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May 1st:-
1786 . . The Mozart opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna..
1869 . . The Folies Bergère opens in Paris..
1931 . . Kate Smith makes her radio show debut with the twice-weekly Kate Smith Sings show on NBC..
1942 . . The American government seized the nation's jukebox factories and put them to work making war materials.
1955 . .
Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana, while on tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree.
1955 . . A young Chuck Berry is signed to Chess Records in Chicago after bluesman Muddy Waters recommends him to the label.
1957 . . The first issue of 16 Magazine, featuring Elvis Presley on the cover, is published..
1957 . . The Kingston Trio form in Palo Alto, CA.
1962 . . The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany.
1964 . . The Beatles were paid $140,000 for the rights to have Beatles trading cards included in packages of bubble gum in the USA. The trading cards were issued by Topps and the first series of 60 cards featured one or more of the Beatles on each, in black and white, along with a blue facsimile autograph.
1966 . . The Beatles play their last ever concert in the UK
(excluding their Apple Records rooftop appearance in 1969), when they perform at a New Musical Express concert. The last song was I'm Down..
1967 . . Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The wedding cake cost $3,500.
1967 . .
A conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys is arrested by the FBI for draft-dodging and refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
1968 . . Paul McCartney and John Lennon went to watch Bill Haley play at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possesion of narcotics and was released on $10,000 bail.
1969 . . Bob Dylan recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of "Girl From The North Country."
1970 . . Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin combined for the first time on Elton's first American charting album "Elton John".

1970 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of 13 US shows this month when they appeared at the Milwaukee Auditorium.
1970 . . Diana Ross left The Supremes to concerntrate on her solo career.
1971 . . Dave and Ansel Collins were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Double Barrel'. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 when they recorded the song.
1973 . .
It was proclaimed a 'Marvin Gaye Day', in Washington DC, USA
1974 . .
At President Nixon's request, the Carpenters performed at the White House for a May Day special. Their opening track was "Close To You". They did 7 numbers containing 8 songs, ending with "We've only just Begun"
1975 . . The Rolling Stones start their US tour by driving down 5th Avenue in New York City playing Brown Sugar from the back of a flatbed truck.
1975 . . Bachman-Turner Overdrive begin their first UK tour at Glasgow Apollo, supported by Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy.
1976 . . Alan Parsons Project first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination released by 20th Century Fox Records, including major contributions by all members of Pilot and Ambrosia, was a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 chart. The song "The Raven" featured lead vocals by the actor Leonard Whiting, and, according to the 2007 remastered album liner notes, was the first rock song to use a digital vocoder, with Alan Parsons speaking lyrics through it..
1977 . . The 'White Riot Tour' kicked of at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam and The Buzzcocks.
1978 . . Simon joined Garfunkel for a concert held at Carnegie Hall to benefit the hearing disabled.
1979 . .
Elton John became the first western pop music star to perform in Israel performing a concert in Jerusalem, on his world tour with Ray Cooper.
1980 . . Winners at the 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Loretta Lynn, Charlie Pride and Claude Akins at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Larry Gatlin, Band of the Year - Touring went to the Charlie Daniels Band and Single Record of the Year went to Larry Gatlin for "All The Gold in California"
1980 . . The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
1984 . . Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy in the U.S.
1989 . . Police in California were called out to the Zales Jewelers store in Simi Valley at 5pm Monday afternoon, after employees reported a suspicious person, wearing a wig, phony-looking mustache and false teeth. It turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
1991 . . LL Cool J becomes the first rapper to appear on MTV Unplugged..
1993 . . Charley Pride accepted an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, in the process becoming the first black Opry regular in the show's more than 70-year history. Pride has sold over 70 million records world-wide..
1995 . . Live’s Throwing Copper hits the top slot on the Billboard album charts, exactly one year after the day of its release.
1997 . . The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale. The asking price for the five-bedroom house built in 1902 was $3 million. The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.
1997 . . Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation.
1998 . . Snoop Doggy Dog and MC Delmar Arnaud were both found with less than an ounce of marijuana and were arrested and booked on one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession each.
1998 . . Garth Brooks announced that the 4 millionth ticket had been purchased for his world tour.
1999 . . The Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called 'Bowie Spewing'.
1999 . . Dixie Chick Emily Erwin married country singer Charlie Robison. The couple who have three children divorced on August 6, 2008 after nine years of marriage.
2000 . . A writer who claimed Neil Young went back on an agreement to have a biography written about him filed a $1.8 million civil fraud suit against Young in Los Angeles Superior Court. Young had blocked the book's publication.
2000 . . Former 'Village Voice' reporter, Jimmy McDonough, sued Neil Young for $1.8 million in civil court for backing down from his agreement to authorize a biography of which McDonough had spent years writing.
2003 . . Barry White suffers a stroke, while being treated for kidney failure, sadly it paralyzed the right side of his body, from which he never fully recovered.
2005 . . Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album 'Something To Be.' This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago..
2006 . . Guinness World Records certifies a new world record for most guitarists playing at the same time when 1,581 axepeople simultaneously perform the Jimi Hendrix version of "Hey Joe" in Wroclaw, Poland..
2012 . . Bobby Vee announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
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May 2nd:

1885 . . Wilhelm Schimmel starts his piano company in Leipzig..
1956 . . For the first time in "Billboard" chart history, five singles were in both the pop and the R&B top 10. The singles were Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel", Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes", Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally", the Platters' "Magic Touch", and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"..
1957 . . Elvis Presley recorded 'Jailhouse Rock' written by
Leiber and Stoller, which featured in his third movie of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player.
1960 . . Production began on Elvis Presley's "G.I. Blues." It was his first post-Army movie..
1960 . . Ben E. King
announced he was leaving the Drifters to sign a solo deal with ATCO Records..
1962 . . Shirley Bassey's "Ave Maria" entered the UK Official Singles Chart peaking at No.31; it was the first UK top 40 hit single to be sung entirely in Latin..
1963 . . The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'From Me To You', the group's first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1's. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express..
1964 . . The Beatles Second Album sets a record by reaching No.1 on the Billboard chart a week after its release in the USA..
1965 . .
In October 1964 Ed Sullivan announced he would never have The Rolling Stones on his show again. But tonight Ed Sullivan introduced The Rolling Stones who performed “The Last Time,” which was the first time they sang a Jagger/Richards original on his show, followed by the bluesy “Little Red Rooster,” and “Someone to Love”. The audience, while still raucous and enthusiastic, was far more tame for the band’s second appearance—as were The Stones themselves, who spruced up for the show, even donning sports jackets to help clean up their image.
1967 . .
The Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound and Terry Reid with Peter Jay's Jaywalkers all appeared at The Adelphi Theatre, Dublin.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Pasadena Rose Palace, California, US.
1969 . . Pink Floyd appeared at Manchester Chamber Of Commerce, UK. The show was recorded for their forthcoming album 'Ummagumma'.
1969 . . The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera 'Tommy' at Ronnie Scott's in London, England.
1970 . . One hit wonder Norman Greenbaum's 'Spirit In The Sky.' was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. 'Spirit In The Sky 'was also a No.1 hit for Doctor and the Medics in 1986 and Gareth Gates in 2003.
1972 . . Bruce Springsteen auditions for John Hammond
at Columbia Records; the planned 15 minute session ran for 2 hours.
1972 . . 25 year old Les Harvey of Stone the Crows, was electrocuted while on stage in Swansea, Wales by touching a poorly connected microphone. Les died in a hospital a few hours later. The band's lead singer, Maggie Bell, Harvey's longtime girlfriend, was also hospitalized, having collapsed on stage after the incident.
1977 . . Elton John performed the first of six consecutive nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, his first concert in eight months. In 1977, Elton did not not release any new music, the first year since his recording career began 8 years ago..
1978 . . The Fall and fellow punk band the Slaughter And The Dogs appeared at Band On The Wall in Manchester, UK.
1979 . . The Who performed their first concert after the death of Keith Moon, with Kenney Jones, formerly of the Faces, as their new drummer..
1980 . . The South African government banned the Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall (PartII)"
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1980 . . Joy Division played what would be their last gig with singer Ian Curtis when they appeared at Birmingham University, England. Ian Curtis committed suicide two weeks later.
1982 . . Adam and the Ants disbanded..
1988 . . Country star, Clint Black signed with RCA Records
1991 . . The video for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion', was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.
1992 . . A nonfamous UK duo called Nirvana filed a suit against the American band of the same name claiming that they had been using the name since 1968. The dispute was settled out of court in the British bands favour.
1992 . . Bonnie Raitt received an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music during commencement cermonies in Boston.
1994 . . Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician and his former bandmate, Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth.
1998 . . Loretta Lynn announced backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, that she intended to return to college and get a degree.
1999 . . St Vincent and the Grenadines issued a NSYNC postage stamp in honour of the boy band.
2003 . . Kings Of Leon played their first ever UK date when they appeared at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool..
2003 . . Barry White suffers a stroke
2003 . . The Dixie Chicks appeared naked on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, with words such as "boycott," "traitors" and "free speech" superimposed on their bodies. The feature related to the controversy that came from an anti-Bush comment by band member Natalie Maines.
2004 . . Guns N' Roses' anthem 'Sweet Child O'Mine' is voted by Total Guitar readers the greatest guitar riff ever, ahead of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love', Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.
2005 . . Cream members, Eric Clapton, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce reunited 36 years after they had split up for the first of 4 nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. Eric Clapton agreed to a re-union because of the failing health of the other members.
2006 . .
62 year-old Keith Richards, Rolling Stones guitarist was released from hospital in New Zealand after suffering a "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji.
2009 . . Ozzy Osbourne confirmed in an interview led by Kate Thornton on BBC Radio 2, that he was "stoned during the entire filming of The Osbournes" and will not watch the episodes for this reason.
2009 . . Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home. He was one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George. Dylan who was on a day off on a European tour paid £16 for the public trip to the 1940s house in Woolton, Liverpool.
2009 . . Kenny Burrell, of Fife, Scotland, put his unreleased 1965 single 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' by Frank Wilson up for auction; this
rare Motown seven-inch single sold for £25,742 / $38,378, setting a new world record. The single was one of only two in the world, Motown boss Berry Gordy had all other copies destroyed after Wilson moved into songwriting and producing..
2011 . . Rapper Flavor Flav was arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses. Police said the rapper had two outstanding arrest warrants for driving without a license, one for driving without insurance, and one related to a parking citation.
2012 . . Greg Ham's funeral takes place at the Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, with more than 300 mourners attending.
2013 . . It was announced that the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! was to close at the end of June 2013. The production, which was written by Jennifer Saunders, suffered poor ticket sales after damning reviews.
2013 . . Former first lady Laura Bush was among those eulogizing George Jones at his funeral. Other speakers were Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, news personality Bob Schieffer, and country singers Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Travis Tritt, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Wynonna and Brad Paisley all provided musical tributes. The service was broadcast live on CMT, GAC, RFD-TV, The Nashville Network as well as WSM 650AM, home of the Grand Ole Opry, broadcast the event on the radio.
2014 . . The UK's Princes, William and Harry,
visited Graceland while in Memphis for a friend's wedding. They were joined by their cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie for a private tour of the estate.

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May 3rd:
1956 . . "Most Happy Fella," a musical by Frank Loesser, opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York City..
1957 . .
The movie "The Tommy Steele Story" premiered in London. It took less than 2 months to produce.
1958 . . Riots started at Alan Freed's Big Beat show at the Boston Arena when police stopped the the audience dancing in the aisles. Bostonians were beaten, stabbed and robbed. After which rock'n'roll was banned not just in Boston, but in Maine, Connecticut and New Jersey.
1960 . . "The Fantasticks" opened. The show became the longest-running musical in theatre history on May 13th 1984 with performance number 10,000...
1964 . . Gerry & the Pacemakers made their U.S. TV debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show" performing "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"..
1965 . . The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film Help!, on Salisbury Plain, England, with the British Army's Third Tank Division.
1967 . . Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys went to court on draft evasion charges.
1967 . . The Walker Brothers announced that they had disbanded, although they did reunite for a tour of Japan in 1968..
1967 . . Pink Floyd appeared at The Moulin Rouge, Ainsdale, Southport, England. The promotion flyers for the club said: 'The Moulin Rouge night club. Wine, Dine, Dance! And have a gay time'.
1968 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1968 . . The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lecturing the audience on "spiritual regeneration". The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possesion of narcotics when a small amount of what they suspected to be heroin and hashish was found in his luggage; he was released on $10,000 bail.
1971 . . New York City's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced that it would begin presenting rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as classical.
1971 . . Led Zeppelin kicked off a European tour at K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark. The set list included the debut live performance of 'Misty Mountain Hop'.
1972 . . Stone The Crows' guitarist Les Harvey tragically died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales.
1972 . . Bruce Springsteen records a 14 song demo a for John Hammond at Columbia Records; he signed with the label 5 weeks later.
1976 . . David Bowie kicked off the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.
1976 . . Paul McCartney and Wings start their Wings Over America Tour in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the first time McCartney has performed in the US since The Beatles' last concert in 1966 at Candlestick Park..
1977 . . Paul Simon, Jimmy Cliff, Phoebe Snow and others performed at a benefit concert for the New York Public Library.
1986 . . Robert Palmer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Addicted To Love', he originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed.
1986 . . The Silver Dollar City amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is reopened as "Dollywood", Dolly Parton's theme park..
1991 . . Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declares today ZZ Top day in the Lone Star State.
1991 . . Andy Williams and Debbie Haas were married.

