Music History: June 16
2014 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony divorce. They married in 2004 and welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme in 2008.
2007 Muse becomes the first band to sell out the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, when about 90,000 fans see them perform.
2007 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.
2006 The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.
2004 The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths' frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.
2001 Cardigans singer Nina Persson marries songwriter/author Nathan Larson.
1999 Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.
1994 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) dies of acute opiate intoxication at age 27.
1993 The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1990 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.
1989 Cliff Richard plays Wembley Stadium in London for the first time in a show that marks his 30th year in the business. Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers also appear.
1987 Diana DeGarmo, runner-up on Season 3 of American Idol, is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1987 Cherry Garcia is born when Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) officially gives permission for Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream to name a new flavor after him.
1983 Ringo Starr releases his ninth solo album, Old Wave.
1982 James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitarist for The Pretenders) dies of heart failure due to cocaine intolerance at age 25.
1979 Donna Summer's album Bad Girls hits #1 in the US.
1976 No longer just five, The Jacksons - all six sons and three daughters - get their own summer replacement variety show on CBS-TV.
1975 Singer Adam Wade becomes the first African-American game show host when Musical Chairs debuts on CBS. The short-lived series was created by noted record producer Don Kirshner, and featured a slew of musical guests, including The Tokens, The Spinners, and Sister Sledge.
1975 R&B record executive Don Robey dies of a heart attack at age 71. As founder of Peacock Records and eventual owner of Duke Records, Robey was instrumental in the careers of several R&B artists throughout the '50s and '60s, including Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Ace, Johnny Otis, and Junior Parker.
1975 John Lennon sues US Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst for alleged harassment during his recent deportation investigation.
1971 Tupac Shakur is born Lesane Parish Crooks in New York City.
1971 Elvis Presley releases Love Letters From Elvis.
1970 The organizers of the Woodstock music festival report that they have lost over $1.2 million on the event (money which they will later make up through movie and soundtrack rights).
1969 Experimental avant-garde/free-jazz artist Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, releases Trout Mask Replica. While the album only manages to chart #21 in the UK and doesn't chart at all in the US, it later becomes hailed as Captain Beefheart's magnum opus masterpiece and receives raves from critics. The Simpsons cartoonist Matt Groening and film director David Lynch have called it their favorite album, along with other eclectic artists' raves.
1969 MC Ren (of N.W.A) is born Lorenzo Jerald Patterson in Compton, California.
1968 The Elvis Presley/Nancy Sinatra movie Speedway premieres in Charlotte, North Carolina, where much of it was filmed.
1966 The Beatles record "Here, There And Everywhere."
1966 Bob Dylan records "Fourth Time Around."
1965 Bob Dylan records "Like A Rolling Stone."
1962 Gary "U.S." Bonds makes his US television debut, performing his hit "Quarter To Three" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1958 Elvis Presley releases "Hard Headed Woman."
1956 Bill Doggett records "Honky Tonk."
1956 Patti Page's "Allegheny Moon" enters the charts.
1956 Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind" hits #1.
1954 Garry Roberts (lead guitarist for The Boomtown Rats) is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1952 Gino Vannelli is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1950 Soul singer James Smith (of The Stylistics) is born in New York City.
1949 Peppy Castro (guitarist, vocalist for Blues Magoos) is born.
1946 Iain Matthews (singer for Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort) is born Iain Matthew McDonald in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England.
1942 Edward Levert (lead vocalist of The O'Jays) is born in Birmingham, Alabama, but will be raised in Canton, Ohio.
1941 Lamont Dozier, member of the famed Motown songwriting and production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1939 Billy "Crash" Craddock, rockabilly/country singer of the '70s known for hits like "Rub It In" and "Broken Down In Tiny Pieces," is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1934 Carl "Little Caesar" Burnett (of Little Caesar & the Romans) is born.
1792 Francis Johnson, an African American musician and composer during the Antebellum era, is born in Martinique in the West Indies.
David Bowie unveils his landmark album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. His breakthrough LP, it sells over 7 million copies and is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.Read more
2010 Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax play on the same bill for the first time, marking the first time the "Big Four" of thrash metal have done a show together.More
2002 A remixed version of Elvis Presley's 1968 single "A Little Less Conversation" hits #1 in the UK, released as part of a plan by his estate to regain the UK record for Number Ones from The Beatles.
1980 The movie The Blues Brothers, adapted from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's classic SNL skit, premieres in Chicago. A love letter of sorts to '60s R&B and soul, it will help re-establish the careers of its musical co-stars, including James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.
1978 The movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, opens in US theaters, becoming the smash hit of the year.More
1967 The first Monterey International Pop festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. It's the first of many big Rock festivals, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals among those performing. Many consider it the beginning of the "Summer of Love."More