Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 23






1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Motown Records releases "Tracks Of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles. The song was written by the group, based on a riff that Miracles guitarist Marv Tarplin had come up with. Their version would reach number 16 on the US Pop charts, while Johnny Rivers' rendition would reach number 10 two years later.

June 23
The Yardbirds played at The City Hall in Salisbury, England. Admission: 10 shillings ($1.40).

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Aretha Franklin records "Chain Of Fools", which will become the sixth of her forty-five Billboard Top 40 hits, reaching #2 in the US the following January.

June 23
Arthur Conley receives a Gold record for "Sweet Soul Music", a song that reached number two in the US on both the Pop and R&B charts. It was one of nine records that Conley put on the Billboard charts between 1967 and 1970.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Smokey Robinson appears in concert for the last time with The Miracles in Washington, DC. After enjoying 27 Billboard Top 40 hits with the group, Robinson would go on to have nine more as a solo artist while The Miracles would have just two without him.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
23-year-old B.W. Stevenson records "My Maria", which will reach #9 in the US later in the year. Although his real first name was Louis, he used the initials B.W., which stood for Buck Wheat.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Alice Cooper broke six of his ribs after he fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver. Several dates on his Welcome to My Nightmare tour had to be cancelled.

June 23
Jefferson Starship's LP "Red Octopus" was released. The album, marking the return of singer Marty Balin, went to number one in the US and became the band's biggest seller.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Paul McCartney And Wings complete their Wings Over America tour at the Forum in Los Angeles. At a Forum show two days earlier, Ringo Starr appeared on stage during the band's final number and presented his old friend with flowers.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Supertramp's album, "Breakfast in America" rose to the top of the US album chart on the strength of three hit singles, "The Logical Song" (#6), "Goodbye Stranger" (#15), and "Take the Long Way Home" (#10). The LP would win two Grammys and sell in excess of 18 million copies worldwide.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
The Jets, an eight piece family band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, enjoy their sixth and final US Top 40 hit when "Make It Real" peaks at #4 on the Billboard Pop chart. The lead vocals were handled by 14-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm, who had also led the group to #3 a year earlier with "You Got It All".

1990 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Actor Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.

June 23
The decline of the music industry was never more evident than when MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" topped the Billboard R&B chart. By simply talking over Rick James' 1981 hit, "Super Freak", Hammer (real name: Stanley Kirk Burrell) would go on to win Grammy Awards for Best Rhythm & Blues Song as well as Best Rap Solo Performance.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
The one hour stage musical Copacabana, based on the Barry Manilow song, opens in London, England at the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it will play for 26 months.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Riding high on the success of "Leave Virginia Alone", Rod Stewart headlined the Rock Over Germany festival, along with Joe Cocker and Elton John.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Diana Ross was in court and testified that she was coerced and felt intimidated to take the breath test that showed her blood alcohol level was 0.2 (well over the 0.08 limit). "He said if I don't take the breath tests, I was either going to go to the hospital or to jail," Diana said. Diana's lawyer has asked for all evidence to be suppressed. After the hearing, Diana asked the judge if it would be possible to have court paperwork processed using her married name of Diana Naess. The City Magistrate said he thought it was "a little late" for that now.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Culture Club frontman Boy George was denied entry into the United States by US authorities who cited looming legal issues overseas. George was arrested in 2007 after a 28-year-old male escort from Norway accused the singer of false imprisonment and assault.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."

June 23
Pete Quaife, the original bassist for The Kinks, died of kidney failure at the age of 66. Quaife played on such early hits as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You" before leaving the group in 1969. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the rest of the original band in 1990.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Bobby "Blue" Bland, who placed three songs on the Billboard Top 40, including 1962's "Turn On Your Love Light", passed away at the age of 83.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

June 23
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin won a copyright lawsuit that claimed they had plagiarized the music to their most celebrated song, "Stairway to Heaven". A Los Angeles jury determined that the lawyer representing the estate of late guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played with the group Spirit, did not prove that the band lifted the song's intro from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus".






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