4 June

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2020 Producer Rupert Hine, whose credits include Tina Turner's hit "Better Be Good To Me" and the first four albums by The Fixx, dies at 72.

2019 Grammy-winning jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers dies at age 37 after being placed in a choke hold during an altercation involving a love triangle.

2013 Joey Covington (drummer for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) dies in a single-vehicle accident in Palm Springs, California, at age 67.

2013 Cornelius "Nini" Harp (original lead singer of The Marcels) dies of natural causes at age 73.

2007 Soul singer Freddie Scott dies at age 74.

2006 Orson's Bright Idea hits #1 on the UK albums chart.

2006 Sandi Thom's "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.

2004 Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart, appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleads guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He is fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on May 27 in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favor. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.

2003 A grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32-foot transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because "talent-less boy bands and dance music" featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.

2002 Wyclef Jean is one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean is arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event's permit. Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion cut to New York's public education system.

2002 George Michael is jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he defends the video for his new single "Shoot The Dog," in which US President George Bush is shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Michael says it is an attack on Blair and not President Bush.

2002 Avril Lavigne, 17, releases her debut album, Let Go, which goes to #1 in her native Canada and sells over 7 million copies in America.More

2001 Folk singer John Hartford dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 63.

2000 In Atlanta, Bruce Springsteen debuts "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song he wrote about the New York police killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed suspect. Eight days later, he performs the song at his concert in Madison Square Garden, which is protested by some members of the NYPD.More

2000 Bon Jovi's Crush hits #1 on the UK albums chart.

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One Love Manchester Concert Honors Bombing Victims


Ariana Grande hosts the "One Love Manchester" benefit concert to honor the victims of the terrorist bombing at her May 22 concert at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people. The show takes place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, about three miles from the arena.

Along with Grande, performers include Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams and Coldplay, whose lead singer Chris Martin joins Grande on the Oasis hit "Don't Look Back In Anger." Toward the end of the show, Liam Gallagher makes a surprise appearance, singing "Live Forever" with Coldplay. The show ends with all the performers joining in on Grande's song "One Last Time," with the singer returning for an encore of "Over The Rainbow." The concert raises about $3 million for victims of the attacks, with over 11 million tuning in to watch on British TV. The next day, seven songs from the setlist enter the iTunes Top 10, with a re-release of "One Last Time," impelled by the hashtag #ProjectOLT, on top. Proceeds from the single also go to the victims.



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