On This Day, June 9 In Music History


On this day June 9 in 1958 Sheb Wooley hit No.1 on the US Pop chart with ‘The Purple People Eater’ for the first of six weeks straight. The song was a also a chart-topper in Canada and Australia while in the UK it reached No.12.

1969 – A day after Brian Jones was fired, the Rolling Stones announced that Mick Taylor would take his place as the group’s guitarist.

1971 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded Paul and Linda McCartney a Gold Disc for their album ‘Ram’ which sold over 500k copies. The album was a chart-topper in Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK that year.

1973 – The compilation album ‘Pure Gold’ released by EMI Records was at number one in the UK. It features songs by various artists such as T. Rex, Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Cliff Richard, ELO, The Temptations, Deep Purple and others.

1978 – The Rolling Stones released their sixteenth studio album ‘Some Girls’ on this day June 9 on their own label. The album peaked at number one in the US and Canada while in the UK it reached No.2. It features hit songs such as ‘Miss You’, ‘Beast of Burden’ and ‘Respectable’.

1979 – With ‘Love You Inside Out’, the Bee Gees scored their third number one single of the year in the US. They previously topped the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Too Much Heaven’ in January and ‘Tragedy’ in March.

1984 – Cyndi Lauper topped the US Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Time After Time’ on this day June 9. It also went to No.1 in Canada, Chile and Zimbabwe that year, and peaked at No.3 in the UK.

1986 – Genesis released their thirteenth studio album ‘Invisible Touch’ in the UK on Charisma/Virgin Records. The album was a commercial success worldwide and it reached No.1 in the UK, New Zealand and Canada, while in the US it peaked at No.9.

1990 – The number one single in the United Kingdom on this day June 9 in music history was ‘World in Motion’ by the rock band New Order featuring the England national football team.

1990 – Vocal group Wilson Phillips went to number one in the US with ‘Hold On’. The song finished the year as the No.1 single on the Billboard 1990 Year-End Chart.

1990 – MC Hammer topped the US Billboard 200 chart with this third studio album ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’ on this day June 9. The album’s success was largely due to the worldwide popularity of the hit single ‘U Can’t Touch This’.

1993 – American country-soul music singer-songwriter Arthur Alexander died on this day at the age of 53 of a heart attack.

2001 – Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy reached No.1 on the UK Albums chart with his fifth studio LP ‘Hot Shot’ on this day June 9. He also started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart on this day with ‘Angel’.

2001 – With their third studio album ‘Break the Cycle’, rock band Stand hit number one in the US for the first of three consecutive weeks. The album also peaked at No.1 in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada that year.

2007 – Rihanna and Jay-Z hit No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Umbrella’ for the first of seven consecutive weeks on this day June 9 in music history. The song was bit hit worldwide that year and it topped the charts in over fifteen countries, including the UK, Canada, and Australia.

2007 – The number one album in the United States on this day was ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long’ by the pop rock band Maroon 5.

2012 – Drum and bass band Rudimental featuring singer John Newman topped the UK Singles chart with ‘Feel the Love’ on this day June 9.

Rudimental ft. John Newman – Feel the Love

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2012 Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band started a three-week stint at No.1 on the UK Albums chart with ‘Sing’.

2012 – Singer-songwriter and guitarist John Mayer scored his third number one album in the US on this day June 9 with his fifth studio release ‘Born and Raised’.

2016 – Welsh indie rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen went to number one in the UK with their second studio LP ‘The Ride’.

2018 – With his eponymous third studio album, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 9 in music history.

2020 – Welsh guitarist Paul Chapman died at the age of 66. Best known as a member of the rock bands UFO; and Lone Star.

2022 – Singer and songwriter Liam Gallagher reached No.1 in the UK on this day June 9 with his third solo studio album ‘C’mon You Know’.


1891 – American composer and songwriter Cole Porter was born in Indiana on this day June 9 in music history. Best known for composing the standards ‘Night and Day’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Begin the Beguine’, etc.

1915 – American guitarist, songwriter and inventor Lester Polsfuss also known as Les Paul was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His pioneering inventions defined the modern solid-body electric guitar.

1929 – R&B singer John Alexander also known professionally as Johnny Ace was born on this day June 9 in Memphis, Tennessee. Best known for the chart-topper ‘My Song’.

1934 – R&B and soul music singer Jackie Wilson nicknamed Mr. Excitement was born in Detroit, Michigan. He rose to fame as a member of Billy Ward and His Dominoes before embarking on a successful solo career.

1941 – English keyboardist and composer John “Jon” Lord was born on this day June 9 in Leicester. Best known for co-founding the hard rock band Deep Purple and for his work with Whitesnake.

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1947 – Founding member and lead guitarist of the rock group Uriah HeepMichael “Mick” Box was born on this day in East London, England.

1950 – English rock musician Trevor Bolder was born in Hull on this day June 9 in music history. Best known for his work with Uriah Heep and David Bowie.

1963 – American actor and musician Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. Although he is mainly known for his acting, Depp started as a guitarist. He has collaborated with the likes of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith, Oasis, etc, and in 2015 he formed Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.

1978 – Founding member and frontman of the rock band MuseMatthew “Matt” Bellamy was born on this day June 9 in Cambridge, England.

1983 – R&B singer Nicole Francine Aiello better known professionally as Frankee was born in Staten Island, New York. Best known for her debut single ‘F.U.R.B. (Fuck You Right Back)’.

1997 – Country music singer-songwriter and guitarist Catherine McGrath was born in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland on this day June 9 in music history.

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