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This Week In Music History Jun 16-22

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JUN 16: On this day in 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival began its three day run.🎶 ✌️ All the artists agreed to perform for free with the proceeds going to charity. Some incredible artists played the festival: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Simon & Garfunkel, and many more!
JUN 17: Happy birthday to Gregg Rolie, born today in 1947!🎂🎤 Pretty amazing that he has been the lead singer of Journey, Santana, and Abraxas Pool and was the co-founder of all three. He was only a year out of high school when he connected with Carlos Santana to form Santana in 1965. In 1973, he and former Santana bandmate Neal Schon formed Journey. After leaving Journey in 1980, he recorded solo material and formed other bands. Currently, he plays with his Gregg Rolie Band as well as Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. He has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Santana and Journey.
JUN 18: Today in 1977, Fleetwood Mac went to #1 with “Dreams”. It would be their only song to go to the top. Stevie Nicks wrote the song, and said "I found a drum pattern, switched my little cassette player on and wrote 'Dreams' in about 10 minutes. Right away I liked the fact that I was doing something with a dance beat, because that made it a little unusual for me." It would sell over a million copies.

JUN 19: Happy birthday to Ann Wilson, born today in 1950!🎂🎤 Best known as the lead singer of Heart, Ann has also recorded solo material as well as collaborations with other singers. Growing up she was shy because of a stutter, which music and singing helped her overcome. In the early 70s, she joined a band that would eventuevolve into becoming Heart, which her younger sister Nancy would also join. Heart is out on tour now! 

JUN 20: Happy 70th Birthday to Lionel Ritchie, born today in 1949! 🎂🎤 In 1968, he joined the Commodores as a singer and saxophonist. By the early 70s they were one of the most popular funk bands in the US. Ritchie was also becoming a sought after songwriter and wrote songs for other artists. In 1982, he broke out as a solo artist and left the Commodores. Selling more than 90 million records worldwide, Ritchie is one of the best selling artists of all time.

JUN 21: Sadly today in 2001, blues legend John Lee Hooker passed away in his sleep.😢 As a child Hooker was introduced to the guitar by his step-father who was a blues singer. While working as a janitor in 1948, Modern Records released a demo that Hooker has recorded and his music career took off. Hooker began to play with rock musicians in the 1960s, which led to greater exposure for him. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2000, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. RIP
JUN 22: Birthday wishes to Kris Kristofferson, born today in 1936! 🎂🎶 The actor and singer-songwriter began his career in the mid-60s in Nashville. Kristofferson has a BA in Literature and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford!😮He has written many hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through The Night”. Kristofferson has enjoyed a lengthy career in the entertainment business. 
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