Music History: June 21
2011 Crossfade return after five years with We All Bleed - the band's first album after being dropped by Columbia Records in 2008.
2011 Bon Iver, the self-titled second album by Bon Iver, is released. The album reaches #2 in the US.
2010 Tam White, the Scottish singer and actor who was the first person to sing live on Top of the Pops in 1975 with a rendition of "What in the World's Come Over You," dies of a heart attack at age 67.
2007 After dating for 18 years, Tony Bennett marries teacher Susan Crow.
2001 Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies of natural causes at age 83.
1994 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release the EP Creepin on ah Come Up, which eventually goes platinum four times.
1990 Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."
1990 Exodus release their fourth studio album, Impact Is Imminent.
1988 The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in eighteen years.
1982 The first "Fête de la Musique," a music festival also known as "World Music Day" and taking place on June 21 every year, is launched in France. Its purpose is to promote music in two ways:
1) Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan "Faites de la musique" (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal.
2) Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. The Fête de la Musique has spread to many countries throughout the world.
1981 Brandon Flowers (lead vocalist of The Killers) is born in Henderson, Nevada.
1981 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the split of Steely Dan and begin work on solo projects. They would re-form in 1993.
1980 Bert Kaempfert, composer of "Strangers in the Night" and "Moon Over Naples," dies after suffering a stroke at age 56.
1979 Angus MacLise (original drummer for The Velvet Underground) dies of hypoglycemia and tuberculosis at age 41.
1976 Mike Einziger (guitarist for Incubus) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1975 Justin Cary (bassist for Sixpence None the Richer) is born in New York's Catskill Mountains.
1975 Elton John makes a surprise appearance at a Doobie Brothers/Eagles concert at Oakland Coliseum.
1975 Captain and Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1973 The band Bread, already having decided to break up, play their last live gig ever in Salt Lake City after one of its tour trucks flips over and destroys most of its gear.
1972 Billy Preston's "Outa-Space" is certified Gold.
1970 Art Garfunkel makes his acting debut in the movie Catch-22. Paul Simon was also slated for a role in the film, but was dropped, leading to a rift that broke up Simon & Garfunkel.
1968 Sonique, known for the 1998 electronic hit "It Feels So Good," is born Sonia Marina Clarke in Crouch End, North London, England.
1968 Elvis Presley records "It Hurts Me," "Little Egypt," "Trouble," "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child," and "Where Could I Go (But To The Lord)."
1967 Elvis Presley records "Let Yourself Go" and "He's Your Uncle, Not Your Dad."
1966 The Beatles record "She Said She Said," song inspired by a party where Peter Fonda, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were taking acid. Paul McCartney, who did not partake at the party, finds himself frozen out of the recording session and leaves, so Harrison plays bass on the track.
1961 The Hayley Mills movie The Parent Trap (with her hit "Let's Get Together") opens.
1961 Bobby Vee records "Take Good Care Of My Baby."
1959 Country singer Kathy Mattea, known for chart-toppers like 1988's "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses," is born in South Charleston, West Virginia.
1959 Marcy Levy is born. She co-writes and sings on Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally," and using the name Marcella Detroit becomes a member of Shakespear's Sister.
1957 Mark Brzezicki (drummer for Big Country) is born in Slough, Berkshire, England.
1955 Johnny Cash releases "Hey Porter."
1951 Rock multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren (of Grin, E Street Band, All Starr Band) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1950 Joey Kramer (drummer for Aerosmith) is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1947 Joey Molland (guitarist, keyboardist for Badfinger) is born in Edge Hill, Liverpool, England.
1944 Ray Davies (rhythm guitarist, vocalist for The Kinks) is born in Fortis Green, London, England.
1932 Lalo Schifrin, the Argentine composer who wrote the classic "Theme from Mission: Impossible" and the music for Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry films, is born in Buenos Aires.
1932 O.C. Smith, known for the 1962 hit "Little Green Apples," is born in Mansfield, Louisiana.
1926 '50s pop singer Nick Noble, known for "The Tip Of My Fingers" and "Moonlight Swim," is born Nicholas Valkan in Chicago, Illinois.
2007The Spice Girls announce that they're getting back together, with the five original Spices reuniting.
2002 Widespread Panic headlines the first Bonnaroo Music Festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The inaugural four-day event - named for the Creole slang for "good stuff," borrowed from a Dr. John album - focuses on jam bands and folk acts, welcoming Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, and The String Cheese Incident to the line-up.
1994 A judge rules against George Michael in his lawsuit against his record label, Sony, derailing his music career for two years.More
1988 After a six-month delay while they wait to clear the Star Trek samples used on three tracks (notably Spock's "Pure Energy" on "What's On Your Mind"), Information Society release their self-titled major-label debut album. They quickly become one of the top techno/freestyle acts of the late '80s.
1970 Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band's latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.
1967 Must be the Summer of Love: There's a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1948 The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a "long-playing" vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.