoy. The result was the album, "Beaucoup of Blues."

In 1970, Chubby Checker and three other people were arrested in Niagara Falls, Ont., and charged with possession of marijuana and hashish.

In 1972, "Smokey Robinson and The Miracles" performed together for what was billed as the last time. They reunited for a few performances.

In 1975, Alice Cooper broke six of his ribs after he fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver. Several dates on his Welcome to "My Nightmare Tour" had to be cancelled.

In 1975, "Jefferson Starship's" "Red Octopus" was released. The album marked the return of singer Marty Balin, went to No. 1 on the charts and became the band's biggest seller.

In 1979, disco singer Donna Summer captured the No. 1 and No. 3 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." She was the first solo entertainer to hold two of the top three positions simultaneously.

In 1987, teen singer Tiffany began a tour of shopping malls with a stop in Paramus, N.J. These mall visits were a major boost to Tiffany's career.

In 1989, "The Who" officially began their reunion tour with the first of two concerts at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. The tour actually began with a warm-up show in Glens Falls, N.Y. two days earlier. But the Toronto concert was "The Who's" first all-out stadium performance since their so-called farewell tour ended in Toronto in 1982. The nearly three-hour shows contained all their trademarks -- Roger Daltrey's microphone juggling and Pete Townshend's acrobatic leaps -- and a generous sampling of the band's hits. But Townshend was forced to play an acoustic guitar, instead of his customary electric instrument, because years of amplified rock had nearly destroyed his hearing. …

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