June 7th-13th – This Week in Rock

June 7th-13th – This Week in Rock

This Week’s Trivia Answer: Janis Joplin performs her first concert in the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco – June 10, 1966

Born This Day in Rock

Tal Farlow – June 7, 1921 (Jazz guitarist)

Prince – June 7, 1958 (Multi-instrumentalist/performer)

Michael Cartellone – June 7, 1962 (Lynyrd Skynyrd, drums)

Elvis Presley – June 8, 1935

James Harman – June 8, 1946 (Blues harmonica player)

Derek Trucks – June 8, 1979 (blues slide player)

Skip James – June 9, 1902 (blues guitarist)

Les Paul – June 9, 1915 (Guitar Pioneer, Jazz, Country, and Blues)

Johnny Ace – June 9, 1929 (R&B singer)

John Lord – June 9, 1941 (Deep Purple, keyboards)

Howlin’ Wolf – June 10, 1910 (Blues Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist)

Joao Gilberto – June 10, 1931 (Brazilian Bossa Nova guitarist)

Frank Beard – June 11, 1949 (ZZ Top, drums)

Donnie Van Zant – June 11, 1952 (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Singer)

“Harmonica George Robinson – June 12, 1934 (Blues harmonica player)

Armando “Chick” Corea – June 12, 1941 (Jazz pianist/composer)

Lyn Collins – June 12, 1948 (Soul Singer)

Brad Delp – June 12, 1951 (Boston, lead vocals and guitar)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – June 12, 1977 (Blues guitarist/singer)

Doc Cheatham – June 13, 1905 (Jazz trumpeter and bandleader)

James Carr – June 13, 1942 (R&B front man)

Rivers Cuomo – June 13, 1970 (Weezer, Singer/Guitarist)

Died This Week in Rock

Alan Rubin – June 8, 2011 (The Blues Brothers, trumpet)

Ray Charles – June 10, 2004 (Soul Singer-Songwriter & Pianist)

Ornette Coleman – June 11, 2015 (Jazz saxophonist)

Clyde McPhatter – June 13, 1972 (The Drifters, lead vocals)


The Rolling Stones release “Come On” – June 7, 1963
Elton John’s, “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys” debuts at #1 on the charts – June 7, 1975.
The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” releases on June 8, 1968
Wings hits #1 with “Band On the Run” – June 8, 1974.
The debut album KISS is certified gold – June 8, 1977.
Led Zeppelin tops the charts with” How the West Was Won” – June 8, 2003.
Paul McCartney’s second album, Ram, is certified Gold – June 9, 1971.
The Rolling Stones releases Some Girls, June 9, 1978.
Genesis releases Invisible Touch June 9, 1986.
Stevie Wonder releases “I Was Made to Love Her” – June 10, 1966.
The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black” hits #1 June 11, 1966.
David Bowie, “Space Oddity” releases June 11, 1969.
The Beatles’ “Ballad of John & Yoko” reaches #1 in UK June 11, 1969.
“Play That Funky Music” releases June 11, 1976.
Bo Diddley, Go Bo Diddley releases June 12, 1959.
“Chuck Berry is On Top” releases June 12, 1959.
Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” enters the country charts June 12, 1957.
Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” hits #1 on June 13, 1980.

George Harrison’s “This is Love releases on June 13, 1988.The Beatles’ LP Let It Be hits #1 as well as the song “The Long and Winding Road” on June 13, 1970.


The Johnny Cash show debuts on ABC TV with guests Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Bob Dylan sang three songs: “I Threw It All Away,” “Living the Blues,” and “Girl From the North Country,” the last of which is a duet with Cash. June 7, 1969

Led Zeppelin begins a sold-out 6-night stand at iconic Madison Square Garden. It’s part of their 11th and final North American Tour. Playing 3 hours and tickets cost between $8.50 – $10.50. On June 7,1977.

David Bowie plays a show in West Berlin with the speakers pointed towards the Berlin Wall which is close by. Thousands of young East Berliners stood by and heard the music: June 7, 1987

Chuck Berry, Sam Phillips, Pete Townshend, and Billy Joel are among the rock immortals present at the groundbreaking ceremony for Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: June 7, 1993

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts went to the home of Brian Jones for a meeting about the future of Jones’ affiliation with the band. The eventual outcome would be the end of Jones’ tenure with the group: June 8, 1969.

On June 9, 1964, Bob Dylan records “Mr. Tambourine Man” at a recording session at Columbia Recording Studios in NYC.

Pink Floyd plays two gigs in one day: one in Hull and one in London. Attending two Pink Floyd gigs in one day would essentially be “the best day of our lives.” June 9, 1967.

A young man named Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia Records. June 9, 1972

The Rolling Stones record “It’s All Over Now,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Time Is On My Side” at Chess studios; the Stones get to meet Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Chuck Berry: June 10, 1964

Janis Joplin performs her first concert in the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco – June 10, 1966

California’s Magic Mountain Music Festival happens on June 10, 1967, featuring Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and The Byrds.

The Rolling Stones give an attention-grabbing “press conference” in the middle of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, just outside Chess Studios. On June 11, 1964.

Buckingham Palace announces that the Beatles are to be awarded the MBE (Members of the British Empire) award by Queen Elizabeth II, an award traditionally only presented to upper-crust members of the community. Several other members immediately return their awards, complaining that they have become “debased”: June 11, 1965.

John Lennon makes his final television appearance on “Salute to Sir Lew Grade” and plays the songs “Imagine” and “Slippin and Slidin’” on June 13, 1975.

One of the concerts that comprised Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” is performed at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco on June 13, 1975

George Harrison’s “This is Love releases on June 13, 1988.The Beatles’ LP Let It Be hits #1 as well as the song “The Long and Winding Road” on June 13, 1970