Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Music History Today: June 7, 2023

June 7, 1993: The groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH. The Foundation chose Cleveland over locales such as New York, San Francisco, Memphis, and Chicago.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum poster
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June 7, 1917: Dean Martin was born the youngest of two sons of Italian immigrants in Steubenville, Ohio.
Dean Martin attended Grant Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio, and took up the drums as a hobby as a teenager. After dropping out of Steubenville High School in the tenth grade, Martin worked odd jobs, including a part-time job as an amateur welterweight boxer named "Kid Crochet."

Dean Martin
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Martin entered the nightclub circuit and landed a contract with MCA to sing in New York City. There he met Jerry Lewis, and they started a long-running comedy partnership on radio, television, and film. The team split in 1956, and Martin joined the Rat Pack — including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford — in Las Vegas stage shows and on film. 
Read more: Biography

June 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones released their debut single, "Come On." Recorded the previous month, the track was initially written and released by Chuck Berry in 1961. The single reached Number 21 in the UK chart.

June 7, 1969: Oliver moved into the top 40 section of Billboard's Hot 100 with "Good Morning Starshine."
"Good Morning Starshine" was the theme song to the popular, controversial play Hair, and it single-handedly propelled Oliver, whose legal name was William Oliver Swofford, into superstardom that year.
Soundtrack to the movie Hair
Unfortunately, he was a flash in the pan, although he received enthusiastic audiences for his live performances throughout the 1970s. He ultimately left show business in the 1980s. 
Read more: Songfacts

June 7, 1980: Gary Numan peaked on Billboard's singles chart at Number 9 with "Cars." It was Numan's only hit in the US, but he has had many others in England.

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