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June 2011

Articles From Neil Cossar in June
Thursday Jun 30, 2011 00:00 AM ET
A great pop single is a work of art. A great song will stand the test of time and become a timeless classic. Think Motown, '60s British pop, Elvis, Chuck Berry.
Wednesday Jun 29, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in the '70s, we lost two great singer/songwriters who are sadly missed to accidental drug overdoses.
Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1997, the classic Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon spent its 1,056th week on the U.S. album chart.
Monday Jun 27, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off on this day in 1970. The now legendary tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered train.
Sunday Jun 26, 2011 00:00 AM ET
The Byrds go to No. 1, Elvis makes his last live appearance, and Celine Dion wins an honor ... of a sort.
Saturday Jun 25, 2011 00:00 AM ET
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...
Friday Jun 24, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Jeff Beck, born today in 1944, went on to become one of the greatest rock guitarists who ever lived.
Thursday Jun 23, 2011 02:05 AM ET
Plenty of acts carve a career from one hit, maybe two, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's bloody hard to write a #1 hit! These four young men from the North West of England wrote more hits than anyone.
Wednesday Jun 22, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1970, rock gods Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland, as guests of the Icelandic government on a cultural mission.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Happy birthday to influential songwriter Ray Davies.
Monday Jun 20, 2011 00:00 AM ET
One of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music, and the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history, indeed it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.
Sunday Jun 19, 2011 00:00 AM ET
What do the Four Tops, Carole King, and Morrissey all have in common?
Saturday Jun 18, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Happy birthday to Paul McCartney, the most successful rock composer of all time!
Friday Jun 17, 2011 00:00 AM ET
According to biographers, McCartney composed the entire melody to "Yesterday" in a dream one night in his room at the Wimpole Street home of his then-girlfriend Jane Asher and her family.
Thursday Jun 16, 2011 00:00 AM ET
"Be happy, be free, wear flowers, bring bells," read the advertisements which summoned the young people of California to a three-day party. The flower children, the wacky clothes, the ready availability of sex and drugs - it is hard to think it all took place 40 years ago.
Wednesday Jun 15, 2011 00:00 AM ET
If you are too young or have never had the pleasure to hear them, you must take a moment and listen to the 1956 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook which was the first of eight Songbook sets. They are pure magic.
Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Happy birthday, Boy George, born on this day in 1961 at Barnehurst Hospital in Bexley, Kent.
Monday Jun 13, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and made Morissette the first female Canadian to score a US #1 album.
Sunday Jun 12, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1965, The Beatles were included in the Queen's birthday honours list to each receive the MBE. Protests poured into Buckingham Palace.
Saturday Jun 11, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1960, drummer Tommy Moore makes the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works.
Friday Jun 10, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Not everyone greeted the group with open arms. After The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand, at Wellington Town Hall, the local Chief Constable refused a police escort, leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.
Thursday Jun 9, 2011 00:00 AM ET
... as the old music industry maxim goes, suggesting that behind the story of every chart-topping release, there's another one involving courts, allegations and lawyers.
Wednesday Jun 8, 2011 00:00 AM ET
With its haunting, Bach-inspired instrumental organ motif, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics, the song is said to have been inspired by a conversation lyricist Keith Reid heard at a party, when a man said to a woman, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale," and the phrase stuck in his mind.
Tuesday Jun 7, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Happy birthday to Prince Rogers Nelson, who was born on this day in 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to proud parents John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw.
Monday Jun 6, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1979, a young group from Sheffield, Yorkshire (famous for its steel production) calling themselves Def Leppard played at Crookes Workingman's Club in their hometown.
Sunday Jun 5, 2011 00:00 AM ET
He was the group's primary songwriter, penning songs such as "Rockaway Beach," "53rd & 3rd," and "Poison Heart" for one of the most treasured and loved groups to emerge from the new wave/punk era. Everybody loved The Ramones. On...
Saturday Jun 4, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day in 1942, Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the U.S. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.
Friday Jun 3, 2011 40:00 PM ET
June 3Although Jim Gordon does not have the name-recognition of a top rock star, from the early '60s through the dawn of the '80s, he was there. He'd had beautiful women and jet-setted between London and Los Angeles, he partied...
Thursday Jun 2, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Mick Jagger on Bo Diddley: "His influence was so widespread that it is hard to imagine what rock and roll would have sounded like without him. He was a wonderful, original musician who was an enormous force in music and was a big influence on The Rolling Stones".
Wednesday Jun 1, 2011 10:00 AM ET
It must be great to be Ron Wood. As his day job he's the new boy in the greatest rock 'n' roll group in the world, The Rolling Stones (he's only been with them for 30 years); he can paint, he can sing, and now he's winning bloody awards for his weekend job as a radio DJ!

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