On This Day

June 1979 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 3 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway

Music History

Jun 7 Rock 'n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 11 Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion, sentenced to 4 months
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 14 Rock group "Little Feat" disbands
  • Jun 16 "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances

Music History

Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit

Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard
Singer-Songwriter and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer
Little Richard
  • Jun 23 "My Sharona" single released by The Knack
  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

TV Show Appearance

Jun 30 johnny rotten and Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury"

Musician John Lydon
John Lydon
  • Jun 30 "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)

Birthdays in Music

  • Jun 4 Daniel Lucca Parenti, American jazz bassist, born in Walnut Creek, California
  • Jun 5 Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • Jun 5 David Bisbal, Spanish singer, born in Almería, Spain
  • Jun 8 Derek Trucks, American guitarist and founder of Grammy Award-winning The Derek Trucks Band (Tedeschi Truck Band), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jun 10 Lee Brice, American country singer and songwriter (Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Jun 11 Texito Langa, Mozambican jazz drummer-percussionist, composer, and arranger, born in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Jun 12 Robyn [Robin Carlsson], Swedish pop and dance music singer-songwriter, and record producer ("Show Me Love"; "Dancing On My Own"), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jun 20 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • Jun 26 Nathan Followill, American alternative-rock backing vocalist and musician (Kings of Leon), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jun 27 John Warne, American Christian rock bassist (Relient K, 2004-13; Ace Troubleshooter, 1995-2005), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Jun 29 Abs Love [Richard Abidin Breen], English singer (Five), born in London
  • Jun 29 Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician ("Gözlerin"/"Your Eyes"), and actor (My Lying Lover), born in Amasra, Turkey (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Matisyahu [Matthew Miller], Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer and rapper ("One Day"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Music

Muddy Waters

Jun 5 American blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Deaths in Music

Jack Haley

Jun 6 (John Joseph) "Jack" Haley, American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz - "Tin Man"; Higher and Higher), dies of a heart attack at 81

Actor Jack Haley
Jack Haley
  • Jun 8 Louis Salvador Palange, American composer, arranger, and conductor dies at 61
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention; Little Feat), dies at 34