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This is one of those ‘way back’ machine moments… On June 7, 1969, over 100,000 people showed up in London’s Hyde Park for the free concert which was the live debut of a new band called Blind Faith. The band featured Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. From what people who were […]

7th June 1969, British supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Rick Grech and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. […]

He was the definition of “Rock Royalty”. It was 12 years ago, on June 6, 2006 that we lost the legendary Billy Preston. Billy was a virtuoso keyboardist, particularly on Hammond organ. He was recognized as a top session musician in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray […]

Possibily the best first date ever……. well it was kinda like a date… On June 6, 1962, The Beatles, having been rejected by Decca Records, auditioned for EMI, recording four demos. It was the first time the band ever recorded at Abbey Road Studios. They recorded three original compositions called “Love Me Do,” “Ask Me […]

You ever wonder how many up and coming artists listened to their critics? We know that Elvis Presley didn’t. Milton Berle’s final show of his ‘Texaco Star Theater’ TV aired on June 5, 1956. Elvis Presley appeared on the show performing his brand-new song, “Hound Dog,” and also “I Want You, I Need You, I […]

5th June 1964, ‘Liza Jane’ became the first recording to be released as a single by David Bowie (but under the name Davie Jones with the King Bees). Despite promoting the single on the television shows Juke Box Jury, Ready Steady Go! and The Beat Room, and receiving good radio coverage, the single sold poorly […]

4th June 1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with ‘Every Breath You Take’ the group’s fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards. More […]

On June 3, 1970, Deep Purple released their 4th studio LP “Deep Purple In Rock”. It was the first studio album recorded by the classic Mark II line-up. Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass) had been fired in June 1969 and were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, respectively. Deep Purple in Rock […]

“Demons.” This is truly one of the saddest stories in Rock and Roll. On June 3, 1983, Jim Gordon brutally murdered his mother with a hammer and knife in their home. He was already undergoing psychiatric treatment and suffering from, among other things, voices in his head. Here is why we are talking about Jim. […]

Happy birthday to Ian Hunter, born on 3rd June 1939, vocals, guitar with Mott The Hoople, who had the 1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’ which was written for them by David Bowie. Other hits include, ‘All the Way from Memphis’ and ‘Roll Away the Stone’. As a solo artist […]


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