Steve Kline Ages of Rock
June 25, 1964
June 24, 1967
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song is written by the band around a melody composed by the group’s organist, Matthew Fisher, who is inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite in D, composed between 1725 and 1731.
June 23, 1962
The soundtrack LP to the film West Side Story goes to #1 on the U.K. chart for the first time. It will rise to the #1 spot seven times and will be at #1 for a total of 13 weeks.
June 22, 1968
The Otis Redding album Dock of the Bay goes to #1 in the U.K. The posthumously released album, his sixth studio LP, contains a number of singles and B-sides dating back to 1965 and one of his best known songs, the posthumous hit (Sittin’ On The Dock) Of The Bay.
June 19, 1965
The Four Tops are at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with I Can’t Help Myself. Lead singer Levi Stubbs, disliking the song and unsatisfied with the recording session, is promised that he can do it again the following day, but no other session ever takes place. The track that becomes a hit is just the second take of the song.
June 16, 1965
Bob Dylan records Like A Rolling Stone at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City, in sessions for the forthcoming Highway 61 Revisited album. Session musicians include Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, whose Hammond organ on Like A Rolling Stone becomes one of rock’s most recognizable sounds.