Daily Dose of Music History – June 5, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 5, 2015): On this day in 1993: Country singer Conway Twitty died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He had the 1958 US & UK No.1 single ‘It’s Only Make Believe’. Until 2000, he held the record for the most Number One singles of any country act, with 45 No.1’s. He lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just north of Nashville, where he built a country music entertainment complex called Twitty City.

Happy Birthday:  Freddie Stone (guitar, Sly and The Family Stone); Nicko McBrain (drums, Iron Maiden); Brian McKnight; Mark Wahlberg; and Pete Wentz.

Daily Dose of Music History – June 4, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 4, 2015): On this day in 1984: Bruce Springsteen released the album, “Born In The USA,” which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States and also Springsteen’s most successful album ever. The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814).

Happy Birthday: Freddy Fender, Michelle Gilliam (Mamas and the Papas), and Stefan Lessard (bass, Dave Matthews Band).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 3, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 3, 2015): On this day in 1967: The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ was released in the US, where it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. When The Doors were booked to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show they were asked to change “girl, we couldn’t get much higher”, as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the line. The band agreed to do so, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics; however, during the live performance, lead singer Jim Morrison sang the original lyric, after which they were informed they would never appear on the Ed Sullivan show again.

Happy Birthday: Curtis Mayfield, Suzi Quatro, Deniece Williams, Billy Powell (keyboards, Lynyrd Skynyrd), El Debarge, Kerry King,

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Daily Dose of Music History – June 2, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 2, 2015): On this day in 2008: American guitarist and singer Bo Diddley died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Florida aged 79. The legendary singer and performer, was known for his homemade square guitar and his ‘shave and a haircut, two bits’ rhythm, which influenced artists from Buddy Holly to Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and U2.

Happy Birthday: Charlie Watts (Drummer for the Rolling Stones); Michael Steele (Bass for the Bangles); and Tony Hadley (Vocals for Spandau Ballet).

Daily Dose of Music History – June 1, 2015

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Daily Dose of Music History (June 1, 2015): On this day in 1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mrs. Robinson’. Featured in the Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft film ‘The Graduate’, the song earned the duo a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1969.

Happy Birthday: Pat Boone; Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones); Graham Russell (Air Supply); and Alanis Morissette.