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The Events That Rocked Music—The Week of June 9

1949: During his debut at the Grand Ole Opry Hank Williams receives a record-setting six encores…

1955: in Belden, Mississippi, Elvis Presley is obliged to crawl through a back window of the gym at Belden High in order to dodge a mob…in the process he rips his skin-tight pants compelling the future King to play the date with a strategically placed safety pin preventing too cheeky a performance…

1957: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," hits the C&W charts for Jerry Lee Lewis...the recording will shake up the pop chart within a week…

1958: Jerry Lee Lewis' producer, Sam Phillips, forces Lewis to sign an apologetic letter and then posts it as a full-page ad in Billboard trying in vain to bolster Lewis' plummeting reputation in the fallout from his divorce and subsequent marriage to his 14-year-old second cousin...although marriage to a second cousin of that age isn't such a big deal in the '50s southern U.S., the British press has turned it into a public relations nightmare from which The Killer's career will never completely recover…

1961: Singer Patsy Cline is seriously injured in a car wreck…during her two-month recuperation in hospital her single “I Fall to Pieces” blows up into a huge country-pop crossover hit…

1963: Kyu Sakamoto’s "Sukiyaki" hits number one on the U.S. pop chart...it is the first and last Japanese language song to do so…

1964: In a feverishly productive night session at Columbia Recording Studios in New York, Bob Dylan cuts 14 tracks for his forthcoming LP Another Side of Bob Dylan…songs include his much-covered ”Mr. Tambourine Man”…meanwhile the Stones are in Chicago where they record It's “All Over Now,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Time Is On My Side” at the legendary Chess Records studio where they also meet blues luminaries Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Buddy Guy, as well as Chess rock ‘n’ roll star Chuck Berry…

1965: It’s announced that The Beatles will receive MBE awards from Queen Elizabeth in October...in the controversy that ensues, some previous recipients return their medals and Member of Parliament Hector Dupuis complains, “British Royalty has put me on the same level as a bunch of vulgar numbskulls”...John Lennon will return his medal in 1969 signifying his displeasure with Britain's support for U.S. involvement in Vietnam…

1966: The Beatles record "Rain," which employs a reversed-tape effect for the first time in one of their songs...it's the same technique that later results in "Paul-is-dead" rumors…guitarist Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapses in mid-song on British TV’s Ready Steady Go…rumors of Roger Daltrey's death are greatly exaggerated as European radios spew misinformation after Pete Townshend is injured in a car accident…

1969: Multi-instrumentalist and founder of the Rolling Stones Brian Jones announces he's leaving the band because he doesn't agree with their musical direction...the band has had their fill of him and forced him out since his drugging and mental instability have prevented the Stones from touring the U.S....they will later joke about pranks they played on Jones such as having him record overdubs with no tape running...hot blues guitarist Mick Taylor is already lined up and steps in as soon as Jones steps out...within three weeks Jones will be found dead on the bottom of his pool…

1970: Derek and the Dominos hit the stage for the first time in Britain...Clapton's much-feted collaboration with former Delaney & Bonnie and Friends members will play itself out by December…

1971: Police panic when people start climbing over the fence at a Jethro Tull concert in Red Rocks Amphitheater outside Denver...they drop tear gas from helicopters resulting in a riot with lots of injuries...averting disaster, Jethro Tull comes onstage in the middle of the ruckus after the opening act flees and plays their entire show while choking from tear gas fumes...Red Rocks says no more rock concerts will be held there…the ban doesn’t last…

1975: Peter Frampton’s two-night stand at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco is caught on tape and will become the humongous live-album hit Frampton Comes Alive

1977: Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of The Clash are each fined $8 by a London judge for spray painting the band’s name on a wall…a couple of days later the pair are locked up on failure to appear charges involving a stolen Holiday Inn pillowcase… Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a major component of the shock-rocker’s stage schtick, dies after being bitten by a rat intended as the snake’s breakfast…

1978: The Rolling Stones release their LP Some Girls with an elaborately die-cut cover featuring the band in cheesy wigs alongside female celebrities including Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Judy Garland, Raquel Welch, and Marilyn Monroe…the women or their estates all threaten legal action…subsequent covers are issued sans the celebrities…

1979: the world learns from Rolling Stone magazine that Little Feat has broken up after 10 years of musical matrimony...guitarist Lowell George won't live to see July…

1982: Mick Jagger is knighted by Queen Elizabeth…no romantic entanglement is reported…

1986: Jerry Garcia goes into a five-day diabetic coma requiring the Dead to cancel shows …

