Today In Music History – June 20th.


Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. June 20th in Music History looks like this.

1969 David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at Trident Studios London. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ and ‘Blackstar’.

1969 playing the Newport Fest in California, Jimi Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.

1998 Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Lions ’98’ released for the football World Cup 98.

2000 Despite most of their work being 40 years previously, The Ronettes were awarded $2.6 million in back earnings from Phil Spector. New York judge Paula Omansky ruled that the legendary producer had cheated them out of royalties.

2004 Organisers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings and 325 solo shows.

2019, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour sold a few guitars! Nearly 130 of his instruments went under the hammer at Christie’s in New York. The big earner? That famous Gilmour ‘Black Strat’ went for $3,300,000.

Birthdays today include Brian Wilson (Genius and former Beach Boy) Michael Anthony of Van Halen and John Taylor of Duran Duran and The Power Station


Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.