Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 2






1896 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Guglielmo Marconi was granted a patent for his electro-magnetic wave communication system, later to be called radio.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
A sleepy Jazz tune called "Moonglow" by Morris Stoloff And The Columbia Pictures Orchestra pushed Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" out of the top spot on the Cashbox Best Sellers List.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Alan Freed kicks off his new Rock 'n' Roll radio show on WABC in New York, which will run from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" sat on top of the Billboard Pop chart, making believers out those who told him he would lose his fan base if he recorded Country And Western songs. The album it came from sold over a million copies, becoming the first Gold record for ABC-Paramount.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
The Rolling Stones make their American television debut on WABC's The Les Crane Show, which was available only in New York.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
David Bowie released his first album, which contained the single, "Love You 'Til Tuesday". Although the LP got positive reviews, neither it or the single sold well.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Dion And The Belmonts reunited for a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. The performance was recorded and released as a live album the following year. They had parted company a dozen years earlier after which Dion had a successful solo career, while The Belmonts managed to chart only a couple of times.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Paul McCartney, backed by his new group Wings, was back on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with a song he wrote for his wife Linda, "My Love".

1979 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Donna Summer attains the sixth of her thirteen US Top Ten hits and the second of her four Billboard Pop chart number one singles with "Hot Stuff". The song was a #11 hit in the UK.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Adrienne Brown's lawyer, Allen W. Johnson, introduced a novel defense at her trial where she was answering to charges of driving under the influence of drugs, speeding and criminal trespass. Johnson claimed that Adrienne's status as the wife of James Brown, the "ambassador of Soul", gave her diplomatic immunity. Johnson reconsidered and withdrew the motion the next day.

June 2
Former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin was sentenced in Detroit to two years probation and 50 days of community service after being convicted of using cocaine. A bag containing cocaine residue was found with Ruffin's personal papers when police raided a house in July 1987.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
52 year old Rolling Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman married 19 year old Mandy Smith in a secret ceremony in the eastern English town of Bury St. Edmonds. Wyman's son and the bride's sister were the only guests. The couple divorced two years later after Wyman said they had spent only five days together as man and wife. Wyman agreed to an $800,000 divorce settlement.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Rachel Hunter gives birth to Rod Stewart's daughter, Renee.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Jimmy Buffett flew his biplane into a runway sign at Florida's Palm Beach International Airport, but was not injured. The Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the plane was pushed off the runway by a gust of wind.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Vince Welnick, keyboard player for The Tubes and later The Grateful Dead, committed suicide. The 55-year-old musician stood on a hillside behind his Forestville home and drew a knife across his throat in front of his wife.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Rock legend Bo Diddley died of heart failure at the age of 79. He had recently suffered a stroke and a heart attack from which he never fully recovered. His final words were reported to have been, "I'm goin' to heaven! I'm comin' home!"

2009 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
Cher launched a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, claiming that the label shortchanged her and the heirs of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, by underpaying about $5 million in royalties. A UMG spokesman said "The claims are meritless and we are confident that we will prevail in court."

2015 - ClassicBands.com

June 2
A 26-year-old Cordova, Tennessee man was handed a two-year suspended sentence with probation after stealing a pair of Elton John's sunglasses from the Memphis Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last May.






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