BORN ON JUNE 24
1904 – Phil Harris, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1995)
1917 – Ramblin’ Tommy Scott, American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)
1934 – Jean-Pierre Ferland, Canadian singer-songwriter
1939 – Paul “Oz” Bach bass guitar, vocals (Spanky & Our Gang) (d. 1998)
1942 – Arthur Brown, English singer (Kingdom Come and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
1944 – Jeff Beck, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (The Yardbirds, The Honeydrippers, and Beck, Bogert & Appice)
1944 – John “Charlie” Whitney, English guitarist (Family, Axis Point, and Streetwalkers)
1944 – Chris Wood, English saxophonist (Traffic and Ginger Baker’s Air Force) (d. 1983)
1945 – Colin Blunstone, English singer-songwriter (The Zombies and Keats)
1947 – Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer(Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)
1948 – Patrick Moraz, Swiss keyboard player and songwriter (Yes, Moody Blues, and Refugee)
1949 – John Illsley, English singer-songwriter, bass player (Dire Straits)
1958 – Kathy Troccoli, American singer and author
1959 – Andy McCluskey, English singer-songwriter, bass player (The Id, Dalek I Love You, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
1960 – Siedah Garrett, American singer-songwriter and pianist (Brand New Heavies)
1961 – Dennis Danell, American singer and guitarist (Social Distortion) (d. 2000)
1961 – Curt Smith, English singer-songwriter, guitarist (Tears for Fears and Graduate)
1966 – Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter (Mazzy Star)
1967 – Richard Z. Kruspe, German guitarist (Rammstein, Emigrate, and First Arsch)
1967 – Jeff Cease, American lead guitarist (The Black Crowes)
1974 – Vinnie Fiorello, American drummer (Less Than Jake), co-founder of Fueled by Ramen and founder of Paper + Plastick Records
1978 – Emppu Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Brother Firetribe, Altaria, and Barilari)
DIED ON JUNE 24
1987 – Jackie Gleason, American actor and singer (b. 1916)
2008 – Ira Tucker, American singer (The Dixie Hummingbirds) (b. 1925)
2013 – Puff Johnson, American singer-songwriter (b. 1972)
2013 – Alan Myers, American drummer (Devo) (b. 1955)
EVENTS ON JUNE 24
1964 – Sam Cooke, preceded by a 70-foot billboard in Times Square, begins a famous two-week engagement at New York’s Copacabana club that would come to define the beginning of “supper-club soul.”
1966 – With the McCoys and the Standells opening, the Rolling Stones’ 1966 tour begins at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, inciting yet another crowd riot that the police counteract with tear gas. Rock concerts are banned from the venue for nearly two decades.
1967 – Led by Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd make their TV debut performing their hit single “See Emily Play” on BBC’s Top Of The Pops.
1969 – Led Zeppelin recorded ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘What Is And What Should Never Be’, ‘Travelling Riverside Blues’ and ‘Communication Breakdown’ for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, London. The session was broadcast on 29th June 1969.
.1972 – At tonight’s show in Fort Worth, TX, the Rolling Stones film the performance that would become the quadrophonic concert documentary Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones..
1973 – After an extensive two-year investigation, 19 major music label heads, including Clive Davis of Arista and the Gamble-Huff team behind Philadelphia International, are indicted by the state of New Jersey for “payola” practices and income tax evasion
1973 – Legendary rock organist Al Kooper rejoins his first band, Blues Project, onstage during a concert in Central Park.
1977 – En route to his hotel while on tour in Madison, WI, Elvis spots an altercation between two young men and a gas station attendant and immediately gets out of his limo, striking a karate pose, shouting “I’ll take you on!” When all three get a glimpse of their intruder, however, they immediately forget the fight and ask for pictures and photographs.
1984 – Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin joins Yes onstage in Dortmund, Germany for a cover of the Beatles’ “I’m Down,” further fueling rumors that the guitarist will assemble a new band called XYZ (Ex-Yes and Zeppelin).
1986 – Soul Asylum released their first compilation album and second album of 1986 with ‘Time’s Incinerator.’ The album is a rare cassette-only release which contains b-sides, outtakes and demos from the Soul Asylum and the former band Loud Fast Rules. The album name comes from Soul Asylum’s song “Can’t Go Back” from the album ‘Made To Be Broken,’ and features five songs which were outtakes from their 1984 debut album, ‘Say What You Will… Everything Can Happen.’ These songs eventually made it to the 1988 CD release (and rerelease) of the album, which was titled, ‘Say What You Will, Clarence…Karl Sold the Truck.’
1993 – Hank Williams’ illegitimate daughter Jett, is awarded a piece of the country legend’s estate from his son, Hank Jr.
1998 – Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since announcing his battle with Shy-Drager Syndrome, walking onstage at Kris Kristofferson’s latest Nashville concert to sing Cash’s hit “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” written by Kris.
1999 – Eric Clapton auctions off 100 of the guitars in his collection to raise money for his Crossroads drug rehab clinic in Antigua, with the 1956 Fender “Layla” was written on going for nearly half a million dollars, a record at the time. Five years later, a similar auction, held like the first at Christie’s in New York, nets another record — almost one million dollars for another Fender Clapton named “Blackie,” making it the most expensive guitar of all time.
2000 – Preparing for “retirement,” KISS begin auctioning off their quarter-century of band memorabilia, netting $876,000.
2004 – A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed ‘Blackie’ sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.
2013 – Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986.