Today In Music History

Important events in music history for the month of June.
DateEvent
June 1, 1968Simon And Garfunkel's hit song 'Mrs Robinson,' featured in the Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft film 'The Graduate,' reaches number 1 on the US Singles chart.
June 1, 2008A fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroys thousands of master tapes by Joni Mitchell, Elton John, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Nirvana and Eminem. The extent of the loss is not revealed until years later.
June 2, 1962Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
June 2, 1977Wings performs in Seattle in front of 67,100 fans, breaking a new world record for the largest indoor crowd ever.
June 2, 1979With 'Hot Stuff,' Donna Summer began a three-week reign at the top of the US singles chart.
June 3, 1992While campaigning for US president, Arkansas governor Bill Clinton, makes a stop at The Arsenio Hall Show, where he plays Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering audience.
June 3, 1995Bryan Adams' 'Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman,' which was included in the film 'Don Juan De Marco,' began a five-week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart.
June 4, 1984Bruce Springsteen releases the album 'Born In The USA,' which becomes the best-selling album in the United States in 1985.
June 4, 1986The first of a six-date Conspiracy of Hope tour is held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The concerts benefit Amnesty International and headlined by U2 and Sting, and also feature Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
June 5, 1956Elvis Presley sings his legendary performance of "Hound Dog" on the "Milton Berle Show." The titular, fictitious character of the movie "Forrest Gump" later takes credit for teaching Elvis how to gyrate his pelvis.
June 5, 1983U2 play Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. Despite rain, the concert is intimate and energetic; it is later released as a concert film called Under a Blood Red Sky.
June 6, 1962At the Abbey Road studios, the first Beatles recording session was held.
June 6, 1982The "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.
June 7, 1976New 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.
June 7, 1979At the request of President Carter, Chuck Berry performed at the White House.
June 7, 1993In retaliation against Warner Brothers for a contract negotiation which he felt was unfair, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol (Ƭ̵̬̊)
June 7, 1993The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, was inaugurated with a groundbreaking ceremony.
June 7, 2014Almost 105,000 people attended George Strait's last concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, setting the record for the largest attendance ever at a North American indoor concert.
June 8, 1985Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.
June 8, 2000Sinead O'Connor came out as a lesbian in an article that was later published in the July-August 2000 issue of "Curve."
June 9, 1972After several years playing the New Jersey bar scene, Bruce Springsteen signs with Columbia Records and begins recording his first album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
June 9, 1994Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes (TLC) set fire to the house of her boyfriend, Andre Rison, an Atlanta Falcons player.
June 10, 1966The first recording sessions for The Monkees' debut album began, with almost all of the instruments being played by the Wrecking Crew, a group of studio session musicians.
June 10, 1967Outdoor rock: California's Magic Mountain Music Festival, considered the first rock music festival, features Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and The Byrds. The crowd of 15,000 is dwarfed by the 200,000 at the Monterey Pop Festival the following weekend.
June 11, 1960Tommy Moore, the band's drummer, made the regrettable choice to leave The Beatles and return to his job as a forklift driver at Garston Bottle Works.
June 11, 1988Peter Gabriel, Sting, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, rock the stage at the Free Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley Stadium in London.
June 11, 19902 Live Crew's Luther Campbell and Christopher Wongwon were arrested on obscenity charges in Hollywood, FL, after performing songs in concert from the album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be."
June 12, 1965'Back In My Arms Again' hits the top of the charts, making the Supremes' the first American group to have five consecutive US No. 1 singles.
June 12, 1965The Supremes' "Back in My Arms Again" hits #1 in America, giving them five consecutive chart-toppers.
June 13, 1969At a press conference in London, Mick Taylor is introduced as the new guitarist of The Rolling Stones, replacing founding member Brian Jones.
June 13, 1995Alanis Morissette's studio album, "Jagged Little Pill," is released, which would go on to become the first record by a female Canadian to reach number one in the United States.
June 14, 1966Deeming its "butcher cover" in poor taste, Capitol Records recalls the new Beatles album, Yesterday and Today, which is scheduled for release the next day and has already been sent to stores.
June 14, 1984On his 23rd birthday, a model of Boy George from Culture Club was introduced at Madame Tussaud's Waxworks in London, England.
June 15, 1933Country music singer, songwriter, and musician Waylon Jennings was born.
June 15, 1999After a seven-year recording hiatus, Santana release the album Supernatural, which goes to #1 thanks to hit singles like "Smooth," and "Put Your Lights On." It's SANTANA's first chart-topping album in 28 years.
June 16, 1967The first Monterey International Pop festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals among those performing.
June 17, 1965The Beatles record "Act Naturally," "Wait," and "Yesterday."
June 18, 1977Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" goes to #1 on the Hot 100, the group's only song to top that chart.
June 19, 1971Carole King's album Tapestry hits #1 in the US, where it stays for 15 weeks.
June 20, 1972The Tallahatchie Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe," collapses (it is later rebuilt).
June 21, 1981Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the split of Steely Dan and begin work on solo projects. They would re-form in 1993.
June 22, 1967The Young Rascals record "How Can I Be Sure?"
June 23, 1962Ray Charles' landmark album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music hits #1 in America. Originally thought a bad idea by label executives.
June 24, 1966The final Beatles world tour begins in Munich. Moving forward, they concentrate on studio efforts, resulting in the landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
June 25, 1967The Beatles premiere the song "All You Need Is Love" to 400 million people on a worldwide TV program.
June 26, 1965The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" goes to #1 on the Hot 100. It's the only song written by Bob Dylan ever to top that chart.
June 27, 1964Peter & Gordon's "A World Without Love" - written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney - goes to #1 in the US.
June 28, 1968Jefferson Airplane make the cover of Life magazine under the headline: "Jefferson Airplane, Top Rock Group, With Music That's Hooked the Whole Vibrating World."
June 29, 1969Crosby, Stills & Nash release their self-titled debut album, lighting a path for '70s bands like America and the Eagles with rich harmonies and mysterious melodies.
June 30, 1971San Francisco's Fillmore West concert hall closes.