June 8th 1967 - British band Procol Harum hit No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. With little promotion, it reached #5 on the US charts as well, and became one of fewer than 30 singles to sell more then 10 million copies.
May 20th 1967 - Aretha Franklin's "Respect" returns to the top of the charts after being dislodged by Martha & the Vandellas. Aretha's signature song is her version of Otis Redding's original which tells a much different story.
May 19th 1963 - Three young girls attempt to use a ladder to climb into the dressing room of The Beatles as they prepare to play a concert with Roy Orbison in Hanley, England. The three girls are arrested
According to the Associated Press, Aretha Franklin canceled an appearance at Whitney Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs. Hours later, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undisputed" Queen, the capacity audience was reminded by the show's announcer) was quick on her feet, feist…