7 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2012 Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac's guitarist from 1971–1974, dies of suicide at age 66.More

2011 Def Leppard release their first ever live album: Mirrorball.

2008 Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make a surprise appearance to jam with Foo Fighters during their Wembley Stadium gig in London. The one-night-only supergroup plays "Rock And Roll" and "Ramble On."

2007 Rancho Mirage, California, names a street after one-time resident Dean Martin.

1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is sentenced to 200 hours of community service on charges of pointing a loaded gun at police who responded to reports of a disturbance at her home on March 5th.

1994 Stone Temple Pilots release their second album Purple, which goes to #1 in America and sells over 6 million copies on the strength of the tracks "Big Empty," "Vasoline" and "Interstate Love Song."

1993 Ground is broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

1991 Spike Lee's film Jungle Fever debuts in theaters. It boasts a soundtrack written and produced by Stevie Wonder and features Queen Latifah's acting debut. The rapper plays a waitress who snubs the interracial couple played by Wesley Snipes and Annabella Sciorra.

1985 The movie Perfect debuts in theaters, starring John Travolta as a Rolling Stone reporter who falls for aerobics instructor Jamie Lee Curtis. While the drama is a dud with critics, it portrays Rolling Stone as more than a music magazine – which is exactly what its editor-in-chief Jann Wenner hoped. More

1984 The film Ghostbusters is released. Its theme song bears similarities to Huey Lewis's "I Want a New Drug." Ghostbusters theme writer Ray Parker, Jr. and Huey settle out of court.

1979 President Jimmy Carter decrees June as Black Music Month, which Barack Obama changes to African American Music Month in 2009.

1975 John Denver scores his third US #1 hit with "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."

1974 Terry "T-Low" Brown (of Next) is born in Minnesota.

1971 Don McLean records "Vincent."

1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young play the Fillmore East in New York City, where Graham Nash debuts his song "Simple Man," written about his breakup with Joni Mitchell the day before. The show is broadcast live on WNEW-FM and later released as the album Fillmore East 1970.

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Tom Petty Meets Bob Dylan


Tom Petty meets Bob Dylan for the first time backstage after Dylan's show at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

The show is a blazing hot ticket, but the venue promoter, Danny Bramson, squeezes Petty into the audience. Bramson has booked Petty and has championed the rocker, who has released two moderately successful albums with his band, The Heartbreakers. Before he goes on, Bramson gives Dylan a list of luminaries in the crowd, which includes Joni Mitchell, Racquel Welch, and... Tom Petty. "Who's Tom Petty?" Dylan asks. Bramson explains that he's an upstart rocker with a great sound. Near the end of his set, Dylan says a few words, first shouting out Joni Mitchell, then saying, "And Tom Petty is here. He's a new rising star." Petty, over the moon, gets to meet Dylan when Bramson introduces them backstage. The two form a friendship, and later a band: The Traveling Wilburys.



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