1997 . . The Notorious B.I.G. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his posthumous hit 'Hypnotize', a No.10 hit in the UK, 8 weeks after the rapper had been gunned down and killed.
1997 . . Katrina & The Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with 'Love Shine A Light', making them the first UK winners since Bucks Fizz in 1981..
2000 . . Rapper DMX was sentenced to 15 days in jail after he pled guilty to drug possession charges, driving without a license and outstanding parking tickets. DMX was also fined $350.
2000 . . The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough album 'Smash' is certified platinum by the RIAA for the sixth time.
2001 . . London based bank Coutts And Co. turned down applications from members of Oasis to open accounts on the grounds of the bands bad behaviour.
2002 . . Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa.
2004 . . The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by bassist Robert Daisley & drummer Lee Kerslake who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Since 1997 they have been claiming they were entitled to money from the albums 'Blizzard of Ozz' & 'Diary of a Madman'. Sharon Osbourne, said their contributions were removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behaviour".
2006 . . Bob Dylan aired his first radio program on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks he played included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets..
2006 . . Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drink driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond.
2008 . . The A-Sides, a brief side project for British indie-folk rockers Noah and the Whale, play a one-off gig at London’s Push Club.
2008 . . Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, which he dedicated to his father, who was shot dead in 1972.
2009 . . American country music star, Clint Black, is the eleventh contestant booted off season 8 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2009 . . Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album. It was the singer, songwriter’s 33rd studio album, he last topped the UK chart with ‘New Morning’ in 1970. Dylan now held the record, (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap between solo No.1 albums..
2010 . . Chely Wright became the first major country artist to come out as gay. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding"..
2010 . . "I Gotta Feelin'" by The Black Eyed Peas reaches 5,561,000 downloads, making it the best-selling digital song to this point, surpassing Flo-Rida's "Low"..

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May 4th:
1886 . . The graphophone, patent was awarded to Chichester Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter. It featured wax cylinders which conducted music better than Thomas Edison's original tinfoil ones.
1920 . . The Symphony Society of New York presented a concert at the Paris Opera House. It was the first American orchestra to make a European tour..
1956 . . Lonnie Donegan left the Chris Barber's Jazz Band to form his own skiffle group.
1956 . . Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock 'n roll song 'Be Bop-A-Lula', at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Vincent has said that he wrote the words to the song after being inspired by a comic strip called "Little Lulu".
1956 . . The British musical paper, the New Musical Express, wrongly reported that "Elvin" Presley would be performing an upcoming gig at the London Palladium, Elvis never performed in Britain.
1957 . . ABC-TV premieres Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Revue show; this first show featured performances from
Guy Mitchell, Sal Mineo, The Clovers, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and The Del-Vikings..
1959 . .
The very first Grammy Awards were held in LA, with Record of the Year went to Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" and Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' "Tequila", took home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance..
1960 . . Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.
1964 . . Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. They would later change the name to The Moody Blues.
1967 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV's 'Top Of The Pops'.
1968 . . Steppenwolf makes its US television debut, performing Born to Be Wild on ABC-TV's American Bandstand..
1968 . . Mary Hopkin won her heat on ITV's talent show 'Opportunity Knocks'. She signed with Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single 'Those Were The Days', which also made No. 2 in US.
1969 . . Richard Tapper of T.I.M.E. aka Trust in Men Everywhere, was shot three times on his way to a jam session.
1969 . . Al Stewart and his girlfriend Mandi attend a party at the Putney home of John Martyn which inspires the song "Night Of The 4th Of May".
1970 . .
Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose 'Ohio' which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.
1973 . . David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when 'Aladdin Sane' started a five-week run at the top, the name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane"..
1973 . . Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, which was billed as the 'biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States'. The tour grossed over $4 million.
1974 . . ABBA reach No.1 on the UK singles chart for the first time, with their song 'Waterloo', which started life as 'Honey Pie'..
1975 . . Elvis Presley started a 31 date North American tour, starting with two shows at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1977 . . Blondie, David Johansen, Patti Smith Group, Dead Boys, Suicide and Richard Hell & the Voidoids all appeared at a Punk Benefit at CBGB's in NYC.
1978 . . Jefferson Starship's LP Earth is certified platinum.
1985 . . The Apollo Theater 253 West 125th Street, Manhattan, New York City, reopened with a 50th Anniversary grand reopening celebration. There was an associated television special entitled "Motown Salutes the Apollo"..
1985 . . Phyllis Nelson went to No.1 on the UK singles with 'Move Closer', her only UK hit making the American singer a UK One Hit Wonder.
1989 . .
Shaun Ryder singer with Happy Mondays was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine in Jersey, he was released on £5,000 bail.
1989 . . Stevie Ray Vaughan kicked off on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1990 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates..
1990 . . David Bowie's ex-wife Angela went on The Joan Rivers Show and said that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela had signed a gag order when she divorced David that kept her from talking for 10 years.
1990 . . Madonna played the first night of the North American leg on her 57-date Blond Ambition World Tour at The Summit in Houston, Texas.
1991 . . Governor Ann Richards declared "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe".
1991 . . Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with 'The Shoop Shoop Song' from the film 'Mermaids'..
1991 . . Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music during cermonies in Boston.
1997 . . Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom, four bathroom house was on the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment.
2000 . . Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month..
2000 . . Metallica were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be "stealing" their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.
2000 . . It was announced that KISS would be auctioning off almost everything they owned from its touring days. The auction was scheduled for June 24th-25th 2000.
2008 . . Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers, microphones and karaoke machines. Later that same day a suspect was arrested after he tried to sell the stolen goods to a pawnshop for $400.
2010 . . Flooding on the Cumberland River in Nashville, caused damage to the Grand Ole Opry House and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Grand Ole Opry performances were moved to the Ryman Auditorium, War Memorial Auditorium and the Two Rivers Baptist Church; the common areas of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel were destroyed, and parts of the hotel were under 10 feet of water.
2016 . . It is reported that Janet Jackson is expecting her first baby just two weeks shy of her 50th birthday. According to Entertainment Tonight, the US singer is expecting a baby with her third husband Wissam Al Mana, aged 41.

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May 5th:
1891 . . The Music Hall, later named Carnegie Hall, had its grand opening with its first public performance. The first performer was Pyotr Llych Tchaikovsky..
1900 . .
After six years of monthly publication "The Billboard", now called just "Billboard", began a weekly publication.
1955 . . The musical "Damn Yankees" opened in New York City, running for 1,019 performances..
1956 . . Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when 'Heartbreak Hotel' went to the top of both the charts. 'Heartbreak Hotel' became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single of 1956. The lyrics were based on a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.
1962 . . The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks at the No.1 position.
1963 . . Recommended by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week.
(Dick Rowe, who turned down The Beatles)
1965 . . The Grateful Dead's first show at Magoo's Pizza located at 639 Santa Cruz Avenue in suburban Menlo Park, California. They were still known as the Warlocks although the Velvet Underground was also using that name on the east coast.
1966 . . Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Flamingo'. The recording features future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who briefly joined the band in 1965.
1967 . . The Kinks released Waterloo Sunset as a single which went on to peak at No.2 on the UK chart. The song started life called 'Liverpool Sunset'

1968 . . Buffalo Springfield played their last concert, performing a show in Long Beach, California. They got back together in 2010 and for tour a in 2011..
1969 . . Stevie Wonder met President Nixon at the White House.
1972 . . Paul Simon, Chicago and Carole King all perform at a benefit concert for U.S. presidential candidate George McGovern.
1972 . . The 3-day Bickershaw Festival kicked off near Wigan, the only major north-west multi-day festival with camping at that time.
Captain Beefheart, The Kinks, The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan, Hawkwind, America, Family, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, and others performed at the festival..
1973 . . Led Zeppelin perform at Tampa Stadium, the second venue on their tour of the United States, where they set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800. The record was previously held by The Beatles. Performances for the movie The Song Remains the Same are also filmed while on tour..
1974 . . Punk band Television appeared at CBGB's in New York City, supported by the Stillettoes which included the then unknown Debbie Harry as their lead singer.
1978 . . The Buzzcocks, The Slits and Penetration all appeared at Liverpool University, Liverpool, England.
1983 . . The Stranglers 'Golden Brown' was named most performed work of 1982 at the 28th Ivor Novello Awards..
1984 . . Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders married Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, but divorced in 1990.
1986 . .
Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, announces that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be built in Cleveland, OH.
1987 . . Over 130 Girls fainted during a gig by Curiosity Killed The Cat in Liverpool.
1990 . . Nirvana appeared at the Einstein-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach, Florida,
as part of their North American tour.
1990 . .
The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
1992 . . Radiohead released 'The Drill EP', their first record in the UK. The band were still called "On a Friday" when the songs for this EP were recorded; they changed their name to Radiohead the following month..
1992 . . The Beach Boys appeared on ABC-TV's "Full House".
1995 . . Rock n Roll's bad boy Steven Adler was answering a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as 2 misdemeanor drug charges.
1996 . . Rage Against The Machine went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Evil Empire'. The album's title is taken from the phrase "evil empire", which was used by former US President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union.
1996 . . Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan received both a public apology and a donation of £7,500/$12,750 to the Warchild charity from The Sport newspaper after they ran a story claiming she had performed a gig in Hamburg without wearing any underwear.
1997 . . Management company 'Ignition' sent emails to over 100 Oasis unofficial websites threatening legal action over their alleged unlawful breach of copyright over Oasis music featured on the sites.
1998 . . The Michigan state legislature introduced a bill that limited the concert attendance by minors under the age of 18.
1999 . . Garth Brooks was named artist of the decade at the 34 annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
2000 . . Rod Stewart undergoes an hour-long throat operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid, which turns out to be benign.
2002 . . Two DJs from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received dozens of complaints.
2003 . . UK holiday camp Butlins introduced a new system of rhyming slang in their bingo halls in an attempt to bring the game up-to-date. Pop star names became new catchphrases for the callers, including 'Gareth Gates' (8) and 'J-Lo's bum' (71). Other additions include 'stroppy teen' (15) and 'feng shui' (53).
2005 . . Justin Timberlake underwent an operation at Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai Hospital to remove nodules from his throat.
2008 . . To thank fans, singer-songwriter Trent Reznor, frontman of Nine Inch Nails posted their album 'The Slip' as a free download on their Web site.
2014 . . Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles attacks Jay-Z in an elevator while headed to a gala at The Standard hotel in New York. Beyoncé later mentions the incident in her song "Flawless" when she sings, "sometime shit go down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator".
2014 . . American country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he was a student. Three suspects armed with guns robbed McCreery and his friends of wallets, cash and electronic items.
2016 . . Comedian Arsenio Hall filed a defamation lawsuit against the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who accused him of supplying drugs to Prince, whose death on April 21 has prompted speculation about an overdose. O'Connor also claimed Hall, "spiked" her with an unknown drug years ago at a party.The $5 million lawsuit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, refers to O'Connor as a "desperate attention-seeker" and claims Hall and O'Connor have not spoken in 25 years.

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May 6th:
1956 . . Buddy Holly joins Faron Young's Grand Ole Opry Show on a 5 day Oklahoma tour. Other performers included Ray Price, Carl Perkins, Tommy Collins, Jimmy & Johnny, Tom Pritchard, Red Sovine, and Joe Vincent.
1958 . . After the Big Beat Show riot on the 3rd, Mayor Hynes made a public statement that rock concerts will no longer be tolerated in his city. "They, will not be permitted in Boston and no outside promoters need apply for a license"
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1965 . . Marianne Faithfull married John Dunbar in Cambridge with Peter Asher as the best man. The couple lived in a flat at 29 Lennox Gardens in Belgravia just off Knightsbridge, London.
1965 . . In a Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Keith Richards starts writing for the Stones, he and Jagger worked out the opening riff of the song "Satisfaction", following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box that day.
1966 . . The Beatles recorded overdubs on 'I'm Only Sleeping' and worked on various mixes of the track at Abbey Road studios. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by Harrison who perfected the part with the tape running backwards so that, when reversed, it would fit the dreamlike mood.
1967 . . Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1970 . . Marty Robbins was at No.1 on the US Country chart with, "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife", his fourteenth No.1 hit on the country chart.
1972 . . The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album 'Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows' went to No.1 in the UK. The longest title of an album ever at the time..
1973 . . Paul Simon set out on his first tour without partner Art Garfunkel, using The Jesse Dixon Singers as a back- up group on stage..
1974 . . Merle Haggard appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in the US.
1977 . . The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51, London..
1977 . . Led Zeppelin
set a new world record for the largest audience at a single-act concert in Pontiac, MI., in front of 76,229 people, breaking their own world attendance record which was at Silverdome in Michigan..
1978 . . Bob Kingsley took over hosting American Country Countdown, a job that he kept for 27 years. He had been producer of the radio countdown show since 1974.
1978 . . American rock band The Knack is formed.
1978 . . The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, also No.1 in the US. The album, which features seven Bee Gees songs, went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
1978 . . At the United Nations, The Bee Gees announce an upcoming series of concerts to benefit the UNICEF organization.
1982 . . Diana Ross gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist.
1982 . . Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and was sentenced to three years in jail.
1989 . . Former Frankie goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Blast'.
1993 . . The IRS confiscates personal property from Jerry Lee Lewis' home in Mississippi and later auctions it off to help pay the $1.6 million he owes in back taxes.
1994 . . Pearl Jam filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against Ticketmaster, claiming the company had a monopoly on the concert ticket business.
1995 . . James Taylor and Natalie Cole received honorary degrees at Berklee College of Music's 50th anniversary commencement.
1995 . . Oasis scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Some Might Say'. It was the first single released from thier second album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' And the last Oasis track to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll..
1996 . . Metallica are in the studio begining two days of recording for the video "Until It Sleeps".
1997 . .
For the first time The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, where the Hall is located.
2001 . . Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar celebrate the birth of a baby boy.
2002 . .
Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen was voted the UK's favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book Top 100 British Singles; 'Imagine' by John Lennon was No.2 and 'Hey Jude', The Beatles No.3..
2003 . . After the controversy regading Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.
2003 . . Metallica was featured as an "mtvICON" in a 90-minute special.
2004 . . Beatles memorabilia sold at Christie's in London became the most successful pop auction in the company's history after Beatles memorabillia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000..

