What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!
6/6- The last Ed Sullivan show aired on this day in 1971, concluding the show’s 23-year run, packed with unforgettable performances by the biggest names in music history. The last musical guest? Gladys Knight & the Pips.
6/7– On this day in 1993, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an act of defiance against his contract with Warner Brothers. Seven years later, in 2000, Prince held a party to celebrate the re-claiming of his former name. The event was called “Prince: A Celebration”.
6/8- Brian Jones officially announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones on this day in 1969, saying, “I want to play my kind of music, which is no longer the Stones music.” Jones died less than one month later, and the cause of his death is still under much debate.
6/10- While we’re on topic, Red Rocks erupted with violence during a Jethro Tull concert on this day in 1971. Reportedly, “hill people” were climbing over fences to get closer to the stage, and police reacted by dropping tear gas on the crowd. Then, Jethro Tull fans reacted by throwing rocks and bottles back at the police, starting a dangerous riot with numerous injuries. Some speculated, “there will never be another rock concert at Red Rocks Park.”
6/11- Hank Williams, a country legend, made his unforgettable debut at the Grand Ole Opry on this day in 1949. The crowd loved him so much that they called him back for six encores. Now that’s how it’s done!
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