Events in Music on June 16

  • 1902 "The Wizard of Oz" musical first opens in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts hits #46
  • 1961 Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects to West at Le Bourget Airport in Paris

Music History

1966 Rowan & Martin host "The Dean Martin Show" Summer Series, on NBC-TV

  • 1967 50,000 attend first day of the Monterey International Pop Festival - beginning of the Summer of Love
  • 1967 The first Montreux Jazz Festival is held in Switzerland, created by Claude Nobs [1]

Album Release

1972 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough

  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway

Film Release

1978 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Album Release

1978 Ringo Starr releases album "Bad Boy"

  • 1979 Single "Logical Song" by Supertramp peaks at #6

Film Premiere

1980 Musical comedy film "The Blues Brothers", starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and directed by John Landis, premieres in Chicago, Illinois

Album Release

1982 Columbia Records releases "Somewhere in the Stars", the fourth studio album by Rosanne Cash; produced by husband Rodney Crowell, and featuring her father Johnny Cash on one track

  • 1983 Ringo Starr releases album "Old Wave" album in West Germany; soon after releases follow in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil
  • 1989 "Ghostbusters II", American supernatural comedy film sequel, directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd premieres

Glastonbury Festival

1989 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, and Suzanne Vega headline; other performers include: Bhundu Boys, Fairground Attraction, Hothouse Flowers, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, Yossou N'Dour, Pixies, The Proclaimers, Throwing Muses, The Waterboys, Lucinda Williams, Womack & Womack, and Flaco Jiménez

  • 1990 "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer peaks at #8
  • 1991 Revival of musical "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Gershwin Theater, NYC, after 241 performances
  • 2012 Collapse of a stage at a Radiohead concert kills one person in Toronto, Ontario

Album Release

2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"

Music History

2022 American rocker Bruce Springsteen joins British legend Paul McCartney for two songs (Glory Days; I Wanna Be Your Man) at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey