Music History: June 19th:
2017 In Matal v Tham, the United States Supreme Court rules 8-0 that Asian-American rock band The Slants can copyright their name in spite of its disparaging racial meaning.
2013 '50s country singer Slim Whitman, who enjoyed a career revival in the '80s thanks to a television direct-marketing campaign, dies of heart failure at age 90.
2012 Fiona Apple releases her fourth album, The Idler Wheel..., her first since Extraordinary Machine in 2005.More
2012 R&B singer Bobby Brown winds up a 2-year engagement to his fiance (and manager) Alicia Etheredge by tying the knot. The couple get married at a modestly pleasant ceremony in Hawaii.
2006 Duane Roland (guitarist for Molly Hatchet) dies of natural causes at age 53.
2004 An audience member hurls a lollipop on stage while David Bowie is performing in Oslo, Norway. The lollipop wedges itself in David Bowie's left eye (which already has an enlarged and frozen pupil following a childhood fight). Bowie halts the concert to remove the lollipop. Luckily, he escapes serious injury.
1997 "Jingle Bell Rock" singer Bobby Helms dies from emphysema and asthma at age 63.
1996 Comedic composer Vivian Ellis, known for the 1929 musical number "Spread A Little Happiness," popularly covered by Sting in 1982, dies at age 92.
1983 Rapper Macklemore (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born Ben Haggerty in Seattle, Washington.
1980 Donna Summer is the first artist to sign with Geffen Records.
1973 Roberta Flack... The First Time Ever TV special airs on ABC.
1973 Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" is certified Gold.
1973 The Rocky Horror Show musical debuts at London's Royal Court Theatre. Two years later, it starts a brief Broadway run and is adapted into the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
1969 Metal guitarist Brian Welch (of KoRn) is born in Torrance, California.
1969 The singer Gabrielle, who scores UK #1 hits with "Dreams" and "Rise," is born Louise Gabrielle Bobb in Hackney, East London. Her date of birth is often erroneously stated as April 16, 1970.
1966 Brian Vander Ark (lead singer of The Verve Pipe) is born in Holland, Michigan.
1965 The Who, Spencer Davis, and Marianne Faithfull appear at the Uxbridge Folk & Blues Festival.
1963 Simon Wright (drummer for AC/DC) is born in Oldham, Lancashire, England.
1962 Paula Abdul (her real name) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1962 Nat King Cole records "Ramblin' Rose."
1950 Ann Wilson (lead singer of Heart) is born in San Diego, California.
1942 Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane (vocalist for Spanky & Our Gang) is born in Peoria, Illinois.
1940 The composer Maurice Jaubert dies in Baccarat Hospital, France at age 40 after being wounded in action.
1939 Soul singer Al Wilson is born in Meridian, Mississippi.
1936 Shirley Goodman (of Shirley & Lee, Shirley & Company) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1925 English entertainer Charlie Drake is born Charles Springall in Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, England.
Carole King's Landmark Tapestry Hits #1
Carole King's album Tapestry hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 15 weeks.
2014 Lyricist Gerry Goffin, author of over 100 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, many with former wife and songwriting partner Carole King, dies at age 75.
2010 Backstreet Boys join New Kids on the Block at NKOTB's show in Radio City Music Hall. The response is so great that the re-formed bands begin touring together... as NKOTBSB.
2010 "California Gurls" hits #1, the first of five Hot 100 chart-toppers from Katy Perry's Teenage Dream album - a feat only equaled by Michael Jackson's Bad.More
1999 In an interview published in Melody Maker, Britney Spears says, "I would have to be totally happy in every aspect before I would get married. I believe marriage is for life."
She ends up getting married twice... in 2004.
1987 Mötley Crüe begin their Girls, Girls, Girls tour with a show in Tucson, Arizona. The stage show features an inflatable Harley, lots of pyro, and a contraption that spins Tommy Lee and his drum kit upside down while he plays. Whitesnake is the opening act; later on the tour an new band called Guns N' Roses takes that slot.
1948 Folk artist Nick Drake is born in Rangoon, Burma. Raised in England, the mercurial and highly influential musician releases three albums before his death in 1974.