PCPB Presents On This Day In Music History 29th June 2017

G’day and welcome back to another stellar edition of PCPB’s On This Day in Music History. This week our music history tour kicks off in 1961 with Del Shannon at No.1 on UK Single Charts with ‘Runaway‘.

PCPB Presents On This Day In Music History

Thursday 29th June 2017




Del Shannon was at No.1 on the UK Singles Chart with ‘Runaway.’ It was to be his only UK No.1 but the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.


Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport.


Rolling Stone Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. Richards, sentenced to one year in jail and a £500 ($850) fine, with prison number 5855. Mick Jagger was also fined £100 ($170) and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.


A free concert was held in London’s Hyde Park with Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Roy Harper. This afternoon concert was the first free festival to be held in Hyde Park and took place to coincide with the release of Pink Floyd’s second album, ‘A Saucerful of Secrets.’

The Small Faces started a six week run at No.1 on the UK Album Chart with ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.’ A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin. The album featured the hit ‘Lazy Sunday.’


American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Long had the 1968 US No.8 Single ‘Here Comes The Judge.’ Long also acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

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