1987: A crew of 30 hired hands move 800 rented beds onto a beach in Devon, England for the cover shoot of Pink Floyd’s forthcoming LP, A Momentary Lapse of Reason…rain interrupts the proceedings and the exercise must be repeated two weeks later…

1989: Jerry Lee Lewis, still going strong, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…Nirvana’s debut LP Bleach is released…the title comes from a poster urging intravenous drug users to “Bleach Your Works”…frontman Kurt Cobain later claims most of the lyrics were written the night before the LP was recorded and says that he doesn’t much like them…

1990: 25 years to the day after their father Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys owned the top of the pops with “Help Me Rhonda,” Wilson Phillips, the trio composed of Carnie and Wendy Wilson together with Chynna Phillips own the same spot on the Top 100 chart with their single, “Hold On”...meanwhile, on the album chart, rapper MC Hammer’s LP Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em takes the top spot where it will remain for 21 weeks—the longest stretch ever since the chart was established…

1991: Temptations singer Eddie Kendricks is arrested on a bench warrant for $26,000 in overdue child support while attending the funeral of his former bandmate David Ruffin … Kendricks will die the following year …

1992: A judge in L.A. dismisses a $25 million palimony suit brought by model Kelly Emberg against Rod Stewart...she charges that they had lived together in a marital-like state between 1985 and 1990 and had a child together...despite the current conflict, sources close to Emberg report that she still thinks Rod is sexy…Billy Ray Cyrus starts a 17-week stand at No.1 on the US album chart with Some Gave All… his debut album is buoyed by the mega-hit single “Achy Breaky Heart”…

1994: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison's Atlanta mansion burns to the ground...it's determined that following a fight his girlfriend, singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, torched the joint…she’ll get five years probation and a $10,000 fine for her flaming hissy fit…

1995: 90 minutes before he's to perform at a Texas police convention, country star Ty Herndon is busted by an undercover cop for drug possession...he pleads guilty…

1999: it’s reported that Oasis has paid Gary Glitter an out-of-court settlement of $340,000 in settlement of charges the band misappropriated some of Glitter’s lyrics for their song, “”Hello”…

2000: Noel Gallagher of Oasis grabs first place in Melody Maker's annual “Un-coolest People in Rock” survey…Marilyn Manson is second and Robbie Williams comes in third…

2003: Singer Adam Ant is arrested after throwing stones at neighbors’ houses then stripping off his clothes in a London cafe…

2004: After complaining about what he believes to be a pinched nerve in his shoulder, David Bowie receives an emergency angioplasty to deal with a severely blocked artery..following a layoff of 1,000 employees in March, Warner Music Group announces that it’s cutting its artist roster by nearly one-half in the face of a continuing soft market for music…

2005: After 24 years of bitterness and disputes with his former band, Roger Waters agrees to rejoin Pink Floyd for a performance at Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London on July 2…following 32 hours of deliberations, a California jury finds Michael Jackson not guilty of child molestation charges…

2006: Despite having a #1 album with Taking the Long Way Home, The Dixie Chicks are having trouble selling seats in some venues for their summer tour...it is believed lingering anger over Natalie Maines’ criticism of George W. Bush in 2003 is behind the sluggish box office...Jacob the Jeweler aka Jacob Abaro, purveyor of bling to hip-hop’s glitterati, is busted by the feds on charges of money laundering in a case that also includes charges of drug peddling leveled at the Black Mafia family of Detroit…

2008: In a Rolling Stone story titled “Vinyl Returns in the Age of MP3,” the magazine reports that sales of turntables and LP releases are staging a comeback while the CD business continues to dwindle…nine songs that sound album-ready are leaked on the web fueling more speculation that GNR’s much-anticipated and greatly delayed Chinese Democracy may finally be approaching a release date…

2009: The latest version of the hit video game Rock Band is unveiled … Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono all provided input into the design of the game … “Whoever thought we’d end up as androids?” McCartney muses …

2010: CBS News reports that Ozzy Osbourne’s genetic code will be studied by scientists in an effort to understand how some peoples’ bodies can endure excessive substance abuse…

2011: In deference to Morrisey’s appearance, food vendors go vegetarian for a day at the 10-day Lokerse Feesten music festival in Belgium that’s noted for its horse meat sausages …

2012: Beatles fans successfully prevent the demolition of Ringo Starr’s birthplace along with 15 other buildings in the Dingle area of Liverpool…the city council agrees to let locals rehab the properties…

