JUNE

List of important dates in June


June 1

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June 2

1962 Island Records, established a few weeks ago to distribute Caribbean records to Britain's West Indian community, releases its first single, "Twist Baby" by Owen Gray.

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, U.K. (the first night of four consecutive nights)

1999 An original Wailer, Junior Braithwaite a.k.a. Junior Wailers (Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite) is shot and killed in a Kingston home by armed men (age 50).

Braithwaite died around 6:45 p.m. of a single gunshot wound to the head. Gunmen attacked Braithwaite and his friend, Laurence Scott, at Scott's house on Rosend Avenue in Kingston. Scott was killed, too.Sources say Scott was the target of the gunmen and that Braithwaite "was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

June 3

1940 Joe Higgs (Joseph Benjamin Higgs) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, U.K. (the second night of four consecutive nights)

June 4

19XX Musician/producer/poet Lasana Bandelé is born in Kingston Jamaica.

1951 Producer Gyasi Addae is born in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica.

1975 Julian Marley is born to Bob and Lucy Ponder in London, England.

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, U.K. (the third night of four consecutive nights)

June 5

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, U.K. (the last night of four consecutive nights)

2001 Shaggy's album "Hot Shot" [MCA] is certified Multi (6.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

June 6

1944 Monty Alexander (Montgomery Bernard Alexander) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1956 Michael Wallace (Third World; keyboards) is born in London, England.

1960 DJ Tiger (Norman Washington Jackson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1963 Junior Reid (Delroy Reid) is born in Tower Hill area of Kingston, Jamaica.

1964 Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop" reaches #2 in the U.S. It entered the Hot 100 in the U.S. on May 23.

1973 Abijah (Andrew Smith) is born in New Kingston, Saint Andrew, Jamaica.

1999 DJ Mr. Vegas is involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Vegas was on his way home from a recording session at Jammy's studio in Waterhouse when the Honda Prelude car he was driving crashed into a taxi with the two children aborad on Maxfield Avenue. The impact sent the taxi tumbling and the children, a boy and a girl, sustained injuries. Vegas and the taxi driver received minor injuries.

June 7

1692 Severe earthquakes destroy Port Royal, the then capital of Jamaica.

19XX Musician Glen DaCosta (Bob Marley and the Wailers, Zap Pow; Saxophonist) is born. Jackson Town, Trelawny, Jamaica

2001 Experience Music Project museum (Seattle, USA) opens its first international exhibition with "Island Revolution: Jamaican Rhythm from Ska to Reggae, 1956-1981."

June 8

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June 9

1944 Cedella Booker (Sidilla Editha Malcolm) a.k.a. Ciddy and Captain Norval Sinclair Marley, parents of Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), get married in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica.

19XX Jeremy Lee, Stereo Passion sound system owner, dies in boat accident at age 36.

June 10

1940 Marcus Garvey passes away in London, England (age 52).

His body was later returned to Jamaica where it was buried in the National Heroes Park. In 1964 he was declared a Jamaica's first National Hero.

1961 Maxi Priest (Max Alfred Elliott) is born in Lewisham, London, England.

2006 Singer Ruddy Thomas dies after collapsing on the stage of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) in Port Antonio, Jamaica (age 54).

June 11

1947 Eric Donaldson is born in Bog Walk, St. Catherine, Jamaica.

2005 Singer Jennifer Lara dies in the Kingston Public Hospital from an apparent brain haemorrhage and high blood pressure (age 54).

June 12

1972 Bounty Killer (Rodney Basil Price) is born at Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

19XX UB40's cover of Elvis Presley's 1962 hit, "Can't Help Falling In Love", featured on the soundtrack to "Sliver", tops the U.K. chart.

June 13

1999 Producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes passes away in London (age 39).

He was shot dead by five black men travelling in a blue motor car in Harlesden. It was two weeks before his 42th birthday (June 27th).

June 14

1944 Lloyd Barnes a.k.a. Bullwackie, producer of Wackies, is born in Jamaica.

1962 Hugh Mundell a.k.a "The Blessed Youth", "Jah Levi" is born in East Kingston, Jamaica.

1965 VC (Valton Craigie) is born in England to Jamaican parents.

1970 Musician/producer Ed Robinson is born.

1984 Singer Tami Chynn is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

June 15

1948 Lloyd Lovindeer is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1967 Nolan Irie is born.

1972 Chuck Fender (Leshorn Whitehead) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

June 16

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June 17

1970 Count Ossie records "I Dread Version", an instrumental version of Little Roy's "Bongo Nyah", for Lloyd Daley, The Matador. Besides it, The Ethiopians' first recorings for Dalley ware done, including "Satan Boy" and "Poor Me".

1978 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Kaya'78 tour / Madison Square

June 18

1997 Devon Russell passes away, dies of brain tumor.

June 19

1932 Ernest Ranglin is born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica.

1967 Carlos Andrew McIntosh (eldest son of Peter Tosh) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

June 20

1965 DJ Johnny P (Orville Morgan) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973 Chezidek a.k.a. Mel-Chezidek, Chilla Rinch (Desbert Johnson) is born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica.

June 21

1946 Ijahman Levi (Trevor Sutherland) is born in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica.

1948 Columbia Records announces the first mass production of 33-1/3 RPM LP (long-playing records).

1954 Augustus Pablo (Horace Swaby) is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

June 22

1934 Lynn Tait is born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago.

1937 Chris Blackwell (Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell) producer and founder of Island Records, is born in Westminster, London, England.

1964 Millie Small accompanies Chris Blackwell to England and records Harry Edwards' "Don't You Know".

1988 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1991 UB40 performs a huge concert in front of 30,000 fans at London's Finsbury Park.

June 23

2003 Singer Vic Taylor, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires lead singer, dies of cardiac arrest at Mercy Medical Centre in Rockville Centre, NY, (age 56).

June 24

1950 Derrick "Duckie" Simpson (Black Uhuru) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1957 Astro (UB40; toaster) (Terence Wilson) is born in Birmingham, England.

1991 Glen Augustus Holness aka Nitty Gritty passes away at the age of 34. (b. 1957)

He was shot dead outside Super Power record shop in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

1991 UB40's album "Labour Of Love II" [Virgin] is certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1993 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" (Island) is certified Multi (4.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

June 25

19XX Dillinger (Lester Bullock) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1963 Super Cat (William Maragh) is born in Kingston 11, Jamaica.

June 26

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June 27

1935 Byron Lee a.k.a. The Dragon (Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee) is born in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica.

1956 Freddie McGregor is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1957 Nicodemus (Cecil Wellington) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1960 Producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1964 The Skatalites first gig was at the Hi Hat, owned by Orville 'Billy' Farnum, in Rae Town, Kingston.

1965 DJ Squidly Rankin is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973 Manuel Stain is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

1998 Percussionist Sidney Wolfe passes away in a hospital in Los Angeles (age 52).

2002 Timothy White, author of Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, dies after heart attack in New York, United States (age 50).

June 28

1957 DJ Louie Rankin (Leonard Ford) is born in East Kingston, Jamaica.

June 29

1951 Roger Lewis [Inner Circle; guitar (Fatman Riddim Section)] is born.

June 30

1979 Matisyahu is born in Pennsylvania, USA.

1988 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' album "Conscious Party" [Virgin] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1993 Inner Circle's single "Bad Boys" [Big Beat] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

2005 Pioneering Jamaican singer and producer Clancy Eccles dies at a hospital in Spanish Town. (age 64).