On This Day

June 2020 in Music History

Events in Music

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 American country music band "The Dixie Chicks" change their name to "The Chicks" to remove connotations of Confederate history, two weeks after band "Antebellum" changed their name to "Lady A"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Maines
Singer-Songwriter
Natalie Maines

Deaths in Music

  • Jun 4 Steve Priest, English rock bassist and vocalist (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies at 72
  • Jun 4 Marcello Abbado, Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher, dies at 93
  • Jun 7 Frank Bey [Bass], American blues singer-songwriter ("All My Dues Are Paid"), dies at 74
  • Jun 8 Bonnie Pointer, American pop singer (Pointer Sisters - "Jump"; "I'm So Excited"), dies at 69
  • Jun 18 Vera Lynn, British popular music singer, known as 'the Forces' Sweetheart' ("We'll Meet Again"; "The White Cliffs of Dover"), dies at 103
  • Jun 18 Lynford "Hux" Brown, Jamaican session and touring guitarist (Jimmy Cliff; Paul Simon; Toots and the Maytals), dies at 75
  • Jun 23 Ryan Anthony, American trumpet player (Canadian Brass, 2000-03; Dallas Symphony, 2006-20), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jun 23 Margarita Pracatan [Figueroa], Cuban-American novelty singer (BBC's Saturday Night Clive), dies at 89
  • Jun 25 Marga Richter, American classical pianist and composer (Landscapes of the Mind; Out of Shadows and Solitude), dies at 93
  • Jun 27 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
  • Jun 27 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • Jun 27 (Jesse) "Pete" Carr, American session guitarist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian singer songwriter (Waa'ee Keenyaa), shot and killed at 34