June 16, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-06-19

JUNE 19th

Image result for Heart Singers Ann WilsonHeart’s Ann Wilson is born in San Diego. 1951

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After one-week stands at the top of the Billboard 200 in April and May, “Wings At The Speed Of Sound” begins a five-week run at #1.  1976

After getting bounced from the #1 slot on the Billboard 200 by Paul McCartney’s “Tug Of War,” Asia’s self-titled debut returns to the top for a seven-week stay. The set contains the band’s biggest hit, “Heat Of The Moment (#4 on the Billboard singles chart).  1982

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KoЯn guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch, has a birthday. 1969

Tim Curry begins the role of a lifetime. Curry heads the cast of the stage production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in London. Curry reprises his over-the-top vamp role for the ’75 film. 1973

Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr is born.  The singer/bassist is from West Sussex, England.   1990

U2’s Bono and The Edge are part of a human chain around the G8 Summit Centre in Cologne, Germany to advocate the elimination Third World debt. 1999

Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” slides past Jet’s “Cold Hard Bitch” to top Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks. 2004

Red Hot Chili Peppers play the first of three shows at London’s Hyde Park. The concerts earn more than $17 million with tracks recorded for the group’s first official concert album, the double-disc “Live in Hyde Park.” 2004

Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland dies at age 53 of natural causes at his residence in St. Augustine, FL. Roland was part of the Southern-rock group’s three-guitar attack from ’76 until ’90. 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis is the top male vote-getter in the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity of poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “Soon after I (went vegan) I saw some documentary footage of what happens in the factory farming of cows,” says the singer. “It sealed the deal.” 2008

Green Day perform at London’s Wembley Stadium before an estimated audience of 80,000. “Playing Wembley Stadium is kind one of those moments in your career when you just go holy s**t!,” says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. 2010

Bono’s opinion piece on Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday is published in the New York Times. On 1/30/72, British soldiers fired on a civil rights march in the majority Catholic area of the Bogside in Derry, killing 14 unarmed protesters. The violence was the inspiration for the classic U2 song “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” 2010

Bad Wolves donate $250,000 to the family of the late Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died suddenly on 1/15/18, just hours before she was supposed to lend her voice to Bad Wolves cover of the Cranberries classic “Zombie.” The cover eventually becomes a huge hit.  The band invites O’Riordan’s children onstage in NYC to present the check.  2018