This Day in Music

Ray Charles

What happened in music history on June 2nd?

1953: Elvis Presley leaves IC Humes High School in Memphis, TN.

1962: Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” hits #1 for the first of 5 weeks.

1964: The Rolling Stones played their first U.S. concert held at the Manning Bowl, a high school in Lynn, Massachusetts.

1964: Production begins on the movie, Ferry Cross The Mersey, starring Gerry & the Pacemakers and Cilla Black.

1964: Peter & Gordon reached #1 in the U.S. with “World Without Love” written by Paul McCartney, but never recorded by The Beatles.  Paul was dating Peter’s sister Jane Asher.

1967:  The Beatles released “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” U.S.  It was released on June first in Britain.

1972: Former teen idol Dion performed a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1973: The Electric Light Orchestra began their first US tour, a 40-date trek, in San Diego, CA.

1976: Paul McCartney and Wings set a new world record when they perform in front of 67,100 fans in Seattle, at that time the largest attendance for an indoor crowd.

1976: Wild Cherry hits #1 in the U.S. Charts with “Play That Funky Music.”

1978: Bruce Springsteen’s album, “Darkness On The Edge of Town” was released.

1989: Rolling Stone Bill Wyman secretly marries 19-year-old Mandy Smith – a marriage that would last 17 months. Wyman’s 28-year-old son is the best man, and the other four Stones attend.

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