Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 21






1958 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" enters the US record charts, where it would reach #3. Bobby would later say that the song only took him about ten minutes to write.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
The Rolling Stones file a 4.9 million dollar lawsuit against 14 New York hotels for banning them, claiming that the ban was "injurious to the group's reputation and discriminatory in violation of New York's Civil Rights law."

1970 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Pete Townshend of The Who caused a stir at Memphis International Airport. He was overheard saying "Tommy" seems to be 'going down a bomb', meaning the group's song "Tommy" was a hit. Officials however, only heard the term 'bomb' and police and FBI reacted.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Gary Glitter appeared on British TV's Top Of The Pops, performing "Rock & Roll Part 2".

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
The Soft Rock group Bread, led by David Gates, give their final concert in Salt Lake City. A truck accident earlier in the day had destroyed the band's equipment, so they had to play with borrowed instruments and amps.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Elton John makes a surprise appearance at a concert at the Oakland Coliseum featuring The Eagles and The Doobie Brothers and sings with both groups.

June 21
The Captain And Tennille sat on top of the Billboard singles chart with the Neil Sedaka / Howard Greenfield written "Love Will Keep Us Together", a song that would later win a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. It reached #32 in the UK.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Just after signing a multi-album contract with Warner Brothers, the Pop group Steely Dan announced they were breaking up. Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, the driving forces behind the band, said their fourteen year musical partnership was over. The duo reach the US Top 40 ten times with hits like "Do It Again" (#6 in 1972), "Reeling in the Years" (#11 in 1973), "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (#4 in 1974), "Peg" (#11 in 1978) and "Hey Nineteen" (#10 in 1981).

1994 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records, a legal battle which cost the singer an estimated 4 million Pounds. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn't be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again, but later changed his mind and actually resigned with them in November, 2003.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
John Lee Hooker, a legendary Blues pioneer who had recorded an estimated 100 albums, died of natural causes at his Los Altos home at the age of 83.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Former Village People lead singer Victor Willis pleaded no contest to drug possession charges. He was later sentenced to three years' probation after he agreed to enter a drug rehab program.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Billboard magazine estimated that Michael Jackson's album catalog had generated about $383 million in sales and that MJ Inc. had earned at least $1 billion in revenue in the year following his death.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
People magazine reported that 75-year-old Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "I still love making music," said Campbell. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."

2015 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
James Taylor enjoyed his first number one album on the Billboard Hot 200 when "Before This World" sold 97,000 units during its debut week. In the forty-five years since "Sweet Baby James" was released in 1970, Taylor had achieved eleven Top Ten albums.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

June 21
Roger Friedman, owner of the entertainment industry news and film review website Showbiz 411, announced that Led Zeppelin refused a $14 million offer to perform at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California. Those who had already signed on included The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Neil Young.

June 21
The Daily Mail reported that David Crosby had reached an agreement to pay $3 million to a jogger he injured in a car accident in California last year.






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