Today in Music

June, 22

  • 1999 Seoul-based concert promoter Cheil Communications announces that it is reducing the number of seats from 60,000 to 50,000 for a benefit concert organized by Michael Jackson. Only a few days before the concert, about half the tickets available have been sold. Cheil claims that Korean concertgoers are not used to buying advance tickets.
  • 1998 Sir Paul McCartney personally chose and arranged the 45,000 flowers that decorate Manhattan’s Riverside Church where the friends and family of Linda McCartney gather to say a candlelit good-bye to the wife of the former Beatle.
  • 1948 Todd Rundgren is born in Upper Darby, Pa. He leads the groups Nazz and Utopia and produces albums for Meat Loaf, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad and XTC. His biggest solo hit is “Hello It’s Me,” which reaches No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1973.
  • 1947 Howard Kaylan (Howard Kaplan) of the Turtles is born in New York City. After the Turtles disband in 1970, he and bandmate Mark Volman join Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and later form the duo Flo & Eddie.
  • 1944 Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon is born in London.
  • 1936 Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson is born in Brownsville, Texas, the son of a minister. He attends Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and receives a PhD from Pomona College in Texas. He writes several top 40 songs, including the No. 1 song “Me and Bobby McGee.” His biggest solo hit is “Why Me,” a million-selling record that reaches No. 16 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1973.