June 21 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Ray Davies!

Musician’s Born On June 19

1942 D.C. Smith (Little Green Apples)
1944 Ray Davies (Kinks)
1944 Jon Wiseman (UK jazz rock drummer)
1945 Chris Britton (Troggs)
1948 Joey Molland (Badfinger)
1956 Joey Kramer (Aerosmith)
1957 Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)
1967 Tim Simenon (Bomb the Bass)

Deaths On June 21

1980 Bert Kaempfert (band leader)

Number 1 In The Charts On June 21

1969 Ray Conniff: His Orchestra, His Chorus UK LP
1975 Captain and Tennille: Love Will Keep Us Together US 45
1980 Don McLean: Crying UK 45
1986 Genesis: Invisible Touch UK LP
1997 Hanson : Middle Of Nowhere : UK LP

Various Music Events On June 21

1948 Columbia Records (US) announces first mass production of 33-1/3-rpm long-players. Sceptics fail to see the company’s wisdom as the 78 is at an all-time high

1957 Chuck Berry debuts on UK chart with School Day

1968 Move release Something Else – the first 33-1/3 rpm EP in the UK

1969 Joni Mitchell hits US LP chart for the first time with Clouds

1971 Celebration of Light festival begins in Louisiana. Pink Floyd and Beach Boys among those appearing

1972 Gary Glitter makes his Top of the Pops debut, performing Rock and Roll Part 2

1975 Elton John and Beach Boys play triumphant concert at Wembley Stadium

1975 Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow – his replacement is Tommy Bolin

1981 Steely Dan disbands

1986 Nanci Griffith scores her first American country hit with Once in a Very Blue Moon

1990 Little Richard receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1994 George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn’t be commercially successful.

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