2005 . . US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album 'Devils and Dust' over concerns about its adult content and his stances
on corporate politics. The retailer - which stocked CDs at its branches in the US - said it would be promoting other albums instead..
2005 . . In Augusta, GA, a
bronze lifesize statue of James Brown was unveiled, to commemorate Brown's musical accomplisments.
2005 . . American country music singer Mindy McCready was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. The 29-year-old was already on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge in 2004.
2005 . . Audioslave becomes the first U.S. rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana..
2006 . . During a UK tour, Morrissey played at The Apollo Manchester on the first of three nights at three different venues in his home city of Manchester. He then appeared at Manchester Opera House the following night and at Manchester Bridgewater Hall on the 8th May.
2008 . . Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation. He told waiting reporters he was looking forward to spending some time with his pet cats.
2008 . . DMX is in court facing motoring offences including reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of criminal speeding, racing on a freeway, and driving on a suspended license.
2008 . . Cher played her first residency show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. She had signed-up for 200 shows over a three year period. For the three-year engagement, Cher received $60 million.
2009 . . A former publicist for Michael Jackson was suing the singer for $44m for his alleged failure to pay her for her services. Raymone Bain said Mr Jackson had agreed to give her 10% of any business deals arranged with her assistance. Ms Bain acted as Mr Jackson's publicist during his 2005 trial for child abuse.
2013 . .
37 year-old Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced in the US state of New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion. She had failed to pay taxes on about $1.8m of earnings between 2005-07. In a statement to the judge, Hill said she had intended to pay the taxes but could not after withdrawing from public life and ending her music career to raise her children. Hill has six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley.
2014 . .
A lost song from German composer Felix Mendelssohn,"The Heart Of Man Is Like A Mine," is performed for the first time in over 150 years by alto Amy Williamson and pianist Christopher Glynn on BBC's Today.
2015 . . The results of the evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, was published in The Royal Society Open Science Journal. The scientists who looked at more than 17,000 songs found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983 and 1991. In 1964 the invasion of British bands introduced a radical new rocky sound. Synthesisers, samplers and drum machines, drove a second major style shift in 1983. The third, in 1991, came about when rap and hip-hop went mainstream. The team also refuted claims that pop music was starting to sound the same.
2015 . . Luke Bryan topped a list of the biggest grossing Country Music tours in 2014 published in the Nashville Business Journal with over 1.2m tickets sold, grossing $62.8m. George Strait was 2nd with $61.8m, and Jason Aldean 3rd with $52.5m..

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May 7th:
1824 . . Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, his final complete symphony, was performed for the first time at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna, although it had originally been commissioned by The Philharmonic Society of London in 1817..
1941 . . Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
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1958 . . US pianist Van Cliburn signed an artist’s contract with RCA Victor Records.
1966 . . Johnny Cash kicked off his first ever UK tour at the Empire in Liverpool, with The Statler Brothers opening the show, followed by June Carter..
1967 . . Pink Floyd appeared at The Mojo Club, Sheffield, England, opened and owned by Peter Stringfellow.
1967 . . Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience to watch Jimi Hendrix who played two shows at London's Saville Theatre.
1967 . . Pearls Before Swine begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground'. The LP included a song called 'Miss Morse', which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-U-C-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.
1968 . . Aretha Franklin recorded a live album in Paris.
1970 . . Merle Haggard was at No.1 on the Country music album chart with 'Okie from Muskogee'. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.
1971 . . 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band, formed by David Bowie the name of which was inspired by the Pink Floyd song 'Arnold Layne'. This was one of Bowie’s side projects and something of a dry run for Ziggy Stardust. The song later reappeared on Ziggy Stardust in a new version with updated lyrics.
1972 . . Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John.
Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, British R&B singer and founder of Blues Inc.. Hercules was the name of the horse in the British comedy series Steptoe and Son, which he enjoyed.
1973 . . Benjamin Britten has surgery at the National Heart Hospital to replace a failing heart valve.
1977 . .
Stevie Wonder's former backing singer Deniece Williams was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Free', her only UK No.1 hit.
1977 . . Having been postponed from April 2nd because of a BBC technicians' strike, the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest was held in London's Wembley Conference Centre. With Angela Rippon as the presenter, the contest was won by Marie Myriam who represented France, with her song "L'oiseau et l'enfant" (The Bird and the Child).
1978 . . David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low / Heroes world tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1978 . . Bob Dylan sold 90,000 tickets in less than eight hours for upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool.
1982 . .
Diana Ross received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame lines Hollywood Boulevard from Gower to La Brea, and Vine Street, from Yucca to Sunset. Diana's location is 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
1983 . . Paul Weller unveiled his new group Style Council at an anti nuclear benefit gig in London..
1991 . .
A judge in Macon, Georgia dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.
1991 . . Wilson Pickett was arrested after running into an 86 year old man and yelling death threats while driving his car over the mayor's lawn in Englewood, New Jersey. He was charged with driving with open bottles of alcohol in his car.
1992 . .
After a show in Tokyo, John Frusciante quits the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He would return to the band in 1999 and leave again in 2009..
1992 . . A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, England for £24,200.
1994 . . Aerosmith played the 1st of 7 nights at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, during their 245 date 'Get A Grip' world tour.
1998 . .
Steve Perry officially leaves Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour. He was replaced with Steve Augeri..
1998 . .
Thousands of fans shut down central Tokyo after the suicide of Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto.
1999 . .
Lisa Stansfield made her film debut in the U.K. in the
comedy film "Swing"..
2002 . . The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York’s Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour.
2002 . . 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack was certified for shipments of 6 million. The soundtrack features: Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, The Soggy Bottom Boys, The Whites, John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, and The Cox Family.
2002 . . Carole King guests on the WB Network's TV show, Gilmore Girls on which she also sings the opening song.
2003 . . A Los Angeles federal jury recommended a $1.5 million award to a British record company that sued rapper-producer Dr Dre for song plagiarism. London-based Minder Music Ltd. sued Dre in 2000, claiming his 1999 song, 'Let's Get High,' used the bass line of The Fatback's 1980 song, 'Backstroking' which was featured on Dre's successful '2001' album, which sold 9 million copies worldwide.
2003 . . Pete Townshend was cleared of possessing pornographic images of children. He was placed on a national register of sex offenders for five years. Police determined that he did not possess images of child abuse but that he was guilty of accessing a child pornography Internet site in January, earlier that year.
2003 . . A US surgeon sued 50 Cent over an unpaid medical bill. The doctor claimed 50 Cent and his friend turned up at a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds in 2000, but said the rapper never paid the $20,000 he owed for treatment despite being asked several times.
2004 . . A planning inquiry hearing Madonna's appeal to ban ramblers from parts of her £9m country estate heard details of the land's make-up. The pop star claimed 100 acres of land at the 1,200-acre Ashcombe House estate had been inaccurately classified as open country. Madonna was appealing against the classification in a hearing. Under the act, people would have the right to access any land registered on the final map as open country-mountain, moor, heath or down.
2005 . . Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia awarded and presented Dwight Yoakam with an honorary doctorate degree. He briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Nashville in 1977.
2005 . . Race horse Giacomo, owned by A&M Records founder Jerry Moss, wins the Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds.
2009 . . Trina Johnson-Finn was in custody awaiting her trial in Suriname, South America, after being accused of trying to pass herself as singer Toni Braxton at a concert. She was booed off stage in Paramaribo in March and pelted with rubbish when a massive crowd realised she was not
Toni Braxton. Trina's husband, Raymond Finn made a statement saying his wife had been duped by the promoter who had booked her and had advertised her as the real Braxton.
2011 . . Marianne Faithfull appeared on BBC Radio 2's Graham Norton Show.
2011 . . Lady Gaga's HBO concert special airs. The show was made up of two February concerts from Madison Square Garden on her Monster Ball tour.
2012 . . Jake Owen married the 22-year-old model Lacey Buchanan. They met when Lacey appeared in Owen's video for "Eight Second Ride".
2016 . . After Brian Johnson had to leave AC/DC in March, during their world tour due to ear problems, AC/DC resumed their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining them as lead vocalist. The rescheduled twelve tour gigs kicked off tonight in Lisbon, Portugal and ran through to June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark.

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May 8th:
1810 . . Sir Walter Scott publishes the poem "The Lady of the Lake," which later provides the title for the song "Hail to the Chief"
1954 . . The BBC banned "Such a Night" by Johnny Ray after listeners complained about its 'suggestiveness'..
1955 . . Tony Bennett was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stranger In Paradise'. Based on a theme from Borodin's 1888 opera - 'Prince Igor'. The song was a hit in the 1953 Broadway show 'Kismet'.
1958. . After the Alan Freed's Beat Show riot in Boston on the 3rd, Suffolk County D.A. Byrne charged Alan Freed with "inciting the unlawful destruction of property" under the Massachusetts anti-Anarchy Law, Chapter 264 Section 11. The Penalty?... A fine of not more than $1000 dollars or imprisonment of not more than 3 years of both. Freed had four days to voluntarily surrender himself, and Freed's New York lawyer, Mr. Warren Troob, explained, "my client is not an anarchist".
The charges were dropped after 17 months of judicial argument, leaving Freed with legal fees which led to his bankruptcy.
1964 . . The Beatles had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three No.1's in succession. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two weeks and 'Can't Buy Me Love', for five weeks.
1965 . . There were NINE British records in US Top 10: 1. Hermans' Hermits: Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter. 3. Beatles: Ticket to Ride. 4. Wayne Fontana: Game of Love 5. Petula Clarke: I Know a Place. 6. Seekers: I'll Never Find Another You. 7. Herman's Hermits: Silhouettes. 8. Freddie and the Dreamers: I'm Telling You Now 9. Rolling Stones: The Last Time. 10. Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate to the Wind.
(No 2. was Gary Lewis & the Playboys: Count Me In)
1965 . . Bob Dylan films one of the earliest music video, the famous "flashcard" clip for Subterranean Homesick Blues.
1967 . .
Gerry And The Pacemakers announced they were splitting up, recognising they could no longer keep pace with the rapidly changing UK rock scene. They were the second Liverpool band to chart [after the Beatles], but first to reach No1. and the first act ever to top UK chart with their initial 3 singles all in 1963..
1969 . . John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.
1970 - The Beatles' 12th and final studio album , Let It Be, is released, almost a month after the group's break-up..
1972 . . Billy Preston became the first rock performer to headline at Radio City Music Hall..
1974 . . UK keyboard player Graham Bond committed suicide after throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station, aged 36. It took police two days to identify his body which was crushed beyond all recognition.
1976 . . BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers..
1976 . . ABBA scored their third UK No.1 single with 'Fernando', the song went on to become ABBA's biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million..
1977 . . Olivia Newton-John made her New York City debut with a concert at the Metropolitan Opera House.
1978 . . Donny Osmond gets married at the age of 21 to Debra Glenn. They went on to have 5 children.
1982 . . Vangelis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Chariots Of Fire', his only US No.1. But Vangelis was accused of plagiarising 'Chariots of Fire' from a song by fellow Greek composer Stavros Logaridis called 'City of Violets'. Vangelis won in court by convincing the judge to allow him to bring his keyboard setup into the court to demonstrate his method of composing by improvising new music.
1982 . . Paul McCartney scored his fifth UK No.1 album with 'Tug Of War'. The album featured the duet with Stevie Wonder 'Ebony & Ivory', which was inspired by McCartney hearing comedian Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!".
1984 . . Pink Floyd's Roger Waters released his first solo album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone and Michael Kamen on piano.
1988 . . Prince's 10th album was released entitled "Lovesexy." Some stores refused to sell the album due to the nude portrait that was on the cover..
1990 . . Tom Waits won $2.5 million when an L.A. court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads.
1992 . . Will Smith aka the Fresh Prince and songwriter Sheree Zampino were married. They had one son, Trey, later in the year and divorced in 1995.
1993 . . Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1995 . . Rick Nelson receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 . . A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home
1998 . . The Smashing Pumpkins filed a suit against Westwood One. The claim was that the radio syndicator had breached an oral and implied agreement when they licensed a 1991 interview with the band.
1998 . . Johnny Winter was inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk.
1999 . . Winners at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Glen Campbell, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Tim McGraw, Top Vocal Duo or Group - Dixie Chicks, Song of the Year went to Steve Wariner for "Holes in the Floor of Heaven." Country Music Video of the Year went to Faith Hill "This Kiss."
2001 . . Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black celebrate the birth of their daughter Lily Pearl Black.
2001 . . The road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was throwing M&M sweets on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.
2002 . . It was announced that Mariah Carey had signed a deal that included her own label.
2006 . . The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year-old guitarist suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree in Fiji.
2009 . . San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders declares "Adam Lambert Day" after his performance of Black or White and Mad World on American Idol.
2012 . . Lead singer for Florida punk band Against Me! comes out as transgender and announces gender reassignment surgery. Previously Tom Gabel, but as of now is to be known as Laura Jane Grace. The band's next album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, is directly inspired by this turn of events and Gabel's/Grace's struggles with gender dysphoria.
2013 . . A painting by Fernand Leger owned by Madonna sold for $7.2 million in New York. The singer bought the 1921 Cubist work, Three Women at the Red Table, in 1990. Proceeds from the sale, according to Sotheby's... "would benefit Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation".
2013 . . Ja Rule was released from prison after serving nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. The rapper was let out of a prison in Ray Brook, New York, but would remain under house arrest until 28 July.
2014 . . Chuck Berry was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: "In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run".
2014 . . Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he was a student. Three
armed intruders robbed McCreery and his friends of wallets, cash and electronic items.
2016 . . E! News reports that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne split after more than 33 years of marriage. The couple has ended their long marriage after Sharon learned that Ozzy was having an affair with his hairstylist, 45 year old Michelle Pugh

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May 9th:
1936 . . The front page story of Melody Maker: "B.B.C. Appoints Anti-Song Plugging Official".
1944 . . Jimmie Davis
who wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine", became the Governor of Louisiana.
1955 . . Marvin Rainwater won first place on the Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout's Show giving him his first big brake in the music business..
1959 . . The UK music paper Melody Maker introduced a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the UK..
1959 . . Wayne Newton, then 16 years old, makes his Vegas debut at the Freemont Hotel. He would quickly become a Vegas Star and a regular on the Strip.
1962 . . At a meeting with Brian Epstein at the Abbey Road studios, George Martin was impressed by Brian Epstein's enthusiasm, that he agreed to sign the unknown Beatles to a recording contract without having met them or seen them play live.
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1963 . .
During a concert at London's Albert Hall, Paul McCartney met future girlfriend 17 year-old Jane Asher for the first time..
1963 . . British band The Rolling Stones signed their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham's management company Impact, agreeing to license their UK output to Decca..

