Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 12






1959 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Chess Records release two LPs in US, Chuck Berry's third album "Chuck Berry Is On Top" and Bo Diddley's first release, "Go Bo Diddley".

June 12
Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson perform on the same bill in Norfolk, Virginia. At Cooke's insistence, arena management includes integrated seating for the audience.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
The Zombies tape "She's Not There" at their first recording session for Decca Records. The song would reach #2 in the US and #12 in the UK.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Sonny And Cher make their first TV appearance on American Bandstand, singing a tune called "Just You".

June 12
Six weeks after it entered the Billboard Hot 100, "Back In My Arms Again" becomes The Supremes fifth consecutive number one hit. They were the first American group to accomplish that feat.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
With the help of her mother, a bare footed Ronnie Spector left her husband Phil's Beverly Hills mansion for the last time, leaving behind her adopted sons, three year old Donte and six year old twins, Louis and Gary. Within days she would file for a divorce that would be granted in 1974.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Grand Funk record "We're An American Band", which will become their first US number one single by the following September.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
A dozen of Canada's top songwriters were honored in Vancouver for writing songs that had been played on Canadian radio at least 100,000 times since 1965. Gene MacLellan won three of the awards from the Performing Rights Organization of Canada, including one for writing the Anne Murray hit, "Snowbird". The others were for "Put Your Hand in the Hand" and "The Call". Burton Cummings also won three awards for "Stand Tall", "Break It to Them Gently" and "These Eyes".

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Graceland opens the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which contains over 20 cars owned by The King.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Van Morrison, Queen, Little Richard and Phil Collins were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a New York City ceremony.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

June 12
Carl Gardner, the lead singer of The Coasters on their pioneering Rock 'n' Roll hits "Yakety Yak", "Charlie Brown", "Poison Ivy" and "Searchin'" died of congestive heart failure at the age of 83.






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