This Week’s Trivia Answer – JUNE 8 – JUNE 14:

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


Elvis Presley – June 8, 1935
James Harman – June 8, 1946 (Blues harmonica player)
Derek Trucks – June 8, 1979 (blues slide player)
Skip Jame – June 9, 1902 (blues guitarist)

Happy Birthday to Les Paul!

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)

Happy Birthday Donnie Van Zandt!

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)

Happy Birthday Kenny Wayne Shepherd!

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)
Alan White – June 14, 1949 (Yes, Drums)
Marcus Miller – June 14, 1959 (jazz bassist)


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)
Wynonie Harris – June 14, 1969 (Blues Shouter & R&B Vocalist)
Rory Gallagher – June 14, 1995 (Taste, guitar and vocals)
Wes Montgomery – June 15, 1968 (Jazz guitarist)
Ella Fitzgerald – June 15, 1996 (Jazz Vocalist)


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

Space Oddity  Releases!

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

This week in Rock History

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

Magic Mountain Festival 1967

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

Rod Stewart becomes a star in the US after the Jeff Beck Group, for which he sings lead, opens at New York’s Fillmore East. Dealing with extreme stage fright, the 23-year-old Stewart is still so new that he hides behind a stack of speakers during the first song: June 14, 1968

Derek and the Dominos step on the stage for the first time under that name as they play the Lyceum in London: June 14, 1970

Mick Jagger becomes a knight on June 14, 2002.

Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones as the new guitarist of the Rolling Stones: June 12, 1969

Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary “US” Bonds appeared at a rally in Central Park for nuclear disarmament. Over 450,000 people were present: June 12, 1982

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