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1942, Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the US. The label became home to such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and countless others. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.
1964, The Beatles played two performances at the KB Hallen, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark on the first date of a 27-day world tour. Drummer Jimmy Nicol replaced Ringo Starr who was ill in hospital.
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine and The Chiffons all appeared at The Saville Theatre, London. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to see Hendrix perform the title track from Sgt Peppers which had been released 3 days earlier.
1969, Seven years after his first hit Tommy Roe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dizzy' his only No.1 hit. Also a UK No. 1 for Vic Reeves and Wonder Stuff in 1991.
1969, In Glenrowan, Australia, hundreds of people signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero Ned Kelly in the film of the same name. The film, directed by Tony Richardson, was released in October 1970.
1970, Elvis Presley began five days of recording at RCA's studio B in Nashville, starting each day at 6pm and working until dawn.
1975, The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1976, Live recordings were made at the new wave venue GBGB's of performances from Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts. The tracks featured on the album 'Live At CBGB'S New York'.
1976, The Sex Pistols appeared at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. The now legendary night is regarded as a catalyst to the punk rock movement. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith, (The Fall). Tickets cost £1.
1977, The Jam's debut single 'In The City' made No.40 on the UK singles chart. They went on to score 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits.
1983, The Police started a four week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Every Breath You Take' the group's fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

1984, Bruce Springsteen released the album, 'Born In The USA', which became the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States (and also Springsteen's most successful album ever). The album produced a record-tying string of seven Top 10 singles (tied with Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814).
1985, Elton John began a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than £30 million ($51 million). The singer lost a six-month court battle to recover the copyright to 169 songs however, the court ordered Dick James to cough up millions in unpaid royalties.
1986, The first of a six date Conspiracy of Hope tour was held at Cow Palace, San Francisco, California. The benefit concerts on behalf of Amnesty International were held to increase awareness of Amnesty on the 25th anniversary of its work for human rights. The shows were headlined by U2 and Sting, and also featured Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1990, American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.
1992, Iron Maiden played a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.
1992, Smokey Robinson's half sister, Rose Ella Jones field a suit against Smokey claiming she had been cheated out of royalty payments from songs written during the 1980's.
1992, The US Postal Service announced the results of a poll conducted to see which picture of Elvis Presley should be used on a commemorative stamp. The young Elvis beat the (older and larger) Vegas Elvis.
1993, Kurt Cobain was arrested after a dispute at his house in Seattle; the disagreement allegedly concerned the Nirvana's guitarist's collection of firearms.
1994, Wet Wet Wet started a fifteen-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Is All Around', from the film 'Four Weddings & A Funeral'. The song was written by Reg Presley of The Troggs and a former Top 10 for his band in 1967.
1996, Crowded House announced they had split up. Brothers Neil and Tim Finn from the group were both awarded OBE's in 1993 for their service to their native New Zealand.
1997, Jeff Buckley's body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared when swimming on May 29th in Wolf River Harbor, while wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. A roadie in Buckley's band, had remained on shore. After moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat, he looked up to see that Buckley had vanished.

2000, A teenage Sisqo fan was shot in the leg at a concert by the R&B star in Phoenix, Arizona when violence erupted after punters began objecting to parking fees of $30 (£17.60) at the venue.
2002, George Michael was jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he took part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single 'Shoot The Dog' in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.
2002, Wyclef Jean was one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean was arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event’s permit. P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and the Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion (‘0.7 billion) cut to New York’s public education system.
2004, Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart appeared at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleaded guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on 27th May in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favour. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.
2004, American Idol winner Fantasia was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Believe.' The first time in US chart history a debut single topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
2006, Sandi Thom was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker, (with flowers in My Hair'). The song was originally released in October 2005 by Viking Legacy records, where it reached No.55.
2012, Herb Reed, bass singer and founder member with American doo-wop group The Platters died aged 83. The Platters scored four No.1's in the late 50's: The Great Pretender, My Prayer, Twilight Time and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Reed is credited with coming up with the group's name - inspired by disc jockeys who referred to their records as "platters".
June 4th: Born on this day
1937, Born on this day, Freddy Fender, (Baldemar Huerta), 1975 US No.1 single 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls'. Died on 14th Oct 2006.
1940, Born on this day, Cliff Bennett, UK singer, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, (1966 UK No.6 single 'Got To Get You Into My Life').
1944, Born on this day, Michelle Gilliam, The Mamas and the Papas, (1966 US No.1 and UK No.3 single 'Monday Monday').
1944, Born on this day, Roger Ball, sax, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 and UK No.6 single 'Pick Up The Pieces').
1945, Born on this day, Gordon Waller, Peter & Gordon, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'A World Without Love').
1952, Born on this day, Jimmy McCulloch, guitarist, member of Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Something In The Air'), also worked with Wings, John Entwistle, Stone The Crows and The Bluesbreakers. McCulloch died on September 27th 1979.
1956, Born on this day, Reeves Gabrels, American guitarist, worked with David Bowie from 1987 to 2000.
1958, Born on this day, Selwyn Brown, vocals, keyboards, Steel Pulse, (1978 UK No.35 single 'Prodigal Son').
1962, Born on this day, Steve Grimes, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single 'All Together Now').
1964, Born on this day, Chris Kavanagh, drums, Sigue Sigu Sputnik, Big Audio Dynamite, (1986 UK No.11 single 'E=MC2).
1974, Born on this day, Stefan Lessard, bass, Dave Matthews Band, (1998 US No.1 album 'Before These Crowded Streets', 2005 US No.1 album ‘Stand Up’).

1976, Born on this day, Kasey Chambers, Australian country musician who has scored three successive Australian No.1 albums.
1990, Born on this day, Zachary Farro, drummer, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album 'Brand New Eyes'.

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