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June 1970








Jimi Hendrix's live album Band of Gypsys, featuring his new Billy Cox-Buddy Miles rhythm section, goes gold.

Kinks singer Ray Davies makes the 6,000-mile round trip from New York to London and back again, interrupting the band's U.S. tour, in order to rerecord one word on the band's new single, "Lola." Davies changes "Coca-Cola" -- a trademark that would have violated the BBC's advertising ban -- to "cherry cola."

President Nixon claims that the Cambodian intrusions have been among the most successful of the Vietnam conflict and stresses that all forces will withdraw from Cambodia by June 30.

The Who play the alleged "final performance" of their rock opera, Tommy, at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. This and the previous night's performance are the only times a pop group has appeared at the Met.
Bob Dylan receives an honorary doctorate of music degree from Princeton University.
Janis Joplin performs with Big Brother & the Holding Company for the first time at the Avalon Ballroom.
A U.S. tour planned by Ginger Baker's Air Force is canceled because of "the political climate," though slow ticket sales mayhave something to do with it as well.

Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz enjoys her first Rolling Stone cover: a shot of young anti-Vietnam War protestors for the laed story, "On America 1970: A Pitiful Helpless Giant." Within six months publisher Jann Wenner will splash his covers with Leibovitz photos of Janis Joplin, Rod Stewart, and the coup de grâce: a pensive John Lennon, followed by John and Yoko Ono.

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan offers himself as a guinea pig for tests investigating the effect of drugs in performing and listening to music.

A fiery, flamboyant pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates named Dock Ellis hurls a no-hitter -- an unlikely convergence in baseball of guile, precision and dumb luck -- against the Padres in San Diego. But something else makes Ellis' feat even more amazing: he is zonked on LSD. Years later, Ellis admits he was "as high as a Georgia pine" during the game and still didn't seem entirely convinced the stranger-than-fiction event happened. Ellis dies in 2008, and a year later an animated YouTube clip about his story becomes a viral sensation. In 2014, he is profiled in a documentary entitled No No: A Dockumentary.

With their Let It Be album at Number One, the Beatles have their last Number One single in the U.S., "The Long and Winding Road."

Christine Perfect McVie releases a self-titled solo LP on the Blue Horizon label and announces that she will give up music in order to be simple Mrs. John McVie.

The Top Five
1. "The Long and Winding Road"/"For You Blue" - The Beatles
2. "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" - Poppy Family
3. "Everything Is Beautiful" - Ray Stevens
4. "Get Ready" - Rare Earth
5. "Love on a Two Way Street" - Moments

Derek and the Dominos make their U.K. live debut with Dave Mason replacing Duane Allman on guitar.

Grateful Dead release Workingman's Dead, a mellow, country-flavored departure from their previous psychedelic output.

Grand Funk Railroad spends $100,000 for a block-long billboard in New York's Times Square to advertise its latest record, Closer to Home.

Blood, Sweat and Tears embarks on a tour of Yugoslavia, Rumania and Poland -- the first tour by a Western rock band of Soviet-bloc countries.
The Supreme Court upholds the right of an individual to claim conscientious- objector status if that objection applies to all wars.
Woodstock Ventures, sponsors of the Woodstock Festival of August 1969, announces that it lost more than $1.2 million on the festival, which it hopes to recoup from sales of the Woodstock album, receipts from the documentary film Woodstock, which opened a month before, and Woodstock-related memorabilia.

Ten months after the Tate-La Bianca murders, jury selection for the Charles Manson trial begins in California.

Chicago Bears star Brian Piccolo dies of cancer at age 26. After the former running back's death at Chicago's Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, longtime Bears owner George Halas, Sr. says: "Ah, he was a tough one." Piccolo's courageous fight against the disease will be told in the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie Brian's Song, starring James Caan and Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as his former teammate Gale Sayers, on ABC this fall.

Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens premieres on NBC-TV with regular guests "Mama" Cass Elliot and Lulu.
Pete Townshend's inopportune use of the British slang term bomb draws police and FBI scrutiny at the Memphis International Airport. Townshend was overheard remarking, "Tommy seems to be going down a bomb," meaning it was a hit. Officials heard only "bomb" and panicked.
Twist king Chubby Checker and three others are arrested at Niagra Falls after marijuana, hashish and unidentified drug capsules are found in Checker's car.
The U.S. Senate repeals the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which allowed the president to treat the Vietnam conflict as a war.
KRLA-FM in Pasadena, California, drops its long-running series of ten-minute daily comedy routines by the Credibility Gap, a hip satirical outfit, explaining that "Humor is no longer funny in today's society."
The Shaefer Music Festival opens its first season in New York's Central Park, with Ray Charles performing; later this summer the Guess Who, Delaney and Bonnie, Mountain and others will appear at the festival.

Antiwar resistance continues in a disparate manner, as two different decisions are reached a day apart: The U.S. Church of the Brethren announces its support for nonviolent demonstration, while increased militancy is favored by the Strategy Action Conference at the University of Wisconsin. On Aug. 15, the National Student Association will opt for a nonviolent strategy.

The Top Five
1. "The Love You Save" - Jackson Five
2. "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" - Three Dog Night
3. "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" - Temptations
4. "The Long and Winding Road"/"For You Blue" - The Beatles
5. "Hitchin' a Ride" - Vanity Fair

U.S. troops officially depart Cambodia with 337 dead and 1,524 wounded in ground combat, after having killed an alleged 11,349 enemy troops. Unannounced Cambodian incursions and air attacks by the U.S. will continue, though the Senate approves a troop-limiting measure, the first such restriction on presidential action.

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