Music History June 1

Andy Griffith with Ronnie Howard


1926 – Andy Griffith, American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)
1926 – Marilyn Monroe, American model, actress, and singer (d. 1962)
1935 – Hazel Dickens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)
1941 – Wayne Kemp, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)
1946 – Jody Stecher, American bluegrass singer and musician
1947 – Ronnie Wood, English guitarist, songwriter (the Rolling Stones, Faces, Jeff Beck Group)
1950 – Wayne Nelson, American singer and bass player (Little River Band)
1950 – Tom Robinson, English singer-songwriter and bass player (Sector 27)
1959 – Alan Wilder, English singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Depeche Mode)
1963 – Mike Joyce, English drummer (The Smiths)
1972 – Mindy Smith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1974 – Alanis Morissette, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
1981 – Brandi Carlile, American singer-songwriter and guitarist


1948 – Sonny Boy Williamson, American singer and harmonica player (b. 1914)
1966 – Papa Jack Laine, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1873)
1991 – David Ruffin, American singer and drummer (The Temptations) (b. 1941)
2007 – Tony Thompson, American singer (Hi-Five) (b. 1975)
2012 – Faruq Z. Bey, American saxophonist (Griot Galaxy) (b. 1942)


Marilyn Monroe,

1964 – Having just graduated high school the day before, a young singer named Dolly Parton heads to Nashville to be discovered.

1964 – The Rolling Stones were met by over 500 fans as they arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The Stones held a press conference and then guested on the prestigious “5th Beatle”, DJ Murray The K’s radio show. The first date took place on 5th June in San Bernardino, California.

1967 – David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, ‘Rubber Band’ and ‘The Laughing Gnome’.

1969 – In Montreal, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded “Give Peace a Chance” with Tommy and Dick Smothers, Derek Taylor, Murray the K and Timothy Leary.

1972 – At Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd begin recording their landmark album Dark Side Of The Moon.

1973 – Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt broke his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It left Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.

1975 – The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever US tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ronnie Wood joined The Stones on tour for the first time, replacing Mick Taylor.

1985 – Prince & The Revolution started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Around The World In A Day.’

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