This Weekend in Music History
June 21st,1986 – Genesis has their fourth No.1 album in the U.K. with the album ‘Invisible Touch’. It would go on to produce five U.S. chart topping singles, making it the most successful album of their career.
June 21st, 1975 – Ritchie Blackmore guitarist of Deep Purple leaves to form his own group Rainbow. Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. In addition to lead singers Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White, the project consisted of numerous backing musicians.
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.
June 22nd, 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 last year was transferred to the Wende Correctional Facility.
June 23rd, 1965 - The Yardbirds appear at The City Hall, Salisbury, England. Admission is just 10 shillings, or $1.40. This is one of their last gigs with Jeff Beck on guitar, within a week he would leave the band and be replaced by a young Jimmy Page.
June 23rd, 1990 – Keith Sorrentino files a $500,000 lawsuit against Madonna. The 13-year-old boy claimed he suffered nightmares and bed-wetting problems after an incident outside Madonna’s home where she allegedly flung him to the ground.