Thursday, June 11, 2020

Music History Today: June 12, 2020

June 12, 1993:  UB40 had the number 1 song in the U.K. with their remake of the Elvis Presley song "(Can't Help) Falling In Love."

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UB40 is an English reggae/pop band from Birmingham, England that formed in December 1978. The name “UB40” came from a British governmental form, which stood for “Unemployment Benefit, Form 40.” 
Read more: CBS Dallas-Fort Worth
June 12, 1963:  The Beach Boys recorded "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfer Girl" at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California.
It’s hard to decide what The Beach Boys must have loved more: cars, girls, or surfing. In 1963, though, the band released Little Deuce Coupe, an album comprised of 12 tracks, each about cars. In truth, they weren’t just motivated by a love for rubber and chrome. 
They did it because Capitol Records – without the band’s input – was working on a car compilation album called Shut Down, featuring “409” and “Shut Down”, plus car songs by other groups.   


June 12, 1966: After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico (aka Steven Tyler) is arrested and charged with drug possession. 
Steven Victor Tallarico, better known as Steven Tyler, was born on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York. As the lead singer of Aerosmith, Tyler is considered to be one of rock's greatest showmen. The son of a music teacher, he started playing drums at a young age, but then focused on singing.  
Read more: Biography


June 12. 1973: Grand Funk record "We're An American Band", which will become their first US number one single by the following September.
It’s one of the most iconic songs in rock & roll history. Written and sung by Don Brewer, drummer of Grand Funk Railroad, it came out in 1973 on the album of the same name. Produced by Todd Rundgren, it was the band’s first number one single. 
Read more:  American Songwriter


June 12, 1988: 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. Burton Cummings also won three awards for "Stand Tall", "Break It to Them Gently" and "These Eyes."

June 12, 1982:  Adam Ant amazingly had the number 1 song in the U.K. with "Goody Two Shoes."
In 1982, British new wave rocker Adam Ant scored a major hit with his song “Goody Two Shoes.”  Long after the song fell from the pop charts, Ant remained true to the its singalong chorus — “don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?” 
Read more: Huff Post

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