Music History: June 2
2015 Barenaked Ladies release their 11th studio album, Silverball.
2011 Jazz pianist/composer Ray Bryant (of The Ray Bryant Combo) dies at age 79.
2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure at age 79.
2006 Vince Welnick (keyboardist for The Tubes, Grateful Dead) commits suicide at age 55 after a long battle with depression.
2006 Jackson Browne, Dar Williams and Pete Seeger play a hayloft in Garrison, New York to kickstart Orleans founder John Hall's congressional campaign.More
2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants causes tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery as part of a Festival and since then motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.
2002 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett (of the Rockets), known for the '50s hits "Seventeen" and "My Boy, Flat Top," dies of a lung ailment at age 77.
2002 S Club 7 member Hannah Spearitt announces she is quitting the group two months after her boyfriend and band member Paul Cattermole had left the group.
2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2000 Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner dies less than a week before his 84th birthday.
1999 Junior Braithwaite (of Bob Marley's Wailers) is gunned down in front of a fellow musician's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior, age 47, is the third Wailer to be murdered, following Peter Tosh and Carlton Barrett's 1987 deaths.
1998 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their fourth live album, Lyve from Steel Town.
1997 Jazz trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham dies at age 91.
1995 Stone Roses guitarist John Squire smashes his collarbone in a cycling accident causing the band to pull out of major gigs.
1993 Jamiroquai kick off a 13-date UK tour at Royal Holloway College in Egham.
1993 Aerosmith appear at the Landon Arena in Kansas, the first night on their 169-date Get A Grip world tour.
1992 Freedom Williams quits C and C Music Factory and files a $10 million fraud and breach of contract suit in New York against the group.
1990 Soul II Soul's Vol. II (A New Decade) starts a 3-week run at #1 on the UK album chart.
1987 Spanish classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies at age 94.
1984 Aerosmith play at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59-date North American Back In The Saddle Tour.
1984 Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1981 Prince makes his live British debut at The Lyceum Ballroom in London. He does not play the UK again for five years.
1980 Fabrizio Moretti (drummer for The Strokes) is born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1979 Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for three weeks.
1976 Tim Rice-Oxley (keyboardist for Keane) is born in Oxford, England.
1973 Electric Light Orchestra begin their first US tour, a 40-date trek kicking off in San Diego.
1973 The Wings album Red Rose Speedway hits the top of the albums chart in the US and "My Love" starts a four-week run as the #1 single on the Hot 100.
1972 Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1970 B-Real (lead rapper of Cypress Hill) is born Louis Freese in Los Angeles, California.
1970 Dominic Greensmith (original drummer for Reef) is born in England.
1966 The Who kick off a 10-date European tour at the Grona Lund in Stockholm, Sweden.
1965 Jeremy Cunningham (bass guitarist for The Levellers) is born in Cuckfield, Sussex, England.
1964 The day after arriving in America for their first US tour, The Rolling Stones appear on American TV for the first time when they are interviewed on The Les Crane Show. When Crane asks if they are excited to be making their first US TV appearance, Keith Richards sarcastically replies, "Yeah, it knocks me out."
1962 Thor Eldon Jonsson (guitarist for The Sugarcubes) is born in Iceland.
1962 Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1960 Tony Hadley (lead singer of Spandau Ballet) is born in Islington, London, England.
1960 Bobby Darin plays the Copacabana in New York for the first time.
1958 Alan Freed, who popularized R&B music by playing it for a white audience, moves from WINS in New York to WABC. Freed put on a lot of concerts featuring the artists he played, and WINS had suspended him over a show in Boston where a riot broke out.
1958 Barry Sadler joins the US Air Force (he's later a Green Beret in the US Army).
1957 Johnnie Ray's "Yes Tonight Josephine" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1955 Michael Steele (bass guitarist for The Bangles) is born Susan Nancy Thomas in Pasadena, California. She is an early member of The Runaways, an all-girl punk rock group.
1952 Pete Farndon (bassist for The Pretenders) is born in Hereford, England.
1951 Steve Brookins (drummer for .38 Special from 1974-1987) is born.
1945 Soul singer Chubby Tavares (of Tavares) is born Antone Lee Tavares in Providence, Rhode Island.
1945 The Les Brown Orchestra with Doris Day goes to #1 in America with "Sentimental Journey."
1941 The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is born Charles Robert Watts in London.
1941 R&B singer William Guest (of Gladys Knight & The Pips) is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1937 Jimmy Jones, known for the 1960 rock and roll hit "Handy Man," is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1936 Doo wop singer Otis Williams (of The Charms), not to be confused with The Temptations member of the same name, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1932 R&B singer Sammy Turner, known for the 1959 hit "Lavender-Blue," is born Samuel Black in Paterson, New Jersey.
1857 Composer Edward Elgar is born in Worcester, England.
2002 Eminem's The Eminem Show hits #1 on both the UK and US album charts.
2002 The wedding ring that Paul McCartney had given his fiancée Heather Mills ends up thrown out of the window of the hotel where the couple is staying in Miami. Hotel staff use metal detectors to find the $25,000 ring the next day. Despite the quarrel, Paul and Heather go ahead with the wedding.
2001 A cover of the chart-topping 1974 Labelle hit Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim takes the song back to the top spot, making Lil' Kim the first female rapper to appear on a Hot 100 #1 hit.
1989 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, 49, secretly marries 19-year-old Mandy Smith - a marriage that lasts 17 months. Wyman's 28-year-old son is the best man, and the other four Stones attend.
1944 Marvin Hamlisch is born in New York City. The composer will not only win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line in 1975, but will snag multiple Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Awards for his work for stage and screen (The Way We Were, The Sting).