2013 Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane is rushed to hospital where a blood clot is removed from his brain during emergency surgery…

This Week’s Births

June 9: songwriter Cole Porter (1891), bandleader and blender financial backer Fred Waring (1900), blues innovator Skip James (1902), guitarist and inventor Les Paul (1915), R&B singer Johnny Ace (1929), soul singer Jackie Wilson (1934), session guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill (1932), Deep Purple's Jon Lord (1941), George Bunnell of The Strawberry Alarm Clock (1949), Francis Monkman of Curved Air (1949), bassist Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep and The Spiders from Mars (1950), UFO and Lone Star guitarist Paul Chapman (1954), (Everett) Dean Felber of Hootie & The Blowfish (1967), Dean Dinning of Toad the Wet Sprocket (1967), Chemical Brothers keyboardist Ed Simons (1970), Yummy Fur singer-guitarist Jackie McKeown (1971), metal guitarist Rick Renstrom (1971), black metal guitarist Samoth born Thomas Haugen of Emperor and Zyklon (1974), Muse frontman, guitarist, and pianist Matthew Bellamy (1978), sitarist and daughter of Ravi, Anoushka Shankar (1981), R&B singer Frankee (Nicole Francine Aiello) (1983), Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman (1989)

June 10: blues giant Howlin’ Wolf born Chester Burnett (1910), singer and actress Judy Garland (1922), pioneering bossa nova singer and guitarist João Gilberto (1931), improvisational drummer John Stevens (1940), The Shirelles’ Shirley Alston (1941), First Edition drummer Mickey Jones (1941), Janet Vogel of The Skyliners (1942), The Move's Rick Price (1944), Philly singer-songwriter John Whitehead (1949), Flipper co-leader Will Shatter (1956), Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer (1959), Kim Deal of the Pixies (1961), Kelley Deal of The Breeders (1961), drummer Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins (1964), Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago (1965), Darren Robinson aka The Human Beat of The Fat Boys (1967), Lush guitarist Emma Anderson (1967), N.W.A. rapper The D.O.C. born Tracy Curry (1968), Soul Coughing singer-guitarist Mike Doughty (1970), Joel "JoJo" Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo and Jodeci (1971), Hate Eternal guitarist Erik Rutan (1971), singer Faith Evans (1973), Lemisha Grinsted of 702 (1973), rapper Flesh-N-Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (1973), Lifehouse bassist Liz McClarnon (1980), singer and actress Mandy Moore (1984)

June 11: boogie woogie pianist Clarence “Pine Top” Smith (1904), jazz drummer Shelly Manne (1920), pop and country vocalist and banjo player Jud Strunk (1936), drummer Bernard Purdie (1939), John Lawton of Uriah Heep (1946), Glenn Leonard of The Temptations (1947), The Pretty Things drummer Alan Skipper (1948), drummer Frank Beard of ZZ Top (1949), Donnie Van Zant of .38 Special (1952), free jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma (1956), Nick Hallam of Stereo MCs (1960), Robert Birch of Stereo MCs (1961), Dan Lavery of Tonic (1969), Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd (1969)

June 12: New Orleans jazz cornet player Emmett Handy (1903), bandleader Archie Bleyer (1909), bassist Eddie Williams of Johnny Moore and The Three Blazers (1912), blues singer Ma Rainey (1928), pioneer rockabilly Charlie Feathers (1932), jazz pianist Chick Corea (1941), singer and actor Jim Nabors (1941), folk singer-songwriter Roy Harper (1941), Len Barry of The Dovelles (1942), singer Reg Presley of The Troggs (1943), Barry Bailey of Atlanta Rhythm Section (1948), bassist and frontman of Asia John Wetton (1949), singer and guitarist Brad Delp of Boston (1951), Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick (1951), Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon (1952), singer Rocky Burnette (1953), multi-instrumentalist John Linnell of They Might Be Giants (1959), Michael Hausman of 'til tuesday (1960), Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler (1961), Grandmaster Dee of Whodini (1962), The Bolshoi keyboardist Paul Clark (1962), Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler (1968), Bardi Martin of Candlebox (1969), blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd 1977), Swedish dance-pop singer Robyn (1979), country singer Chris Young (1985)

