June 16 – Today In Rock Music History

Musician’s Born On June 16

1941 Lamont Dozier (Motown songwriter)
1942 Edward Levert (O’Jays)
1942 John Rastill (Shadows)
1953 Ian Mosley (Marillion)
1958 Patrick Waite (Musical Youth)

Deaths On June 16

1970 Lonnie Johnson (blues guitar player)
1982 James Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders)
1994 Kristen Pfaff (Hole)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 16

1956 Cogi Grant: Wayward Wind US 45
1973 Suzi Quatro: Can the Can UK 45
1979 Anita Ward: Ring My Bell UK 45
1979 ELO: Discovery UK LP
1979 Donna Summer: Bad Girls US 45
1984 Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Two Tribes UK 45
1990 Roxette : It Must Have Been Love : US single

Various Music Events On June 16

1964 Rolling Stones fly back to the UK in the middle of their first tour of America to play Magdalen College in Oxford, a gig arranged for £50. Aeroplanes alone cost them £1500

1967 Monterey Pop Festival begins in California. 50,000 see first major US appearances of the Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and the introduction of Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar and Hugh Masakela to rock audiences –plus Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and more

1978 Film Grease opens in New York

1979 Juke Box Jury returns to BBC TV, hosted by Noel Edmonds

1980 Film The Blues Brothers opens in Chicago

1982 Guitarist and singer Donny van Zant of 38 Special is arrested on stage during a concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking. It is a dry town

1984 Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA hits UK LP chart

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