Music History: June 6
2014 The BBC broadcasts You've Got A Friend: The Carole King Story, named for her 1971 song.
2012 One Direction's video release of Up All Night: The Live Tour debuts at #1 on the Billboard Music Video Sales chart. In the same week, "What Makes You Beautiful" is also peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2006 Billy Preston, a virtuoso keyboardist who worked with the likes of Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and The Beatles, dies of kidney failure at age 59 after a long battle with kidney disease and hypertension.
2003 Dave Rowberry (keyboardist for The Animals) dies at age 62 of an ulcer hemorrhage.
2002 Natalie Appleton (of All Saints) marries Liam Howlett (of The Prodigy) in France. They met two years earlier at England's V Festival.
2001 Elton John auctions off 20 vehicles in his car collection, earning $2.75 million. He says he "doesn't have time to drive them anymore."
1993 The Velvet Underground reform for the first time in 24 years for a show at London's Wembley Arena.
1993 The Who's Tommy, which has been converted into a Broadway play, wins five Tony Awards.
1992 David Bowie and Iman renew their vows in Florence, Italy, after wondering about the legality of their wedding in Switzerland.
1991 Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz dies of liver cancer at age 64. His ashes are poured from his saxophone case by his grandson off the coast of Marina del Rey, California.
1987 After being criticized by church members for his "worldliness," Michael Jackson cuts ties with the Jehovah's Witnesses.
1986 Dick Rowe, the Decca Records executive who rejected The Beatles but signed The Rolling Stones, dies of diabetes at age 64.
1982 The "Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream" concert takes place in Los Angeles, featuring Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Stevie Wonder. 85,000 attend the show, which supports nuclear disarmament.
1979 A gig at a British club gets a good review and leads to a record deal for Def Leppard.
1977 The Doobie Brothers sponsor a charity golf tournament and concert to benefit the United Way.
1977 Stevie Wonder appears, sponsored by Billboard, as a guest music lecturer at a UCLA symposium, talking about his early Motown days and illustrating his points with performances.
1977 Elvis Presley releases "Way Down."
1974 Uncle Kracker is born Matthew Shafer in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
1974 Billy Swan records "I Can Help."
1973 The Elvis Presley concert documentary Elvis On Tour opens nationwide.
1973 Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby" is certified Gold.
1971 John Lennon makes his first stage appearance since 1969 when he and Yoko Ono jam with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore East in New York. The show is recorded and released as a bonus disc with the Lennon/Ono album Some Time In New York City.
1971 The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final show, going out with guests Jerry Vale and Gladys Knight & The Pips after 23 years on the air.
1970 James Shaffer (guitarist for KoRn) is born in Bakersfield, California.
1969 Rod Stewart signs to the Mercury label.
1968 The Beatles record "Don't Pass Me By."
1966 The Beatles record "Eleanor Rigby."
1966 Roy Orbison's wife Claudette dies when her motorcycle is hit by a truck. She and Roy had remarried two months earlier after reconciling from a divorce.
1964 An anonymous ad taken out in six American music trade papers states: "In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"
1964 The Dixie Cups' "Chapel Of Love," a Phil Spector wall-of-sound production, hits #1 in America, where it stays for three weeks.
1960 Steve Vai is born in Carle Place, a town located in Long Island, New York.
1960 Singer Tony Williams leaves The Platters to embark upon a solo career.
1960 The RIAA gives Bing Crosby a special platinum record to signify career sales of 200 million records, many of them "White Christmas."
1960 Roy Orbison releases "Only The Lonely."
1951 Dwight Twilley, known for the hits "I'm On Fire" (1975) and "Girls" (1984), is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1944 Peter Albin (bassist for Big Brother & the Holding Company) is born in San Francisco, California.
1944 Electronic musician Edgar Froese (founder of Tangerine Dream) is born in Tilsit, East Prussia. After World War II, he would settle in West Berlin with his mother and surviving family members (his father and other relatives having been killed by Nazis).
1944 Jazz pianist Monty Alexander is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1943 Country singer Joe Stampley, known for the '70s chart-toppers "Roll On Big Mama" and "All These Things," is born in Springhill, Webster Parish, Louisiana.
1942 Howie Kane (of Jay and the Americans) is born.
1939 R&B singer Gary "U.S." Bonds is born Gary Levone Anderson in Jacksonville, Florida.
1936 Levi Stubbs (lead vocalist for The Four Tops) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1990The 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be becomes the first album declared legally obscene when Federal District Judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the album violates community obscenity standards in three south Florida counties: Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach.
2010 "It was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June," according to C.W. McCall's song "Convoy."
2005 A Los Angeles jury begins deliberation in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial.
1987 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" hits #1 in the US for the second time when Kim Wilde's version tops the chart. The Supremes original made the top spot in 1966.
1962 The Beatles record at Abbey Road for the first time, demoing three songs they wrote themselves: "Love Me Do," "Ask Me Why" and "P.S. I Love You."