This Week in Music History: June 20 through 26

Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week.

This week was a doozy: Columbia Records introduced the LP, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys was born, and Michael Jackson died, among other things. Here's "This Week in Music History" for June 20 through June 26:

June 20:
Births: Guitar player and producer Chet Atkins (1924); Billy Guy, singer for The Coasters (1936); Beach Boy Brian Wilson (1942); Canadian singer Anne Murray (1945); Lionel Richie (1949); Bay City Rollers bassist Alan Longmuir (1949); former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony (1954); John Taylor of Duran Duran (1960); Amir Derakh of Orgy (1963); Deftones singer Chino Moreno (1973)

Deaths: Material Issue singer/guitarist Jim Ellison (1996); Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops (1977)

See the rest of the week after the jump...

June 21:
1948: Columbia Records introduces the first long-playing (LP) records at the Waldorf-Historia Hotel in New York City.

Births: Ray Davies of The Kinks (1944); Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland (1947); Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer (1950); Nils Lofgren (1951); Kip Winger (1961); KMFDM singer Sascha Konietzko (1961); Rapper and producer Pete Rock (1970); Nightwish singer Anette Olzon (1971); Incubus guitarist Mike Einzinger (1976); Brandon Flowers of The Killers (1981); Rebecca Black (1997)

Deaths: Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1908); Velvet Underground drummer Angus MacLise (1979); John Lee Hooker (2001)

June 22:

Births: Kris Kristofferson (1936); Howard Kaylan, singer of The Turtles (1947); Todd Rundgren (1948); Cyndi Lauper (1953); INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers (1957); Drummer Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain (1962); Rapper Schooly D (1966); Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page (1970); Gordon Moakes of Bloc Party (1976); Editors guitarist Chris Urbanowicz (1981)

Deaths: Judy Garland (1969); Singer/guitarist Peter Laughner of Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu (1977)

June 23:
Births: June Carter Cash (1929); Original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe (1940); April Wine vocalist Myles Goodwin (1948); Music producer Randy Jackson (1956); Testament singer Chuck Billy (1962); Drummer Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (1962); Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs (1965); Chico DeBarge of DeBarge (1966); KT Tunstall (1975); Jason Mraz (1977); DragonForce bassist Frederic Leclercq (1978)

June 24:
Births: Guitarist Jeff Beck (1944); English singer Arthur Brown (1944); Traffic saxophonist Chris Wood (1944); Colin Blundstone of The Zombies (1945); Drummer Mick Fleetwood (1947); Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz (1948); Dire Straits bassist John Illsley (1949); Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell (1961); Curt Smith of Tears for Fears (1961); Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star (1966); Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe (1967)

June 25:
Births: Soul singer Eddie Floyd (1935); Clint Warwick, bassist of The Moody Blues (1940); Carly Simon (1945); Saxophonist Ian McDonald of King Crimson and Foreigner (1946); Toto front man David Paich (1946); George Michael (1963); Children of Bodom guitarist Roope Latvala (1970)

Deaths: Guitarist Hillel Slovak of The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1988); Michael Jackson (2009); Sky Saxon, singer of The Seeds (2009)

June 26:
1284: The Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hammelin, Germany

Births: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker (1909); The 5th Dimension singer Billy Davis, Jr. (1940); Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil (1942); guitarist Mick Jones (1955); Chris Isaak (1956); Berlin singer Terri Nunn (1961)

Deaths: Mexican Banda singer Sergio Vega (2010)

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