Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 16






1953 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Elvis Presley graduated from IC Hulmes High School in Memphis. His graduation photo shows him with a split curl in his hair, which would later become his trademark.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
A 31-year-old woman named Gogi Grant knocked Elvis out of Billboard's number one spot with a song called "The Wayward Wind". It was a tune that she recorded almost as an after thought, with just fifteen minutes of studio time remaining. Six weeks later, Elvis would be back on top with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You".

June 16
Patti Page saw what would be her biggest hit, "Allegheny Moon", enter the Billboard chart, where it would reach #2 during a 22 week run. In all, the Oklahoma native would place sixteen songs in the Top 40 between 1954 and 1965.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Gary "U.S." Bonds performs his Billboard Top Ten hit "Quarter To Three" on American Bandstand.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
The top four spots on the UK chart are held by acts from Liverpool with The Beatles at #1 ("From Me To You"), Gerry And The Pacemakers at #2 ("I Like It"), Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas at #3 ("Do You Want To Know A Secret") and Billy Fury at #4 ("When Will You Say I Love You").

1965 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Herman's Hermits were awarded their first Gold record for "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter". The song was originally an album cut that got so much air play in the US, MGM Records released it as a single.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Over 200,000 people attended the first Monterey Pop Festival this week in 1967. Many of the leading Rock acts of the time appeared, including Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel, Canned Heat, The Mamas and The Papas, The Grateful Dead, Eric Burdon and The Animals, The Association, Booker T. and The MGs, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, David Crosby and Steve Miller. John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas would later write, "San Francisco" (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival, which became a big hit for Scott McKenzie later in the year.

June 16
The original Kingston Trio gave their final concert, although other editions of the popular vocal group would continue well into the new millennium.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
The sponsors of the original Woodstock Festival announce that they lost more than $1.2 million on the actual concert. They would eventually profit from the sale of the Woodstock sound track and related memorabilia.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
John Lennon sues the US government, charging that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution. Accusing them of harassment during deportation proceedings, Lennon named former US Attorneys General John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst in the complaint.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Pretenders guitarist, 25 year old James Honeyman Scott, died in his sleep in London, England. The official cause of death is "cocaine related heart failure."

June 16
Donny Van Zant of .38 Special is arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma for public drinking. Tulsa was a dry town.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Celebrating 30 years in the music business and 100 singles released, Cliff Richard performs at London's Wembley Stadium to a sell out crowd of over 72,000. Supporting acts included some old friends from his early days, Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Kalin Twins and The Searchers.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Nearly twenty-five years after his death, Elvis Presley was at number one again in the UK. A remix of his "A Little Less Conversation" by Dutch disc jockey JXL claimed the top spot on the British singles charts, bringing the King's total of chart-topping hits to eighteen, one more than the Beatles' current tally.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Gary Shider, the guitarist for Parliament-Funkadelic who was featured on their hit "One Nation Under A Groove", died from complications of cancer at the age of 56.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
Black Sabbath established a new UK chart record for the longest gap between #1 albums when their new release, "13" debuted at the top, 42 years and 8 months after their second album "Paranoid" reached the peak.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

June 16
England's Crown Prosecution Service announced that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Sir Cliff Richard on charges of historical sex abuse. In a statement to the press, Richard said, "I have always maintained my innocence, co-operated fully with the investigation, and cannot understand why it has taken so long to get to this point."

June 16
Meat Loaf was hospitalized after collapsing during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was later listed in "stable and in good condition" and was expected to make a full recovery.






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