1964 . . Louis Armstrong went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello Dolly' making him the oldest artist at the time to hit No.1 at the age of 62..
1964 . . Chuck Berry started his first British tour at London's Astoria Theatre, with The Animals, Nashville Teens, and The Swinging Blue Jeans opening for him..
1965 . . Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1966 . . The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue's house band.
1967 . . Austin, Texas, declare it "Damita Jo Day" in honor of thier singer-actress.
1969 . . Beatles guitarist George Harrison's experimental album Electronic Sounds was released on Zapple records.
1970 . . The Canadian band The Guess Who hit No.1 in America with "American Woman" but the song is actually a tribute to the women of Canada. The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string, the other members joined in on the jam. A fan in the audience who had recorded the gig on tape presented it to the group after the show and they developed it into a full song.
1973 . .
Mick Jagger makes official donation of $350,000 to aid victims of Nicaraguan earthquake, adding £150,000 of his money to the receipts of Stones benefit concert at La Forum.
1974 . . As an opening act for Bonnie Raitt at Boston's Harvard Square Theatre, Bruce Springsteen's performance prompts Jon Landau of Rollin Stone to say: 'I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen'.
1975 . . KISS, The James Gang and Rush all appeared at Ohio Northern University in Ada Ohio. Advance tickets cost $5.00.
1978 . . Lead singer Fee Waybill of the Tubes broke his leg when he fell of a stage during a show at the Hammersmith Odeon, London whilst wearing very high-heeled boots and wielding a chainsaw around during the bands set.
1990 . . Because of his jokes about women, Sinead O'Connor refused to perform on "Saturday Night Live" after Andrew Dice Clay was named as host. She was replaced by Spanic Boys and Julee Cruise.
1992 . . Bruce Springsteen made his North American network television debut on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks..
1998 . . Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page were musical guests on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." They performed their collaboration "Come To Me."
1998 . . Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (with no Beach Boys at all) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois..
2000 . . A U.S. federal appeals court upheld a $5.4 million jury decision that Michael Bolton had plagiarized parts of the song "Love is a Wonderful Thing." The original song, of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers.
2002 - It was announced that Ozzy Osbourne and his family had signed deal that included two books.
2005 . . Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney and actress Renee Zellweger got married on the island of St. John. They had only met in January this year at a tsunami relief benefit concert. The union lasted only 4 months, but the experience did provide inspiration for Chesney's song "I'm Alive".
2005 . . The music video for Stevie Wonder’s "So What The Fuss" is issued with a descriptive audio track by Busta Rhymes for the visually-impaired.
2008 . . Foxy Brown avoided a further spell in prison after pleading guilty in a New York court to menacing her neighbour with a BlackBerry phone. The 28-year-old rapper admitted hitting Arlene Raymond during an argument over the volume of her car stereo last July. The incident landed the star in prison for violating the terms of her probation on a separate assault charge.
2008 . . After an investigation stemming from the initial 2007 MCSO raid on his home, DMX is arrested and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and four felony drug possessions. A warrant search uncovers more weapons, drugs, and neglected pitbull puppies. DMX attempts to barricade himself inside his home, but is eventually talked into surrendering peacefully to police.
2008 . . Members of Alabama sued their drummer Mark Herndon for $202,670 in money allegedly overpaid to him three years earlier after the band's farewell tour. Since 1982, Herndon had been a paid employee of Wild Country Inc. according to the court papers. In December 2002, a new contract was signed which provided that Herndon would be paid an annual salary of $100,000 and receive a 22.725 percent share of net Live Performance revenue actually received by the group.
2009 . . Atlanta hard rock band, Injected played with all four original members for the first time in seven years. They performed the Cheap Trick track, "I Want You to Want Me" at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta as one of 500 acts at the charitable 10 night event, 500 Songs for Kids.
2010 . . Cyndi Lauper became the ninth contestant to be booted off season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2013 . . David Bowie's latest video, which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. "The Next Day" featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard.
2013 . . Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, Detroit.
2013 . . Atlanta hard rock band, Injected, reunited a second time to play a two-song set at 500 Songs for Kids Benefit Festival.
2014 . . Hunter Hayes breaks the record for most concerts performed in different cities in a single day when he plays 10 shows in 24 hours.
The record was previously held by The Flaming Lips, who took it off Jay-Z..

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May 10th:
1960 . . The Silver Beetles which included John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore, auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland.
1963 . . The Rolling Stones recorded their debut single, a cover of the Chuck Berry song 'Come On', at Olympic Studios, London.
1964 . . Bob Dylan arrived in Britain for his first major UK tour including a show at London's Royal Festival Hall on the 17th of this month..
1964 . . Dusty Springfield made her U.S. television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show"..
1965 . . The Rolling Stones recorded a version of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently aquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.
1967 . . Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared at Chichester Crown Court, Sussex, charged with being in possession of drugs, they elect to go to trial pleading not guilty and were both granted £100 bail.
1967 . . Rolling Stoner Brian Jones' house was raided by police and he was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis. Now three out of five Rolling Stones faced drug charges.

1968 . .
Doors' frontman Jim Morrison incited a riot during a Chicago concert.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the band's debut album charted at No. 6, spending 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at No. 10. Recorded in around 36 hours, the album is now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the Rock And Roll genre, with groundbreaking musical styles and recording techniques.
1969 . .
The Turtles and the Temptations played at the White House upon the request of Tricia Nixon.
Allegedly they had been snorting cocaine off Abraham Lincoln's desk, and Mark Volman fell off the stage 5 times.
1969 . . Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Move, Status Quo, Tremeloes, Marmalade, Love Sculpture, Van Der Graaf Generator all appeared at Nottingham County Football Ground, Nottingham, UK. Presented by John Peel tickets 22/6 on the gate.
1969 . . Frank Sinatra's version of 'My Way' made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart eight times..
1970 . . David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song 'Space Oddity' which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela.
1970 . . Decca records released "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn. The autobiographical song became Lynn's signature song, one of the genre's most widely-known songs, and provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life.
1974 . . The Who sell out Madison Square Garden in a "then" record 8 hours..
1974 . . Led Zeppelin launched their record label, Swan Song Records, by giving lavish parties in London and Los Angeles. The label finished in 1983..
1975 . .
In support of the fourth Human Kindness Day, Stevie Wonder and his band Wonderlove played to an audience of 125,000 people at the Washington Monument festival. It turned violent, and hundreds of robberies and assaults were reported.
1975 . . Apple Records officially dissolves..
1983 . . Metallica began recording the album "Kill 'Em All" in New York.
1985 . . The Go-Go's announced their breakup; they reunited in 1990..
1986 . . Falco was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Me Amadeus.' Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single and the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts..
1986 . . Paul Simon played 3 songs from his upcoming Graceland album on Saturday Night Live. He's backed by South African musicians, including the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who perform with him on "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes". With South Africa under a cultural boycott in an attempt to stop Apartheid, its music was sequestered. Simon's appearance with musicians from the country and the subsequent album introduced the sound to a global audience, but also caused problems for Simon when he faced criticism for violating the boycott.
1986 . . Tommy Lee,
Motley Crue's drummer and Heather Locklear were married.
1988 . . The final edition of Dolly the television variety show hosted by Dolly Parton aired on ABC. Guest stars featured in the series had included Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Tyne Daly, Bruce Willis, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Tom Selleck, the Neville Brothers, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, Dudley Moore, and Oprah Winfrey..
1988 . . Several department stores in refuse to stock the newly released Prince album, "Lovesexy" because the cover photo features a nude photo of him.
1991 . .
Jamaican-born American rapper of Geto Boys', Bushwick Bill, lost his right eye after being shot by his girlfriend. He refers to this incident and his intoxication on Everclear grain alcohol in his rap Ever So Clear.
1991 . . Madonna's 'warts and all' documentary film Truth Or Dare, known as In Bed with Madonna outside of North America, chronicling the life Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, premiered in Los Angeles..
1994 . . Rapper Tupac Shakur began serving a 15-day county jail term for attacking director Allen Hughes on a video set.
1994 . . Police in Hewitt, Texas found Willie Nelson asleep on the back seat of his Mercedes where he had parked at the side of a road. After waking the singer and searching him, he was arrested on drug charges. The country singer was taken to the McLennan County Jail in Waco. After posting bail, he told reporters he had been returning to Austin from a poker game in Hillsboro, "I played all night long and I was driving back to Austin. It was foggy and the weather was bad, so I pulled over on the side of the road to sleep, and the policemen found me there in the back seat. They found a roach in the ashtray".
1994 . . Serial killer John Gacy, the subject of songs by Sufjan Stevens, Macabre, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Church of Misery and other, is executed for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
1997 . . Gary Barlow scored his second UK No.1 single with a song written by Madonna, 'Love Won't Wait'.
1997 . . American country music singer Barbara Mandrell launched her "Country Sentiments" line of jewelry on the QVC cable TV channel.
1997 . . The Hillsborough Benefit gig took place at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium with The Beautiful South, Manic Street Preachers,Dodgy, Space, Stereophonics and The Lightning Seeds.
1999 . . Marti Pellow announced that he had quit Wet Wet Wet and had signed a solo deal with Sir Elton John's former manager John Reid.
2000 . . Bobby Brown was arrested at Newark airport, New Jersey for breaking his probation order. He had been wanted in Florida since 1999 when his probation officer reported that a urine test proved positive for cocaine use.
2000 . . Michael Bolton lost his appeal against a court ruling that he stole part of his 1991 hit 'Love Is a Wonderful Thing' from an Isley Brothers song. Bolton had asked for a retrial following a 1994 jury verdict that he had plagiarised parts of The Isley Brothers song of the same name, but, an appeals court panel upheld the ruling which awarded the group $5.4m / £3.37m from the profits of Bolton's single.
2003 . . Steven Tyler, frontman of rock band Aerosmith, was given an honorary doctorate degree in music by the Berklee College of Music.
2003 . . American Contemporary Christian musician, Matthew West marries his long term girlfriend, Emily.
2005 . . Apple's iTunes Music Store opened for Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark, also on this day, t
he Store, worldwide, reached 400 million songs sold since opening in April 2003.
2005 . . British soul and R&B singer Seal married his girlfriend, model Heidi Klum.
2006 . . T.I. is arrested and jailed in Georgia for failing to fulfill the conditions of his probation from an earlier conviction when he was arrested for attacking security officers in a Florida Mall in 2003.
2006 . . Future Grammy nominee and chart topping Chris Daughtry gets voted off Season Five of American Idol in a shock result, as he was favorite to win.
2007 . . Trisha Yearwood announced she was leaving MCA Records where she had been for 16 years and selling over 12 million albums. She announced she was signing with Big Machine Records.
2007 . . US hip-hop artist Akon apologised after footage of him dancing provocatively on stage with a teenage girl was posted on the internet. It led to telecommunications company Verizon pulling out as a sponsor of his US tour with Gwen Stefani. The incident took place on 12 April in Trinidad, where Akon was performing at a nightclub. It was later reported that the girl was just 14.
2008 . . The winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, being introduced by Garth Brooks. She performed "Last Name," "All-American Girl" and "Jesus, Take The Wheel." - See more at: http://www.thisdayincountrymusic.com/#sthash.clkbMBSQ.dpuf
2010 . .
Jose Feliciano performs the US National Anthem before the Detroit Tigers /Yankees game at Tiger Stadium, in tribute to the recently deceased Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. In 1968, Harwell had Feliciano sing the anthem before a Tigers World Series game, when Jose did the first famous non-traditional rendition of the song at that game.
2010 . . New York City's Apollo Theatre began installing bronze plaques on the sidewalk outside the building of legends who had close ties to the theatre. Among the first to be honored were James Brown, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald.
2010 . . Hip Hop artist Flavor Flav guest hosted the wrestling show WWE Raw.
2011 . . The ornate iron gates of ta children's home which inspired John Lennon's psychedelic Beatles anthem Strawberry Fields Forever were removed after The Salvation Army, which owned the home, decided to put the red Victorian gates into secret storage before selling them. They have been replaced replicas.
2013 . . Two men were arrested in Dublin after the city centre statue of Phil Lynott was pushed over and seriously damaged. The memorial to the Thin Lizzy icon has been removed from its Harry Street location for repairs, and the men were later released without charge.
2013 . . A two-year degree in heavy metal music was branded an "easy option" by education campaigners. The foundation degree was being offered by New College Nottingham in the UK. The course, which was due to start later that year would include modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal and its role in films and video games and would show students how to compose and perform heavy metal songs.
2016 . . South Yorkshire Police hand over their file of Sir Cliff Richard sexual abuse allegations to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether to charge the singer over allegations of historical abuse.

