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June 7th, 1972 Elvis Presley makes history by performing four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden. George Harrison, John Lennon, David Bowie, Bob Dylan were among music stars to attended the shows. The shows were recorded and would become the album, Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden.

June 8th, 2002 – The whereabouts of Paul McCartney’s secret wedding were revealed after months of secrecy. The owner of the castle at which the wedding took place, had accidentally let the info slip during an interview.

June 9th, 1972Bruce Springsteen begins assembling the E Street Band after being signed to Columbia Records. Various Asbury Park ex-band members soon join and the final band consisted of Garry Tallent (bass), Clarence Clemons (saxophone), Danny Federici (keyboards, accordion), Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez (drums), and David Sancious (keyboards).

June 10th, 1966 Janis Joplin, performs for the first time since joining Big Brother & the Holding Company as their new lead singer. Big Brother & the Holding Company were part of the 1965 San Francisco psychedelic music scene that also produced the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane.

June 11th, 1966 – There’s much confusion on UK airwaves as radio stations mistakenly report that The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey dead. It was revealed that the rumor had stemmed from guitarist Pete Townshend having been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.

June 12th. 1965The Supremes score their 5th consecutive US No.1 single with ‘Back in My Arms Again goes to the top of the charts. They also became the first American group to accomplish this great feat.

June 13th, 1970Grand Funk Railroad, with opening act Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen) appears at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown, tickets are just $5.00.

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