Today in history: June 20th

Music 20/06/2016
1954: The landmark single "Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & the Comets.

1957: 16-year-old Paul Anka, who had won a trip to New York City, stayed with some Canadian friends known as the Rover Boys. The Rover Boys were already signed to ABC Records, and suggested Paul go see Don Costa at ABC. He audtioned for Costa with "Diana", a song he had written about a girl in Canada. Costa signed Anka to a recording contract and had him record the song at the ABC-Paramount Studios in Manhattan.

1957: Frank Sinatra recorded "Witchcraft".

1957: The Everly Brothers debuted with the first hit of their careers, "Bye Bye Love". The song went on to reach #2 for four weeks.

1960: The Silver Beetles started a seven-day tour of Scotland at the Town Hall in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

1961: Cliff Richard made his first appearance on television on the U.K. ITV show Thank Your Lucky Stars.

1964: Elvis Presley's movie Viva Las Vegas premiered at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.

1964: Rudy Lewis of the Drifters died of a brain seizure brought on by drugs at age 27 in Manhattan, New York.

1966: George Harrison visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

1967: Aretha Franklin went from #14 to #5 with her future #1 "Respect".

1972: Roberta Flack dominated the Singles chart for the sixth straight week with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era.