1948 : The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a “long-playing” vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
1955 : Elvis Presley played two shows in Beaumont, Texas, with bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore.
1963 : The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berks. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club in Windsor, Berkshire, was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1966 : Reg Calvert manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. (Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline). Smedley was later cleared of the murder.
1966 : Recorded on this day, The Beatles – “She Said She Said”
1966 : Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club, London.
1966 : After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.
1966 : Tom Jones needed 14 stitches in his forehead after his Jaguar was involved in a car crash in Marble Arch, London.
1966 : Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
1967 : Must be the Summer of Love: There’s a free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1967 : Recorded on this day, Elvis Presley – “Let Yourself Go”, “He’s Your Uncle, Not Your Dad”
1968 : Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College, Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the ‘Trip Machine’ was dismantled and taken away by the police.
1970 : Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.
1972 : Billy Preston’s “Outa-Space” is certified gold.
1973 : The band Bread, already having decided to break up, play their last live gig ever in Salt Lake City after one of its tour trucks flips over and destroys most of its gear.
1975 : Elton John, The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh, Rufus and The Eagles all appeared in front of 120,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London. Tickets cost $5.95.
1975 : Elton John makes a surprise appearance at a Doobie Brothers/Eagles concert at Oakland Coliseum.
1975 : Captain and Tennille started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Sedaka song ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. The duo of husband and wife “Captain” Daryl Dragon and Cathryn Antoinette “Toni” Tennille had worked as backup musicians for Elton John and Neil Sedaka.
1975 : Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow. The group went through many line-up changes with, Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, and Doogie White all being members.
1977 : Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.
1979 : Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground’s first drummer died of tuberculosis aged 34. He quit the band in 1965.
1980 : German orchestra leader and songwriter Bert Kaempfert died aged 56. Both Frank Sinatra (Strangers In The Night) and Elvis Presley (Wooden Heart) covered his songs. Kaempfert released over 50 albums. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on recording sessions for Polydor, (these were the Beatles’ first commercial recordings).
1980 : The Beach Boys, Santana, Mike Oldfield, Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne and The Blues Band all appeared at Knebworth ’80, Knebworth Park, England, tickets £9.00.
1980 : French police arrested all members of The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.
1981 : Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the split of Steely Dan and begin work on solo projects. They would re-form in 1993.
1982 : The first ‘Fête de la Musique’, a music festival also known as ‘World Music Day’ and taking place on June 21 every year, is launched in France. Its purpose is to promote music in two ways: (1) Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan ‘Faites de la musique’ (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal; (2) Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. The Fête de la Musique has spread to many countries throughout the world.
1985 : This was the first day of this year’s Glastonbury Festival with Aswad, The Boomtown Rats, Clannad, The Colour Field, Ian Dury, King, The Pogues, Midnight Oil, Thompson Twins, Misty In Roots and Maria Muldaur. A three day ticket cost $27.
1986 : Genesis scored their fourth UK No.1 album with their 13th studio album ‘Invisible Touch’. It remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it the most commercially successful album of their career, eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide and produced five US Top 5 singles, including the title track.
1988 : The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in eighteen years.
1990 : Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: “Like everything I got, it took a long time to get.”
1992 : The Orb released ‘Blue Room’ the single had a duration of 39 minutes and 58 seconds, two seconds shorter than the maximum permitted for a single under UK chart rules. The single peaked at No.8.
1994 : George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn’t be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.
1998 : Bobby Brown was arrested on charges of sexual battery after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel.
2000 : 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001 : John Lee Hooker, American blues singer and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with ‘Boom Boom’, ‘Dimples’ and ‘I’m In The Mood’. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors and The White Stripes. He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.
2011 : American band Maroon 5 released ‘Moves Like Jagger’, featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics refered to a male’s ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. The single peaked at No.1 on the US chart.
2011 : People magazine reported that 75-year-old Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I still love making music,” said Campbell. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”