This Week in Music History: Elvis appears on the Milton Berle Show and Johnny Cash gets his own show! Plus historical happenings for Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston and more!
June 3 2000, Britney Spears goes to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’. Britney did it again and again as she reached No.1 in thirteen other countries.
June 4 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Saville Theatre, London. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to see Hendrix perform the title track from Sgt Peppers which had been released 3 days earlier.
June 5 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV’s ‘Milton Berle Show’. During this performance, Presley abruptly halted an uptempo rendition of ‘Hound Dog’ and launched into a slow, grinding, bluesier version with his energetic, exaggerated body movements. Presley’s gyrations created a storm of controversy. At least Milton had the good sense to allow the cameras to capture all of Elvis, not just from the waist up.
June 6 1987, Whitney Houston grabs her second UK No.1 single with ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’. It reached No.1 in over a dozen countries and won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988.
June 7 1969 – Johnny Cash debuted his network show on CBS-TV.
June 8 1996, The Fugees get their first UK No.1 single with their version of the Roberta Flack 1973 hit ‘Killing Me Softly’. The song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel in 1971 was inspired by Lori Lieberman’s poem ‘Killing Me Softly with His Blues’, written after seeing a performance by singer, songwriter Don McLean.
June 9 1964, During an evening session Bob Dylan recorded Mr. Tambourine Man at Columbia Recording Studios Studio A in New York City. This was the one and only session for the Another Side Of Bob Dylan album. Dylan recorded fourteen original compositions that night, eleven of which were chosen for the final album. Mr Tambourine Man didn’t make the final cut!