Even though the summer months historically don’t have the biggest record releases, there’s still plenty to talk about in the week between June 20 and 26! Both The Byrds and Bad Company released their debut albums during this week. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention released their tenth and final studio album, and Prince released the career-defining Purple Rain. This was also the week when a blues legend left us, and a musical genius was born. Want to know who? Read on!

Events

1966 – Jimmy Page played with the Yardbirds for the first time. The concert took place at the famous Marquee Club in London.

Yard Birds

1968 – The Jeff Beck Group played their first US show with Rod Stewart on vocals.

1975 – Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore quit the group to start his own band – Rainbow.

1975 – Alice Cooper fell off the stage and broke six ribs during a concert in Vancouver.

1977 – Elvis Presley played his last ever show. It took place on June 26, 1977 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The last song of the night was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

1990 – Buddy Holly’s Gibson J-45 was sold at auction for $237,419. The guitar has a leather covering made buy Holly himself on which he has inscribed the titles of his 1956 recordings “Love Me” and “Blue Days Black Night.”

2000 – Prince went back to being Prince after almost a decade of using an unpronounceable symbol as his name.

Releases

1965 – The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man

Byrds

1967 – Small Faces: Small Faces

1968 – John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: Bare Wires

1968 – The Beach Boys: Friends

1969 – Deep Purple: Deep Purple

1970 – Free: Fire and Water

1971 – Joni Mitchell: Blue

1973 – Chicago: Chicago VI

1974 – Bad Company: Bad Company

1975 – Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night

1975 – Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All

Frank Zappa

1975 – Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes

1978 – Foreigner: Double Vision

1980 – The Rolling Stones: Emotional Rescue

1980 – Jackson Browne: Hold Out

1982 – Crosby, Stills & Nash: Daylight Again

1984 – Prince and The Revolution: Purple Rain

Prince

1985 – Mötley Crüe: Theatre of Pain

1989 – Mr. Big: Mr. Big

1989 – Faith No More: The Real Thing

1991 – Bonnie Raitt: Luck of the Draw

1993 – Manic Street Preachers: Gold Against the Soul

1993 – Collective Soul: Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

1995 – The Verve: A Northern Soul

1997 – Sugar Ray: Floored

1998 – The Brian Setzer Orchestra: The Dirty Boogie

1999 – Limp Bizkit: Significant Other

2000 – The White Stripes: De Stijl

White Stripes

2002 – Nightwish: Century Child

2004 – Motörhead: Inferno

2008 – Shinedown: The Sound of Madness

2012 – Linkin Park: Living Things

2014 – Ace Frehley: Space Invader

2015 – Breaking Benjamin: Dark Before Dawn

Deaths

Lawrence Payton (The Four Tops) – June 20, 1997

Claydes Charles Smith (Kool & the Gang) – June 20, 2006

Angus MacLise (Velvet Underground) – June 21, 1979

Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – June 25, 1988

John Lee Hooker – June 21, 2001

John Lee Hooker

Michael Jackson – June 25, 2009

Alan Myers (Devo) – June 24, 2013

Births

Chet Atkins – June 20, 1924

June Carter Cash – June 23, 1929

Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 1936

Clint Warwick (The Moody Blues) - June 25, 1940

Brian Wilson – June 20, 1942

Brian Wilson

Ray Davies – June 21, 1944

Jeff Beck – June 24, 1944

Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) – June 25, 1946

Mick Fleetwood – June 24, 1947

Don Airey (Deep Purple) – June 20, 1948

Todd Rundgren – June 22, 1948

Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) – June 21, 1950

Nils Lofgren (the E Street Band) – June 21, 1953

Michael Anthony (Van Halen) – June 20, 1954

David Paich (Toto) – June 25, 1954

Mick Jones (The Clash) – June 26, 1955

Chris Isaak – June 26, 1956

John Taylor (Duran Duran) – June 20, 1960

Brendan O'Brien (producer) – June 23, 1960

Bobby Gillespie (Primal Scream) – June 22, 1964

Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs (Oasis) – June 23, 1965

Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) – June 26, 1969

Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) – June 25, 1972

Mike Einziger (Incubus) – June 21, 1976

Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) – June 26, 1979

Brandon Flowers (The Killers) – June 21, 1981