1950 Soul singer Deniece Williams is born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, Indiana.
1950 Florian Pilkington-Miksa (original drummer for Curved Air) is born in Roehampton, South West London, England.
1947 T. Rex drummer Mickey Finn is born Michael Norman Finn outside of London, England.
1947 Dave Alexander (original bassist for The Stooges) is born in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, and will be raised in nearby Ann Arbor.
1946 Eddie Holman, known for his 1970 hit "Hey There Lonely Girl," is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
1946 Michael Clarke (original drummer for The Byrds) is born Michael James Dick is born in Spokane, Washington.
1942 Curtis Mayfield is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1930 Jazz singer Dakota Staton is born in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known for the 1957 hit "The Late, Late Show."
1927 Boots Randolph, popular saxophonist and pioneer of the Nashville Sound, is born Homer Louis Randolph III in Paducah, Kentucky.
1906 Josephine Baker is born in in St. Louis, Missouri, but makes her mark in France, where she becomes a renowned singer, dancer and actress.
Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show, where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points.Read more
2019 Forbes declares Jay-Z a billionaire, making him the first rapper to hit that mark. $310 million of his fortune comes from his stake in Armand de Brignac champagne.
1991 In an effort to pay off his tax debt, Willie Nelson releases Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes. Available by mail order at (800) IRS-TAPE, it's part of a deal Nelson made with the IRS to help reconcile his whopping $32 million tax bill.
1972 The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" hits #1 as the group makes a successful transition from gospel to secular music.
1970 With the BBC refusing to air The Kinks' new single "Lola" because of its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."More
1967 "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day," as Billie Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge, according to the Bobbie Gentry song "Ode To Billie Joe."
1967 Aretha Franklin's "Respect" hits #1 in America. The song was written and originally recorded by Otis Redding, whose version hit #35 in 1965.
1967 The Doors release a truncated version of "Light My Fire" as a single, trimming it from an album-awesome 6:50 to a radio-friendly 2:52. The group's first single, "Break On Through," didn't, but "Light My Fire" ignites, going to #1 and becoming their most famous song.
1950 Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit. She makes her musical mark in England, where she moves in 1971 after Mickie Most signs her to his label. In America, she's best known for her role as Leather Tuscadero on the TV series Happy Days.
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