Thursday, June 8, 2023

Music History Today: June 9, 2023

June 16, 1995: The movie Batman Forever premiered in the US. Hit singles from the soundtrack include "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2 and "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal, both of which were nominated for MTV Movie Awards. 

Batman Forever movie poster
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June 9, 1934: Jackie Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan.
Jackie Wilson was a dynamic soul performer during the 1950s and '60s who successfully crossed over from the rhythm-and-blues charts to pop music, paving the way for a generation of African American performers.

Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson

Wilson first gained fame with the group Billy Ward and his Dominoes, which he joined in 1953. He became a solo act in 1957.  His first major hit, "Lonely Teardrops," was released in 1958. More successful songs soon followed, including "Night" in 1960, "Baby Workout" in 1963, and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" in 1967. Wilson collapsed on stage in 1975 and spent the remainder of his life in a coma. He died in New Jersey in 1984 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. 
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June 9, 1972: Elvis Presley made history by selling out four consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden. The King hadn't played in New York City for over a decade. Various stars attended the dates, including John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan. 

Elvis Presley Madison Square Garden 1972

June 9, 2018: Maroon 5 released a cover of Bob Marley and the Raiders' "Three Little Birds." A collaboration with Hyundai, the track featured in their advertisements. Joseph Kahn directed a music video that was issued simultaneously.

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