EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY JUNE 30 IN MUSIC HISTORY
On this day June 30 in 1962 -- Ray Charles entered the fifth(& last) consecutive week at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with his rendition of Don Gibson‘s song ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’.
1973 -- George Harrison went to number one in the US with ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)’ on this day June 30 in music history. The song featured as the lead single on his chart-topping album ‘Living in the Material World’.
1973 – Rock band Slade scored their fifth number one single in the UK with ‘Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me’. The song was released as a non-album single and it became a chart-topper in Ireland as well.
1979 – With the disco song ‘Ring My Bell’, Anita Ward topped the US singles chart. The song was an international hit and it went to No.1 in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and the UK as well.
1979 – With ‘Are “Friends” Electric?’, new wave band Tubeway Army went to number one on the UK singles chart.
1984 – With their third studio album ‘Sports’, Huey Lewis and the News topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 30 in music history.
1990 – Boy band New Kids on the Block went to No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Step by Step’. Its the group’s best-selling single and it topped the charts in Canada and Spain as well that year. They were also at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their eponymous third studio album.
1995 – American singer-songwriter and actress Phyllis Hyman died on this day June 30 of a drug overdose, aged 45. Best remembered for songs like ‘Don’t Wanna Change the World’ and ‘You Know How to Love Me’.
2001 -- Country musician Chester “Chet” Atkins who popularized the “Nashville sound” died on this day at the age of 77. Also known as Mr. Guitar or The Country Gentleman
2001 – Rock band Blink-182 went to number one in the US with their fourth studio album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’. Also a chart-topper in Canada and Germany that year.
2012 – R&B singer Usher topped the US Billboard 200 chart with his seventh studio album ‘Looking 4 Myself’ on this day June 30 in music history.
2017 – American rapper Jay-Z released his thirteenth studio album ‘4:44’ on this day June 30 through Roc Nation. The album peaked at No.1 in the US, Canada, and Switzerland. In the UK it reached No.3.
2018 – Two weeks after his untimely death, rapper XXXTentacion topped the US Hot 100 chart with ‘Sad’.
BORN ON THIS DAY JUNE 30 IN MUSIC HISTORY
1917 – American singer, dancer and actress Lena Horne was born in Brooklyn, New York on this day June 30 in music history.
1936 – American folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Dave van Ronk was born on this day June 30 in Brooklyn, New York.
1940 – American singer Lawrence “Larry” Hall was born on this day in Hamlet, Ohio. Best known for his hit song ‘Sandy’ that peaked at No.15 in the US.
1943 – American singer Florence Ballard was born on this day June 30 in Detroit, Michigan. She rose to fame as a founding member of the vocal group The Supremes. She was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group in 1988.
1944 – Singer and songwriter Glenn Shorrock was born in Chatham, England. Best known as a founding member of bands such as Little River band, Twilights, Axiom and as a solo performer.
1949 – Welsh musician and songwriter Andrew “Andy” Scott was born in Wrexham. Best known as the lead guitarist of the glam rock band Sweet.
1951 – Founding member of the jazz fusion band Return to Forever, Stanley Clarke was born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1953 – American-English guitarist and composer Hal Lindes was born on this day June 30 in music history. He rose to fame as a member of Dire Straits from 1980 until 1985.
1962 – Singer and songwriter Julianne Regan was born on this day June 30 in Coventry, England. She rose to fame as the lead signer of All About Eve.
1968 – Heavy metal vocalist Phillip “Phil” Anselmo was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He came to prominence as the lead singer of Pantera.
1969 – Founding member and bassist of the band Better Than Ezra, Tom Drummond was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1979 – English musician Andrew “Andy” Burrows was born on this day June 30 in Winchester. He rose to fame as the drummer for Razorlight.
1983 – English singer Cheryl Cole was born in Newcastle on this day June 30 in music history.
1984 – R&B singer Fantasia Barrino-Taylor was born in High Point, North Carolina. Best known for her chart-topping single ‘I Believe’.