June 4 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Michelle!

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Musician’s Born On June 4

1940 Cliff Bennett (Rebel Rousers)
1944 Roger Ball (Average White Band)
1944 Michelle Phillips (Mamas and Papas)
1945 Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon)

Deaths On June 4

1973 Murray Wilson (father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 4

1969 Tommy Roe: Dizzy UK 45
1983 Police: Every Breath You Take UK 45
1994 Wet Wet Wet : Love Is All Around : UK single
1994 Seal : Seal : UK LP
1994 Various : The Crow (OST) : US LP

Various Music Events On June 4

19742 Glenn Wallichs launches Capitol Records, beginning a new approach to marketing by being the first company to send copies of record releases to fifty of the most influential DJs around the country
1955 Nutmegs score first of two US R&B hits with Story Untold
1956 Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (guitar: Cliff Gallup and William Williams; bass: Jack Neil; drums: Dickie Harrell) play first-ever gig at Myrtle Beach, US
1960 The Sound of Fury hits UK LP chart
1963 Searchers release Sweets for My Sweet in the UK
1969 Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins leaves Jeff Beck Group
1977 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers debut LP hits UK chart
1983 Police hit US Hot 100 at No. 36 with Every Breath You Take
1983 The reunited Hollies enter US Hot 100 with Stop in the Name of Love, their first Top 40 hit since The Air that I Breathe in 1974
1988 Van Halen’s OU 812 LP hits UK chart
1992 More than a million people vote in a contest conducted by the U.S. Postal Service. The “Young Elvis” stamp design beats the”Vegas Elvis”

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