June 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" (recorded by just John and Paul), backed with George Harrison's song, "Old Brown Shoe" in the US

Television Debut

Jun 7 "Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV

Television Premiere

Jun 7 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash perform duet on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

Music Premiere

Jun 7 Supergroup Blind Faith's debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech

  • Jun 7 Tommy James and the Shondells release single "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

Music History

Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones

  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem

#1 in the Charts

Jun 11 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" by The Beatles hits #1 in UK; recording involved only John (guitars, vocals, percussion) and Paul (bass, drums, piano, backing voice)

Music Concert

Jun 20 200,000 attend Newport '69, then largest-ever pop concert in Northridge, California. Jimi Hendrix gets $120,000 to appear

Music Premiere

Jun 21 Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • Jun 21 Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"

Music History

Jun 22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

  • Jun 27 Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 3 Hiroyuki Takami, Japanese pop musician (Access), born in Saitama, Japan
  • Jun 5 Brian McKnight, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jun 6 Douglas Lee Mitchell, American heavy metal artist (Southgang), born in Miles, Michigan
  • Jun 9 Mitch McLee [Douglas Lee Mitchell], American rock drummer (Southgang - "Tainted Angel"), born in Georgia
  • Jun 11 Nancy Blogg, Swiss dancer (Josephine)
  • Jun 11 Steven Drozd, American rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (The Flaming Lips, 1991-present - "Do You Realize??"), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jun 12 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Omen, Bikini), born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • Jun 13 Jamie Walters, American actor (The Heights; Beverly Hills 90210), and singer ("How Do You Talk To An Angel?"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 13 Søren Rasted, Danish musician (Aqua), born in Blovstrød, Denmark

Ice CubeIce Cube (53 years old)

Jun 15 American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jun 15 Idalis DeLeón, American singer (Seduction - "Two To Make It Right"), actress (Six Feet Under), and television host (MTV; Extra), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 16 MC Ren [Lorenzo Jerald Patterson], American rapper, born in Compton, California
  • Jun 17 Kevin Thornton, American R&B vocalist (Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up")
  • Jun 18 Pål Pot Pamparius, Norwegian musician (Turbonegro)
  • Jun 21 Pat Sansone, American rock guitarist, and keyboard player (Wilco, since 2005 -"I Might"), born in Meriden, Mississippi
  • Jun 23 Noa [Achinoam Nini], Israeli singer ("There Must Be Another Way"), born in Bat Yam, Israel
  • Jun 24 Sissel Kyrkjebø, Norwegian pop and operatic soprano singer, born in Bergen, Norway
  • Jun 26 Colin Greenwood, English musician (Radiohead), born in Oxford, England

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 1 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • Jun 5 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Karl Schiske, Austrian composer, dies at 53

Judy GarlandJudy Garland (1922-1969)

Jun 22 American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious barbiturates

  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, American instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 (Frederick) "Shorty" Long, American soul singer and pianist ("Here Comes The Judge"; "Devil In A Blue Dress"), dies in a boating accident at 29
  • Jun 29 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer and pedagogue, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76