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Today In Music History - June 20
We take a look at events on this day in music history..
Beach Boys songwriter, singer, musician and producer Brian Wilson is born.

The TV variety show, "Toast Of The Town" premiers. It later changes its name to "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Cyndi Lauper is born.

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born.

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is born.

The New York Times reports George Harrison of the Beatles and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones have taken up the sitar. Jones would use the instrument on "Paint It Black".

The 3 day Newport '69 Festival starts in Northridge, California. 150,000 make it to hear Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CCR, Ike & Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, The Rascals, Steppenwolf and others. Hendrix receives $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a single rock act for a single appearance.

David Bowie signs with Philips Records and goes into Trident Studios in London to re-record "Space Oddity."

Neil Young's "Cinammon Girl" goes gold.

The Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's 1967 hit, "Ode To Billie Joe", collapses.

American Bandstand celebrates its 20th anniversary with a 90 minute television special.

Island Records releases Steve Winwood's first solo album and first record under any name since Traffic's "When the Eagle Flies."

"It's Still Rock & Roll" becomes Billy Joel's first #1 hit.

The Furthur Festival kicks off in Atlanta. The show marks the first time the members of The Grateful Dead perform together since the death of Jerry Garcia.

written by on 6/20/2002 12:00:00 AM

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