Over the years, the third week in June has yielded scores of memorable rock and roll-related events. In 1965, a certain member of the Fab Four recorded one of the most covered tunes ever. In 1980, one of the most revered bands of our time embarked on their final tour. And in 2002, the singer for the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” was honored with knighthood by the Queen of England. Read about these moments—along with noteworthy births, deaths, and album releases—in the listings below.


1948 – Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33-1/3 long-player album. The new format allows for approximately 23 minutes of recorded music per side.

1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on Hollywood Palace, a popular American TV variety show hosted by Dean Martin.

1965 – Paul McCartney records “Yesterday” by himself, with a string quartet later added. The song—credited to The Beatles--eventually becomes the most covered tune in music history.

1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like a Rolling Stone” in New York City at Columbia Recording Studios.

Bob Dylan

1967 – Peter Green leaves John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in order to form Fleetwood Mac.

1967 – The first Monterey International Pop Festival gets underway in Monterey, California. The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and Janis Joplin are among the festival performers.

1968 – Rod Stewart’s gets his first major exposure in the U.S., when he appears with the Jeff Beck Group at the Fillmore East in New York.

1969 – The Rolling Stones introduce their new guitarist, Mick Taylor, during a press conference and photo-op in London’s Hyde Park.

1970 – Eric Clapton’s new band appears at the Lyceum in London. The group originally tells the promoter they are “The Dynamics,” but the promoter convinces Clapton to add his nickname, “Derek,” to the band name. In the end, they are introduced as “Derek and the Dominos.”

1970 – The Beatles last original single, “The Long and Winding Road,” reaches Number One on the charts.

1972 – The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street album hits Number One on the charts.


1975 – Peter Frampton performs the first of two shows at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The shows, staged on consecutive nights, provide the material for the landmark double album, Frampton Comes Alive.

1977 – Led Zeppelin stage the last of six sold-night performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The shows are a high point of what turns out to be the band’s final North American tour.

1979 – Little Feat announce they are disbanding.

1980 – Led Zeppelin begin what ultimately will be their final tour, performing in Dortmund, Germany.

1989 – Ringo Starr announces the second line-up for his All-Starr Band. The new incarnation features Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Clarence Clemmons and Nils Lofgren, among others.

1996 – Producer George Martin is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.

2001 – Charlie Daniels opens the Charlie Daniels Museum in downtown Nashville.

2002 – Mick Jagger is made a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.

2013 – Black Sabbath establish a UK chart record for having the longest gap between Number One albums. Their then-new LP, “13,” debuts at Number One, 42 years and 8 months after “Paranoid” enjoyed the same success.


The Beatles, Yesterday and Today, 1966

Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, 1968

Captain Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica, 1969

Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home, 1970

Grand Funk

Emerson Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, 1971

Roxy Music, Roxy Music, 1972

Joe Walsh, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get, 1973

Steve Winwood, Steve Winwood, 1977

Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra, 1982

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood, 1983

Ringo Starr, Old Wave, 1983

Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms, 1985

Jimmy Page, Outrider, 1988

Jimmy Page

Nirvana, Bleach, 1989

Pete Townshend, Psychoderelict, 1993

Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, 1995

Radiohead, OK Computer, 1997


James Honeyman-Scott – June 16, 1982

Henry Mancini – June 14, 1994

Kristen Pfaff (Hole) – June 16, 1994

Rory Gallagher – June 14, 1995

Ella Fitzgerald – June 15, 1996

Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum) – June 17, 2005

Bob Bogle (The Ventures) – June 14, 2009

Jimmy Dean – June 13, 2010

Clarence Clemons – June 18, 2011

Slim Whitman – June 19, 2013

Casey Kasem – June 15, 2014

Gerry Goffin – June 19, 2014


Junior Walker – June 14, 1931

Waylon Jennings – June 15, 1937

Harry Nilsson – June 15, 1941

Marv Tarplin – June 13, 1941

Paul McCartney – June 18, 1942

Carl Radle (Derek and the Dominos) – June 18, 1942

Spooner Oldham – June 14, 1943

Chris Spedding – June 17, 1944

Rod Argent – June 14, 1945

Noddy Holder (Slade) – June 15, 1946

Greg Rolie (Santana, Journey) – June 17, 1947

Nick Drake – June 19, 1948

Alan White (Yes) – June 14, 1949

Ann Wilson (Heart) – June 19, 1950

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) – June 16, 1979