June 21 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
June 21

1967 : Must be the Summer of Love: There's a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.

1970 : Who guitarist Pete Townshend, while waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band's latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb.

1972 : Billy Preston's "Outa-Space" is certified gold.

1973 : The band Bread, already having decided to break up, play their last live gig ever in Salt Lake City after one of its tour trucks flips over and destroys most of its gear.

1975 : Elton John makes a surprise appearance at a Doobie Brothers/Eagles concert at Oakland Coliseum.

1975 : Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore leaves the band to form Rainbow.

1981 : Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the split of Steely Dan and begin work on solo projects. They would re-form in 1993.

1982 : The first 'Fête de la Musique', a music festival also known as 'World Music Day' and taking place on June 21 every year, is launched in France. Its purpose is to promote music in two ways: (1) Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan 'Faites de la musique' (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal; (2) Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. The Fête de la Musique has spread to many countries throughout the world.

1988 : The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in eighteen years.

1990 : Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."

2007 : The Spice Girls announce that they're getting back together, with the 5 original Spices reuniting.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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