Today in Music June 18th 2013

Late Night Tunes on the Tube
Letterman has the bluesy Tom Keifer
Leno has the big sounds of Grouplove
Conan welcomes the very talented sisters – von Grey
Jimmy Fallon has the triple threat- Ice Cube.  He can sing, act, and dance.

In 1942, Sir Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool.  71 years old today.  Happy Birthday Paul.  Let’s see if you can outlive Ringo to be the last Beattle standing.  Which is a new reality game show coming this fall to Fox.

Also in 1942, Carl Radle was born in Tulsa Oklahoma.  He played bass for Derek and the Dominoes, and died of kidney failure in 1980 at the age of 38. Carl also worked with George Harrison and Delaney And Bonnie.

In 1953, Jerome Smith was born on this day. From Miami Florida, Jerome played guitar for KC and the Sunshine Band.  He died in 2000 when a bulldozer he was operating crushed him.

In 1963, Dizzy Reed was born in Illinois, and has played keyboards with Guns N’ Roses since 1990.

In 1971, Nathan Morris was born.  A founding and active member of Boyz II Men. Where was he born you might ask?  Philadelphia of course.

Today in Music
In 1948, Columbia Records started the first mass productions of the 33-RPM long playing records.

In 1975, Elvis Presley had a face-lift at Mid South hospital in Memphis.

In 1977, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 in the US singles charts with ‘Dreams’, the group’s first and only US No.1 single.

Also on this day in 1977, Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten outside a London pub.

In 2007, American singer and record producer Hank Medress died of lung cancer at the age of 68. He was the vocalist on The Tokens and their 1961 No.1 hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’.  Medress was also in the vocal quartet The Linc-Tones with Neil Sedaka and produced the hit single ‘He’s So Fine’ by The Chiffons, as well as Tony Orlando’s ‘Knock Three Times’.

And in 2010, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ sold for $1.2million at a Sotheby’s auction. WOW.