Well, the genius of the late John Hammond once more proved to be correct. When he listened to the young and brash Bruce Springsteen and his caustic manager Mike Appel, he heard something that most Record Company A&R people would not give a second listen. Then again, that was what made John Hammond, well John Hammond. He signed Springsteen, or it should be noted, Mike Appel’s Company (Who had springsteen Under Contract). After the success of Born To Run, that contract would later be challenged by Springsteen and his new confidant Jon Landau, helping to pave the way. Originally labeled the “Next Bob Dylan” by Columbia, Springsteen did his best to bury that moniker which was more a weight around his career than anything. The attitude from radio DJ’s and the general music fan, was basically, there was only one Dylan, who is this upstart to think he is the second coming. Even with the great reviews of his first two albums, Springsteen’s records sales were in fact abysmal and around Columbia Records, he was being called Hammonds Folly! After his last chance album, Born to Run, no one ever questioned John Hammond or Bruce Springsteen’s reputation again. And for 40 years now, Hammond’s vision is as bright today as it was then!
Undated — On June ninth, 1969, guitarist Brian Jones announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones because he didn’t agree with the band’s musical direction. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later, Jones was found dead at his home.
Also in 1969, Moby Grape officially disbanded, a year after guitarist Skip Spence left.
In 1970, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University.
In 1972, Columbia Records signed Bruce Springsteen.
In 1980, comedian Richard Pryor nearly killed himself while free-basing cocaine at his home in San Fernando Valley, California. The cocaine mixture exploded in his face.
In 1992, Ben Vereen was nearly killed in an accident near his home in Malibu, California. He was hit by a small truck driven by record producer David Foster.
In 1994, Left Eye of TLC set fire to the mansion belonging to her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison.
In 2000, rapper Eminem was charged with brandishing a gun at a member of the Insane Clown Posse. The charges came just days after he was arrested for allegedly using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife.