On This Day

June 1958 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 9 "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley hits #1

Music History

Jun 13 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California

  • Jun 16 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46

Album Release

Jun 24 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

  • Jun 30 "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Grenahan peaks at #24

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Michael Landau, American session musician, engineer, and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California

Prince Rogers Nelson

Jun 7 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)

  • Jun 8 Michael "Jakko" Jakszyk [Curran], British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Level 42, 1991-94; King Crimson, 2010-present), producer, and actor, born in Archway, London, England
  • Jun 11 Kevin Wilkinson, British drummer (The Waterboys; China Crisis; Squeeze), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (d. 1999)
  • Jun 12 Rebecca Holden, American actress and singer (Knight Rider), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 14 Brian David Willis, American rock drummer (Quarterflash - "Harden My Heart"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 16 Jóhannes Helgason, Icelandic guitarist (Þeyr)
  • Jun 17 Jello Biafra [Eric Reed Boucher], American musician and activist (Dead Kennedys), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • Jun 17 Derek Lee Ragin, American countertenor, born in West Point, New York
  • Jun 20 (Beranadette) "Kelly" Johnson, British heavy metal guitarist (Girlschool - "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"), born in Edmonton, London, England (d. 2007)
  • Jun 22 Ruby Turner, Jamacaian-British rock singer ("No Where to Run"), born in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Jun 27 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer and songwriter (The Gun Club), born in Montebello, California (d. 1996)
  • Jun 27 Magnus Lindberg, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 27 Lisa Germano, American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Geek the Girl), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Jun 29 Leslie Browne, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 30 Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland

Weddings in Music

B.B. King

Jun 4 American blues musician B.B. King (32) weds his second wife Sue Hall

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 6 Lily Strickland, American composer and artist, dies at 71
  • Jun 16 José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), dies at 45
  • Jun 23 Edvard Armas Jarnefeldt, composer, dies at 88