June, 2020 in Rock History

June 1st, 1969 During their “bed in” John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace A Chance” in their bedroom with help from friends Tommy and Dick Smothers and Timothy Leary.

June 1, 1967 The Beatles release “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in the US; The Grateful Dead hold their first-ever concert in New York’s Tompkins Square Park.

June 5, 1971 Grand Funk Railroad sells out their concert in Shea Stadium in less time than The Beatles (72 hours)

June 5, 1983 U2 records “Live at Red Rock’s: Under a Blood Red Sky”, cited by Rolling Stone as one of their “50 Moments That Changed Rock And Roll”.

June 6, 1990 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” is ruled obscene by a federal judge in Florida.

June 9, 1915 Les Paul is born in 1913

June 10, 1967 Stevie Wonder releases “I Was Made To Love Her.”

June 10, 1967 The Monkees record “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

June 10, 1969 With his father Jerry Lewis as guest host, Gary Lewis performs “This Diamond Ring” on The Tonight Show with his band Gary Lewis and the Playboys.

June 10, 1971 During a performance by Jethro Tull at Red Rocks, 1,000 people without tickets broke through a police line to see the show. When police released tear gas, it drifted over the paying fans and the band, leading to a five-year ban on rock concerts at the famous venue.

June 10, 1971 Elvis Presley records “My Way,” and “I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day.”

June 10, 1972 Sammy Davis, Jr.’s “The Candy Man” hits #1 in America.

June 10, 1975 The Eagles release their fourth album, One Of These Nights. It includes “Take It to the Limit,” one of the few Eagles songs with a lead vocal by Randy Meisner.

June 10, 1978 Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta duet “You’re The One That I Want” hits number one in the US.

June 10, 1978 Joe Walsh releases “Life’s Been Good”

June 11, 1969 David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is released to coincide with the first lunar landing.

June 11, 1976 Wild Cherry release “Play That Funky Music.”

June 11, 1976 The Carpenters release A Kind Of Hush.

June 11, 1976 The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” featuring Brian Jones on sitar, hits #1 in America.

June 11, 1977 KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” hits #1.

June 15, 1941 Red Rocks Amphitheater is formally dedicated

June 15, 1956 John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time

June 15, 1937 Waylon Jennnings is born

June 16, 1971 Tupac Shakur is born Lesane Parish Crooks.

June 16, 1967 Rock’s first major festival, The Monterey International Pop Festival, takes place, with Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and The Papas, The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Otis Redding, Buffalo Springfield and many more.

June 18, 1942 Paul McCartney is born.

June 20, 1942 Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys is born

June 25, 1984 Prince’s first album, Purple Rain  sets a record when 1.3 million copies are sold in one day.

June 27, 1989 At New York’s Radio City Music Hall, The Who perform their rock opera Tommy in its entirety for the first time in 17 years.

June 27, 1971 Heralded rock venue Fillmore East in New York City closes.

June 29, 1971 Keith Richards is sentenced to one year in jail on drug charges.