Music History: June 15
2017 Jay-Z becomes the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
2014 American Top 40 host (and voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo) Casey Kasem dies at age 82.
2013 Roger LaVern (keyboardist for The Tornados) dies at age 75.
2012 The conservative radio and TV personality Glenn Beck announces plans for launching a competitor to the popular TV series Glee, which revolves around a high school glee club with many musical numbers. Beck, incensed at the show's liberal portrayal of issues such as homosexuality and bullying, tells a Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in Washington that the left "won't know what hit them" when he launches his own conservative version of the show. The show never materializes.
2008 Lionel Richie is given a TV Land Icon Award by the cable network.
2007 Ferlin Huskey undergoes leg surgery in a Springfield, Missouri, hospital to improve his circulation.
1997 Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson appear on VH1's Storytellers.
1996 The Beastie Boys host the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, with performers that include Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and John Lee Hooker. About 100,000 attend the two shows, raising money for the Milarepa Fund.
1996 Aurora is born Aurora Aksnes in Bergen, Norway.
1996 Ella Fitzgerald dies of complications from diabetes at age 79.
1991 MC Hammer kicks off his Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em world tour in Louisville, Kentucky. About 70 people, who perform various duties on stage, are in the entourage. Rolling Stone reports that Hammer is a taskmaster, fining dancers for missing steps and insisting that everyone go directly to their hotel rooms after shows.
1991 Paula Abdul hits #1 in America with the ballad "Rush, Rush," her fifth chart-topper. A young Keanu Reeves is in the video.
1989 The Offspring's self-titled debut album is released only on vinyl. A CD and cassette reissue would eventually be released in 1995.
1988 "If You Wanna Be Happy" singer Jimmy Soul dies of a heart attack at age 45 after years of drug use takes its toll.
1986 At Giants Stadium in New Jersey, The Police headline the last concert on the Conspiracy of Hope tour, which benefits Amnesty International. They have plans to record an album, but scrap them after drummer Stewart Copeland is injured in a polo match. The trio does not tour again until 2007.
1981 Billy Martin (guitarist/keyboardist for Good Charlotte) is born in Annapolis, Maryland.
1977 Former The 5th Dimension singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. host a summer TV variety series on CBS. They are the first African American married couple to host a network television series.
1976 Dryden Mitchell (frontman for Alien Ant Farm) is born in Redondo Beach, California.
1969 Ice Cube is born O'Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles.
1966 Michael Britt (lead guitarist for Lonestar) is born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1966 Rob Mitchell (drummer for Sixpence None the Richer) is born.
1965 Bob Dylan records "Like A Rolling Stone."
1963 Scott Rockenfield (drummer for Queensrÿche) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1956 Bernie Shaw (lead vocalist for Uriah Heep) is born in Victoria, British Columbia.
1954 Country singer Terri Gibbs is born in Miami, Florida, but raised in Grovetown, Georgia. Known for the hit 1980 single "Somebody's Knockin'."
1951 Steve Walsh (singer, keyboardist for Kansas, Streets) is born in St Joseph, Missouri.
1950 Soul singer James Smith (of The Stylistics) is born in New York City.
1949 Russell Hitchcock (of Air Supply) is born in Melbourne, Australia.
1946 Janet Lennon (of The Lennon Sisters) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1946 Iain Matthews (vocalist of Fairport Convention) is born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.
Noddy Holder (lead vocalist, guitarist of Slade) is born Neville John Holder in Walsall, Staffordshire, England.
1941 Nilsson is born Harry Edward Nilsson III in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.
1937 Waylon Jennings is born in Littlefield, Texas.
1929 Nigel Pickering (rhythm guitarist for Spanky and Our Gang) is born in Pontiac, Michigan.
1910 Songwriter/orchestra leader David Rose is born in London, England. Under the pseudonym Ray Llewellyn, he'll write music for many television shows, including Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza.
1843 Romantic era composer Edvard Grieg is born in Bergen, Norway.
1994The Disney film The Lion King hits theaters. A runaway hit, the movie takes in over $300 million in 1994, second only to Forrest Gump. The soundtrack goes Diamond, meaning over 10 million copies sold - a record for the soundtrack to an animated film.
2016 Jimmy Page takes the stand in a trail where he is accused of stealing part of the song "Taurus" in for the intro to "Stairway To Heaven." Led Zeppelin played on the same bills with the band Spirit, who performed "Taurus" in their sets, but Page says he never heard that song before writing "Stairway." The jury rules in favor of Led Zeppelin.
1999 After a seven-year recording hiatus, Santana release a #1 album with Supernatural, thanks to hit singles like "Smooth," "Maria Maria," and "Put Your Lights On." It's their first chart-topping album in 28 years.More
1979 Unknown Pleasures, the debut long-player from British post-punk band Joy Division, is released. Although it does not chart, it becomes hugely influential and is widely critically acclaimed as one of the defining albums of the post-punk era.More
1967 Peter Green leaves John Mayall's Bluesbreakers to form Fleetwood Mac. He hires Mick Fleetwood, but it takes John McVie four months to leave The Bluesbreakers and join the band named after him.