May 29 through June 4 brought some timeless rock albums to the world, from Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. to the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That's not to mention the births of Ronnie Wood and Tom Morello. Keep reading for some major releases, historic events and notable births and deaths happening May 29 – June 4.


1959 - Atlanta's Herndon Stadium hosts one of the first outdoor rock concerts. The lineup includes Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King. 

1961 - Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri.

1961 - Jimi Hendrix officially joins the U.S. Army.

1964 - The Rolling Stones hit New York to kick off their first U.S. tour.

1975 - Ronnie Wood performs his first show as the guitarist for the Rolling Stones. It was on his 28th birthday.

1976 - The Who set the Guinness Book record for "World's Loudest Rock Band" with a show in London measuring 126 decibels. Guinness eventually stops certifying the record, due to hearing loss.

1983 - Kiss play their final concert in their makeup. Well, until 1996, that is, when they start playing with painted faces again.

1997 - Jeff Buckley’s body is discovered floating in a harbor running into the Mississippi River. He had disappeared the week before while taking a swim in a Memphis harbor.

Jeff Buckley


Bob Dylan, Down in the Groove, 1988

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 (U.S. release)

The Beatles

David Bowie, David Bowie, 1967

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1978

The Rolling Stones, Still Life, 1982

Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A., 1984

Bruce Springsteen

Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, 1985

Metallica, Load, 1996


Noel Gallagher, May 29, 1967

Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), May 29, 1960

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), May 30, 1964

Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), May 31, 1938

Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), May 31, 1938

Pat Boone, June 1, 1934

Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones, The Faces), June 1, 1947

Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), June 1, 1959

Simon Gallup (The Cure), June 1, 1960

Mike Joyce (The Smiths), June 1, 1963

Alanis Morissette, June 1, 1974

Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones), June 2, 1941

Steve Brookins (.38 Special), June 2, 1951

Pete Farndon (The Pretenders), June 2, 1952

Fabrizio Moreti (The Strokes), June 2, 1980

Dave Alexander (The Stooges), June 3, 1947

Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd), June 3, 1952

Kerry King (Slayer), June 3, 1964

Mike Gordon (Phish), June 3, 1965

Nancy Sinatra, June 4, 1940

Michelle Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas), June 4, 1944

Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band), June 4, 1974


Jeff Buckley, May 29, 1997

John Kahn (The Jerry Garcia Band), May 30, 1996

David Ruffin (The Temptations), June 1, 1991

Boyd Bennett, June 2, 2002

Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), June 2, 2006

Bo Diddley, June 2, 2008

Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), June 4, 2013

Beach Boys patriarch Murry Wilson dies at age 55, June 4, 1973

Ronnie Lane (The Small Faces, The Faces), June 4, 1997