Wednesday, June 08, 2011 12:01 AM
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Born on this day:
1946, The King Cole Trio featuring Nat King Cole hit the charts with “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.” The song, which reached #3 on the R&B chart and #11 on the pop chart, was later covered by a variety of artists, including The Rolling Stones and The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
1956, Clyde McPhatter made his last appearance with The Drifters at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
1963, The Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron” peaked at #3 on the U.S. singles chart. The track was produced by Phil Spector, who used a multi-track recording system to build the song layer-upon-layer to achieve a result that became known as the “Wall of Sound.” Backing musicians included Glen Campbell on guitar, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blaine on drums and Nino Tempo on sax.
1967, Procol Harum were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” the group’s only U.K. #1. In 2004, the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. There have been more than 900 recorded versions by other artists.
1985, Tears for Fears started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” the group’s first U.S. #1.
1987, Yogi Horton, a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumped to his death from a 17th-floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of living in the shadow of Vandross. Horton also worked with The B-52s, Diana Ross and Debbie Harry.
1989, at a Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day, a McDonalds in Milton Keynes, England was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.
1991, Bruce Springsteen married his backing singer, Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home.
1996, The Fugees scored their first U.K. #1 single with their version of the Roberta Flack 1973 hit, “Killing Me Softly.”
2001, AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens of the Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England. Tickets cost £28.50.
2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 Guitar Songs of All Time. #5 was “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones; #4, “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks; #3, “Crossroads” by Cream; #2, “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix; and #1, “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.
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