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JUNE 2: Happy birthday to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, born today in 1941! 🎂🥁 Watts has been with the Stones since 1963. Because of his graphic design background he has also designed their record sleeves and tour stages. In 2006, he was vote into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame by Modern Drummer magazine. The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
JUNE 3: Happy birthday to Suzi Quatro, born today in 1950!🎂🎸 The rocker and actress is well-known for her role of Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days. As a child she had formal piano and percussion training, however she taught herself the bass and guitar. Quatro moved to England in 1971 and began recording with Mickey Most, who was looking for a female rocker. She found popularity in the U.K. and Australia. Quatro continues to perform worldwide and has sold over 50 million records!
JUNE 4: Today in 1942, Capitol Records was launched in the US. It would become home to some of the best known artists of all time, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, Tina Turner, Bob Seger, Heart, and more! Currently, it operates under Universal Music Group (UMG).
JUNE 5: Today in 2002, DeeDee Ramone died of a heroin overdose. He was 49. DeeDee was in the band from 1974 to 1989 when he left to pursue a solo career, however he still wrote songs for The Ramones until 1996. He was the first member of the group to suggest they name themselves The Ramones. RIP
JUNE 6: Happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in 1960!🎂🎸 He began his career with Frank Zappa at age 18, first as his transcriptionist while attending Berkelee and then playing with his band for three years. In 1973, he began to take guitar lessons from Joe Satriani! To date he has sold over 15 million records.
JUNE 7: Born on this day in 1958, the one and only Prince!💜 He began his career in the late 1970’s in Minneapolis and found worldwide fame in the 80’s with his albums 1999 and Purple Rain. Prince had a four decade career that saw him sell over 100 million records worldwide! In April 2016, he passed away at home of an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
JUNE 8: Today in 1974, Dolly Parton went to #1 on the US Country charts with “I Will Always Love You”. Famously, Elvis wanted to also record the song, but Colonel Tom Parker explained to Dolly that Elvis typically would get half of the publishing rights to any song he recorded. Dolly said No! Whitney Houston went on to record the song in 1992 for the movie The Bodyguard.
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