This Week In Classic Rock History

June 7-13: Historic events this week from Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen and Phil Collins

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JUNE 7, 1978: PETTY MEETS DYLAN

Before performing a show in L.A., Bob Dylan was informed Joni Mitchell, Raquel Welch and Tom Petty were all in attendance.

Dylan was unaware of who Tom Petty was, but after a quick explanation, he gave Petty a shout out towards the end of the set.

Petty was brought backstage after the show, where they became fast friends.

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JUNE 8, 1974: “BAND ON THE RUN” IS #1

“Band on the Run” was McCartney’s third US #1 non-Beatles single after “Uncle Albert/Admiral” (’71) and “My Love” (’73).

Though the classic single only spent one week at #1, it helped Band on the Run sell 4 million copies in the US and remains McCartney’s bestselling solo/Wings album.

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JUNE 11, 1966:”PAINT IT BLACK” IS #1

“Paint It Black” was The Stones’ third US #1 hit.

The song details the intense grief that accompanies unexpectedly losing your lover.

With Brian Jones on sitar, it was the first ever #1 song to feature the instrument.

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JUNE 12, 2003: SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

“The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission is to celebrate and honor the contributions and legacies of songwriters of all genres of music while developing new writing talent through Master Sessions, songwriting craft forums, scholarships and digital initiatives.”songhall.org

The class of 2003 was loaded with worthy inductees:

John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Brian May & Freddie Mercury of Queen, Phil Collins, Van Morrison and Little Richard.