Saturday, June 16, 2012

June 16

1939: Billy "Crash" Craddock (Rockabilly Singer)
1941: Lamont Dozier (R&B Singer, Songwriter & Producer)
1942: Eddie Levert (Vocals for The O'Jays)
1946: Iain Matthews (Singer for Fairport Convention)
1952: Gino Vannelli (Singer)
1953: Ian Mosley (Drums for Marillion)
1958: Patrick Waite (Bass & Vocals for Musical Youth)
1962: Femi Kuti (Afrobeat Musician)
1969: MC Ren (Lorenzo Jerald Patterson ) (Rapper for NWA)
1971: 2Pac (Tupac Amaru Shakur) (born Lesane Parish Crooks) (Rapper)
1981: Ben Kweller (Singer / Songwriter)
1982: Matt Costa (Singer / Songwriter)

1962: A young David Bowie makes his stage debut when his band, the Konrads, performs at Bromley Technical in Kent, England.

1965: Bob Dylan recorded ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

1966: The Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the UK television program Top of the Pops, performing ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’. It became The Beatles' last live musical television appearance, with the sole exception of the June 1967 worldwide transmission of ‘All You Need Is Love’.

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.

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).

1975: John Lennon sues US Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst for alleged harassment during his recent deportation investigation.

1976: No longer just five, The Jacksons -- all six sons and three daughters -- get their own summer replacement variety show on CBS-TV.

1979: The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the album chart with 'Discovery' their first No.1 LP, featuring the tracks 'Shine A Little Love', 'Don't Bring Me Down' and 'The Diary Of Horace Wimp'.

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: Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction.

1982: Donny Van Zant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place.

1987: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead officially gives permission for Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to name a new flavor after him.

1988: Vince Neil of Motley Crue married mud wrestler Sharisse Rudell.

1989: Smokey Robinson launches his own perfume for women, entitled simply "Smoke."

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 (Bass for Hole) died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26.

1997: The Radiohead album "OK Computer" was released.

1999: Phil Collins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2000: On the first night of his 'Up in Smoke' tour in Chula Vista, Snoop Dogg's tour bus was stopped at the Temecula border checkpoint in San Diego after the border patrol smelled marijuana wafting from the tour bus. One member of the crew was arrested.

2001: Four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres drowned in Tommy Lee's swimming pool while attending a birthday party for Lee's 5-year-old son, Brandon. His parents, James Veres and Ursula Karven, sued Lee for negligence, claiming they should have been told that a swimming pool was involved, (their son could not swim). Lee was cleared by a jury in April 2003.

2002: A remixed version of Elvis Presley's 1967 single "A Little Less Conversation" hits #1 in the UK, released as part of a plan by his estate to regain the UK record for Number Ones from the Beatles.

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.

2007: 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.

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