This Month in Music History – June

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June 1
•    1974: Alanis Morissette is born
•    1969: During their “bed-in,” John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance” with friends Tommy and Dick Smothers and Timothy Leary
•    1968: Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” hits #1
•    1967: The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the U.S.
•    1947: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is born
June 2
•    1970: B-Real of Cypress Hill is born Louis Freeze
•    1941: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is born
June 4
•    1967: The Monkees win an Emmy Award for their comedy television series
June 5
•    1977: Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor dies when a feeder rat bites it; Alice holds a public audition to replace the snake
•    1971: Grand Funk Railroad sell out Shea Stadium in 72 hours (less time than The Beatles)
•    1956: Saxophonist Kenny G is born
June 6

•    1990: 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be LP is deemed obscene by a federal judge in Florida
•    1960: Steve Vai is born
•    1955: “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & the Comets hits #1
June 7
•    1993: Prince celebrates his birthday by changing his name to a symbol
•    1946: Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzman is born
•    1940: “What’s New Pussycat” singer Tom Jones is born
June 9
•    1934: Jackie Wilson is born
•    1915: Les Paul is born
June 10
•    1910: Howlin’ Wolf is born Chester Burnett
June 11
•    1969: David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is released to coincide with the first lunar landing
June 12
•    1977: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is born
•    1951: Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick is born
June 14
•    1961: Boy George is born George O’Dowd
June 15
•    1973: American Graffiti opens in New York City
•    1956: John Lennon (15) and Paul McCartney (13) meet for the first time (Lennon’s group The Quarrymen are performing at a church dinner)
•    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, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding and many more.
June 17
•    1946: Barry Manilow is born Barry Allan Pinkis
June 18
•    1942: Paul McCartney is born
June 19
•    1948: Nick Drake 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
•    1949: Lionel Richie is born
•    1942: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is born
June 22
•    1936: Kris Kristofferson is born
June 23
•    1990: Police find 62 grams of marijuana and “homemade pornography” during a raid of Chuck Berry’s home
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
•    1963: George Michael is born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
•    1945: Carly Simon is born
June 26
•    1974: Sonny and Cher divorce
•    1957: Patti Smyth is born
•    1956: Chris Isaak is born
June 27
•    1989: At New York’s Radio City Music Hall, The Who perform their rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety for the first time in 17 years
•    1971: New York’s Fillmore East, the heralded rock venue, is closed
June 29
•    1967: Keith Richards is sentenced to one year in jail on drug charges
June 30
• 1975: Cher marries Gregg Allman only four days after divorcing Sonny Bono

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