Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 20






1948 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Toast Of The Town, which would later be called The Ed Sullivan Show, premiered on CBS-TV. The first telecast was produced on a meager budget of $1,375. Only $375 was allocated for talent and $200 of that was shared by the young stars of that night's program, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
17-year-old Annette Funicello entered the Billboard Pop chart with the Paul Anka penned "Train of Love". The song would become the fourth of her five Top 40 hits, eventually reaching #36.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
The three day Newport '69 Festival starts in Northridge, California. 150,000 people attend to hear Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CCR, Ike And Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, The Rascals, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix receives $125,000 for his appearance. At the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a Rock act for a single performance.

June 20
David Bowie signs with Philips Records and then enters Trident Studios in London to record "Space Oddity", a song he wrote after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The tune will top the UK chart in November, 1975 and reach #15 in America.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
The Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe", collapsed into the Yazoo River. Although an article which appeared in the November 1967 issue of Life magazine showed a picture of Bobbie walking across it, she later said that she didn't have any particular span in mind when she wrote the song. It's also worth noting that Chocktaw Ridge, which is also referred to in the song, is located a hundred miles away on the east side of the I-55, and not anywhere near the Tallahatchie River as it passes through Leflore County.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Neil Diamond appeared on the 20th anniversary show of American Bandstand, along with Little Richard, Cheech And Chong, Paul Revere And The Raiders and Three Dog Night.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
After topping record charts around the world, a medley of hits credited to Stars On 45 reaches number one in America.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Duane Eddy performs in San Francisco, kicking off his first US tour in fifteen years.

1995 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
A judge in Los Angeles awarded ownership of The Kingsmen's recordings to the group itself and away from Scepter-Wand Records. The court ruled that the company breached its contract by not paying The Kingsmen their proper royalties. The main song in question was "Louie, Louie", recorded in 1963.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
59 year old Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops died of liver cancer at his home in Southfield, Michigan.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Mick Jagger was forced to reveal his financial worth and income to a New York court during his child support battle with the mother of his last child, Brazilian model Luciana Morad.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
June 20th marked the 3000th time that Paul McCartney took to the stage as a professional musician. He had performed 2,535 concerts with The Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Claydes Charles Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool And The Gang died after a long illness. He was 57.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings had paired with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also includes tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett's earnings, at $44 million - the seventh-most of any musician.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
The Jacksons, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito, hit the road together for the first time in almost three decades with a show at Casino Rama near Orillia, Ontario, about two hours north of Toronto. It was the first time they had performed as a group since 1984's Victory tour.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

June 20
Deep Purple's first studio album in eight years, "Now What", enters the Billboard 200 album chart where it would peak at #110. The LP fared better in Europe, reaching the Top Ten in 19 countries.






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