The government of Iran officially bans rock and roll in 1957 after declaring rock dancing “as harmful to health’. The ban would stay in place until the 1990’s.
Dick Clark announced in 1959, his first series of four ‘Caravan of Stars’ concerts over the course of the next year, with his first being headlined by the Skyliners of ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ fame.
While on tour in 1967 with the Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called ‘Marrakesh Express’, which later will find a home (and a hit) with his new band, Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Tammy Wynette’s ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E climbs to the No.1 position on the Country music charts in 1968.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last gig together in 1969 at the Denver Pop Festival.
Deep Purple ‘Mark II’ the most famous incarnation of the band, comes to an end in 1973, after tonight’s show in Osaka, Japan, with lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly quitting the group.
Neil Pearl replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush in 1974.
Mickey Gilley goes to No.1 on the Billboard country music chart for the first time with ‘Room Full Of Roses’ in 1974.
Elton John appears onstage with The Doobie Brothers in 1975, in Oakland, California, for an impromptu duet on the Doobies hit ‘Listen To The Music’.
In 1976, the Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis’ home street, Highway 51 South, to ‘Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his ‘Born In The USA Tour’ with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1984 Springsteen would play a total of 155 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.
John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V Limousine with psychedelic paintwork, sold in 1985 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for a record $3,006,385.
Brenda Richie, the wife of Lionel Richie, was arrested in 1988 in Beverly Hills, California, after Brenda caught Lionel and a young woman in bed together. The Beverly Hills, California courts released Brenda on $5,000 bail and the charges were later dropped.
Barbara Streisand sets a new record in 1994 after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.
Ringo Starr’s first-ever TV commercial for Pizza Hut, debuts in the United States in 1995, as does a similar spot by the newly-reformed Monkees.
It was reported, that in 1995, US record company bosses were considering random drug tests for pop stars similar to those carried out on athletes to try to reduce the drug death toll in the industry.
The Country Music Association announces in 1998 that it will add four new Country Music Hall of Fame member in September. They are: Tammy Wynette, Elvis Presley, George Morgan and former Grand Ole Opry executive E.W. ‘Bud’ Wendell.
Michael Jackson suffered severe bruising after falling over 50 feet when a bridge collapsed during a 1999 Munich’s Olympic Stadium concert. Jackson was singing ‘Earth Song’ at the time of the accident.
Eminem’s mother went to court in 2000, claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception of the line “My mother smokes more dope than I do’ from her son’s music single ‘My Name Is’.
Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce, started a five week run at No.1 on the US album music chart with ‘Dangerously In Love’ in 2003.
Blake Shelton begins shooting his ‘Some Beach’ video in Tennessee in 2004, with NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler making an appearance.
Country singer Joe Nichols sings ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ in 2005, during the seventh-inning stretch at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The Statler Brothers and Tom T. Hall are officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 during a medallion ceremony at the museum’s Ford Theater.
Miranda Lambert guests on the finale of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ in 2011 to sing ‘The House That Built Me’ with contestant Dia Frampton, on Blake Shelton’s team. Winner Javier Colon sings ‘Landslide’ with Stevie Nicks.
Arista Records releases Carrie Underwood’s music single ‘Blown Away’ to radio in 2012.
Hank Williams Jr. appears twice on the list as ‘CMT 20 Greatest redneck Videos’ debuts in 2013. ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight’ ranks #1, and ‘A Country Boy Can Survive’ finishes at No.8.
Dolly Parton performs for 100,000 people during the multi-format Glastonbury Music Festival in Pilton, England in 2014. Her set includes a surprise appearance by guitarist Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi’s ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today June 29th are:
1943 – Roger Spear – kazoo, Jew’s harp, musical toys, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. He had the 1968 UK No.5 music single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’.
1945 – Little Eva – US singer. She was babysitting for Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record a song they had written. It gave her the 1962 US No.1 music single ‘The Loco-Motion’.
1948 – Derv and Lincoln Gordon – Jamaican twin brothers who became singers and formed a band called The Equals who had the 1968 US No.32 music single ‘Baby Come Back’.
1948 – Ian Paice – drummer for Deep Purple. They had the 1973 US No.4 music single ‘Smoke On The Water’.
1953 – Colin Hay – Men At Work who had the 1983 US No.1 music single ‘Down Under’.
1964 – Steadman Pearson – singer with 5 Star.
1977 – Sam Bailey – singer known for winning the tenth season of The X Factor in 2013.
1978 – Nicole Scherzinger – singer with Eden’s Crush who had the 2001 US No.8 music single ‘Get Over Yourself’. The Pussycat Dolls who had the 2005 US No.2 debut music single ‘Don’t Cha’.
1979 – Richard Breen – vocals for Five.
1979 – Tim McCord – bassist for Evanscence. They had the US No5. music single ‘Bring Me To Life’ in 2003 along with the 2003 US No.3 music album ‘Fallen’.