40 years ago – June 1978
Box office high score trucker movie Convoy starring Kris Kristofferson & Ali MacGraw was released.
That was obviously hugely overshadowed by the release of Romantic musical-comedy Grease released the same month, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The soundtrack as you may well know did rather well too.
Dead Kennedys perform for the first time, Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco
One of my all-time favorite albums was released this month and that is Peter Gabriel’s self-titled 2nd album known as Scratch.
The album was produced by Robert Fripp, and part of his trilogy.
50 years ago – June 1968
U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot
Roman Polanski’s psychological horror movie Rosemary’s Baby is released
Anti Việt Cộng and pro Saigon Vietnam war film The Green Berets staring John Wayne was released, the film stirred up some controversy and poor reviews but did fine at the box office.
Pink Floyd released their 2nd studio album “A Saucerful of Secrets”
Otis Redding died Dec. 1967 in an airplane crash, a posthumous studio album somewhat dramatically named “The Immortal Otis Redding” was released in June 1968, recorded by Redding shortly before his dead.
“Hard to Handle” have been covered by a number of artists since.
American rock band The Black Crowes had a hit with the song as a single from their 1990 debut “Shake Your Money Maker”
60 years ago – June 1958
American restaurant chain Pizza Hut is founded.
Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary and leader of the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956 brutally brought down by the Soviet invasion, was executed based on charges of treason. In 1989, Imre Nagy was rehabilitated and his remains reburied on the 31st anniversary of his execution.
Nina Simone released her debut album “Little Girl Blue”