This Week in Music History | June 1 – 7
From R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to RHCP, here’s everything that went down this week in music history!
1967 – June 1st, The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the UK.
- The album was recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966.
- It was the first Beatles album where the track listings were exactly the same for the UK and US versions.
- It’s sold over 32 million copies worldwide, making it the top-selling Beatles album.
1967 – June 3rd, Aretha Franklin went to #1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Otis Redding hit ‘Respect’.
- The anthem was her first #1 hit and quickly became her signature song.
- The song wasn’t specific to the civil rights movement or women, but the respect that all people deserve.
- “As people, we deserve respect from one another.” – Aretha Franklin
1967 – June 3rd, The Doors ‘Light My Fire’ was released in the US.
- It went on to be #1 on the singles chart two months later.
- When booked on The Ed Sullivan Show the band asked to change the line “girl, we couldn’t get much higher.”
- The band obliged, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics…
- However, during the live performance, Jim Morrison sang the original lyric.
- The band was informed they would never appear on the Ed Sullivan show again.
1972 – June 1st, The Eagles released their debut studio album.
- The Eagles was an immediate success and produced three top 40 singles, including…
- ‘Take It Easy’, ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, and an Elaine Benes favorite, ‘Witchy Woman’.
- The album played a major role in popularizing the country rock sound.
1984 – June 4th, Bruce Springsteen released the album, Born In The USA.
- It became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States.
- Born in The USA was Springsteen’s most successful album ever.
- The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles
2006 – June 3rd, Red Hot Chili Peppers were at #1 on the US and UK album charts with Stadium Arcadium.
- The album was critically praised for integrating musical styles from several aspects of the band’s career.
- It was nominated for seven Grammy® Awards in 2007 including an award for Best Rock Album.
- It was the most nominations that the band had garnered in its 24-year career.
2008 – June 1st, A fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroys thousands of master tapes.
- UMG controls the tapes including recordings by Joni Mitchell, Elton John, B.B. King, and Nirvana.
- The extent of the loss is not revealed until years later.
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