On This Day

Events in Music on June 3

  • 1911 "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine" record by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan, sung by Ada Jones and Billy Murray hits #1
  • 1939 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
  • 1948 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" opens at St James Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1961 "Wildcat" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
  • 1964 Rolling Stones begin 1st US tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee)

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1967 Aretha Franklin's "Respect" reaches #1

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 1970 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • 1972 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • 1973 "Smith" closes at Eden Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • 1976 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold
  • 1979 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • 1980 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • 1984 "Wiz" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 13 performances

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2013 Lorde releases her debut single "Royals" (2014 Grammy Song of the Year)

Singer Lorde
  • 2019 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine