Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 30






1956 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Police are called to deal with a series of fights that broke out at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey during a show by Bill Haley And His Comets. City council will later vote to ban all Rock 'n' Roll concerts.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Buddy Holly records "Peggy Sue", which will go on to reach #3 on the Billboard chart and #6 in the UK. In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled "Cindy Lou" after Buddy's niece, but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will reach #6. It was a song that Pat had to plead with his producer Randy Wood to let him record after he had first heard it in The Philippines. The tune would prove to be Boone's last Top 40 entry after a run of 7 years and 37 other hit singles.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
The Beatles appear at the first of three concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as "Three Nights in Tokyo".

1971 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Paul Revere And The Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, "Indian Reservation". The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, had been a US #20 hit and had reached #3 in the UK for Don Fardon in 1968.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
George Harrison's "Give Me Love" knocks Paul McCartney's "My Love" out of the number one spot on both the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. George's song reached #8 in the UK.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
The Jackson 5 announce that they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records. They are forced to change their name to The Jacksons since Motown owns the other name.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Police raid Neil Diamond's house, looking for drugs while claiming that they are responding to a burglary call. After a three hour search, they found nothing. Some of the officers involved left with an autograph.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Marvel Comics issues the first of two comic books based on the costumed characters of the group KISS. The popular rumor of the day was that red ink was mixed with small amounts of blood from each group member. This however, turned out to be a hoax.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
One of the first records to use a synthesized drum track, "Ring My Bell", reaches number one in the US for Anita Ward. It also topped the charts in the UK.

June 30
Donna Summer held the number two and number three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls". She was the first solo entertainer to hold two of the top three positions simultaneously.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Forty-five year old Jerry Lee Lewis was rushed to a Memphis hospital, suffering from a hemorrhaging stomach ulcer. After two operations, he would slowly recover and was back in the studio recording an album for MCA Records four months later.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
26 year old Paula Abdul was the featured performer of the Club MTV: Live show in Miami. Her debut album "Forever Your Girl" was also climbing towards the top of the Billboard chart.

June 30
Great Balls Of Fire!, a biographical film about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, debuts in theatres across America. The movie would fizzle at the box office, but critics gave it mostly positive reviews. Jerry Lee was unhappy with the bumpkin-like portrayal of himself by actor Dennis Quaid and later said, "They really fouled it up, the way they did it."

2001 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Chet Atkins, the legendary session guitarist, died of cancer at the age of 77.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Al Jardine sued the remaining members of The Beach Boys for $4 million, alleging that they were excluding him from playing in the band. The suit would prove unsuccessful and Jardine was later prevented from touring as Beach Boy's Family and Friends.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
One of Paul McCartney's iconic violin shaped Hofner bass guitars sold for more than $64,000 US at a fundraiser for music charity Nordoff Robbins. Exactly which one of Macca's guitars it was is unclear, as he has been known to have acquired several copies of the Hofner 500/1 over the years.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

June 30
Deen Castronovo, drummer for Journey, was jailed after being charged with having sexual intercourse "by forcible compulsion" between June 8 and June 14. He faced felony charges of assault, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon.






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