BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Clifton Chenier: June 25, 1925 (Cajun, Creole, accordion and vocals)

Clint Warwick: June 25, 1940 (bass, The Moody Blues)

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

Ian McDonald: June 25, 1946 (guitar, Yes and King Crimson)

Big Bill Broonzy: June 26, 1893 (blues guitarist)

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

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

Doc Pomus: June 27, 1925

Honeyboy Edwards: June 28, 1915 (country blues/urban blues innovator)

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

Bpb Brunning: June 29, 1943 (bass, Fleetwood Mac)

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

Stanley Clarke: June 30, 1951 (jazz bassist)

Yngwie Malmsteen: June 30, 1963 (shredder)

Willie Dixon: July 1, 1915 (prolific blues musician and writer)

 

 DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Michael Jackson: June 25, 2009

Clifford Brown: June 26, 1956 (trumpeter, jazz)

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

Chris Squire: June 27, 2015 (bass, Yes)

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

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

Chet Atkins: June 30, 2001

Rushton Moreve: July 1, 1981 (bass, Steppenwolf) 

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND THE TOP OF THE CHARTS…

Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” reaches number one: June 25, 1977

“Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds reaches top of Billboard Hot 100: June 26, 1965

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

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

Crosby Stills and Nash release their debut album: June 28, 1969

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

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

“Coming Up” becomes “one of the few live recording to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100: June 28, 1980

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

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

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

Jimi Hendrix’s Experience play their last gig: June 29, 1969

The casket of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals are unable to open it. The ashes of Steve Gaines, the band’s guitarist who died in the same plane crash that killed Van Zandt, are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.: June 29, 2000

The first portable music device, the Sony Walkman is released: July 1, 1979

Patrick Ortiz 

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