Music History: June 30
2009 Spinal Tap start (and end) their One Night Only World Tour at Wembley Arena in London.
2006 US president George W. Bush and Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visit Graceland in Memphis.
2006 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorce after three years of marriage.
2001 Chet Atkins, a country guitarist and forerunner of the burgeoning Nashville sound of the '50s, dies of cancer at age 77.
2001 The Rockabilly Hall of Fame opens in Jackson, Tennessee.
1995 Phyllis Hyman commits suicide by drug overdose at age 45. Known for the 1979 hit single "You Know How to Love Me," among others.
1993 Six days after falling off a 10-foot platform during rehearsal for a game show, 31-year-old Wong Ka Kui (lead singer of Beyond) dies of his head injuries.
1992 One of stoner metal's all-time classic albums, Kyuss' Blues for the Red Sun, is released via Dali Records, and produced by the band and Chris Goss.
1984 Fantasia Barrino, an R&B singer who will win the third season of American Idol, is born in High Point, North Carolina.
1976 Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.
1975 The Jackson 5 announce they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records (and changing their name to The Jacksons, because Motown owns the other name).
1973 "It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June," Bobby Goldsboro sings in "Summer (The First Time)."
1973 George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" dislodges Paul McCartney and Wings' "My Love" from the #1 spot on the US singles charts.
1971 San Francisco's Fillmore West concert hall closes.
1969 Tom Drummond (bass guitarist for Better Than Ezra) is born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1956 Philip Adrian Wright (first Director of Visuals, then keyboardist for The Human League) is born in Wakefield, England.
1953 Hal Lindes (guitarist for Dire Straits from 1980-1985) is born in Monterey, California.
1951 Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1949 Andy Scott (lead guitarist for Sweet) is born in Wrexham, Wales.
1944 Glenn Shorrock (former vocalist for Little River Band) is born in Chatham, Kent, England.
1943 Florence Ballard (of The Supremes) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1940 Larry Hall, known for the one-hit-wonder song "Sandy" (1959), is born in Hamlett, Ohio.
1934 Adolf Hitler begins Operation Hummingbird, the Röhm Putsch, or the Night of the Long Knives which culminates in the murder of Ernst Röhm on July 2. Al Stewart later writes a song about it called "The Last Day Of June 1934."
1917 Lena Horne is born in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.
1792 Classical era composer Antonio Rosetti dies at age 42.
1977Marvel Comics publishes a Kiss comic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink.
2004 Dave Davies of The Kinks suffers a massive stroke while walking out of a BBC building in London. Completely incapacitated for a few days, he gradually recovers, re-learning how to walk and play guitar over the next few years.
2000 During a Pearl Jam concert at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, nine people are crushed to death as the crowd rushes the stage. Several people fall and can't get up, and in addition, crowdsurfers are falling into the open area. Pearl Jam stops the show and asks people to back up, but it is too late.
Investigations conclude that the events were an accident, and many European venues ban crowdsurfing. The Pearl Jam song "Love Boat Captain" refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know... two years ago today."
1984 Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" reaches its chart peak of #2 on the Hot 100. The song spends four weeks at runner-up, held off the last three by Prince's "When Doves Cry." Springsteen never does reach #1 (except as a writer: Manfred Mann's Earth Band took "Blinded by the Light" to #1 in 1977), but the next six singles from his Born In The U.S.A. album all hit the Top 10.
1975 Cher marries Gregg Allman. Their union produces a son (Elijah Blue Allman) and an album, but ends for good in 1979.