Music History June 15

Waylon Jennings


1937 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Highwaymen) (d. 2002)
1941 – Harry Nilsson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1994)
1946 – Noddy Holder, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (Slade)
1951 – Steve Walsh, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Kansas)
1957 – Brad Gillis, American guitarist (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne, Rubicon)
1959 – Vicki Genfan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1969 – Ice Cube, American rapper, producer, and actor
1969 – Jeff Neal, American drummer (Boston)
1971 – Bif Naked, Indian-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and poet
1972 – Hank von Helvete, Norwegian singer and guitarist (Turbonegro and Doctor Midnight & The Mercy Cult)


1968 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist (Montgomery Brothers) (b. 1925)
1996 – Ella Fitzgerald, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
2014 – Casey Kasem, American radio host, actor, co-created American Top 40 (b. 1932)


1970 – Jimi Hendrix recorded at his Electric Ladyland studio in New York City for the first time.

1976 – The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham’s Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club, London.

1977 – The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed ‘Anarchy In The UK’ outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

1989 – Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling “pissed off”, and that he did not regard them highly.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Mojo

1996 – Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook’ was the first of eight “Songbook” sets. Appeared in the TV commercial for Memorex, where she sang a note that shattered a glass while being recorded on a Memorex cassette tape. The tape was played back and the recording also broke the glass, asking “Is it live, or is it Memorex”

2010 – Devo released the album “Something for Everybody.” It was their first album in 20 years.

2010 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their 12th studio album ‘Mojo,’ the first album with the Heartbreakers in eight years. The album is also the band’s first full album with bassist Ron Blair since 1981’s ‘Hard Promises,’ as he played on only two tracks on the previous Heartbreakers album, ‘The Last DJ.’

2013 – A 24-year-old woman died in hospital after falling at the Stone Roses concert in Glasgow. The woman was among 50,000 fans who attended a gig at Glasgow Green to hear the Manchester indie band. Police made a total of 24 arrests during and after the concert for anti-social and drugs.

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