On This Day

June 1969 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 4 Beatles release "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" and "Old Brown Shoe" in the US

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jun 7 Tommy James and the Shondells release "Crystal Blue Persuasion"

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Brian Jones is asked to leave The Rolling Stones

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • Jun 8 Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor replaces Brian Jones
  • Jun 9 Brian Jones leaves the Rolling Stones after developing a serious drug problem
  • 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)
  • Jun 13 Mick Taylor leaves John Mayall Band and joins The Rolling Stones

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

Music concertMusic Concert

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

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin
  • 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 musician
  • 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, and drummer (The Flaming Lips - "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

Person of interestIce Cube

Jun 15 Ice Cube [O'Shea Jackson], American rapper and actor (Boyz in the Hood, Anaconda), born in Los Angeles, California

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube
  • 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 13 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53

Person of interestJudy Garland

Jun 22 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], 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 overdose of prescription barbiturates

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