Music History June 16


1924 – Lucky Thompson, American saxophonist (d. 2005)
1939 – Billy “Crash” Craddock, American singer
1942 – Eddie Levert, American singer-songwriter (The O’Jays)
1946 – Iain Matthews, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fairport Convention and Plainsong)
1947 – Tom Malone, American trombonist, (The Blues Brothers and CBS Orchestra)
1949 – Robbin Thompson, American singer-songwriter (Steel Mill) (d. 2015)
1953 – Ian Mosley, English drummer (Marillion)
1976 – Cian Ciaran, Welsh keyboard player, songwriter (Super Furry Animals)
1981 – Christina Cramer, American singer/songwriter, guitarist (In Cahoots)
19?? –
Josh Berwanger, American singer/songwriter, guitarist (The Anniversary, The Only Children, Berwanger)


1925 – Emmett Hardy, American cornet player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (b. 1903)
1939 – Chick Webb, American drummer and bandleader (b. 1905)
1982 – James Honeyman-Scott, English guitarist and songwriter (The Pretenders) (b. 1956)
1994 – Kristen Pfaff, American bass player and songwriter (Hole and Janitor Joe) (b. 1967)


1964 – The Rolling Stones paid $2,500 in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for $170 at Magdalen College Oxford.

1967 – The first of the major rock festivals, Monterey Pop, is held in California, featuring established acts such as The Mamas and The Papas, Eric Burdon and the Animals, The Association, Booker T. and the MGs, The Who, and the Byrds, and also making superstars of several relatively new acts such as Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and The Steve Miller Band. 50,000 attendees paid between $3.50 and $6.50 to see more than two dozen acts, all of whom agreed to play for free so all proceeds could go to charity.

The event kicked off the famous “Summer of Love,” in which thousands of college-age rock fans visited San Francisco, and also inspired John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas to write “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair),” later a hit for Scott McKenzie. Filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker’s acclaimed 1969 documentary Monterey Pop was filmed during the festival.

1967 – Pink Floyd released their second single “See Emily Play” which was written by original frontman Syd Barrett. The slide guitar work on the song was done by Barrett using a plastic ruler.

1970 – The organizers of the Woodstock music festival report that they have lost over $1.2 million on the event (money which they will later make up through movie and soundtrack rights).

TibetanFreedomConcert1972 – David Bowie released his fifth studio album ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,’ a concept album telling the story of a fictional bisexual alien rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The album which reached No.5 in the UK and No. 75 in the US has been consistently considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

1975 – John Lennon sued the U.S. government, he charged that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution.

1980 – The movie The Blues Brothers, adapted from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s classic SNL skit, premieres in Chicago. A love letter of sorts to Sixties R&B and soul, it will help re-establish the careers of its musical co-stars, including James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.

1982 – James Honeyman Scott (Pretenders) died of drug overdose at the age of 25.

1989 – The first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost $48.

1990 – The Rolling Stones’ “Paint, It Black,” re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.

1994 – Kristen Pfaff (Hole) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.

1995 – Pearl Jam began a tour without using Ticketmaster. They chose to use a mail order ticket service.

1996 – Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert since Live Aid in 1985.

2004 – The original members of the New York Dolls reunite on stage after nearly 30 years, in a concert arranged by their #1 fan, Morrissey of the Smiths.

2010 – American musician and guitarist Gary Shider died from cancer of the brain and lungs. He was musical director of the P-Funk All-Stars and as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic he scored the hit “One Nation Under A Groove.”

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