Back when we went to school, we only paid attention to one class. History. Rock history. We studied hard. And we passed with flying colors. And now we wish to impart this wisdom to you. School may be out for the summer, but when it comes to rock history, school’s always in session. So please, get our your pencils and pay attention, because here’s “This Week In Rock History” June 24 – June 30th edition!

Born this Week in Rock History

Deep Purple

Deep Purple (1974)

Jeff Beck: June 24, 1944
Chris Wood: June 24, 1944 (winds, Traffic)

Mick Fleetwood: June 24, 1947 (drums, Fleetwood Mac)

Allen Lanier: June 25, 1946 (guitar and keyboards, Blue Oyster Cult)

Larry Taylor: June 26, 1942 (bass, Canned Heat)

Richard McCracken: June 26, 1948 (bass, Taste)

Doc Pomus: June 27, 1925

David Knights: June 28, 1945 (bass, Procol Harum)

Ian Paice: June 29, 1948 (drums, Deep Purple)

Died this Week in Rock History

John Entwistle: June 27, 2002 (bass, The Who)

Lowell George: June 29, 1979 (guitar, Little Feat)

George McCorkle: June 29, 2007 (guitar, Marshall Tucker Band)

Music releases and the top of the charts…

A26WH8 DAVID BOWIE in November 1995

A26WH8 DAVID BOWIE in November 1995

Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman” was released: June 24, 1972

Peter Frampton, “Baby, I Love Your Way” was released: June 26, 1976

ZZ Top’s LP Fandango! is certified gold: June 27, 1962

David Bowie, “Fame” was released: June 28, 1975

The Eagles’ LP One Of These Nights hits #1: June 28, 1975

Pink Floyd, A Saucerful Of Secrets  was released: June 29, 1968

KISS, “Love Gun” was released: June 30, 1977


This Week in Rock History

Led Zeppelin records some tunes for the BBC, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “What Is and What Should Never Be,” “Travelling Riverside Blues,” and “Communication Breakdown” in London. It was broadcast on June 29, 1969: June 24, 1969

Eric Clapton’s guitar “Blackie” was auctioned for $959,500. This made it the most expensive guitar in the world. The money went towards Clapton’s addiction rehab clinic, Crossroads: June 24, 2004

Speaking of auctions, a final draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” that Dylan wrote in pencil when he was 24 was auctioned for a cool $2 million. This is the only known draft of the final lyrics: June 24, 2014

The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays 3 San Francisco shows in one day – A free one in Golden Gate Park and 2 evening shows at the Fillmore West: June 25, 1967

The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” live by satellite with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon, and Gary Leeds singing backup vocals; it was viewed by 200 million people: June 25, 1967

Pink Floyd’s concert at Cleveland Stadium sets a single-concert record for attendance: June 25, 1977

Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to perform before 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden: June 25, 1980

WNEW-FM in New York becomes the first radio station to play Don McLean’s new single, “American Pie,” which it features in its 8:36 entirety: June 26, 1971

Legendary rock promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East, the New York version of his equally legendary San Francisco “rock ballroom.” The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and Country Joe McDonald are on the bill for the final show: June 27, 1971

The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music is held in Bath, England. The lineup includes Santana, Led Zeppelin, Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Canned Heat, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, and Pink Floyd, among others: June 27, 1970

All aboard The Festival Express! The tour consisted of bands traveling by train to the tour stops, and included The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. and the Buddy Guy Blues Band: June 27, 1970

Queen plays their first gig at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England. They played under the name “Smile” which was the name of Brian May and Roger Taylor’s previous band. “Smile” was originally booked for the gig, but Queen took their place: June 27, 1970

The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their last gig together at the Denver Pop Festival: June 29, 1969

In order to create a new single as part of the massive Live Aid series of concerts, Mick Jagger and David Bowie rush into a recording studio and produce their hit cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street” in under 12 hours. As with the concerts, all proceeds go to feed victims of the Ethiopian hunger crisis: June 29, 1985

Cher and Greg Allman were married. This occurred four days after she and Sonny Bono got divorced. They broke it up just 10 days later: June 30, 1975

Marvel Comics issued the first of two comic books based on the group KISS: June 30, 1977

That’s all for This Week in Rock History. Which event do you think is the most important? Most interesting? Any other events we didn’t mention that you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook at or on Twitter at @tributapparel.