Rock 'n' Roll History for
June 4






1942 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Capitol Records opens for business, becoming the first major record label based on the US West coast. The company had been established earlier in the year by singer Johnny Mercer and investor Buddy De Sylva as Liberty Records. It was Capitol's manager, Glenn Wallichs, who invented the art of record promotion by sending free copies of new releases to disc jockeys.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Jerry Lee Lewis renews his marriage vows to cousin Myra, since he wasn't actually divorced from his first wife when he married her.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & The Holding Company.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
The Monkees won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Murray Wilson, father of The Beach Boys' Brian, Carl and Dennis, dies of a heart attack at the age of 55. Because of earlier differences, neither Brian or Dennis would attend the funeral.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
KC And The Sunshine Band top the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with "I'm Your Boogie Man". In the UK, the record could only manage to climb to #41.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Bruce Springsteen releases the album "Born In The USA", which will top the Billboard Hot 200 chart for seven weeks and spawn seven Top-10 singles. The LP went on to sell over 15 million copies in the US alone.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
The US Postal Service announces the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. The young Elvis beats out the Vegas Elvis.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Derek "Lek" Leckenby, lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits, died of cancer at the age of 51. Although studio musicians were used on some of the band's recordings, Leckenby played on all their US and UK number one hits and was regarded as a highly accomplished musician.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces died from multiple sclerosis, 18 years after being diagnosed with the disease. He was 51.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Songwriter John Hartford died after a long battle with non-hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 63. During his career he wrote Glen Campbell's hit "Gentle On My Mind" and recorded a catalog of more than 30 albums, winning Grammy awards in three different decades.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Billboard magazine reported that weekly album sales may have hit its lowest point since the early 1970s. According to the RIAA, album shipments in 1973 totaled an average of 7.47 million per week, while last weeks sales totaled 4.98 million units. One industry executive described the situation as "pretty scary."

2012 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Herb Reed, bass vocalist for The Platters, died at the age of 83. The L.A. quintet scored four number one hits, including "The Great Pretender", "My Prayer", Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", and placed twenty-three songs in the Billboard Top 40.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
Drummer Joey Covington, who played with Jefferson Airplane from 1970-72 and later in the offshoot band Hot Tuna, died in a car crash in Palm Springs. He was 67 years old.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

June 4
The U.S. Postal Service announced that on August 12th they would issue a brand new Elvis Presley commemorative stamp as part of their music icons series. In 1993, the post office issued the first stamp of Elvis which went on to become the largest selling sticker in the organization's history.






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