6 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2022 Jim Seals of the duo Seals & Crofts ("Summer Breeze") dies at 79.

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.

2002 Natalie Appleton (of All Saints) marries Liam Howlett (of The Prodigy) in France. They met two years earlier at England's V Festival.

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."

2000 Rascal Flatts release their self-titled debut album on the new Disney imprint, Lyric Street Records. It sells over 2 million copies in America, the first of five consecutive multi-Platinum albums for the band.

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 Who's Tommy, which has been converted into a Broadway play, wins five Tony Awards.

1993 The Velvet Underground re-form for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.

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.

1989 Metallica issue their second home video, 2 Of One, which is comprised of two versions of their first music video, "One."

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Urban Cowboy Spurs Pop-Country Movement


Urban Cowboy, a Western romance film starring John Travolta and Debra Winger, opens in theaters. The mellow country soundtrack spawns hits from Kenny Rogers, Johnny Lee, and Anne Murray, and spurs a trend of pop-leaning fare in country music dubbed the "Urban Cowboy Movement."

In the movie, Travolta is an oil-refinery worker by day and a mechanical-bull rider by night. He hopes to win enough money in a riding contest at the local honky-tonk, Gilley's (a real-life Texas bar owned by country singer Mickey Gilley), so he can buy some land in his hometown. Urban Cowboy is a critical and commercial success but its biggest influence is in the realm of country music thanks to its hit soundtrack, which goes to #3 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Country Albums tally. Aside from featuring existing hits like "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band and "Lyin' Eyes" by the Eagles, it spawns several Top 10 Country singles with big crossover appeal, including "Love The World Away" by Kenny Rogers, "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray, "Lookin' For Love" by Johnny Lee, and "Stand By Me" by Mickey Gilley. All of the singles, including the rock tracks, "Look What You've Done To Me" by Boz Scaggs and "All Night Long" by Joe Walsh, make the Top 40 on the Hot 100. The country music industry takes notice of the soundtrack's crossover success and pushes the Urban Cowboy Movement, with its easygoing and pop friendly style, on the genre throughout the early '80s until acts like The Judds bring country back to its roots.



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