Music History: June 12
2012 Rush releases a concept album titled Clockwork Angels, their twentieth studio effort. On the album Neil Peart uses a new method in which producer Nick Raskulinecz "conducts" Peart's drumming during recordings.
2011 Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner ("Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak"), dies of heart failure at age 83.
2007 Canada issues postage stamps honoring Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Paul Anka.
2004 Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus' "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," Belew's own "The Lone Rhinoceros," and King Crimson's "Thela Hun Ginjeet."
2003 Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2000 Bruce Springsteen debuts his new song "American Skin (41 Shots)," which protests the NYPD killing of unarmed suspect Amadou Diallo, to resounding boos at Madison Square Garden.
1994 Cab Calloway suffers a stroke that leads to his death a few months later.
1992 Jordan and Danny of New Kids on the Block are acquitted in copyright-infringement charges stemming from their song "I'll Be Your Everything," which the estate of Percy Sledge claimed borrowed heavily from Sledge's 1975 song of the same name.
1989 Italian American singer Lou Monte dies of emphysema at age 72.
1989 The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, a section of Graceland devoted to twenty of the King's vintage cars, opens to the public.
1987 The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.
1984 Howard Jones' debut album, Human's Lib, is released in the US.
1979 Electropop singer Robyn is born Robin Miriam Carlsson in Stockholm, Sweden.
1978 Country singer Johnny Bond, known for the 1965 hit "10 Little Bottles," dies of a stroke at age 63.
1977 Blues rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd is born Kenny Wayne Brobst in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1973 Grand Funk records "We're An American Band."
1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release Some Time In New York City.
1971 Honey Cone's "Want Ads" hits #1.
1969 Bardi Martin (bassist for Candlebox) is born.
1968 Elvis Presley's 27th film, Speedway, starring Nancy Sinatra, premieres in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1966 The Dave Clark Five break a record by becoming the first rock band to make 12 appearances on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
1966 Elvis Presley records "Indescribably Blue," "I'll Remember You," and "If Every Day Was Like Christmas."
1965 The Supremes' "Back in My Arms Again" hits #1.
1964 The Zombies record "She's Not There."
1963 Brenda Lee graduates from the showbiz-friendly high school Hollywood Professional, having already earned 12 top ten records.
1963 The Beach Boys record "Surfer Girl" and "Little Deuce Coupe."
1962 Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter (of Whodini) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1962 Brenda Lee dislocates her neck while performing at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and is hospitalized.
1961 Frankie Avalon begins a 12-day tour of South America, one of the first rock tours to play on the continent.
1960 Michael Hausman (drummer for 'Til Tuesday) is born.
1959 Alt rocker John Linnell (of They Might Be Giants) is born in New York City.
1959 Chuck Berry releases his third studio album, Chuck Berry Is On Top.
1959 Bo Diddley releases Go Bo Diddley.
1958 Meredith Brooks, best known for her 1997 hit "Bitch," is born in Oregon.
1957 Big band leader Jimmy Dorsey dies of throat cancer at age 53.
1957 Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" enters the country charts.
1953 Rock and roll singer Rocky Burnette, son of rock and roll pioneer Johnny Burnette, is born Jonathan Burnette in Memphis, Tennessee.
1951 Bun E. Carlos (drummer for Cheap Trick) is born Brad Carlson in Rockford, Illinois.
1951 Brad Delp (lead vocalist for Boston) is born in Peabody, Massachusetts.
1949 John Wetton, frontman for King Crimson and Asia, is born in Derbyshire, England.
1948 Barry Bailey (lead guitarist for Atlanta Rhythm Section) is born.
1942 '60s singer-songwriter Len Barry is born Leonard Borisoff in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1941 Jazz keyboardist Chick Corea is born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
1941 Folk rocker Roy Harper is born in Rusholme, Manchester, England.
1941 Reg Presley (lead singer for The Troggs) is born Reginald Maurice Ball in Andover, Hampshire, England.
1935 Ella Fitzgerald records "Love And Kisses" and "I'll Chase The Blues Away."
1928 Pop singer Vic Damone is born Vito Rocco Farinola in Brooklyn, New York.
1927 Jazz musician Al Fairweather is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1917 Venezuelan pianist and composer Teresa Carreño dies at age 63 in New York City.
Rockers Rally For "No Nukes"
As part of the "No Nukes" movement during the Cold War, the largest political rally in US history takes place when about 750,000 people go to New York's Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which features performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary "U.S." Bonds.
2009 At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) is soon be diagnosed with cancer.
1969 Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones. He replaces Brian Jones.
1966 After buying pot from an undercover cop posing as a student at his high school, Steven Tallarico is arrested and charged with drug possession. He is given a year's probation and labelled a "Youthful Offender," which later keeps him from getting drafted. Tallarico later becomes Steven Tyler and forms Aerosmith.
1965 Sonny and Cher make their US television debut, singing "Just You" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.