This Month In Vocal Group History

June 1, 1964

The Rolling Stones arrived in New York for their first U.S. tour.

June 2, 1956

Lee Andrews & The Hearts “Bluebird Of Happiness” (Gotham) and The Four Tops first, “Could It Be You” (Chess) were issued.

June 2, 1972

Dion & The Belmonts reunited at a Madison Square Garden concert. It was their first performance together in 13 years.

Top Single:
“Little Girl Of Mine” The Cleftones #4 R&B 1956
“I Can’t Stop Lovin You” Ray Charles #1 1962

Birthday:
John Carter (Flamingos) 1933
Otis Williams (Charms/Temptations) 1936
William Guest (Pips) 19

June 3, 1957

The Isley Bros. first single, the Doo Wop styled “The Angels Cried” (Teenage Records) was released. It would be two years before they would have their first hit, “Shout”.

Top Single:
“Young Blood” The Coasters 1957 #1 R&B
“Love Letters In The Sand” Pat Boone #1 1957

Birthday:
Curtis Mayfield (Impressions) 1942
Mike Freda (Dovells) 1943

June 4, 1955

The Miracles recorded their first single, “I Wanted You” (Ardell) at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. While considering a new name in engineer Bob Ross’ office, comedian Stan Freeberg came in. Posed with the question he sat down, unwrapped a candy bar, finished it and said, “The Jaguars” and left. The group then became The Jaguars of “The Way You Look Tonight” fame.

Top Single:
“Rolling Stone” The Fontane Sisters #18 1955

Birthday:
Michelle Phillips (Mama’s & Papa’s) 1945
El Debarge (Debarge) 1961

June 5, 1954

The Drifters “Honey Love” (Atlantic #40 Pop, #1 R&B), The Orioles cover of “Maybe You’ll Be There” (Jubilee) and The Moonglows “I Was Wrong” (Chance) were released.

June 5, 1974

Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) Married Kathy Silva on stage at Madison Square Garden prior to a concert by
his group, Sly & The Family Stone. It lasted 5 months. (The marriage, not the concert)

Top Single:
“Mama Said” The Shirells #4 1961
“Running Scared” Roy Orbison #1 1961

Birthday:
Floyd Butler (Friends of Distinction) 1941

June 6, 1956

The Platters classic “My Prayer” (Mercury #1 Pop & R&B) was released.

June 6, 1971

Gladys Knight * The Pips were the last Pop or Rock & Roll act to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Top Single:
“I Only Have Eyes For You”
The Flamingos #3 R&B 1959

“Chapel Of Love” The Dixie Cups #1 1964

Birthday:
Levi Stubbs (Four Tops) 1936
Howie Kirshenbaum (Jay & The Americans) 1942

June 7, 1969

The Ethics “Farewell” (Vent #32) was their first of 5 R&B charters. Three of those were done under the name The Love Committee.

June 7, 1979

Chuck Berry performed at The White House by the special request of President Carter. A month later (July 10th) he was sentenced to 4 months in jail for income tax evasion.

Top Single:
“Have Mercy Baby” The Dominoes #2 R&B 1952
“Get Back” The Beatles #1 1969

Birthday:
Billy Butler (The Enchanters) 1945
(Jerry Butler’s younger brother)

June 8, 1982

Simon & Garfunkel reunited (temporarily) beginning with a tour of Europe, starting in Paris.

Top Single:
“It’s My Party” Lesley Gore #1 1963

June 9, 1958

The Elegants “Little Star” (Apt #1 Pop and R&B), The Edsels “Lama Rama Ding Dong” (Its original title) and The Shirelles “My Love Is Charm” were released today. Johnny Mathis’ “Greatest Hits” album reached #1. It stayed in the Top 100 for 10 years.

Top Single:
“Standing On The Corner” The Four Lads #5 1956
“Purple People Eater” Sheb Wooley #1 1958

Birthday:
Jackie Wilson (The Dominoes) 1934

June 10, 1957

The Rock & Roll standards “To The Asile” (The 5 Satins),“Happy Happy Birthday Baby” (The Tune Weavers), “Mr. Lee” (The Bobbettes) and “Desiree” (The Charts) were issued.

June 10, 1991

Stevie Wonder & Aretha Franklin sang at the burial of Temptations lead singer David Ruffin and Michael Jackson paid for the funeral.

Top Single:
“Oh Girl” The Chi-Lites #1 R&B 1972
“Respect” Aretha Franklin #1 1967.

Birthday:
Gerald Gregory (The Spaniels) 1934
Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) 1941

June 11, 1954

The Spaniels made their debut appearance at the Apollo Theatre.

Top Single:
“A Blossom Fell”
Nat “King” Cole and The Four Knights 1955 #4

Birthday:
James “Pookie” Hudson (The Spaniels) 1934

June 12, 1954

The Dominoes “Three Coins In The Fountain”, The Robins “Riot In Cell Block #9” and The Checkers “Over The Rainbow” were released.

June 12, 1957

Jerry Lee Lewis’ first single, “Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On” charted. It went on to sell 6 million copies and Consequently, Lewis reportedly upped his performance price from $50 to $10,000 a night.

Top Single:
“Back In My Arms Again” The Supremes #1 1965
“Travelin’ Man” Rick Nelson #1 1961

June 13, 1953

“Ain’t That Good News” by The Tempo Toppers was released. The groups lead singer was Little Richard.

June 13, 1972

The Drifter original lead singer, Clyde McPhatter died. Considered by many as on of rock & roll’s greatest voices. Elvis Presley frequently stated that he wished his voice was equal of Clyde’s.

Top Single:
“Rock Steady” The Whispers #1 R&B 1987
“Cathy Clown” The Everly Brothers #1 1960

Birthday:
Bobby Freeman (The Romancers) 1940.

June 14, 1952

The Dominoes were so hot that they were booked at the Washington Auditorium for an afternoon performance and then flew to New Orleans for an evening performance.

June 14, 1979

Stephen Stills and Bruce Springsteen (among others) performed at the Hollywood Bowl in what was billed as the “No Nukes” benefit concert.

Top Single:
“Love Can Make You Happy” Mercy #5 1969
“Sister Golden Hair” America #1 1975

Birthday:
Renaldo “Obie” Benson (The Four Tops) 1936

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.

June 16, 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.

June 17, 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.

June 19, 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.

June 20, 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:
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:
“Love Will Keep Us Together” Captain & Tennille
“Give The People What They Want” The O’Jays #1 R&B 1975

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

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.

June 23, 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.

June 26, 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.

June 27, 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.

June 28, 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

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

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