2022-06-14

JUNE 14th
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” arrives.  The Iron Butterfly’s sophomore album contains the extended title track (over seventeen minutes) with organ, guitar and drum solos.  It’s a psychedelic classic.
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is not Latin or anything else.  It is organist/composer Doug Ingle’s drunken slurring of “In The Garden Of Eden.”
The Foo Fighters release the double album “In Your Honor,” containing “Best Of You.” Despite mixed reviews, the set goes to #2 in the U.K. and U.S. 2005
The album sits behind Coldplay’s “X&Y” on the Billboard 200.  2005
VH1 list the Top 100 songs of the past 25 years (roughly ’78 to ’03). Nirvana’s “Smell’s Like Teen Spirit” is #1. 2003
The copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” is heard in federal court. The suit, brought by the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band, claims the acoustic introduction to “Stairway” was lifted from Spirit’s ’68 instrumental, “Taurus.” Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, credited with composing “Stairway To Heaven,” attend. The pair prevail. 2016

 

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Keyboardist Rod Argent (born Rodney Terence Argent) starts his life in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. He is a founding member of the Zombies, and later, Argent. 1945
Elvis Presley graduates from L.C. Humes High in Memphis. 1953
King Diamond (aka Kim Bendix Petersen) is born in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1956
Chris DeGarmo, Queensryche founding member (with Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate) and rhythm guitarist (from ’82 -’97), is born in Wenatchee, Washington. 1963
“Beatles VI” is out. The LP is released in both mono and stereo versions. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney cuts “Yesterday” at Abbey Road Studios in London. The ballad becomes the most played and covered song of all-time. 1965
The original ‘butcher block’ cover for The Beatles “Yesterday And Today” album is officially recalled by Capitol Records due to “extreme negative feedback,” just prior to its release. The cover, with the group placed among cuts of meat and decapitated dolls, soon becomes a collector’s item. A standard group photo is used instead. 1966
Cream release “Wheels Of Fire.” The double set has both studio and live tracks.  The album tops the Billboard 200.  1968
In a notable case of self-aggrandizement, Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 on a block long Times Square billboard to promote their “Closer To Home” album. Of course, the billboard features a huge picture of the band. 1970
The core of what would soon become Derek & the Dominoes (Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, Bobby Whitlock and Jim Gordon), billed as Derek & The Dynamics, perform a benefit concert in London. 1970
The Grateful Dead release “Workingman’s Dead,” which contains “Casey Jones.” It is the Dead’s most commercially successful LP to date. 1970
Peter Frampton’s concert at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael is recorded. This performance along with a show the following night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco comprise “Frampton Comes Alive,” one of the best-selling double albums of all time. 1975
“Rock N’ Roll Music,” a Beatles compilation, goes gold six years after the group disbanded. 1976
Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Steven Stills and Bonnie Raitt, are among the performers at the No Nukes concert at the Hollywood Bowl. 1981
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats) receives an ‘honorary’ knighthood (for organizing Live Aid). Being Irish, he can’t be knighted by the Queen. 1986
About twenty Columbus, OH residents complain to authorities that the Ted Nugent concert is too loud. Nugent refuses to touch the volume nob saying he is within the legal noise limits. 1995
Puff Daddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You” debuts at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. The track heavily samples The Police’s mega-hit, “Every Breath You Take.” 1997
Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) is knighted at the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  2002
Bruce Springsteen plays Milwaukee’s non-union Bradley Center in support of his “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” album. This upsets local union officials with a representative calling the Boss’ decision to play the venue “bafflingly ironic and somewhat infuriating,” seeing that he was performing the music of pro-union folk singer Pete Seeger. 2006
Paul McCartney performs a free concert in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. More than 350,000 people turn out for two-and-a-half-hour show (reportedly the biggest concert in the country’s history). Organizers ask citizens and businesses to donate to Ukraine’s National Cancer Institute’s children’s department; approximately $600,000 is pledged. 2008
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company/Free) is presented with a congressional proclamation in Corona, CA, prior to his benefit concert for the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free program. The document specifically praises the singer for helping to raise $200,000 for the music-education initiative. “(Music) connects us to our emotions and to each other,” says Rodgers. 2008
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor tells a Bonnaroo Festival audience in Manchester, TN, that the concert is the band’s “last show ever in the United States.” The group still has a European tour scheduled. “I’ll keep going,” adds Reznor. “But I think I’m going to lose my mind if I keep doing this.” Of course, Reznor changes his mind. 2009
The Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies after a fight against non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Ventures were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in ’08. 2009
The announcement is made that Ozzy Osbourne’s genetic code will be analyzed and mapped by U.K. scientists for Knome, a Cambridge, MA, based company. “Sequencing and analyzing individuals with extreme medical histories provides the greatest potential scientific value,” says Nathan Pearson, Knome’s director of research. Ozzy has survived years of drug and alcohol abuse, a near fatal ATV accident and reality television. Now researchers will attempt to discover how and why. 2010
Despite accidents, injuries (actors falling while swinging about in ‘Spider Man’ fashion), bad reviews, cost overruns, rewrites (of a wayward plot) and firings (including director and co-writer Julie Taymor), “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” opens on Broadway at Foxwoods Theater (following a record 183 previews). The songs for the musical are by U2’s Bono and The Edge, first-time Broadway composers. Also, the album, “Music From Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark,” recorded by the Broadway cast, is released. 2011
The Elton John AIDS Foundation launches an online petition to urge Florida Governor Rick Scott and state legislators not to reduce income eligibility requirements for the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Over 4,200 people sign the petition before it’s sent to Scott. 2011
Bob Seger and Jim Steinman (best known for his work with Meat Loaf) are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 43rd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York City. 2012
“We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies,” reads a Facebook statement from the band. Deal, a founding member, traversed the group’s ’93 hiatus and ’04 reformation. “We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years.” 2013
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (King’s real first name is ‘Riley’) makes its North American premiere at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto. Actor Morgan Freeman narrates the documentary.   2013
Amnesty International’s Belgian affiliate apologizes for the unauthorized use Iggy Pop’s image in an ad. The Stooges frontman is shown with his face beaten and bloody and quote him saying, “The future of Rock & Roll is Justin Bieber.” The ad reads, “Torture a man, and he will tell you anything.” The ad is pulled. For the record, Bieber is not the future of Rock & Roll. 2014
Two days after vocalist Ivan Moody’s onstage substance abuse related meltdown in Tilburg, Netherlands, Five Finger Death Punch announce that they will finish their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext. 2017
Metallica receives the prestigious Polar Music Prize, Sweden’s highest music award.  They donate 50% of the $130,000 prize to their All Within My Hands foundation, 25% to the Stockholm City Mission, which supports the homeless, with the remainder going to the World Childhood Foundation and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo attend the ceremony. 2018
Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Kentucky native Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch) become Kentucky Colonels, an honor given to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments or outstanding service. It’s the highest honor presented by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  2021