This Month in Music History – June

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June 1

• 1969: During their bed-in, John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance”

• 1967: The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.S.

• 1947: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is born

June 2

• 1941: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is born

June 5

• 1971: Grand Funk Railroad sell out Shea Stadium in 72 hours (less time than The Beatles)

June 7

• 1993: Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a symbol

• 1946: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzman is born

June 9

• 1915: Les Paul is born

June 11

• 1969: David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is released to coincide with the first lunar landing

June 14

• 1961: Boy George is born George O’Dowd

June 15

• 1937: Waylon Jennings is born

June 16

• 1971: Rapper Tupac Shakur is born Lesane Parish Crooks

• 1967: Rock’s first major festival, The Monterey International Pop Festival, takes place, with Jimi Hendrix, Mamas and The Papas, The Who, the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane

June 18

• 1942: Paul McCartney is born

June 20

• 1980: Billy Joel scores his first #1 hit with “It’s Still Rock & Roll”

• 1955: Van Halen bass player Michael Anthony is born

• 1942: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is born

June 22

• 1936: Kris Kristofferson is born

June 24

• 1942: Mick Fleetwood is born

June 25

• 1984: Prince’s album Purple Rain sets a record when 1.3 million copies are sold in one day

June 27

• 1971: New York’s Fillmore East, the heralded rock venue, is closed

June 30

• 1975: Cher marries Gregg Allman only four days after divorcing Sonny Bono

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