Edgar Winter

June 19th 1973, Edgar Winter’s US No.1 hit ‘Frankenstein’ was awarded a Gold record. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.

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Carole King

June 19th 1971, Carole King started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move’. Both songs were from her ‘Tapestry’ album.

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The Rolling Stones

June 19th 1968, The Rolling Stones scored their seventh UK No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: « Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack. »

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Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr.

Today we remember the late great Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011), also known as The Big Man, was an American saxophonist, musician and actor. He was reported to be 6′ 5″ (195,5 cm) tall. From 1972 until his death, he was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone.
Born in Norfolk County (later the city of Chesapeake), Virginia, Clemons was the son of Clarence Clemons, Sr., a fish market owner, and his wife Thelma. He was the oldest of their three children. His grandfather was a Southern Baptist preacher and, as a result, the young Clemons grew up in a very religious background listening to gospel music.
When he was nine, his father gave him an alto saxophone as a Christmas present and paid for music lessons. He later switched to baritone saxophone and played in a high school jazz band. His uncle also influenced his early musical development when he bought him his first King Curtis album. Curtis, and his work with The Coasters in particular, would become a major influence on Clemons and led to him switching to tenor saxophone.
As a youth Clemons also showed potential as a football player, and graduated from Crestwood High School (now Crestwood Middle) before attending Maryland State College on both music and football scholarships. He played as a lineman on the same team as Emerson Boozer and attracted the attention of the Cleveland Browns, who offered him a trial. Clemons also tried out for the Dallas Cowboys. However, the day before, he was involved in a serious car accident which effectively ended any plans of a career in the National Football League. He would eventually be posthumously inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on February 24, 2012.
At age 18, Clemons had one of his earliest studio experiences, recording sessions with Tyrone Ashley’s Funky Music Machine, a band from Plainfield, New Jersey, that included Ray Davis, Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson, all of whom later played with Parliament-Funkadelic. He also performed with Daniel Petraitis, a New Jersey and Nashville legend. These sessions were eventually released in 2007, by Truth and Soul Records as Let Me Be Your Man.[ While at Maryland State College Clemons also joined his first band, The Vibratones, which played James Brown covers and stayed together for about four years between 1961 and 1965. While still playing with this band he moved to Newark, New Jersey, where he worked as a counselor for emotionally disturbed children at the Jamesburg Training School for Boys between 1962 and 1970.
He released several solo albums and in 1985, had a hit single with « You’re a Friend of Mine, » a duet with Jackson Browne. As a guest musician he also featured on Aretha Franklin’s classic « Freeway of Love » and on Twisted Sister’s « Be Chrool to Your Scuel » as well as performing in concert with the Grateful Dead and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. As an actor Clemons featured in several films, including New York, New York and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
He also made cameo appearances in several TV series, including Diff’rent Strokes, Nash Bridges, The Simpsons and The Wire. Together with his television writer friend Don Reo he published his semi-fictional autobiography told in third person, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, in 2009. Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011, and died of complications from it on June 18. Three years following his death, Clemons, along with the rest of the E Street Band, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.35789908_10217144373180587_3051155792259448832_n

Carl Radle

June 18th 1942, Born on this day, Carl Radle, bassist with Derek and the Dominoes, who had the 1972 UK No.7 single ‘Layla’. He died of kidney failure June 30th 1980, aged 38. Also worked with George Harrison and Delaney And Bonnie.carl-radle-872b1841-dbea-4577-8aa2-069f703bc3a-resize-750