June 30 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
June 30

1934 : Adolf Hitler begins Operation Hummingbird, or the Night of the Long Knives, which culminates in the murder of Ernst Röhm on July 2. Al Stewart later writes a song about it called "The Last Day Of June 1934".

1956 : 25 people are hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

1971 : San Francisco's Fillmore West concert hall closes.

1975 : The Jackson 5 announce they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records (and changing their name to The Jacksons, because Motown owns the other name).

1976 : Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.

2000 : During a Pearl Jam concert at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, nine people are crushed to death as the crowd rushed the stage. Investigations have concluded that the events were an accident. Several people fell and couldn't get up, and in addition, crowdsurfers were falling into the open area. Pearl Jam stopped the show and asked people to back up, but it was too late. As a result, many European venues have banned crowdsurfing. The Pearl Jam song "Love Boat Captain" refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know... two years ago today".

2001 : The Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee opens.

2004 : Dave Davies of The Kinks suffers a stroke (but recovers).

2006 : U.S. president George W. Bush and Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visit Graceland in Memphis.

2010 : Song Of The Day - "It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June", according to the Bobby Goldsboro song, "Summer (The First Time)".

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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