Today in Rock & Roll History: June 2nd

1962: Ray Charles started the first of five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his recording of the Don Gibson ballad “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” which had also reached the top of the R&B chart the week before for the first of ten weeks.

1964: After arriving in the US the day before, the Rolling Stones made their first stateside television appearance on NYC ABC-TV program The Les Crane Show. Crane pressed the comparison between the Stones and the Beatles, repeatedly referring to the Stones as “that other British group.”

1966: After its release in the UK, the Rolling Stones’ single “Mother’s Little Helper” was issued in the US. Four days later, the record entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it later reached #8.

1967: The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released in the US a week after being initially issued in the UK.

1972: Dion & The Belmonts reunited for the one and only time for a concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The performance was recorded and released as a live album the following year.

1973: Paul McCartney and Wings were at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of four weeks with “My Love,” a song written by Paul for his wife Linda, and the most successful song from the group’s Red Rose Speedway LP. On the same day, the album took the #1 spot on the Billboard pop chart, displacing the Beatles’ compilation album 1967-1970, also known as the “Blue Album.”

1973: Electric Light Orchestra made their concert debut in the US at San Diego Stadium in California, promoting their second album, ELO 2.

1978: Bruce Springsteen released his fourth studio album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. The LP marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel. Although the album did not produce any high-charting singles, it remained on the charts for 97 weeks and was later certified triple platinum.

1979: The self-titled debut album by singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones entered the top 10 on the Billboard chart. It became her highest-charting LP, peaking at #3 four weeks later.

Birthdays Today

Jimmy Jones, R&B singer-songwriter best known for his 1960 hit “Handy Man,” was born in Birmingham, AL in 1930.

Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones and his own group, the Charlie Watts Quintet, was born Charles Robert Watts in Kingsbury, London, England in 1941.

Dave Flett, guitarist best known for performing with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Thin Lizzy, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1951.

Michael Steele, bassist and vocalist for the Runaways and the Bangles, was born Susan Nancy Thomas in Pasadena, CA in 1955.

Tony Hadley, singer, songwriter, and lead singer for Spandau Ballet, was born in Islington, London, England in 1960.

Þór Eldon, guitarist for the Sugarcubes, was born in Iceland in 1962.