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This Week in Rock History (June 20-26)

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John Lee Hooker - Massey Hall, Toronto, -  Aug. 20, 1978
  • John Lee Hooker - Massey Hall, Toronto - Aug. 20, 1978

June 20
In 1995, 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.

June 21
John Lee Hooker, the legendary Blues pioneer, died of natural causes in 2001 at his Los Altos home at the age of 83.

June 22
in 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering John Lennon in December of 1980 and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison. He will be up for parole again in August 2010.

June 23
Supertramp's
album, Breakfast in America rose to the top of the US album chart in 1979.

June 24
Eric Clapton
put 100 of his guitars up for auction in 1999 at Christie's in New York to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of "Layla", was sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.

June 25
in 2009, Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.

Bruce Springsteen was a surprise guest on David Letterman's final show in 1993 as host of NBC's Late Night. He played "Glory Days" with Paul Shaffer and the show's band.

In 1967, The Beatles premiered the song "All You Need Is Love" on a worldwide TV broadcast to an estimated 400 million people.

The Hollies record "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in 1969, accompanied by Elton John on piano.

June 26
Elvis Presley
played the final concert of his career on June 26th, 1977 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The last song the King ever performed publicly was "Can't Help Falling In Love".


The Byrds
"Mr. Tambourine Man" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. Interestingly, the only member of the group to actually play on the record was Roger McGuinn on vocals and 12 string guitar. Studio musicians Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Larry Knechtel and Hal Blaine recorded the other instruments, while the Byrds' David Crosby and Gene Clark sang background vocals.

Don McLean's 8:36 long epic "American Pie" debuted in 1971 on WNEW-FM radio in New York. McLean would later say, "The song starts off with my memories of the death of Buddy Holly. But it moves on to describe America as I was seeing it and how I was fantasizing it might become, so it's part reality and part fantasy".

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