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May 11th:
1928 . . First scheduled TV service started by GEC station WLY in New York.
1957 . . The Everly Brothers make their stage debut in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry..
1957 . . Buddy Holly and the Crickets auditioned for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" and were rejected.
1958 . . Connie Francis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a cover of the Isham Jones' 1923 song 'Who's Sorry Now'. She was the first female rock 'n' roll star to reach No.1. in the UK..
1963. . The Beatles started a 30 week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Please Please Me', making it the longest running No.1 album by a group ever..
1964 . . The rock band Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, where they were staying
while on a UK tour because they were not wearing jackets and ties.
1965 . . Johnny Cash was arrested and held overnight at the city jail in Starkville, Mississippi. The event inspired Cash to write the song "Starkville City Jail".
1965 . . The Byrds made their TV debut with "Mr. Tambourine Man" on NBC's "Hullabaloo"..
1965 . . Liza Minnelli made her Broadway debut, performing the title roll in "Flora the Red Menace" which opened this night at the Alvin Theatre..
1967 . . The ABC-TV special "Rodgers & Hart Today" aired. It starred Bobby Darin, the Supremes, Petula Clark and the Mamas & the Papas.
1967 . . Paul Petersen signs with Motown Records , but he never had a U.S. hit with Motown.
1967 . . The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing 'New York Mining Disaster' on the UK TV show..
1968 . .
Linda McCartney, then Eastman, became the first woman to have a photo featured on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine, with her photograph of Eric Clapton taken at Fillmore East concert hall, where she was house photographer..
1970 . . The triple soundtrack album 'Woodstock' was released in the US, going gold within 2 weeks. Amazingly those who were there realized it didn't sound nearly as good as they had remembered it !! The couple on the album cover are Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline.
1970 . . Sammy Davis Jr. gets married for the third, and final time, to Altovise Gore. Jesse Jackson presides over the ceremony.
1972 . . David Cassidy appears in a controversial nearly-naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.
1972 . . John Lennon appeared on the US television 'Dick Cavett Show', claiming he was under surveillance from the FBI.
1973 . . Wings kicked off their first official tour at the Bristol Hippodrome, playing 15 UK shows..
1974 . .
Robert Plant and his idol Elvis Presley did an impromptu version of "Love Me" when they met at Gracelands after a Presley concert. Plant fed his Elvis Presley infatuation on his 1984's The Honeydrippers, Vol. 1, album.
1975 . . Cher's new boyfriend, rocker Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers, appears as a guest on her CBS-TV show 'Cher'.
1975 . . "Stand By Your Man" released for the fifth time in the UK, finally goes to No.1 for Tammy Wynette.
1977 . . The Stranglers and support band London start a 10-week national tour.
1978 . . At the end of their News Of The World 46 date tour, Queen played three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.
1981 . . Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats" premiered in the West End at the New London Theatre. It is the fourth longest-running West End musical..
1985 . . UK producer and keyboard player Paul Hardcastle starts a 5 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '19'. The title referred to the average age of American soldiers in the Vietnam War and features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message.
1985 . . Bruce Springsteen and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang a number of songs, karaoke-style, to his own records in the jukebox.
1988 . . The living legend songwriter Irving Berlin turned 100 today. A crowd sings some of his standards to him outside of his apartment in New York.
1988 . . A grand televised gala was held at New York's Carnegie Hall to celebrate Irving Berlin's 100th birthday; it features such stars as
Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles and Willie Nelson.
1989 . . The late Roy Orbison was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Roy's widow.
1990 . . The late Ritchie Valens is at last awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.
1991 . . Roxette scored their 4th US No.1 single with 'Joyride'. The song was inspired by an interview with Paul McCartney who said that writing songs with John Lennon had been 'like a Joyride.'
1995 . . Jimmy Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26th 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.
1997 . . Country artist Trace Adkins married Rhonda Forlaw, an executive at Arista Records, at Nashville's Belle Meade Mansion in front of over 800 guests. Trace performed a song he wrote for his bride: "The Rest Of Mine".
2001 . . Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog kicked off 'The Tour of Brotherly Love', a North American tour at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The three bands featuring pairs of brothers, (Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon, respectively).
2002 . . Over 500 Michael Jackson fans held a demonstration outside the Sony records building in Berlin complaining that the label hadn't promoted the singer's latest album 'Invincible'.
2003 . . American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.
2004 . . Willie Nelson had to cancel ten concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.
2006 . . George Michael was involved in his second minor car crash in a month after a tabloid photographer found Michael asleep in his parked car in central London. The singer crashed into a bollard after he woke up and was driving away.
2006 . . Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2007 . . The Mamas & The Papas, Otis Redding and Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2007. . The Game aka Jayceon Taylor, was arrested at his home in connection with an incident at a basketball game in South Los Angeles in February 2007. He was alleged to have threatened a person with a gun. The rapper was released the next day, after posting $50,000 bail.
2009 . . Boy George was released from prison at HMP Edmunds Hill in Newmarket, Suffolk, four months into a fifteen-month sentence for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort in his East London flat. He had to wear an ankle monitor and be placed on a curfew for the balance of the sentence.
2010 . . Fellow country artists Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert became engaged after five years of dating.
2011 . . Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s daughter Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine's June issue. Her six-page, eight photo spread showed the 27-year-old completely nude, wearing a pair of thigh-high boots and bunny ears, and seductively smoking a cigarette.
2011 . . One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000, the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage..
2015 . . The Grateful Dead, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Eddie Giacomin of the Rangers, Basketball Hall of Fame forward Harry Gallatin of the Knicks and award-winning photographer George Kalinsky were inducted into the Madison Square Garden 2015 Walk Of Fame .
2015 . . Fox announced that American Idol would conclude at the end of its fifteenth season..

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May 12th:
1960 . . Johnny Cash guest starred with comics Homer & Jethro on the NBC TV The Ford Show, presented by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
1955 . . Canadian singer, Gisele MacKenzie played a singer on the NBC half hour drama television series "Justice".
1958 . . The movie, Let's Rock, with Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors and The Royal Teens, opens..
1959 . . Eddie Fisher married actress Elizabeth Taylor. They divorced in 1964.
1960 . . On Frank Sinatra's TV variety show, it's the "Welcome Home Elvis" special to honor The King, who was recently discharged from the US Army. Frank and Elvis perform a medley of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" together.
1961 . . The Beatles in Hamburg, West Germany, signed a recording contract with producer Bert Kaempfert. That evening they played at The Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg.
1962 . . Billboard Magazine reported that last year's most-played jukebox record was 'Big Bad John' by Jimmy Dean. The second most-played was Chubby Checker's 'The Twist'..
1963 . . Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for the US TV Ed Sullivan show after being told he couldn't perform 'Talking John Birch Society Blues' due to it mocking the US
military. Dylan refused to substitute the song, he reportedly said: 'No, this is what I want to do. If I can't play my song, I'd rather not appear on the show'.
1964 . .
The Daily Express called them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarked "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch", following the Rolling Stones' being refused lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, the day privious.
1965 . . The Rolling Stones re-recorded '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently aquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.
1967 . .
'Are You Experienced', the debut album by Jimi Hendrix was released in the UK. Sadly 36 years later, on this very same date in 2003, Noel Redding aged 57, bass player for Jimi Hendrix Experience was reunited with Jimi.
1967. . Pink Floyd stages the first-ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England..
1967 . . Archie Bell is drafted into the U.S. Army for a tour of Vietnam. .
1968 . . Jimi Hendrix was arrested for possession of hashish and heroin at the Canadian border on his way for a concert in Toronto. He claimed the drugs were planted and he was later exonerated.
1969 . . Fashion designer Jeannie "Genie the Tailor" Franklyn and drummer Martin Lamble of Fairport Convention were killed in a car accident in London.
1971 . . Rolling Stone Mick Jagger married Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall. The couple separated in 1977.
1971 . . Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from Myra Gale Brown; Myra was the daughter of his bass-player cousin. She was just 13 when they married.
1975 . . Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock meet at rehearsals for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia. They would become good friends and form Air Supply.
1975 . . Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York's Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The band and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, were forced to pay $14,000 for cleaning up and damage done to the park after the event.
1977 . . Dolly Parton made her New York singing debut, the first of three nights performing at the Bottom Line ..
1977 . .
At the second Ivor Novello Awards, Led Zeppelin received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award.
1977 . . "Hotel California" went gold for the Eagles.
1977 . . After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Virgin Records announced they had signed The Sex Pistols.
1981 . . Hard rock band Van Halen kicked off their 82 date North American Fair Warning Tour at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1981 . . Deborah Harry of Blondie announced that she would be making a solo album, but still front Blondie.

1981 . . Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million.
1985 . . Phil Collins kicked off the North American leg on his 'No Jacket Required' World Tour at the Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts.
1985 . . Lionel Richie was given an honorary Doctor of Music degree from his alma mater Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
1988 . . During a UK tour, Johnny Cash appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Glen Campbell joined Cash on stage; they played a selection of each other's hits.
1986 . . Joe Strummer of The Clash was banned from driving after being convicted of drink driving
1996 . . Despite the band's repeated requests for moshing to stop 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.
1999 . . George Jones pled guilty to driving while under the influence and violating the Tennessee's open-container law in Franklin. He was fined $550.
2000 . . Thieves stole the gates to Strawberry Fields the Merseyside landmark immortalised by The Beatles song. The 10' high iron gates were later found at local scrap metal dealers in Liverpool.
2001 . . The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge.
2001 . . Travis played a gig at singer's Fran Healy's local primary school at Weston Park, Crouch End, London. The 150 crowd paid a £1 entry fee to the summer fete.
2002 . . Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport, when baggage screeners found 11 marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container.
2002 . . Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton's home in Cape Cod was destroyed by a fire. The house was under construction at the time.
2004 . . Barry and Robin Gibb from The Bee Gees were both presented with honorary degrees from Manchester University. They also picked up a posthumous award for their brother Barry. The brothers had once lived in Manchester, England.
2007 - At the Eurovision Song Contest, UK is represented by Scooch with "Flying the Flag (For You)", scoring only 19, they finish in penultimate place in the final .
2008 - Singer-songwriter Neil Young had a spider named after him. US university biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and decided to name it after his favourite musician. Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi was found in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2007.
2008 . . In preparation for Death Magnetic, their new album, Metallica launch their Website Mission: Metallica, http://www.missionmetallica.com.
2012 . . Vanilla Ice helped in the launch of the Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington with a free concert for valid daily park ticket or 2012 Season Pass holders.
2013 . . Thieves stole more than one million rand/£70,000 in takings after a Justin Bieber concert at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. The gang, armed with ropes, hammers and chisels, broke into a strongroom where the takings from the Justin Bieber concert and a gig the previous evening by Bon Jovi.

