1992 Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" video debuts on MTV. The 9-minute epic is the most expensive video ever made to this point, costing $1.5 million. Much of the budget was spent constructing a church in the desert so Slash could solo in front of it.
1987 Heart release their ninth album, Bad Animals, which like their previous album, uses outside songwriters. The big hit from the disc is the #1 ballad "Alone," written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.More
1982 The "Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream" concert takes place in Los Angeles, featuring Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder. 85,000 attend the show, which supports nuclear disarmament.
1975 "It was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June," according to C.W. McCall's song "Convoy."
1964 The Dixie Cups' "Chapel Of Love," a Phil Spector wall-of-sound production, hits #1 in America, where it stays for three weeks.
2014 The BBC broadcasts You've Got A Friend: The Carole King Story, named for her 1971 song.
2012 One Direction's video release of Up All Night: The Live Tour debuts at #1 on the Billboard Music Video Sales chart. In the same week, "What Makes You Beautiful" is also peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2006 Billy Preston, a virtuoso keyboardist who worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and The Beatles, dies of kidney failure at age 59 after a long battle with kidney disease and hypertension. His funeral is held in Inglewood, California, on June 20th.
2005 A Los Angeles jury begins deliberation in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial.
2003 Dave Rowberry (keyboardist for The Animals) dies at age 62 of an ulcer hemorrhage.
2001 Elton John auctions off 20 vehicles in his car collection, earning $2.75 million. He says he "doesn't have time to drive them anymore."
1998 DMX hits #1 in America with his debut album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot. The ruff and rowdy rapper goes on a tear, with his next four albums also hitting the top.
1993 The Velvet Underground re-form for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.
1993 The Who's Tommy, which has been converted into a Broadway play, wins five Tony Awards.
1992 David Bowie and Iman renew their vows in Florence, Italy, after wondering about the legality of their wedding in Switzerland.
1991 Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz dies of liver cancer at age 64. His ashes are poured from his saxophone case by his grandson off the coast of Marina del Rey, California.
1987 After being criticized by church members for his "worldliness," Michael Jackson cuts ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be becomes the first album declared legally obscene when Federal District Judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the album violates community obscenity standards in three south Florida counties: Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach.
The ruling sets off a censorship firestorm which drives sales of the album past 2 million copies. Two days later, a record store owner is arrested for selling the album, and two days after that, the group is arrested for performing the songs in concert. The court ruling is eventually overturned. According to the standards set by the United States Supreme Court, art is judged obscene if it: 1) Appeals primarily to prurient interest. 2) Is patently obscene by community standards. 3) Lacks serious artistic, literary, political or scientific merit. 2 Live Crew's case rests on #3, with their lawyer arguing that the group's songs "reflect exaggeration, parody, humor, even about delicate subjects." The case illuminates the divide between those who appreciate hip-hop and those who see it as meaningless. When the case is finally decided, it proves that by legal standards, even the crudest form of hip-hop has artistic merit, just as the nastiest punk rock and metal did before.
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