On This Day

June 1970 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens hits #1
  • Jun 3 Ray Davies of The Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • Jun 7 The Who's "Tommy" is performed at NY's Lincoln Center

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Jun 9 Bob Dylan given honorary Doctorate of Music at Princeton University

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 12 Rocker and blues singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • Jun 13 "In The Summertime" by Mungo Jerry hits #1 in UK
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Let It Be" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 4 weeks
  • Jun 13 Beatles' "Long & Winding Road" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 2 weeks
  • Jun 17 Led Zeppelin begin their last European tour
  • Jun 20 "Ray Stevens Show" debuts on NBC-TV

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Jun 23 Rocker and singer Chubby Checker arrested for marijuana possession

Singer and Dancer Chubby Checker
Singer and Dancer
Chubby Checker
  • Jun 27 Festival Express opens in Toronto, Canada - The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Flying Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends cross Canada together by train, for 5 shows in 3 cities

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 1 Rene Liu "Milk Tea", Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actress, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Jun 2 B-Real [Louis Freese], American rapper (Cypress Hill), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 2 Karen Mok, Hong Kong actress and singer (Around the World in 80 Days), born in Hong Kong
  • Jun 3 Esther Hart, Dutch singer
  • Jun 3 Julie Masse, French Canadian singer
  • Jun 3 Peter Tägtgren, Swedish musician (Hypocrisy) and producer
  • Jun 4 Richie Hawtin, British-Canadian electronic musician (Plastikman), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Jun 4 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 5 Claus Norreen, Danish songwriter and record producer (Aqua - "Barbie Girl"), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark
  • Jun 6 James Shaffer, American rock guitarist (Korn - "Here To Stay"), born in Rosedale, California
  • Jun 8 "Seu" Jorge [da Silva], Brazilian musical artist, songwriter, singer, and actor (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), born in Belford Roxo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jun 10 Mike Doughty, American singer
  • Jun 11 Chris Rice, American contemporary Christian and folk music singer-songwriter ("When Did You Fall (In Love With Me)"), poet, and visual artist, born in Clinton, Maryland
  • Jun 13 Rivers Cuomo, American musician (Weezer - "Buddy Holly"), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 15 Gaëlle Méchaly, French soprano, born in Marseille, France
  • Jun 19 Brian Welch, American guitarist
  • Jun 19 Antonis Remos, Greek singer
  • Jun 21 Pete Rock, American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jun 22 Steven Page, Canadian singer/songwriter (Barenaked Ladies), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Jun 23 Yann Tiersen, French musician
  • Jun 24 Glenn Medeiros, American pop singer ("Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You"; "She Ain't Worth It"), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Jun 25 Roope Latvala, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jun 26 Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 29 Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey

Weddings in Music

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Jun 12 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (22) weds Jenny Boyd (23)

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 21 "The Doors" lead singer Jim Morrison (26) "marries" author Patricia Kennealy (24) in a celtic pagan hand fasting ceremony, but the marriage is not legally binding

Poet and Rocker Jim Morrison
Poet and Rocker
Jim Morrison

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 10 Earl Grant, American American pop pianist, organist, and singer, dies in a car crash in New Mexico at 39
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83