Thursday June 4th
1940 – Born on this day, Cliff Bennett, UK singer, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers,
1942 – Capitol Records opens for business today by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva and Glenn Wallichs
1944 – Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam) of the Mamas and the Papas is born in Long Beach, Calif.
1956 – Reeves Gabrels is born on This Day in Rock! He giged with David Bowie from 1987 to 2000.
1964 – Jimmy Nicol becomes the Beatles’ temporary drummer when Ringo Starr becomes ill before start of a world tour.
1974 – Stefan Lessard who plays bass for the Dave Matthews Band is born
1986 – The Conspiracy of Hope concert tour, starring Bryan Adams, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and U2, opens at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.
1986 – The producers of Broadway’s Beatlemania are ordered to pay $10 million to the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. because the show is deemed too much like the Beatles.
1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and, later, the Faces, dies at his home in Colorado. He is 51. Lane had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1977.
1997 – The body of Jeff Buckley is found floating in a harbor leading to the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared the previous Thursday while swimming with a friend in a Memphis harbor.
2000 – At a gig in Atlanta, Bruce Springsteen plays two new songs. The first is “Further On up the Road.” The second is the controversial “American Skin,” which references the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police in New York.
2001 – Beloved hard rock veterans Spinal Tap come back from the dead at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival.
2002 – Coinciding with the publication of the first issue of Gene Simmons Toungue Magazine, Kiss introduces its novelty Kiss Kondomes to consumers.