This Month in Music History

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This Month in Music History

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

•             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 5

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

June 6

•             1990: 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be LP is deemed obscene by a federal judge in Florida

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

•             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, The Mamas and The Papas, The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding, Buffalo Springfield and many more.

June 18

•             1942: Paul McCartney is born

June 20

•             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

•             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

Compiled from the archives of Rock & Roll Library www.rocklibrary.com

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