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Today In Rock: June 30

1943

Florence Ballard was born.

1946

Johnny Moore's Three Blazers hits #4 on the R&B chart with the Exclusive release of "Sunny Road."

1946

Buddy Johnson hits #5 on the R&B chart with "They Say I'm The Biggest Fool."

1956

Chuck Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart and #29 on the pop chart with the Chess single "Roll Over Beethoven."

1956

Little Richard hits #2 on the R&B chart and #33 (6/30) on the pop chart with "Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')" and #1 on the R&B chart and #17 (8/04) on the pop chart with "Rip It Up". Both singles are released on Specialty Records.

1956

Clyde McPhatter hits on the R&B chart with #2 "Seven Days" and #1 on the R&B chart and #16 on the pop chart with "Treasure Of Love." Both singles are released on Atlantic Records.

1958

Chuck Willis hits #1 on the R&B chart and #9 on the pop chart with "What Am I Living For", #9 on the R&B chart and on the #24 pop chart (5/24) with "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes".

1958

Link Wray & His Ray Men hit #16 with "Rumble"

1958

Link Wray's "Rumble" hits #16. The record, inspired by a dance-hall brawl, is considered the granddaddy of heavy metal because of its fuzzy, growly guitar sound, deliberately created by poking a pencil through the speaker of guitar amplifier.

1962

The Miracles hits #39 with "I'll Try Something New".

1963

Easier Said Than Done (The Essex) was a hit.

1963

James Brown's 'Live at the Apollo, Vol. 1,' is released. Reaching #2 on the album charts, it the most successful album issued by Syd Nathan's King Records. This same year, King/Federal releases albums by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Freddy King, Earl Bostic and the Stanley Brothers.

1964

Frank Zappa joins The Mothers, later to be ammended to the Mothers of Invention.

1968

Frank Zappa releases 'Lumpy Gravy'.

1971

Jethro Tull hits #7 in the US with 'Aqualung'.

1974

Rock the Boat (The Hues Corporation) was a hit.

1981

Hospitalized in Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis nearly dies of a bleeding ulcer.

1984

Human League hits #16 in the UK "Life on Your Own".

1984

"State of Shock," which features shared lead vocals from Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, enters the charts. The leadoff single from the hotly anticipated Victory album reaches #3 on the pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart.

1985

Sussudio (Phil Collins) was a hit.

1990

L.A. Guns hits #33 with "The Ballad of Jayne".

2001

Chet Atkins dies in Nashville, TN at the age of 77.

2001

Chet Atkins dies of lung cancer at home in Nashville.