Today In Pop Music: June 9 – John Lennon Attends Historic Elvis Presley Concert In New York


1915 – Les Paul – inventor of iconic solid body rock and roll guitar, close miking on studio recordings, multi track tape machines, echo delay.  Without Les Paul, rock and roll would sound very different.  Les died in 2009.  He was 94 years young.

1929 – He sang ‘Pledging My Love’, and was rock and roll’s first tragedy when he died playing Russian roulette backstage at a gig on Christmas day 1954.

1941 – Jon Lord – (Deep Purple/keyboards)

1946 – Stuart Edwards (Edison Lighthouse/lead guitar – ‘Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes)

1949 – George Bunnell (Strawberry Alarm Clock/guitar – ‘Incense and Peppermints’)


1963 – The Beatles wrapped up their last night of a tour with headliner Roy Orbison.

1964 – Bob Dylan recorded Mr. Tamborine Man at Columbia Recording studios in New York City.  It was the first track recorded for his’Another Side of Bob Dylan’ album, and would be covered by The Byrds a year later, who would take the song to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1972 – Bruce springsteen signed with Columbia Records and began assembling the E Street Band from verious Asbury Park ex-band members.

1978 – The Rolling Stones released their first album with new band member Ronnie Wood, ‘Some Girls’.  The album cover, featuring The Rolling Stones in garish drag alongside select female celebrities and lingerie ads, ran into legal problems.  Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, the estate of Marilyn Monroe, and liza Minnelli (representing her mom, Judy Garland) threatened legal for the unauthorized use of their likenesses.

1979 – The Bee Gees topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Love You Inside Out’, their 9th American chart topper.

1990 – Michael Jackson was admitted to a California hospital with a mystery illness that was later diagnosed as an inflamed cartilage in his rib cage.

1990 – Wilson Phillips went to #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Hold On’, 25 yeard to the day after Wendy and Carney Wilson’s dad Brian, topped the same chart with The Beach Boys ‘Help Me Rhonda’.

1998 – The Ronettes appeared in court for their lawsuit against producer Phil Spector, claiming that Spector had breached the group’s 34 year old contract by paying the group’s members no royalties since 1963.  Though The Ronettes went on to win the case, a Court of Appeals overturned the decision in 2002, saying the contract The Ronettes signed with Phil Spector in 1963 was still binding.  (all together now: that’s not fair!)

1972 – Elvis Presley made entertainment history by performing 4 shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden n a matter of hours.  Among those in the audience during those four shows were George Harrison, John Lennon,David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Art Garfunkel.  The shows were recorded by RCA and in one of the fastest turnarounds in music history, the album ‘Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden’ was on sale in stores all across the country.

In 2013, a fan’s 8mm film shot at the June 10 show, was synched with audio RCA had recorded providing a visual as well as audio record of the iconic evnt.




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