1953 – Elvis Presley becomes the first member of his family to complete high school when he graduates from J.C. Hulmes in Memphis, TN. He sports a split curl in the middle of his forehead for his senior photo, which later becomes his trademark look.

1955 – Buddy Holly opens for Elvis at a matinee concert in Lubbock, Texas. After the show, they sign autographs in a promotional appearance at the Johnson-Connelley Pontiac car dealership.

1959 – Billboard Magazine responds to the growing popularity of stereophonic recordings by splitting its album chart in two: one chart for mono, one for stereo.

1967 – “It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day,” as Billie Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge, according to the Bobbie Gentry song, “Ode To Billie Joe.”

1967 – Jefferson Airplane perform “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit” on American Bandstand.

1970 – Deep Purple release their fourth studio album, Deep Purple In Rock. This was the first album to feature the Mark II lineup of Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, and Ian Paice.

1970 – With the BBC refusing to air The Kinks’ new single “Lola” because of its reference to “Coca-Cola” (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York just to re-record the line as, “Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola.”

1977 – Bob Marley & the Wailers release Exodus, featuring “Jamming,” “Waiting In Vain,” “Three Little Birds,” and “One Love.” In 1999, Time magazine names Exodus the best album of the 20th century.

1982 – Elvis Presley’s fabled home, Graceland, is opened to the public.

1985 – Bryan Ferry releases his 6th solo album, Boys and Girls.

2002 – Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard, Ozzy Osbourne, The Corrs, Will Young, Atomic Kitten, and S Club 7 all appear at The Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, London.


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.