Music History: June 20
2014 The BBC screens the documentary Billy Joel: The Bridge To Russia about his 1987 tour in the Soviet Union.
2012 The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees its theatrical release in the United States, notable in the music world for having "Powerless" by Linkin Park playing over the end credits.
2004 Paul McCartney performs his 3,000th live show in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2003 For his 54th birthday, Lionel Richie receives a special gift: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Richie, the star's location on Hollywood Blvd. isn't far from the Holiday Inn where The Commodores stayed on their first trip to LA while recording their debut album.
2001 The Cult return with their seventh studio album, and first new recording in seven years, Beyond Good and Evil.
1997 Lawrence Payton (tenor vocalist of The Four Tops) dies of liver cancer in Southfield, Michigan, at age 59.
1995 Michael Jackson's ninth album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is released. MTV becomes "MJTV" for a week to celebrate.
1988 Saxon release their Destiny album on the EMI label.
1978 Foreigner releases Double Vision.
1971 Twiggy Ramirez (guitarist, bassist for Marilyn Manson) is born Jeordie White in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, but will be raised in Coral Springs, Florida.
1969 David Bowie records "Space Oddity," which he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
1969 Jimi Hendrix is paid $125,000 for a single performance, at Newport Jazz Festival.
1967 Jerome Earl Fontamillas (keyboards, backing vocals for Switchfoot) is born in Pasay City, Philippines.
1967 Murphy Karges (bassist for Sugar Ray) is born in Orange County, California.
1967 The Buckinghams record "Susan" and "Hey Baby They're Playing Our Song."
1962 Rick Nelson records "Teenage Idol."
1960 John Taylor (bassist for Duran Duran) is born Nigel John Taylor in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. As well as co-founding Duran Duran he later achieves a second round of success in rock supergroup The Power Station.
1956 Elvis Presley appears on Wink Martindale's local Memphis TV show to promote a benefit concert.
1955 The Four Lads record "Moments To Remember."
1954 Michael Anthony (bassist for Van Halen) is born Michael Anthony Sobolewski in Chicago, Illinois.
1954 Rock bassist Michael Anthony (of Van Halen, Chickenfoot) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1948 Alan Longmuir (bass guitarist for The Bay City Rollers) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1945 Anne Murray is born Morna Anne Murray in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1937 Jerry Keller, known for the 1957 pop hit "Here Comes Summer," is born in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
1924 Chet Atkins, country musician and one of the architects behind the Nashville Sound, is born in Luttrell, Tennessee.
1819 Jacques Offenbach, composer and cellist of the Romantic period, is born in Cologne, Germany.
1988MCA Records issues landmark albums by two of their hottest young R&B acts: Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel and New Edition's Heart Break.
1995 George Jones and Tammy Wynette, who divorced in 1975 after six years of marriage, release an album together called One and also go on tour.
1972 The Tallahatchee Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe," collapses (it is later rebuilt).
1949 Lionel Richie is born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He becomes a member of The Commodores before finding fame as a solo artist.
1942 Brian Wilson (of The Beach Boys) is born in Inglewood, California.