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May 13th:
1938 . . "When the Saints Go Marching In" was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.
1954 . . "The Pajama Game" made its debut on Broadway in New York City at the St. James Theatre..
1955 . . Elvis Presley's performance at Jacksonville, FL, became the first Presley show at which a riot ensued. Johnny Tillotson, the opening act saw fans rip the shirt off Elvis Presley's back..
1957 . . Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock-A-Billy', the singers fourth and final UK No.1. The Song gave its name to a music style - a mix of rock and country.
1957 . . Elvis Presley begins filming his third movie, Jailhouse Rock, in Hollywood.
1958 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was granted a divorce from his second wife six months after marrying his third wife, Myra.
1960 . . Johnny Cash guest starred with comics Homer & Jethro on the NBC TV The Ford Show, presented by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
1960 . . The juvenile delinquent movie Platinum High School, starring Conway Twitty, opens in New York..
1961 . . Gene Vincent became the first American artist to appear on the UK ATV's "Thank Your Lucky Stars"; he sang "She She, Little Sheila"..
1965 . . Elvis Presley's sixteenth movie, Tickle Me, premieres in Hollywood. It opens nationally two weeks later..
1967 . . Scott McKenzie's San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) is released and soon became an anthem of the Flower Power movement and hippies all over the world.
1967 . . The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with 'The Happening'; it made No.6 in the UK. It was the last single to be released as the Supremes, from now on they were known as Diana Ross and the Supremes..
1968 . . John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave a series of interviews to help launch Apple Corps in the US.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin became the first major British rock group to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: 'The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better'..
1969 . . The Beatles posed for the photo for the cover of their The Beatles 1967-1970 compilation, recreating the cover of their first album, Please Please Me, but now with far more hair on their heads and faces.
1970 . . Let It Be, the 1970 documentary film about the Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969 made it's world premiere in New York City, USA. The Beatles did not attend. The Beatles won an Oscar for Let It Be in the category "Original Song Score", which Quincy Jones accepted on their behalf. The soundtrack also won a Grammy for "Best Original Score"..
1971 . . Grace Slick was injured in a near-fatal automobile crash when her Mercedes slammed into a wall in a tunnel near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The accident happened while she was drag racing with Jorma Kaukonen; both were driving at over 100 miles per hour.
1971 . .
On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings. His contract with Motown expired this day and the royalties set aside for him in a trust fund became available. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.
1974 . . Forty-three people were arrested and more than fifty were injured after youths started throwing bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK stadium in Washington DC.
1975 . . A radio station in Jacksonville, Florida knocks out the city's phone service when they started to give away tickets to Elvis Presley's concert.
1977 . . Linda Ronstadt denied reports saying she had been offered $1 million to be photographed nude for a Hustler centerfold.
1978 . . Boney M were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rivers of Babylon'. The single was originally done by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians, which appeared in the sound track to the 1972 movie The Harder They Come.
1979 . . Van Halen's David Lee Roth collapsed on stage during a concert in Spokane, Washington.
1981 . . Heartworn Highways the documentary film by James Szalapski was released. The film captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee and features Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band.
1984 . . "The Fantasticks" became the longest-running musical in theatre history with performance number 10,000. The show opened on May 3th 1960..
1985 . . Tipper Gore, who is the wife of Tennessee senator Al Gore, forms the Parents Music Resource Center aka PMRC with 3 other politically-connected women after listening to the Prince song Darling Nikki. The group pressures the RIAA to establish a ratings system for albums and concerts like there exists in movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. They end up getting warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.
1985 . . Bruce Springsteen and the model/actress Julianne Phillips were married,.. but they separated in 1989.
1988 . . During a UK tour, Johnny Cash appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Glen Campbell joined Cash on stage where they played a selection of each other's hits.
1993 . .
Bette Midler, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elizabeth Taylor and Barry White were guest voices on the twenty-second and final episode of The Simpsons' fourth season, entitled "Krusty Gets Kancelled".
1996 . . Oasis became the fastest selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50..
1999 . . DMX is arrested and charged with assaulting a man in Yonkers, New York. The charges are later dropped.
2000 . . Happy Mondays singer, Shaun Ryder's Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being used as the getaway car. The car was used in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden's fish and chip restaurant in Manchester. £7,000 cash was taken in the robbery
.
2000 . . The 45th Eurovision Song Contest final is held in Stockholm's Globe Arena. The UK entry, "Don't Play That Song Again", performed by Nicki French, finished in sixteenth place - the worst-ever showing for a UK entry up to that time. (It does get worse!!)
2003 . . Michael Jackson sued Motown records for nonpayment of Jackson 5 royalties and unauthorized usage of the group's music in TV ads.
2003 . . Canadian comedian and musician, Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.
2004 . . In an Australian radio interview, Gene Simmons of Kiss states of Islam: "This is a vile culture, and if you think for a second that it's willing to just live in the sands of God's armpit you've got another thing coming... they want to come and live right where you live and they think that you're evil". After a flood of angry calls from Muslims, Simmons claims he was speaking only of extremists.
2006 . . Drummer Ryan Vandeberghe announces that the punk band Suicide Machines have broken up after 15 years..
2007 . . Queen's Brian May was put on a 24hr watch after a schizophrenic leaves a letter at the guitarist's home blaming him for his mental illness, claiming himself as the real Brian May, and marking the Queen guitarist for death.
2008 . . Babyshambles appeared at The Forum in London, the bands first gig since singer Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs jail.
2008 . . The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, aka "Flo and Eddie" sue Capitol Records for allowing Ice Cube to sample the group's 1972 song "Buzzsaw" for Cube's 1992 hit "Jackin' For Beats"
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2008 . . The U.S. Postal Service issued a 42-cent stamp in honor of Frank Sinatra. His son Frank Sinatra Jr. and daaughter Nancy Sinatra attended the U.S.Postal Service
launching ceremony on the 10th anniversary of ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ death.
2008 . . Rapper Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years in prison for assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in conjunction with the shooting of a woman outside a Manhattan nightclub.
2011 . . Like A Rolling Stone was voted as Bob Dylan's best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on 24th May..
2013 . .
Without permission or permits, Erykah Badu filmed the video for her song "Window Seat", at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. She wrote on her Twitter that the video "was shot guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., Downtown Dallas, then ran like hell". In the video, Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas sidewalk until she was nude at the site where Kennedy was shot. A shot rang out as the song ended, Badu's head jerked back, and she fell to the ground. She was leater fined $500.
2015 - After moving to Nashville, Steven Tyler's single "Love Is Your Name" was released to all digital platforms. It was the lead single from his fourthcoming debut solo album. It peaked at No.19 on the US Hot Country Chart.

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May 14th:
1921 . . Noël Coward set sail for New York aboard the S.S. Aquitania.
1944 . . Kate Smith aka The Songbird of the South, starred in "Little Johnny Appleseed" on Silver Theatre, a radio dramatic anthology series in the USA.
1956 . .
Buddy Holly got a prescription for contact lenses. He couldn't get used to wearing them so he continued to use his trademark glasses.
1959 . . Cliff Richard's first movie, "Serious Charge" premiered..
1960 . . The Silver Beats:- John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Tommy Moore, performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing were Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".
1966 . . For the record ninth time in three years, The Kingsmen's hit version of Louie Louie enters the Billboard singles charts..
1968 . . Paul McCartney and John Lennon were guests on NBC's "Tonight Show" with guest host Joe Gragiola. They spoke about
the forming of Apple Corps, meditation, and song writing.
1969 . . During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group's 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn.
1971 . . Johnny Cash appeared on the UK TV David Frost Show, where he talked about his career as well as performing "Man In Black" and "If I Were A Carpenter.' - See more at: http://www.thisdayincountrymusic.com/search_result#sthash.d0V7nZky.dpuf
1976 . . Keith Relf of the Yardbirds was fatally electrocuted by his son's electric guitar. The 33 years old lead vocalist was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar.
1977 . . During a UK tour, Talking Heads played a gig at The Rock Garden in London where Brian Eno who was in the audience saw the band, who then went on to produce them.
1979 . . "The Kids Are Alright," Jeff Stein's documentary compilation of film clips detailing the history of The Who debuted at the Cannes Film Festival..
1983 . . Spandau Ballet scored their first and only UK No.1 album with 'True.'
1985 . . Michael Jackson received a humanitarian award from U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House.
1987 . . Frank Sinatra, who had played South Africa in the past, suddenly condemns the apartheid regime publicly, referring to president P.W. Botha as "a bum."
1988 . . Atlantic Records celebrated its 40th anniversary with a televised cable show, staging a non-stop concert lasting almost 13 hours at Madison Square Garden, New York. The event was dubbed "It's Only Rock And Roll".
1988 . . Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party in New York, appearing with the son of John Bonham, Jason on drums.
1993 . . Four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group Kiss,
sold in a sale at Christies, London, for £20,000.
1993 . . During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, 'That's All Right Mama' and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group KISS sold for £20,000, ($35,385).
1993 . . The US tabloid Weekly World News claimed that Elvis Presley had faked his death and had only just recently died.
1997 . . Mark Morrison was jailed for three months after threatening a police officer with an electric stun gun, he was also ordered to pay £350 costs.
1998 . .
In a Beverly Hills Municipal court, George Michael was convicted and fined £500/$810 for a "lewd act" in a Los Angeles public toilet. He was also ordered to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community service.
1998 . . Frank Sinatra died after a heart attack at the age of 82.
2000 . . Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Reload' making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new material.
2001 . . After a six season run, the last episode of R&B singer Brandy's TV series Moesha airs. This final episode is a cliffhanger, with Moesha finding out she is pregnant and her brother kidnapped.
2002 . .
The musical "We Will Rock You" a musical based on the songs of Queen written by Ben Elton and Queen opened at the Dominion Theatre in the West End of London. It became the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre..
2003 . . Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company settled a dispute over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories. Spears had filed a $1.5 million breach of agreement lawsuit against Skechers in December, claiming the company failed to pay her adequately. Skechers had responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of the three-year licensing agreement she signed in January 2002.
2004 . . Phil Spector was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64 year old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set.
2005 . .
50 Cents appeared in a Springfield, Massachusetts court charged with assaulting three women at a concert in 2004 after leaping into the crowd. The judge ordered him to stay clean of drugs and take an anger management course to avoid spending time in jail.
2006 . . Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls and her boyfriend, Sacha Gervasi, welcome their first daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell.
2006 . . Ashton Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.
2008 . . Metallica kicked off a 26 date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.
2008 . . Kanye West performs live at the Casio G-Shock 25th Anniversary Celebration at Gustavino's in New York City.
2008 . . A near Mr. Big "one-off" reunion took place in Los Angeles at the House Of Blues when Paul Gilbert was joined on stage by Pat Torpey, Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan for renditions of Humble Pie's '30 Days In The Hole' and original Mr. Big composition 'Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy'.
2011 . . Country artists Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert get married, forming a Country music power couple.
2013 . . It was reported that KISS planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year.
2015 . . The British boy group, One Direction, made their first official public appearance as a four piece on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where they confirmed that they would continue working without a new fifth member.

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May 15th:
1915 . . Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland opened up at Lamb's Cafe at Clark & Randolph Streets in Chicago, and start advertising themselves as a "Jass Band" with Ray Lopez, cornet and manager; Tom Brown, trombone and leader; Gussie Mueller clarinet, Arnold Loyacano piano and string bass; and Billy Lambert on drums. (In Chicago Gussie Mueller was hired by bandleader Bert Kelly, and his place was taken by young New Orleans clarinetist Larry Shields).
1957 . . Elvis Presley was rushed to an LA hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which had lodged in one of his lungs.

1961 . . Brenda Lee guests on 'Make Room For Daddy' on CBS-TV.
1963 . . The Hollies began recording their first sessions for their first album. "Stay with The Hollies" was released in January 1964..
1963 . . At the 5th Annual Grammy Awards held Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, Burl Ives won Best Country & Western Recording for "Funny Way of Laughin'"
1963 . . Decca Records
in London turned down The Beatles last year, but today they signed The Rolling Stones to their label.
1963 . . During a UK tour, The Beatles performed at the Royalty Theatre in Chester. They performed ‘Some Other Guy’, ‘Thank You Girl’, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘From Me To You’.
1965 . . Bob Dylan's single Subterranean Homesick Blues peaked at No.39 in the US charts, his first US top 40 hit. John Lennon was reported to find the song so captivating that he didn't know how he'd be able to write a song that could compete with it.
1966 . . Bruce Springsteen's band The Castiles bought an hour of studio time at the Bricktown Recording Studio in the Brick Mall Shopping Center in New Jersey. They pay $50 to record two songs written by the 16-year-old Springsteen.
1967 . . Paul McCartney first met Linda Eastman at a Georgie Fame concert in London..
1968 . . George Harrison and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of 'Wonderwall' at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot starred Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin, and featured cameos by Anita Pallenberg. The soundtrack was composed by then-Beatle George Harrison. The film provides the name for the Oasis track 'Wonderwall', which was inspired by George Harrison's composition..
1969 . . John Lennon's 'Life With The Lions' was released on Apple's avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London's Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono's pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.
1970 . .
Pirate Station, Radio North Sea International was bombed by commando frogmen hired by a director of the rival pirate station, Radio Veronica.
1971 . . Pink Floyd performed a two-and-a-half-hour set at Crystal Palace Park in London, complete with fireworks and a fifty-foot inflatable octopus. The concert was so loud, an estimated 95-decibals, that 100s of fish died in the lake, or was it the smoke flares set off in the water; the band was sent a bill for all the dead fish.
1971 . . Two short John Lennon films were shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
1974 . . Frank Zappa and his wife announced the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan, after the Japanese movie monster that lived of a steady diet of 707 planes.
1974 . .
Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman released his first solo album, "Monkey Grip." It was the first solo effort by a member of the Rolling Stones..
1975 . . UK rock band Fleetwood Mac play their first concert with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks at a show in El Paso, Texas..
1976 . . The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Black And Blue', the group's sixth US No.1 album. The band's first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor featured the hit 'Fool To Cry'.
1981 . . X Sex Pistol John Lydon's band, Public Image Ltd, performed a show at New York's Ritz Club posing behind a video screen while the music was played from tapes. They were showered with missiles and eventually booed off stage.
1984 . . Nils Lofgren replaced "Miami" Steve Van Zandt in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
1991 . . Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richey Edwards carved '4 real' into his arm with a razor blade while being interviewed by music paper The NME.
1994 . . Sting and Nancy Wilson both received honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1995 . . Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland was arrested for heroin and cocaine possession outside a motel in Pasadena. This was just the first of his high-profile drug arrests.
1997 . . Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band.
1997 . . Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3m.
1998 . . Sonny and Cher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 . . It was reported that Britney Spears had been crowned the queen of America's fastest growing youth movement, the teenage celibates. She told a German magazine that she intended to abstain from sex until her wedding night.
2002 . . Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay suffered facial injuries after an incident with a photographer at the premiere of 'Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones' in London, UK.
2002 . . The Wu-Tang Name Generator goes online. The apps turns your real name into one suited for the rap collective. My name is Sykastyk Deemon.
2003 . . t.A.T.u.'s manager Ivan Shapovalov was arrested for disturbing the peace after staging a video shoot in Moscow's Red Square for the duo's song "Show Me Love." Playing up the act's (pretend) image as teenage lesbian lovers, Shapovalov had arranged for about 200 young girls to dress like t.A.T.u. and kiss each other, which causes a disturbance.
2004 . . Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts married Allison Alderson, a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA 2002. DeMarcus met her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, "These Days".
2007 . . Ike Turner spent his day in an L.A. jail over a mistaken warrant.
2007 . . UK singer Pete Doherty exhibited his paintings for the first time. The art exhibition took place at the London's Bankrobber Gallery, and was on show for one month. The collection featured 14 painting..
2008 . . Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before Dark’ the 67-year-old's 29th studio album..
2008 . . Shania Twain and producer Robert "Mutt" Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage.
2010 . . Lyle Lovett was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Houston at its general commencement ceremony.
2011 . . Tom Jones appeared alongside Hugh Laurie in the UK ITV series Perspectives, singing music from album Let Them Talk by Hugh Laurie.
2011 . . Rocker Meat Loaf and rapper Lil Jon are both eliminated just one week before the season 11 finale of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2014 . . Rapper
Hollywood Will aka Evan Plunkett is shot dead at a Las Vegas casino.

