Wednesday June 3rd
1946 – Bassist John Paul Jones (John Baldwin) of Led Zeppelin is born in Sidcup, England.
1946 – Byrds drummer Michael Clarke is born Michael Dick in Spokane, Wash. this day in rock history!
1946 – Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople and the Hunter Ronson Band is born in Shrewsbury, England.
1947 – Mickey Finn of T.Rex is born
1950 – Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit.
1952 – Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1964 – Ringo Starr collapses from exhaustion and a bad case of tonsillitis. His temporary replacement, trivia buffs? The nth Beatle, Jimmy Nicol.
1964 – The Rolling Stones, touring America for the first time, appear on ABC’s Hollywood Palace. The show is hosted by Dean Martin.
1967 – The Doors release their No. 1 single “Light My Fire.”
1967 – Jefferson Airplane appear on American Bandstand, playing “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.”
1970 – In the recording studio, Ray Davies of the Kinks changes the word “Coca-Cola” in the song “Lola” to “cherry cola” to qualify for airplay on the noncommercial BBC radio.
1972 – Pink Floyd release the soundtrack to director Barbet Schroeder’s Obscured by Clouds.
1972 – The Eagles release “Take It Easy.”
1972 – The Rolling Stones kick off their Exile on Main Street tour in Vancouver. Support comes from Martha Reeves and Stevie Wonder.
1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Band on the Run,” Paul McCartney & Wings. It is recorded in Lagos, Nigeria.
1981 – Phil Collins releases his solo debut, Face Value.
1987 – Bryan Adams records a live version of the Christmas song “Run Rudolph Run.”
1989 – Pink Floyd perform in Moscow.
1993 – U2 re-sign with Island, guaranteeing six albums over the next 10 years. The deal nets them $60 million and a royalty rate of 25 percent on their recordings. Very nice.
1998 – Van Halen is forced to cancel a concert at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a chunk of ceiling plaster falls on drummer Alex Van Halen’s arm during the band’s soundcheck. Alex’s arm is merely bruised in the incident.
2000 – Allman Brother Dickey Betts is arrested after threatening his wife with a knife, destroying his living room in Florida, and disappearing.
2003 – The Doors announce they’ve settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2003 – The Osbournes star Jack Osbourne reveals he entered rehab to fight an addiction to Oxycontin. He becomes the subject of an MTV special. Bats just weren’t enough!
2006 – Red Hot Chili Peppers were at No.1 on the UK and US album charts with Stadium Arcadium the bands ninth studio album.
2010 – The Los Angeles City Council has officially declared May 30th RONNIE JAMES DIO Day.