“BLACKIE”

On June 24th, 2004, Eric Clapton auctioned off his world-famous Stratocaster named “Blackie.” It became the most expensive guitar in the world at this point, being sold for $959,500! This gorgeous maple-neck Fender can be seen in Clapton’s hands in many live performances and heard on many land mark recordings.

 

BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

Lester Williams: June 24, 1920 (blues guitarist)

Jeff Beck: June 24, 1944

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

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

Patrick Moraz: June 24, 1948 (keyboard, Yes, The Moody Blues)

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

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

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

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)

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

 

 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

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND THE TOP OF THE CHARTS…

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

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

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

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: June 24, 2004

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

 

Patrick Ortiz 

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