Born this Week in Rock History

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)

Alan White: June 14, 1949 (Yes, Drums)

Marcus Miller: June 14, 1959 (jazz bassist)

Erroll Garner: June 15, 1923 (Jazz Pianist)

Waylon Jennings: June 15, 1937 (Country Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist)

Steve Walsh: June 15, 1951 (Kansas, Singer)

Kai Eckhardt: June 15, 1961 (Bassist, Garaj Mahal/freelance)

Gregg Rolie: June 17, 1947 (Keyboard, Santana/Journey


Died this Week in Rock History

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)

Screaming Lord Sutch: June 16, 1999

Lonnie Johnson: June 16, 1970 (jazz guitarist)


Music releases and the top of the charts…

The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It, Black” hits #1: June 11, 1966

David Bowie, “Space Oddity” was released: June 11, 1969

The Beatles’ “Ballad of John & Yoko” reaches #1 in UK: June 11, 1969

“Play That Funky Music” is released: June 11, 1976

Bo Diddley, Go Bo Diddley was released: June 12, 1959

“Chuck Berry is On Top” is released: June 12, 1959

Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” enters the country charts: June 12, 1957

The Beatles’ LP Let It Be hits #1; the song “The Long and Winding Road” does as well: June 13, 1970

Billy Joel’s “Glass Houses” hits #1: June 13, 1980

George Harrison’s “This is Love: is released: June 13, 1988

The Beatles’ “Today and Yesterday” gets released: June 15, 1966

“Best of the Guess Who” is awarded Gold: June 15, 1971

Steve Winwood releases his debut album Steve Winwood: June 17, 1977


This week in rock History

The Rolling Stones hold an attention-grabbing “press conference” in the middle of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, just outside Chess Studios; it’s promptly broken up by the local police: 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

European radio is abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries: June 11, 1966

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

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

John Lennon makes his last ever television appearance. He appeared on “Salute to Sir Lew Grade” and played the songs “Imagine” and “Slippin and Slidin’”: June 13, 1975

One of the concerts that comprised Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive is performed at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco: 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. The 23-year-old Stewart is still so new to the stage 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

June 14, 2002: Mick Jagger is knighted.

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers loses its main guitarist, Peter Green, who quits to form a new band called Fleetwood Mac: June 15, 1966

“Ray Charles makes music history when “My World” hits the Billboard Hot 200, marking the sixth dcade he had a charted album”: June 15, 1993

After not playing for seven years, Santana releases “Supernatural” which had a lot of chart topping hits: June 15, 1999

Bob Dylan records “Like a Rolling Stone”: June 16, 1965

The first of the major rock festivals, Monterey Pop, is held in California, featuring established acts such as The Mamas and The Papas, Eric Burdon and the Animals, The Association, Booker T. and the MGs, The Who, and the Byrds, and also helping to make superstars of several relatively new acts such as Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and The Steve Miller Band. 50,000 attendees paid between $3.50 and $6.50 to see more than two dozen acts, all of whom agreed to play for free so that all proceeds could go to charity. The event kicked off the famous “Summer of Love,” in which thousands of college-age rock fans visited San Francisco, and also inspired John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas to write “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” later a hit for Scott McKenzie. Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker’s acclaimed 1969 documentary Monterey Pop was filmed during the festival: June 16, 1967

The film The Blues Brothers premieres in Chicago: June 16, 1980

Patrick Ortiz