Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: June 23 in Classic Rock History

The Rolling Stones released their album “Emotional Rescue” on this day in 1980. The album was #1 in the U.S. for seven weeks. Only two other albums that year stayed at #1 longer. Which ones?


ANSWER: Pink Floyd “The Wall” at 15 weeks and John Lennon/Yoko Ono “Double Fantasy” at 8 weeks.

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for June 23rd, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1967: The Who bassist John Entwistle married his childhood sweetheart Alison Wise.
  • 1973: George Harrison replaced Paul McCartney on top of the U.S. album charts.  McCartney’s “Band on the Run” had been #1, but George’s “Living in the Material World” replaced it.
  • 1975: Alice Cooper broke six of his ribs in 1975 when he fell from the stage while performing in Vancouver.
  • 1977: The Who’s drummer Keith Moon joined Led Zeppelin on stage during a concert in L.A. He sat in with Jon Bonham for the drummer’s solo, “Moby Dick”.
  • 1981: Robert Fripp, guitarist and leader of King Crimson, announced that his band, which had been defunct for seven years, would reform.
  • 1990: Elton John announced that any profits made from the future sales of his singles would go to AIDS research.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1969: Canned Heat played the Ark
  • 1975: It was a historic gig with Bob Marley and the Wailers at Paul’s Mall.
  • 1978: Jackson Browne and Pete Seger played the Orpheum to benefit the Clamshell Alliance.
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