Thursday, June 7, 2018

Today in Music History...June 7, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: June 7th:

2012 Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac's guitarist from 1971–1974, dies of suicide at age 66.

2011 Def Leppard release their first ever live album: Mirrorball.

2008 Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones make a surprise appearance to jam with Foo Fighters during their Wembley Stadium gig in London. The one-night-only supergroup plays "Rock And Roll" and "Ramble On."

2007 Rancho Mirage, California, names a street after one-time resident Dean Martin.

1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is sentenced to 200 hours of community service on charges of pointing a loaded gun at police who responded to reports of a disturbance at her home on March 5th.

1993 Ground is broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

1984 The film Ghostbusters is released. Its theme song bears similarities to Huey Lewis's "I Want a New Drug." Ghostbusters theme writer Ray Parker, Jr. and Huey settle out of court.

1982 Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion opens for public tours.

1975 John Denver scores his third US #1 hit with "Thank God I'm A Country Boy."

1974 Terry "T-Low" Brown (of Next) is born in Minnesota.

1971 Don McLean records "Vincent."

1969 The Johnny Cash Show makes its debut, with Bob Dylan appearing on the first show.

1969 Blind Faith, a supergroup featuring Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton, play their first show: a free concert at Hyde Park in London.

1967 Dave Navarro (guitarist for Jane's Addiction) is born in Santa Monica, California.

1966 Eric Kretz (drummer for Stone Temple Pilots) is born in San Jose, California.

1964 John "Ecstacy" Fletcher (co-vocalist for Whodini) is born.

1963 The Rolling Stones make their British TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars.

1963 The Rolling Stones release "Come On."

1958 The movie High School Confidential, featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, opens.

1955 Joey Scarbury is born in Ontario, California. Known for the 1981 hit "Believe It or Not," the theme from the popular TV series The Greatest American Hero.

1953 South African musician Johnny Clegg (of Johnny Clegg & Juluka) is born in Bacup, Lancashire, England. He moves to South Africa at six years old.

1946 Man guitarist Micky Jones is born Charles Michael Jones in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.

1944 Country rocker Clarence White (guitarist for The Byrds) is born Clarence Joseph LeBlanc in Lewiston, Maine.

1940 Tom Jones is born Thomas John Woodward in the village of Treforest in Glamorgan, Wales.

1911 Ragtime performers Arthur Collins & Byron G. Harlan record Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band," which will hold the top spot for 10 weeks.

Prince Changes Name To Unpronounceable Symbol

On his 35th birthday, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol, making him, literally, an icon.

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2009 After performing the Poison hit "Nothin' but a Good Time" at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels has a run-in with the set, and the set wins. He cuts his lip and fractures his nose in the incident.More

2004 AC/DC's Back in Black album goes Double Diamond, becoming just the sixth album with RIAA-certified sales of over 20 million in America. In November, the Shania Twain album Come On Over becomes the seventh. Both albums were produced by Mutt Lange.

1978 Tom Petty meets Bob Dylan for the first time backstage after Dylan's show at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

1977 The Sex Pistols make a mockery of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee by playing punk rock from a boat on the Thames River, including their subversive hit, "Anarchy in the U.K."

1976 New York magazine runs a cover story called "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," describing the disco-fueled nightclub scene. The article gives Bee Gees manager Robert Stigwood the idea for Saturday Night Fever.

1975 Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy becomes the first album to debut at #1 in the US.

1972 The musical Grease opens on Broadway.

1958 Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He's named after his father's jazz combo, the Prince Rogers Trio.

1917 Dean Martin is born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio.

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