This Day in History: 2023-06-10

JUNE 10th

“One Of These Nights,” The Eagles the fourth studio album, arrives. The band’s first #1 album on Billboard’s album chart features the title track, “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It To The Limit.” 1975

“Wonderwall,” the ’95 hit from Oasis, is voted the biggest song of the past 20 years in a poll conducted by Australia’s Triple J’s radio network. Nearly one million voters select songs released between 1/1/93 and 12/31/12. The White Stripes are second with “Seven Nation Army.” 2013

Linkin Park’s “One More Light” is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s their first chart-topper since ‘12’s “Living Things” and comes after the group suffers severe criticism for changes in their sound. 2017

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…

Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders) are born in Dayton, OH. Kelley is eleven minutes older than her sister. 1961

Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) has a birthday. The drummer is from Joliet, IL. 1964

Fans at a Denver Jethro Tull concert become unruly. The cops use tear gas but the concert continues even as the gas envelops the stage. The show leads to a five-year ban of Rock concerts at the venue. 1971

The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Topper Headon are arrested for painting “The Clash” on a London wall. Sometimes a band has to take marketing into their own hands. 1977

Pantera’s debut album “Metal Magic” drops. The album was produced by Jerry Abbott (under the alias “The Eldn”), a Country music songwriter and producer, and father of Pantera’s Darrell (“Dimebag”) and Vinnie Paul Abbott, who are seventeen and nineteen years old, respectively, at the time. 1983

The Talking Heads double platinum album, “Little Creatures,” arrives. 1985

Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) receives an ‘honorary’ knighthood (for organizing Live Aid). Being Irish, he can’t be knighted by the Queen. 1986

The Genius of Soul is gone. The legendary Ray Charles dies at age 73. Charles also delved into Rock n’ Roll, R&B and Country. 2004

It goes on and on and on. Journey’s ’81 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” is heard during the finale of HBO’s The Sopranos. Former Journey singer Steve Perry, who co-wrote the tune with keyboardist Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, says the way the song was utilized in the last scene “blew my mind.” 2007

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell reveals that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Two months earlier, the guitarist had a surgical biopsy. “All things considered, Hodgkin’s has an over 80% cure rate, so by my reckoning, if you’re going to have a cancer, Hodgkin’s is the one to have,” states Campbell. 2013

Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show Springsteen on Broadway receives a “special award” at the Tony Awards. He performs “My Hometown.” 2018

The City of London honors Jimi Hendrix with a prestigious Blue Plaque located at the Hard Rock Hotel in Marble Arch.  The permanent historical marker commemorates Jimi’s last London residence (known then as the Cumberland Hotel) before his untimely death in ‘70.  2022

Def Leppard gin debuts. “Animal,” named after the Def Leppard song, is a London Dry Gin “heavy with juniper, lemon, and botanicals.” The gin celebrates the band’s 45th anniversary.  2022