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May 16th:
1929 . . Paul Whiteman and his orchestra backed Bing Crosby recorded "Sposin’"
1946 . . The Irving Berlin musical, "Annie Get Your Gun" opened at New York's Imperial Theatre, the first of 1,147 performances..
1960 . . Billboard magazine reports that Detroit music mogul Berry Gordy is thinking of starting three new record labels, including one called Motown.
1962 . . B Bumble and the Stingers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nut Rocker'. The instrumental was based on Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite'..
1963 . . The Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children's program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me'.
1965 . . The Beach Boys appeared on the "The Ed Sullivan Show", they performed "Help Me Rhonda".
1965 . . The Rolling Stones appeared with Chuck Berry on the TV show "Hollywood A-GO-GO".
1965 : The Rolling Stones' limo is attacked by female fans on the way back to their hotel after a show in Long Beach, CA; So many fans were standing on the roof that it caves in. While the band held the roof up with their hands, the chauffeur speeds away, leaving fans to fall on to the road.
1966 . .
Bruce Springsteen's four-piece high school group The Castiles, (named after the soap brand), recorded two original songs “That’s What You Get” and “Baby I” at the Bricktown Studio in New Jersey. Both were co-written by Bruce Springsteen & lead singer George Theissat, only five copies of the record were pressed.
1967 . .
Manfred Mann played at the Industrial Ballroom in Norwich.
1967 . . Appearing on the ITV show 'As You Like It' this night was Georgie Fame and the Tremeloes, Lulu, Cat Stevens, and The Herd.
1967 . . The Jeff Beck Group which included Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Aynsley Dunbar appeared at the Corn Exchange in Bristol.
1969 . . Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested for possession of marijuana at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. He given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years.
1969 . . Pete Townshend spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man at The Fillmore East. Townshend didn't realise the man who jumped onto the stage was a plain-clothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.
1970 . . The Who release Live at Leeds which is their first live album. Since its initial reception, Live at Leeds has been cited by several music critics as the best live rock recording of all time.
1970 . . The England World Cup Squad were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Back Home.' The track spent three weeks at the top of the charts.
1970 . . Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane is arrested on charges of drug possession in his Bloomington, Minnesotta hotel room after police found him smoking pot. He was fined $100.
1970 . . Randy Bachman left the Guess Who to produce an album for Winnipeg band Brave Belt, which he eventually joins..
1971 - BBC television makes the first broadcast of Benjamin Britten's opera for television, Owen Wingrave..
1974 . . Neil Young made an unannounced appearance at The Bottom Line in New York and played songs from his new album 'On The Beach.'
1974 . . During their American tour, supporting Mott The Hoople, Queen's rock guitarist Brian May
was flown back to the UK today. Brian had collasped on stage on the 11th, with a severe case hepatitis. The rest of the tour was scrapped for Queen, after which Kansas stood in for the band.
1976 . . Patti Smith made her UK debut at The Roundhouse, London.
1976 . . Mayor James H. McGee declares today "Ohio Players Day" in the band's hometown of Dayton, OH.
1977 . . The London Evening Standard reported that Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since
the Led Zeppelin singer was at his home in Wales at the time, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the UK paper ran an apology the following night.
1980 . . The Carpenters' last TV special, Music, Music, Music, airs on ABC..
1980 . . Dr. George C. Nichopoulous was indicted in Memphis on 14 counts of overprescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients. Although he was acquitted in November, his case was re-opened 12 years later, and his license was revoked.
1981 . . Pretenders' drummer Martin Chambers married Tracy Atkinson.
1983 . . "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever" was aired on television. It was a taping of the first time Michael Jackson performed "the moonwalk" for a live audience.. (25th anniversary? Tamla Records was founded on January 12th 1959, The record label "Motown" was formed in September 1959 and the company was incorporated as "Motown Record Corporation" on April 14th 1960)
1984 . . Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for 'staggering drunk' down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from
jail five hours later, after drying out, and continued on with his tour in support of 1983’s Bark at the Moon.
1986 . . Johnny Paycheck was convicted of shooting a man when a disagreement broke at a bar in Hillsboro, OH. The fan was only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck is pardoned after 22 months in prison.
1986 . .
In Dublin, Elvis Costello married Caitlin O'Riordan, bassist with The Pogues.
1987 . . David Crosby married his girlfriend Jan Dance in LA; his bandmate Stephen Stills gave the bride away and Graham Nash renewed his vows with wife Susan.
1991 . . Ray Charles was inducted into the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
1997 . . Daily Mail name Victoria Adams aka Posh Spice this year's "Top of The Poppets"; she had been wowing audiences since the age of eight .. but at school.
1998 . . Keith Richards fell off a chair while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home injuring his ribs.
Some concert dates had to be cancelled.
1999 . . Country music artists Paul Brandt and Claudia Church leave for Bosnia to entertain U.S. troops there.
1999 . . Singers Diana Ross and Brandy star as mother and daughter in the TV movie "Double Platinum".
2000 . . "The Artist" announced that he was reclaiming the name "Prince" as his contract with Warner-Chappell had finished. The contract had actually
ended officially on December 31st 1999.
2000 . . The "What My Heart Has Seen" exhibition opened at the Catto Gallery in London, an exhibition of Tony Bennett's paintings
, with his music playing in the back-ground. He signed his paintings with his real name, Anthony Benedetto, this separated the singer from the artist.
2000 . . Britney Spears' second album, 'Oops!... I Did It Again' was released, selling 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist..
2002 . . Cher was the guest star on tonight's "A.I.: Artificial Insemination" episode of NBC-TV's Will & Grace
2003 . . While undergoing dialysis, Barry White suffered a stroke; although his sister publicly claimed he would soon be performing again, sadly it was the end of Barry's public life.
2003 . . The town of Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its famous son, Frank Sinatra. .... Others get a postage stamp, Ol' Blues Eyes gets the whole post office!!
2004 . . Frankee was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)'. The song was a "reply" to the No.1 by Eamon that it replaced, (Fuck It, I Don't Want You Back). This is the first time that a record and its reply have both made No 1..
2006 . . Kenny Chesney performed "There Goes My Life" and "Back Where I Come From" for president George W. Bush at the dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard in the East Wing of the White House.
2007 . . New name day in Parma, Italy; it names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
2009 . . Alexander Rybak wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, for Norway. Within a couple of days, his song, "Fairytale", reaches the top ten in charts in most of Europe, including a No. 10 entry in the UK Singles Chart. Jade Ewen finishes 5th for the UK with "It's My Time"
2009 . . Bob Dylan debuted at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life'. Entering the U.S. charts at No.1. At 67, Dylan became the oldest living musician to debut at No.1 on the Billboard albums chart. (85 year-old Tony Bennett broke that record in 2011 with his Duets album)...
2013 . . One Direction announced their first stadium tour, the Where We Are Tour, will began in April 2014.
2013 . . It was reported that George Michael had been injured after the car in which he was travelling in crashed on the M1 during the evening rush-hour. Ambulance crews confirmed that the singer had to be airlifted from the scene, near the junction with the M25.
2016 . . Police in a suburb of Chicago are searching for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor who has been reported missing for more than a day. Police were called today after O'Connor "left the Wilmette area" for a bicycle ride at 0600 local time on Sunday, and had not returned.

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May 17th:
1933 . . Extremely ill and weak from fighting tuberculosis, Jimmie Rodgers arrives in New York and starts recording his last 24 songs over 7 days [May 17-24] . Sadly Jimmie died just two days later..
1953 . . During a recording session at Atlantic Records studios in New York, Ray Charles learns that his mother has died. He continues on with the session, recording the song "Sinner's Prayer"
.
1958 . . "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" was held in his hometown of Farriday, LA.
1960 . . Billboard reports that Berry Gordy is forming his own record label, to become Tamla Motown
1963 . . The very first Monterey Folk Festival was held featuring The Wildwood Boys with Jerry Garcia on his banjo, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary and others..
1964 . .
Bob Dylan made his first major concert UK appearance when he played at the Royal Festival Hall in London with an afternoon show listed as a ‘Folksong Concert’. Dylan's 18-song set included the live debut of Mr. Tambourine Man and took place on a Sunday afternoon. In the interval, Dylan received a telegram from John Lennon seeking a meeting which never materialised..
1966 . . Bob Dylan, who had recently "gone electric" appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England; just before he begins his latest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone", a member of the audience, a folk purist, shouts out, "Judas!" Dylan responds with "I don't believe you ... You're a liar!" Dylan then went on to tell the band to play the song "f--king loud".
1967 . . Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded "Gentle On My Mind," a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell.
1967 . . "Don't Look Back", a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 British tour, premiered at the Presidio Theatre, San Francisco, CA..
1967 . . Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
1969 . . Joni Mitchell was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents / 2/6d.
1969 . . It was reported, that for the first time ever, album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK. 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles..
1971 . . Dawn were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Knock Three Times', singer Tony Orlando had retired from singing, but he was persuaded to front Dawn for studio recordings.
1971 . . The Christian musical "Godspell" debuted, it opened first off Broadway at the New York's Cherry Lane Theatre..
1974 . . The Elton John TV special Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things debuts on ABC TV..
1974 . . NBC-TV's The Midnight Special salute the '50s and '60s Rock-and-Roll, with Frankie Avalon as host and performances given by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie,
Shirley and Lee, The Fleetwoods, Frankie Ford, and Fabian.
1975 . . Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP 'Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy', the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release..
1975 . . B.J. Thomas was at No.1 on the US Country chart with, "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song". The song is also the longest-titled No. 1 song (not including the Stars On 45 Medley) to date..
1975 . . Mick Jagger was rushed to Southampton Hospital to have 20 stitches, after he angerly thrust his hand through the plate-glass window of Gosman’s restaurant in Montauk, Long Island, where he had been dining with the Atlantic Records chairman Ahmet Ertegun.
1975 . . Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena, London. The set list included: Rock And Roll,
The Rain Song, The Song Remains The Same, Kashmir, No Quarter, Going To California, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, and Black Dog. Tickets cost £1 - £2.50.
1978 . . Disco film "Thank God It's Friday", which stars Donna Summer and Village People, premiered in Los Angeles..
1978 . . The TV special The Carpenters: Space Encounters airs on ABC.
1980 . . This year's Eurovision song contest winner Johnny Logan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'What's Another Year', the 2nd Eurovision winner for Ireland. Logan won it again in 1987 and wrote a further winner in 1992.
1980 . . Just weeks after his harrowing incarceration in Tokyo, Paul McCartney appears, with wife Linda, as the musical guest on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live.
1980 . . Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss for a solo career and replaced by Eric Carr..
1986 . .
Whitney Houston becomes the first-ever female singer to hit top of Billboard singles chart with three consecutive singles when Greatest Love of All reaches No. 1..
1987 . . Tom Petty's home in Encino, CA, went up in flames, causing over a million dollars' worth of damage.
1989 . .
R.E.M.'s 12-date UK tour kicked off at Leicester De Montfort Hall.
1989 . .
Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman opens
"Sticky Fingers" in London, the first of his Stones-themed restaurants..
1990 . . Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing's final gig with the band, drummer Dave Grohl replaced him in Sept of this year after his band Scream had split-up..
1993 . . Barry Manilow appeared on the CBS-TV's "Murphy Brown" as himself.
1993 . . Johnny Cash started four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin's living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. This was the start of sessions for his forthcoming American Recordings album.
1995 . . Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard share the stage for the first time ever at a concert in Sheffield, England..
1999 . . No Doubt sued the clothing manufacturer No Fear claiming the company's clothing items that had the "No Doubt" name on them infringe on the bands copyrighted service mark.
2000 . . The Eagles filed a suit against the "Hotel California" restaurant in Dallas, Texas, alleging trademark violations.
2002 . . Lance Bass of boy-band *NSYNC underwent hospital treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat. Lance had been hoping to qualify for a seat onboard a Russian rocket flight to the International Space Station.

