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Daily Dose of Music History (June 19, 2015): On this day in 2014, Gerry Goffin, who penned chart-topping songs with his then-wife Carole King died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including ‘The Loco-Motion’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’. After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston, ‘Saving All My Love for You’ in 1985.
Happy Birthday: Al Wilson, Ann Wilson, Mark Debarge, Paula Abdul, Simon Wright (drummer, AC/DC and Dio), and Brian Welch (guitar, Korn).
Daily Dose of Music History (June 18, 2015): On this day in 1977: Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dreams’, the group’s first and only US No.1. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.
Happy Birthday: Paul McCartney, Carl Radle (bass, Derek and the Dominoes), Dizzy Reed (keyboards, Guns N’ Roses), and Blake Shelton.
Daily Dose of Music History (June 17, 2015): On this day in 1965, Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. They also recorded ‘Act Naturally’ for Ringo’s vocal contribution on the ‘Help!’ album and the song ‘Wait’, in four takes. ‘Wait’ will not be included on ‘Help!’, it was included on the following LP, ‘Rubber Soul’.
Happy Birthday: Barry Manilow, Glenn Buxton, and Greg Rolie.
Daily Dose of Music History (June 16, 2015): On this day in 1967, The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free. The ‘Summer of Love’ was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas wrote, ‘San Francisco, (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’ to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.
Happy Birthday: Gerry Roberts (guitar – The Boomtown Rats); Tupac Shakur; Patrick Waite (Musical Youth); James Smith (vocals, The Stylistics); and Edward Levert (The O’Jays).
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Daily Dose of Music History (June 15, 2015). On this day in 1985: Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, “Brothers In Arms.” The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.
Happy Birthday: Waylon Jennings; Russell Hitchcock (vocals, Air Supply); Steve Walsh (Kansas); Ice Cube; and Billy Martin (guitarist, Good Charlotte).
Daily Dose of Music History (June 12, 2015). On this day in 1965: The Supremes scored their fifth consecutive US No.1 single (they were the first American group to accomplish this feat), when ‘Back In My Arms Again’, went to the top of the charts.
Happy Birthday: Chick Corea; Brad Delp (vocals, Boston); and Bun E Carlos (drums, Cheap Trick).