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June 15, 1963 Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” became the first Japanese record to reach #1 in America. For that matter, it was the first Japanese record to chart at all.

Top Single: “Boogie Fever” The Sylvers

June 16, 1958 The Danleers “One Summer Night” #7 Pop, #4 R&B and The Kodaks “Oh Gee, Oh Gosh” were released.

1967- The Mama’s & The Papa’s,
Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin and Buffalo Springfield
were among the acts who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival, the first legendary Pop & Rock festival.

Top Single: “Playboy” The Marvelettes #9 1962 “The Wayward Wind” Gogi Grant #1 1956

Birthday: Eddie Levert (The O’Jays) 1942 James Smith (The Stylistics) 1950


June 17, 1957 The Dell-Vikings Doo Wop classic, “Whispering Bells” was released and reached #9 Pop and #5 R&B. The same day the Moonglows “Please Send Me Someone To Love” was issued and Atlantic Records signed the teen sextet The Bobbettes who’s “Mr. Lee” was released a week before.

1965- The Kinks arrived in America via New York for their first U.S. tour.

Top Single: “Searchin” The Coasters #1 1957 “Shadow Dancing” Andy Gibb #1 1978


June 18, 1956 Jerry Winston of Brooklyn formed Onyx Records with the debut disc “My Love come Back” by The Velours.

Top Single:
“Sweet Talking Guy” The Chiffons #11 1966

Birthday: Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles) 1942


June 19, 1961 The Chanters “No, No, No” charted reaching #41 Pop, #9 R&B more than three years after its initial release and two years after the group broke up.

1971 Rock Guru Don Kirshner,
a power behind The Monkees success, formed a new group called Tomorrow which immediately failed and disbanded. One of the members was a winsome 23 year old Australian named Olivia Newton-John.

Top Single: “I Can’t Help Myself” The Four Tops #1 1965 “Silly Love Songs” Wings #1 1976

Birthday: Tommy DeVito (The Four Seasons) 1936 Spanky McFarlane (Spanky & Our Gang) 1942

June 20, 1987 A concert at Radio City Music Hall honoring the return Dion to New York after 15 years included The Del-satins and Carlo of The Belmonts backing Dion as well as The Brooklyn Bridge and The Five Satins.

1970 – The Carpenters “Close To You” charted en route to #1.

Top Single: “Help Me Somebody” The 5 Royals #1 R&B 1953 “Chapel of Love” The Dixie Cups #1 1964

Birthday: Billy Guy (The coasters) 1936 Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) 1942


June 21, 1975 The Beach Boys performed at London’s Wembley Stadium to an audience of 72,000 people.

Top Single:
“Give The People What They Want” The O’Jays #1 R&B 1975 “Love Will Keep Us Together” Captain & Tennille


June 22, 1963 Little Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips Pt 2” became the 13 year old’s first of 61 chart records through 1988.

Top Single: “Heaven” Bryan Adams #1 1985 “Heaven” Bryan Adams June 23, 1956 Doo Wop standards “Can’t We Be Sweethearts” The Cleftones, “Your Way” The Heartbeats, and “Castle In The Sky” The Bop Chords were released.

1958 – Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” entered the Top 100. The first of his 41 hits over 13 years. (1958-1973)

Top Single: “Yakety Yak” The Coasters #3 1958 “Hot Stuff” Donna Summer #1 1979

June 24, 1957 The Flamingos
signed with Decca Records and The Velours“Can I Come Over Tonight” was issued. Dion’s first single was not with The Belmonts, but a group he never met called The Timberlanes. Their 45 “The Chosen Few” was issued today.

Top Single: “Use To Be My Girl” The O’Jays #7 1978 “Groovin’” The Rascals #1 1967

June 25, 1955 The Nutmegs, The Ravens and The Cardinals joined Bill Haley & The Comets in concert at the Philadelphia Arena.

Top Single: “Something’s Gotta Give” The McGuire Sisters #39 1955

Birthday: Bobby Nunn (The Coasters) 1936 Eddie Floyd (The falcons) 1937 Harold Melvin (The Blue Notes) 1939

June 26, 1954 The Platters “Tell The World” and The Five Keys “Deep In My Heart” were released. 1977- Elvis Presley made his last performance at The market Square in Indianapolis, Indiana. The last song he sang was “Can’t Help Falling IN Love”.

Top Single: “Those Oldies But Goodies” Little Caesar & The Romans #9 1961 “Quarter To Three” Gary U.S. Bonds #1 1961

Birthday: Billy Davis Jr. (The 5th Dimension) 1940

June 27, 1953 Jackie Wilson made his recording debut with The Dominoes cutting “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”. Meanwhile, R&B standards “Gee” The Crows #14 Pop, “I Cover The Waterfront” The Orioles and “Paradise Hill” The Embers were released.

1971 –
The legendary Rock performance venue Fillmore East closed.

Top Single:
“These Foolish Things” The Dominoes #5 R&B 1953 “A World Without Love” Peter & Gordon #1 1964


June 28, 1957 An All-Star
show at The Apollo Theatre included The Jesters, The Charts, The Velours, The Heartbeats and The Sensations.

1973 The “British Invasion” briefly returned to New York when Herman’s Hermits, The Searchers, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders played a revival concert at Madison Square Garden.

Top Single: “One” Three Dog Night #5 1969 “Love Will Keep Us Together” Captian & Tennille #1 1975

June 29, 1953 The Drifters first single “Lucille” was recorded.

Top Single:
“Sundown” Gordon Lightfoot - #1 1974

June 30, 1953 The Orioles “Crying In The Chapel” #11 Pop, #1 R&B was recorded. 1975 Cher & The Allman Brothers Greg Allman were married four days after she and Sonny Bono were divorced. The Cher & Greg combination lasted 10 days.

Top Single: “I Want You To Be My Girl” Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers #6 R&B 1956 “On My Own” Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald #1 1986

Florence Ballard (The Supremes) 1943 William Brown (Ray, Goodman & Brown) 1946


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