Today in history: June 9th


1929: Johnny Ace was born in Memphis, Tennessee; died playing Russian roulette on December 25, 1954 in Houston, Texas.

1958: Jerry Lee Lewis and producer Sam Phillips bought a full-page ad in Billboard Magazine to explain his second divorce and third marriage to 14 year-old cousin Myra.

1959: Bobby Darin made debut in Las Vegas, Nevada; he opened for George Burns at the Sahara.

1962: The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool after a successful stint at the Star Club in Hamburg.

1962: Tony Bennett performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time.

1963: Barbra Streisand performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1963: Andy Williams was the mystery guest on the popular television show What's My Line.

1963: The Beatles were on top for a seventh week in the U.K. with "From Me To You".

1964: Bob Dylan recorded the album Another Side of Bob Dylan.

1967: The Monkees opened their 1967 tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.

1969: Brian Jones announced that he was saying "Goodbye" to the Rolling Stones because he didn't agree with the direction the band was going.

1970: Bob Dylan received an honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton University in New Jersey.

1972: Elvis Presley performed in the first of four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1973: The Doobie Brothers were rolling up the chart (22-10) with "Long Train Runnin'".

1973: Red Rose Speedway by Paul McCartney & Wings continued to set the pace on the Album chart, holding off The Beatles' 1967-1970 collection.

1978: The Rolling Stones released the album Some Girls. It took several weeks to chart, however.

1979: The Bee Gees landed their sixth consecutive #1 ("Love You Inside Out") to break the 14 year-old record of five by the Supremes.