Music History: June 29
2007 George McCorkle (guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band) dies shortly after a cancer diagnosis at age 59.
2004 Rush release their 18th studio album, Feedback, comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years.
2002 Rosemary Clooney dies of lung cancer at age 74.
2001 Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas, a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.
1999 Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.
1998 German pianist Horst Jankowski dies of lung cancer at age 62.
1995 Ringo Starr's first-ever TV commercial, for Pizza Hut, debuts in the US, as does a similar spot by the newly re-formed Monkees.
1994 Barbra Streisand sets a new record after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.
1991 De La Soul's second album, De La Soul Is Dead, debuts at #24 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
1988 Lionel Richie's wife Brenda is arrested for assault after allegedly striking her husband after finding him in bed with another woman. She is later released on $5,000 bail.
1987 Meeting at a London pub, a group of record label executives decide to use the term "World Music" to promote their international artists. This new designation becomes a section in many record stores and makes it much easier to classify artists that don't fit traditional genres.
1985 Mick Jagger and David Bowie record "Dancing in the Street" at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London for the Live Aid charity. They shoot the video the same day.
1985 New York's Cooper-Hewitt museum fetches a record $2,299,000 for John Lennon's "Roller," a 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V painted groovy psychedelic colors by Apple associates The Fool.
1979 Lowell George (frontman for Little Feat) dies of a heart attack at age 34.
1978 Nicole Scherzinger (of The Pussycat Dolls) is born Nicole Prascovia Elikolani Valiente in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1978 Peter Frampton gets in a bad car accident in the Bahamas, breaking his arm and suffering internal injuries. On the bright side, he gets to miss the premiere of the film he starred in, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is derided by critics and anyone unfortunate enough to see it.
1976 The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard."
1975 Elton John appears onstage with The Doobie Brothers in Oakland, California, for an impromptu duet on the Doobies hit "Listen To The Music."
1975 Rocker Tim Buckley dies of a drug overdose at age 28.
1974 Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" hits #1.
1973 Deep Purple "Mark II," the most famous incarnation of the band, comes to an end after a show in Osaka, Japan, with lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly quitting the group.
1970 NBC-TV presents the Liza Minnelli special Liza, also starring songwriters Anthony Newley, Jimmy Webb, and Randy Newman.
1969 Soul singer Shorty Long, known for the 1968 hit "Here Comes The Judge," age 29, drowns along with his friend when their boat capsizes on the Detroit River in Michigan.
1969 Jimi Hendrix's Experience band play their last gig together at the Denver Pop Festival and then breaks up. Noel Redding announces he has quit the band.
1968 Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" enters the charts.
1968 Pink Floyd release their second album, A Saucerful Of Secrets.
1967 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones are both found guilty on drug charges and sentenced in a London court; Richards gets one year, Jagger 3 months. Neither serve any time as an appeals court throws out the Richards conviction and reduces Jagger's sentence to probation.
1967 While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called "Marrakesh Express" which will later find a home (and a hit) with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1966 Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit "Cherry, Cherry."
1966 Elvis Presley records "Double Trouble," "I Love Only One Girl," "It Won't Be Long," and "Long Legged Girl."
1964 Stedman Pearson (of Five Star) is born in Islington, North London, England.
1963 Elvis Presley releases "(You're The) Devil In Disguise."
1962 The Contours release "Do You Love Me."
1960 Disco singer Evelyn "Champagne" King is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1959 Dick Clark announces his first series of four "Caravan of Stars" concerts over the course of the next year, with his first being headlined by The Skyliners of "Since I Don't Have You" fame.
1959 Elvis Presley releases "A Big Hunk O' Love."
1957 The government of Iran officially bans rock and roll after declaring rock dancing "harmful to health." The ban would stay in place until the 1990s.
1956 Johnnie Ray records "Just Walkin' In The Rain."
1953 Colin Hay (lead vocalist of Men at Work) is born in Kilwinning, Scotland.
1951 Billy Hinsche (of Dino, Desi & Billy) is born in Manila, Philippines. After moving to Beverly Hills, he'll meet future bandmates Desi Arnaz Jr. and Dean Paul Martin.
1948 Ian Paice, Deep Purple's drummer and founding member, is born in Nottingham, England.
1948 Twin brothers Derv and Lincoln Gordon (of The Equals) are born in Jamaica.
1943 Pop singer Little Eva is born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina.
1943 Roger Spear (multi-instrumentalist of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) is born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1942 Brazilian musician and songwriter Gilberto Gil is born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
1940 L. Russell Brown, a lyricist and composer known for Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" and "Knock Three Times," is born in Newark, New Jersey.
1938 Billy Storm (of The Valiants, The Alley Cats) is born in Dayton, Ohio. With The Valiants, he released the first version of "Good Golly Miss Molly."
1935 Leonard Lee (of Shirley & Lee) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1922 Jazz drummer Elmer J. "Mousey" Alexander, who would accompany Benny Goodman on a tour of the Far East, is born in Gary, Indiana.
1922 Ralph Burns, pianist and composer who arranged the string orchestra for Ray Charles' "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Georgia On My Mind," is born in Newton, Massachusetts.
1911 Bernard Herrmann, a film composer who often collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock, is born Max Herman in New York City.
1910 "Baby It's Cold Outside" songwriter Frank Loesser is born in New York City.
1901 Nelson Eddy, a singer and actor known for his collaborations with Jeannette MacDonald, is born in Providence, Rhode Island.
1984After a failed attempt shooting a studio video for "Dancing In The Dark," Bruce Springsteen does it live at his concert in St. Paul, Minnesota. During Clarence Clemons' sax solo, he brings a doe-eyed, 19-year-old Courteney Cox on stage to dance with him.
2007 Apple's new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.More
2000 The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals are unable to open it. The ashes of Steve Gaines, the band's guitarist who died in the same plane crash that killed Van Zandt, are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.
1998 George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He succumbs to the disease three years later.
1974 Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.
1928 The Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd.