Monday, 20 June 2016
Today in rock history June 21st
1948 – Columbia Records announces mass production of 33-1/3 speed records. 1951 – Nils Lofgren is born in Chicago. He is the leader of the group Grin from 1969-74 and releases six solo albums from 1975-81. In 1985 he joins Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. 1955 – Johnny Cash’s first single, “Cry Cry Cry,” is released. 1988 – Pink Floyd perform at Versailles, France, a concert that is later released as the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” video. 1990 – It’s Little Richard Day in Los Angeles as the rock ‘n’ roll pianist is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1993 – The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal from John Fogerty. He’s hoping to recoup legal fees from a copyright battle with the other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. 1998 – Charlie Daniels wins the Harry Hap Peebles Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the International Entertainment Buyers Association at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville. 2000 – 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer. 2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif 2002 – New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album “The Rising” only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the Boss’ label, Columbia. 2003 – Kicking off their first world tour in four years in Holland, R.E.M. debut new songs “Bad Day” and “In Time.” 2003 – U2 and The Corrs perform at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, held in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 2005 – Billy Corgan takes out full-page advertisements in two newspapers announcing that he wants to reform the Smashing Pumpkins. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams,” he says.