Rock History Report for June 16th

1967 – The Monterey Pop Festival kicked off at California’s Monterey Fairgrounds. The three-day event featured the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who.

1970 – Woodstock Ventures, sponsors of the original event, announced that they lost over $1.2 million on the festival.

1975 – John Lennon filed a lawsuit against the United States government, claiming that officials tried to deny his immigration through selective prosecution.

1977 – The show “Beatlemania” opened on Broadway.

1982 – James Honeyman Scott of The Pretenders died of a drug overdose at the age of 25.

1982 – 38 Special’s Donny Van Zandt was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma for drinking in public.

1993 – The United States Postal Service released seven stamps featuring Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.

1994 – Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff died of a heroin overdose at the age of 26.

1995 – Pearl Jam began a tour without Ticketmaster, opting instead to use a mail order ticket service.

1999 – Phil Collins earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 – Scotland’s University of St. Andrews announced that it would present Bob Dylan with an honorary doctor of music at its June 23rd graduation ceremony.


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