Music History: June 4
2013 Joey Covington (drummer for Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) dies in a single-vehicle accident in Palm Springs, California, at age 67.
2013 Cornelius "Nini" Harp (original lead singer of The Marcels) dies of natural causes at age 73.
2007 Soul singer Freddie Scott dies at age 74.
2006 Orson's Bright Idea hits #1 on the UK albums chart.
2006 Sandi Thom's "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2004 Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart, appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleads guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He is fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on May 27 in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favor. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.
2003 A grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32-foot transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because "talent-less boy bands and dance music" featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.
2002 Wyclef Jean is one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean is arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event's permit. Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion cut to New York's public education system.
2001 Folk singer John Hartford dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 63.
2000 Bon Jovi's Crush hits #1 on the UK albums chart.
1998 Ray Charles reunites with his legendary touring band to perform in celebration of his 50th year in show business at the 15th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park.
1997 Ronnie Lane (bass guitarist of The Small Faces, The Faces) dies at age 51 after a 21-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
1996 Crowded House announce they have split up.
1994 Derek Leckenby (lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits) dies of non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 51.
1994 The alt-rock supergroup who performed The Beatles' songs in the biopic Backbeat reconvenes for a performance at the MTV Music Awards.
1994 The soundtrack from the film The Crow hits #1 on the US album chart.
1994 Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" starts a 15-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart.
1993 Police are called to a domestic dispute at the house of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and the Nirvana lead singer is arrested. Cobain claims that reports of him choking his wife are false, and that police were called because they were playing music too loud.
1992 Iron Maiden play a gig at the Oval pub in Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord, Chris Hiles.
1992 Smokey Robinson's half sister, Rose Ella Jones, files a suit against Smokey claiming she had been cheated out of royalty payments from songs written during the 1980s.
1990 Stiv Bators (frontman for The Dead Boys, The Lords of the New Church), age 40, dies of a concussion in his sleep hours after being struck by a taxi.
1988 Tracy Chapman's self-titled debut album hits #1 on the US chart.
1986 The first of a six-date Conspiracy of Hope tour is held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The concerts benefit Amnesty International and celebrate the human rights organization's 25th anniversary. The shows are headlined by U2 and Sting, and also feature Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1986 After a years-long court battle, the producers of The Beatles' tribute Beatlemania! are forced to pay Apple $10 million in royalties.
1985 Elton John begins a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than $51 million.
1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born In The U.S.A.
1983 The Police's "Every Breath You Take" starts a four-week run at #1 in the UK.
1979 US President Jimmy Carter hosts Chuck Berry, who plays a concert for The First Family at the White House.
1976 Country singer Kasey Chambers is born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia.
1976 Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs, and Tuff Darts perform at the new wave venue CBGB. Live recordings are made of the performances and are featured on the album Live At CBGB'S New York.
1975 The Rolling Stones become the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1974 Stefan Lessard (bassist for The Dave Matthews Band) is born in Anaheim, California.
1974 David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour begins in Montreal. As part of the elaborate stage show, a giant diamond opens up to reveal Bowie.
1974 Randy Newman appears on this week's UK TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
1973 Beach Boys patriarch Murry Wilson dies at age 55.
1971 ABC-TV's Bobby Sherman TV Special airs, featuring guest stars The 5th Dimension.
1970 Bob Dylan records "Bring Me Water," "Three Angels," "Tomorrow Is A Long Time," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "New Morning."
1970 Elvis Presley records "Twenty Days And Twenty Nights," "I've Lost You," "I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago," "The Sound Of Your Cry," "Faded Love," "The Fool," "A Hundred Years From Now," "Little Cabin On The Hill," and "Cindy, Cindy."
1970 Carlos Santana records "Black Magic Woman."
1969 Nicky Hopkins leaves The Jeff Beck group.
1969 The Beatles release "The Ballad of John and Yoko" b/w "Old Brown Shoe."
1969 Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1969 Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia, sign a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero Ned Kelly for the film of the same name. Jagger plays the part anyway.
1967 The Monkees, starring the eponymous band, wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
1967 The movie To Sir With Love featuring Lulu, premieres in New York City.
1996 Janis Joplin arrives in San Francisco to join Big Brother & the Holding Company as their new lead singer.
1964 Chris Kavanagh (drummer for Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite) is born in Woolwich, London, England.
1964 The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
1964 The Beatles finish filming on their first movie, A Hard Day's Night.
1964 The Beatles record "Slow Down."
1963 The Searchers release "Sweets For My Sweet."
1963 The first Pop Goes The Beatles program is aired on the BBC in the UK. The band plays a version of 'Pop Goes The Weasel' on the show.
1962 The Beatles sign their first record contract with EMI, though it's merely to produce a series of demos. The band will have to pass its upcoming audition to get signed to make actual records.
1962 The Beach Boys release "Surfin' Safari" b/w "409."
1961 El DeBarge is born Eldra Patrick DeBarge in Detroit, Michigan. He will become the lead singer of his family's group, DeBarge.
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis renews his marriage vows to his child-bride, Myra (since he wasn't actually divorced yet when he originally married her).
1956 Gene Vincent makes his stage debut, performing in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
1953 Jimmy McCulloch (guitarist for Thunderclap Newman, lead guitarist, bassist for Wings) is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
1945 Gordon Waller (of Peter & Gordon) is born in Braemar, Scotland.
1944 Michelle Phillips (of The Mamas & The Papas) is born Holly Michelle Gilliam in Long Beach, California.
1944 Roger Ball (keyboardist, saxophonist for The Average White Band) is born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland.
1944 Folk pop singer Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas) is born Holly Michelle Gilliam in Long Beach, California.
1942 Johnny Mercer's label, Capitol Records, becomes the first record company to give an album to a radio station when he gives one to a Los Angeles DJ. It's a brilliant move, as the station plays the record and promotes it. In coming years, labels will try all sorts of tricks to get their records played on radio.
1940 Cliff Bennett (of Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers) is born in Slough, Berkshire, England.
1937 Freddy Fender is born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, Texas. He'll have a #1 hit in 1974 with "Before The Next Teardrop Falls."
1930 Jazz singer Morgana King is born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina in Pleasantville, New York. As an actress, she plays Carmela Corleone, wife of Don Vito Corleone, in the first two Godfather films.
1992When the United States Post Office decides to do an Elvis stamp, they put it up for a vote: a young Elvis or an old Elvis image, and young Elvis wins by a landslide, getting more votes by a factor of three to one. Priscilla Presley makes the announcement at Graceland.
2004 American Idol winner Fantasia's "I Believe" hits #1 on the US singles chart.
2002 George Michael is jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he takes part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single "Shoot The Dog" in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.
1979 Fleetwood Mac records the USC Trojan Marching Band at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for use in their song "Tusk," the title track to their first album since Rumours. A film crew captures the action (including Stevie Nicks deftly twirling a baton) which is made into the video for the song.More
1976 The Sex Pistols play a show at Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Inspired by the gig, many in the audience form bands, propelling the nascent punk rock scene.More