June 29 in music history
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On This Day, June 29 In Music History

EVENTS THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY JUNE 29 IN MUSIC HISTORY

On this day June 29 in 1961 -- Del Shannon topped the UK singles chart with ‘Runaway’. The song was an international hit that year and it also went to No.1 in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and the US.

1968  – With their third studio album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’Small Faces went to number one in the UK.

1968  – With their fourth studio album ‘Bookends’Simon & Garfunkel topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 29 in music history. Also a chart-topper in the UK that year.

1968 -- Pink Floyd released their second studio album ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’. It peaked at No.9 in the UK and its the first album to feature David Gilmour. Its also the last album to feature founding member Syd Barrett whose mental health deteriorated during the recording.

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1969  – American soul singer and songwriter Earl “Shorty” Long drowned in the Detroit River after his boat crashed, aged 29.

1974 -- Gordon Lightfoot went to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Sundown’ on this day June 29 in music history. A chart-topper in Canada and South Africa as well that year.

1975  – American singer-songwriter Timothy “Tim” Buckley died at the age of 28 from a drug overdose. He was the father of musician Jeff Buckley.

1985 -- Mick Jagger & David Bowie got together and recorded a cover version of ‘Dancing in the Street’. They combined forces to raise money for the Live Aid famine relief cause. The song peaked at No.1 in seven countries, including the UK and Canada.

1991  – Heavy metal band Skid Row topped the US Billboard 200 chart with their second studio album ‘Slave to the Grind’ on this day June 29.

1999  – Heavy metal band Slipknot released their self-titled debut studio album on this day June 29 in music history

2002  – American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died on this day at the age of 74. Best remembered for hit songs such as ‘Come On-a My House’, ‘Mambo Italiano’, ‘Botch-a-Me’, ‘Hey There’, etc.

2002  – Rapper Nelly went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Hot in Herre’ on this day June 29. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance as well.

Nelly – Hot in Herre

Nelly - Hot In Herre (Official Music Video)

2004  – Canadian rock band Rush released the EP ‘Feedback’ on the independent label Anthem Records. It peaked at No.5 in Canada and No.19 in the US.

2007  – Founding member and guitarist of The Marshall Tucker BandGeorge McCorkle died on this day, aged 60.

2013  – Heavy metal band Black Sabbath went to No.1 in the US with their nineteenth and final studio album ’13’ on this day June 29 in music history. Also a chart-topper in the UK, Denmark, Germany, and Canada.

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2018 --  Founding member of the doo-wop group The Jive FiveEugene Pitt died at the age of 80.

2019  – With her fourteenth studio album ‘Madame X’Madonna topped the US Billboard 200 chart on this day June 29.

2020  – American singer and songwriter Benjamin “Benny” Mardones died at the age of 73. Best remembered for his hit single ‘Into the Night’.

BORN ON THIS DAY JUNE 29 IN MUSIC HISTORY

1940  – American composer and lyricist Lawrence Russell Brown was born in Newark, New Jersey on this day June 29 in music history. Best known for co-writing songs like ‘Knock Three Times’ and ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’.

1940  – Singer and songwriter Alan Klein was born on this day June 29 in London, England.

1943  – English multi-instrumentalist Roger Ruskin Spear was born in London on this day June 29 in music history. He rose to fame as a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

1943  – American pop singer Eva Boyd also known professionally as Little Eva was born in Bellhaven, North Carolina.

1947  – Northern Irish musician Eric Wrixon was born on this day in Belfast. Best known as a founding member of the bands Them and Thin Lizzy.

1948  – English musician Ian Paice was born on this day June 29 in Nottingham. Best known as a founding member and drummer of the rock band Deep Purple.

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1951  – Co-founder of the singing trio Dino, Desi & BillyWilliam “Billy” Hinsche was born in Manila, Philippines. He’s also known for playing keyboards with the backing band of The Beach Boys.

1953  – Singer-songwriter and guitarist Colin Hay was born on this day in Kilwinning, Scotland. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the band Men at Work.

1953  – Founder and frontman of the band DokkenDonald “Don” Dokken was born in Los Angeles, California.

1960  – Singer-songwriter and producer Evelyn “Champagne” King was born on this day June 29 in The Bronx, New York City. Best known for her disco hit song ‘Shame’.

1961  – American musician Gret Hetson was born in Hawthorne, California on this day June 29 in music history. Best known for playing guitar with hardcore punk bands like Redd Kross, Bad Religion, and Circle Jerks.

1978  – American singer-songwriter and dancer Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group The Pussycat Dolls.

1983  – American singer and dancer Aundrea Fimbres was born on this day in Upland, California. She rose to fame as a member of the girl group Danity Kane.

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