This Day in Music, June 25: The King of Pop is Dead

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On this day in 1966, Jackie Wilson was arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a frenzy and refused to stop singing when requested to do so by police. He was later convicted of drunkenness and fined $30.

In 1967, 200 million people saw The Beatles perform "All You Need Is Love" live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, Our World. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon, and Gary Leeds provided backing vocals.

On this day in 1987, songwriter Boudleaux Bryant died. He wrote, with his wife Felice, The Everly Brothers' hits "Bye Bye Love," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "'Wake Up Little Susie," and "Raining In My Heart," a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their songs include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, The Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M., and Ray Charles.

On this day in 2009, Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Jackson is credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool. Four of his solo albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million.

Guinness World Records lists him as one of the most successful entertainers of all time, with 13 Grammy Awards and 13 number one singles. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 Arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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