June 13: legendary Motown session drummer Uriel Jones (1934), Renaldo “Obie” Benson of The Four Tops (1936), singer Bobby Freeman (1940), leader of Dyke and the Blazers Arlester “Dyke” Christian (1943), Jerry Garcia Band bassist John Kahn (1947), singer Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook (1949), Howard Leese of Heart (1951), James Smith of The Stylistics (1951), leader of the Heywoods Bo Donaldson (1954), Godsmack's Robbie Merrill (1963), Paul DeLisle of Smash Mouth (1963), Michael Einziger of Incubus (1963), British singer David Gray (1968), Denise Pearson of Five Star (1968), Soren Rasted of Aqua (1969), Rivers Cuomo of Weezer (1970), Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster (1972), James “J” Brown of Five (1976), country singer Jason Michael Carroll (1978), Raz B of B2K (1985)

June 14: folk singer Burl Ives (1909), jazz pianist Cy Coleman (1929), soul sax man Junior Walker (1931), legendary Muscle Shoals session organist Spooner Oldham (1936), Rod Argent of the Zombies (1945), Country Joe and the Fish guitarist Barry Melton (1947), Alan White of Yes (1949), Jim Lea of Slade (1949), heavy metal musician King Diamond (1956), Faithless rapper Maxi Jazz (1957), jazz bassist/multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller (1959), pop singer Boy George (1961), Chris DeGarmo of Queensryche (1963), Ministry/Revolting Cocks guitarist Mike Scaccia (1965), guitarist for Operation Ivy and Rancid Matt Freeman (1966), British pop diva Billie Myers (1971), Rob Nanna of Braid and Hey Mercedes (1975), Sugababes singer Siobhán Donaghy (1984)

June 15: jazz pianist Jaki Byard (1921), outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings (1937), singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson (1941), Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs drummer Doug Roberts (1941), Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (1943), French pop singer Johnny Hallyday (1943), Muscle Shoals session guitarist Eddie Hinton and soul singer (1944), Slade guitarist and singer Noddy Holder (1946), Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply (1949), Steve Walsh of Kansas (1951), country-pop singer Terri Gibbs (1954), Garry Roberts of Boomtown Rats (1954), David Hinds of Steel Pulse (1956), drummer Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche (1963), Lonestar lead guitarist Michael Britt (1966), Ice Cube (1969), Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm (1976), guitarist Billy Martin of Good Charlotte (1981), Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud (1985),

This Week’s Deaths

June 9: jazz and blues singer Clarence "Big" Miller (1992), soul singer Arthur Alexander (1993), folk singer Walter Pardon (1996), singer Drafi Deutscher (2006),

June 10: organist Earl Grant (1970), Addie (Micki) McFadden of The Shirelles (1982), jazz pianist and arranger for Woody Herman Nat Pierce (1992), singer Jimmy Weston of The Danleers (1993), Alan Blakely of The Tremeloes (1996), Steve Sanders of The Oak Ridge Boys (1998), American music genius Ray Charles (2004), Deacon Blue guitarist Graeme Kelling (2004), reggae singer Ruddy Thomas (2006), Muscle Shoals keyboardsit Barry Beckett (2009)

June 11: singer Al Rinker (1982), A.R.E. Weapons guitarist Ryan Noel (2004)

June 12: jazz man Jimmy Dorsey (1957), trumpeter and bandleader Bob Scobey (1963), The “Vee” in Vee-Jay Records Vivian Carter (1989) novelty Italian-American singer Lou Monte (1989) Heavenly drummer Matthew Fletcher (1996), Danny Davis of The Nashville Brass (2008), Carl Gardner of The Coaster (2011)

June 13: sweet-voiced soul and R&B singer Clyde McPhatter ( 1972), bandleader and clarinetist Benny Goodman (1986), southern blues guitarist and singer John Campbell (1993), country singer and sausage maker Jimmy Dean (2010)

June 14: jump blues singer Wynonie Harris (1969), War reed player Charles Miller (1980) Echo and the Bunnymen drummer Pete DeFreitas (1989), songwriter/producer Cliff Goldsmith (1991), Brenda Payton, lead singer with the Philly girl group Brenda and The Tabulations (1992), composer Henry Mancini (1994), Irish-born blues guitarist Rory Gallagher (1995) flamenco singer Dolores Alcantara (1999), jazz pianist for E.S.T. Esbjörn Svensson(2008), Ventures bassist Bob Bogle (2009)

June 15: jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery (1958) jazz alto saxophonist Art Pepper (1982), composer, songwriter, conductor Meredith Wilson (1984), versatile touring musician Kin Vassy (1994), legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1996), founder of Imperial Records Lew Chudd (1998), jazz bassist Leonard Bush (2004), pianist Richard Bell of Janis Joplin’s Full Tilt Boogie Band (2007)

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