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June 22nd

1963 Stevie Wonder, at the age of 13, enters the singles charts as Little Stevie Wonder with “Fingertips Part One and Two”. The song was the first live, out of studio recording to hit No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart in the US since Johnny Standley’s “It’s In The Book” in 1952.  It also featured Marvin Gaye on the drums as well.

1973 David Bowie released the single ‘Life On Mars’, which featured piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

1981 –  Mark Chapman pleads guilty to murdering John Lennon in 1980. He is later sentenced to 20 years to life. Chapman shot Lennon outside The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Chapman fired at Lennon five times, hitting him four times in his back and then remained on scene reading “The Catcher in the Rye”.  He has been denied parole six times and this year was transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility.

2002U2 guitarist ‘The Edge‘ marries Morleigh Steinberg in the south of France. They first met when she was the belly dancer on the Zoo TV tour ten years earlier.

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