2003 . . Singer with Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after being stopped during a routine traffic search in Los Angeles, He was released on $10,000 bail.
2005 . . Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying", won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, it was also named as the #1 country song of 2004 by Billboard. Video of The Year went to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby" and Gretchen Wilson won Top New Artist and Top Female Vocalist. Entertainer of The Year went to Kenny Chesney.
2006 . . Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage, saying that after four years together, they were going their separate ways..
2008 . .
The Brothers Four's Bob Flick married his third wife, actress Loni Anderson.
2008 . . Ashlee Simpson marries Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy ... the marrage lasted three years.
2009 . . Charlie McCoy, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell were all inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
2011 . . Rapper Wiz Khalifa finished his show early at a London Club, after a fight broke out. Khalifa and his girlfriend, Amber Rose, fled from the club dodging thrown bottles as they went.
2011 . . Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman, Scott Weiland's autobiography, "Not Dead & Not for Sale", co-written with David Ritz, was released..
2012 . . Lisa Marie Presley performed her song "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" on American Idol's results show.
2013 . . Bob Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dylan, who was unable to attend the New York ceremony, said he felt "extremely honoured" and "lucky" to be admitted. Dylan's induction was decided by a vote of the Academy's 250 members.
2015 . . Rapper Chinx was shot and killed in Queens, New York. The 31 year-old, was part of French Montana's Coke Boys group, was riding in a car in the early hours of the morning when another vehicle pulled up and opened fire.

2016 . . Chicago police confirmed Sinéad O’Connor has been found safe, after a desperate hunt was launched to find the Irish singer when she disappeared on Sunday from a suburb of Chicago. She was reportedly found at a local hotel and, according to reports, was taken to a nearby hospital.

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May 18th:
1963 . . Jackie DeShannon makes her network TV debut on CBS' Jackie Gleason Show..
1963 . . The Beatles began their first headlining tour at the Grenada Theatre in Slough, England..
1964 . . A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gate-crashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966 . . During his world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film 'Eat The Document'. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage '66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as 'incomprehensible for a mainstream audience'.
1967 . .
John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios, London.
1967 . . The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 'summer of love' and The Beatles' sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to 'keep it simple'..
1968 . . Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe through the Tulips" was released. It was originally a No.1 hit for Nick Lucas in 1929.
1968 . . The first Miami Pop Festival kicked off, with an estimated 25,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang. Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown..
1968 . . Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Steve Miller Band and Jefferson Airplane all appeared at The Northern California Rock Festival in Santa Clara.
1975 . . The Bay City Rollers were booked to appear at BBC Radio "Fun Day" at the Mallory Park racetrack in Leicestershire, UK. They were about to perform on the island in the middle of the lake, when throngs of fans tried to swim to the Rollers, mayhem ensues and they never got to perform.
1978 . . "The Buddy Holly Story" movie had its world premiere in Houston, Texas; it stars Gary Busey as Buddy Holly..
1980 . . Battling epilepsy and depression, tragically Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis hangs himself at his home in England.
1981 . . Bruce Springsteen appeared at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England during a European tour.
1981 . .
Diana Ross leaves Motown Records after nearly 20 years and signs a record $20 million contract with RCA..
1986 . . Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings appeared in a CBS-TV remake of the movie Stagecoach along with June Carter, John Carter Cash, John Schneider, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe and Billy Swan
1989 . . The charity version of "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey" by Ferry Aid started a 3 week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The song was recorded to raise funds for the Hillsborough Football victims; Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians all featured on the recording.
1992 . . Sister Souljah was quoted by the Washington Post as saying "If black people kill black people ever day, why not have a week and kill white people".
1993 . . Sister Lovers, 18 Wheeler, Boyfriend and Oasis appeared at King Tuts in Glasgow, Scotland. Creation Records boss Alan McGee who was in the audience declared after seeing Oasis, ‘I’ve found the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band since The Beatles.’ McGee had missed a train at nearby Queen Street station, and decided to head to Tuts to kill time before the next one.
1995 . . Don Henley from The Eagles married model Sharon Summerall.
1997 . . Blur won pop music’s equivalent of the FA Cup, the Music Industry Soccer Six. The band’s win at Fulham’s FC’s ground Craven Cottage saw them beating off competition from Robbie Williams, My Life Story and The Prodigy.
1997 . . U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for 'Last Night On Earth'. Apart from major traffic jams, a passing Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window trying to avoid a cameraman.
1998 . .
Frank Sinatra's funeral of was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Mourners included, Sophia Loren, Tony Curtis, Tony Bennett, Faye Dunaway, Jack Nicholson, Liza Minnelli, Angie Dickinson, Mia Farrow, Bob Newhart and Kirk Douglas.
1998 . . Tommy Lee from Motley Crue was sentenced to six months jail after being found guilty of spousal abuse.
1999 . . 25-year-old Robbie O'Neil was found dead from a heroin overdose at Shane MacGowan's London flat.
2000 . . Madonna’s boyfriend Guy Ritchie was arrested after attacking a fan outside the superstar’s London home. Ritchie was said to have kicked and punched a male fan after the couple returned home from a night out.
2002 . . The Barry Manilow "Ultimate Manilow"special airs on CBS-TV.
2003 . . Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, was arrested for drug possession. He was released on $10,000 bail.
2003 . . June Carter Cash's funeral was held in her hometown of Henderson, TN. There were two thousand mourners there, including her husband Johnny Cash as well as Kris Kristofferson, the Oak Ridge Boys, Hank Willams Jr, Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow who all performed tributes.
2003 . . "Les Miserables" closed after 6,680 shows and 16 years on Broadway.
2004 . . "Hee Haw Collection" was released. It was the first time that full shows were released on VHS and DVD..
2004 . . It was announced that the Country Cow Creamery would be producing the ice cream flavors Ozzy's Carnivorous Carrot Cake and Death by Sharon in honor of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
2007 . . Country singer Kellie Pickler's father was arrested in Albemarle, North Carolina on a felony count of obtaining property under false pretense and three felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle. Clyde "Bo" Pickler Jr., was accused of stealing abandoned and disabled vehicles and illegally selling them to scrap yards. Bond was set at $26,000.
2008 . . The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards was hosted by Reba McEntire, winners included: Entertainer of the Year - Kenny Chesney, Top Male Vocalist - Brad Paisley, Top Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood, Top New Female Vocalist - Taylor Swift, Top New Duo or Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum and Album of the Year went to Miranda Lambert for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend".
2010 . . The 58th Annual BMI Pop Awards were held in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California. Among the award winners was Taylor Swift for Most Performed Pop Song and Song of the Year.
2011 . . John Lennon‘s handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ sold for $237,132 at an auction in the US. The sale of the sheet, which featured the song’s third verse and the opening words to ‘She’s Leaving Home’, took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, Lennon states the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden
2011 . . Jazz bassist, Coleridge Goode was honoured with the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, held at the House of Commons.

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May 19th:
1958 . . Bobby Darin's single, "Splish Splash," was released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a plastic 45-RPM disc.
1960 . .
DJ Alan Freed and eight others were charged by federal grand jury for commercial bribery, better known as payola, for accepting $30,650 from six record companies. Alan Freed refused to testify and became the scapegoat for the others.
1960 . . Ben E King, then Ben Nelson, recorded his last song with The Drifter as their lead singer, "Sometimes I Wonder", but it was not released until June 1962. He also left the Drifters in May 1960 to follow a solo career, assuming the stage name Ben E. King..
1961 . . The Everly Brothers launched their own record label Calliope..
1964 . . Lawrence Wright died in London, but his death went unreported by Melody Maker, the newspaper he founded in 1926 !!
1965 . . FBI agents visited Wand Records investigating the lyrics to the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen. Some people to suspected the song was obscene, so the FBI was asked to investigate whether or not the words in the song violated laws against the interstate transportation of obscene material. They discovered no evidence of obscenity.
1967 . . The Beatles held a press party at manager's Brian Epstein's house in London for the launch of the Sgt. Pepper album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer.
1973 . . Paul Simon released the single 'Kodachrome' named after the Kodak 35mm film Kodachrome which became a No.2 hit in the US. It was not released as a single in Britain, because the BBC would not play the trademarked name..
1975 . . Elton John’s "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" album was released U.S. It was the first album to be certified a million-seller on its first day of release, it also it was the first album to debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 200..
1976 . . Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed his car near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, after falling asleep at the wheel; marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another fine for the guitarist.
1978 . . Dire Straits released their first major label single 'Sultans Of Swing', recorded on a £120 budget. The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London.
1979 . . Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter have a baby boy Wayne Albright Jennings, the future Shooter Jennings.
1979 . . Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunite for an impromptu jam at a Welcome Home come belated wedding reception party for Eric and Patti Clapton. Along with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick Jagger, the three former Beatles played all the Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs they knew. It was the first time in almost 10 years that Paul, George and Ringo had jammed together.
1979 . . The Bellamy Brothers scored their first No.1 country single with "If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me". Songwriter David Bellamy stated that he got the title from an old Groucho Marx quote used in the American Quiz show You bet Your Life, where Marx sometimes used the quote while interviewing an attractive female contestant, then shake his cigar and raise his eyebrows to elicit a reaction.
1980 . . Ringo Starr and his future wife were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed, the car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.
1981 . . Sting was honored as songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1984 . . Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album 'Legend'. The album was released to commemorate the third anniversary of Bob Marley's death.
1988 . . James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, following a car chase near his home, he was charged with assault, resisting arrest and being in charge of illegal weapons, he was given a 6 year jail sentence.
1989 . . Alison Moyet was granted a divorce from husband Malcolm Lee
1997 . . Trisha Yearwood's version of "How Do I Live" is released . The song was originally intended to be released as a single from the 1997 Con Air soundtrack. But Disney (who owns Touchstone Pictures) felt LeAnn Rimes' version had too much of a pop feel and because she was only fourteen it was believed that she was too young. Trisha Yearwood was then chosen to re-record the song.
1998 . . Sonny And Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sadly though, Sonny had died early that same year.
1998 . . Jewel releases a book of poetry, "A Night Without Armor"..
2000 . . Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrated their 40 years together with a US tour starting with three nights in Las Vegas.
2000 . . The Allman Brothers Band announce that because of "creative differences", founding guitarist Dickey Betts would not be a part of their summer tour.
2002 . . Liberty X went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just A Little.'
Liberty X were the five runners-up from the British TV talent show "Pop Stars", who failed to become part of the winning group, Hear'Say.
2007 . . Porter Wagoner celebrates his 50th anniversary in the biz at the Grand Ole Opry; Dolly Parton sang "I Will Always Love You" to Wagoner, who she wrote the song about in 1974.
2007 . . Lawyers for Michael Jackson dropped an effort to block an auction of the star's personal belongings and other Jackson family items. An agreement was reached with representatives of an auctioneer, who was the current owner of the materials, and a New Jersey man who claimed to own a warehouse full of Jackson memorabilia after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court.
2009 . . The first episode of the TV show Glee airs, they performed their rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" The Glee version peaked at No.4 in the charts, where as Journey's original only managed to reach No.9.. (something wrong there!!)
2010 . . 'Stairway To Heaven' was named the UK's favourite rock song in a survey by listeners to radio station Absolute Classic Rock. Led Zeppelin had two other tracks in the top 10; ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was voted at No. 4 and ‘Rock 'n' Roll’, from the group’s fourth album, was at No. 7.
2013 . . Katherine Fox told The Sun newspaper that she had been driving behind a silver Range Rover [on the 16th] when George Michael tumbled out of the passenger door on to the third lane of the northbound carriageway. She said Michael had “a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock”.
2013 . . A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sold for $408,000 at auction. Custom-made in 1966 by VOX it was bought by an unidentified US buyer in New York. Harrison played ‘I Am the Walrus’, on the guitar in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. Lennon used it in a video for 'Hello, Goodbye' later that year. After playing the guitar, Lennon gave it as a 25th birthday present to Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a member of The Beatles' inner circle in the 1960s.
2015 . . Lee Ryan became the fourth and final member of Blue to declare himself bankrupt. Lee became the last member of the chart-topping boyband - who earned more than £80million after selling in excess of 15million records worldwide - to file for bankruptcy, following in the financial footsteps of his band mates Simon Webbe, Antony Costa and Duncan James.

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May 20th:
1920 . . Montreal Canada's XWA broadcasts the first scheduled radio program in North America.
1950 . . George Jones married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion, but they divorced the following year.
1954 . . Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" was released, but it wasn't successful until it was released the following year on the 1955 soundtrack "Blackboard Jungle".
1960 . . The Silver Beetles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore - kicked of on a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire. Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.
1961 . . Cliff Richard made his debut on ITV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'..
1964 . . The Drifters lead singer Rudy Lewis was found dead, from a suspected drug over dose, on the morning when the group was scheduled to record "Under The Boardwalk".
1966 . . Bob Dylan and The Band played at the ABC Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Some members of the audience were unhappy with Dylan ‘going electric’, and attempted to overpower the band by playing their own harmonicas.
1966 . . Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band play their first ever gig at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco..
1966 . .
Keith Moon and John Entwistle were late for their Who show at the Rikki Tik club in Newbury, UK, so Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey started the show with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show.. Keith and John showed up halfway through, a fight broke out, with Townshend hitting Moon on the head with his guitar. After the show the guilty two announced that they were leaving the band to form a duo, but we know they didn't!!

1967 . . George Harrison visits the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time..
1967 . . BBC Ban Beatles' Day in the Life, on the grounds that the line "I'd love to turn you on", might encourage drug-taking.
1967 . . The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
premieres on BBC radio, on the Kenny Everett BBC Light program, they talked about making the classic album, and played every track from the album, but the newly banned song "A Day In The Life" is missed out of the show.
1968 . . Pete Townshend of The Who marries Karen Astley, daughter of composer Ted Astley. The couple divorced in 2000.
1968 . . Charley Pride was at No. 1 on the Country album charts with The Country Way. He went on to score thirty-nine No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.
1968 . . The Beatles armed with a bunch of new songs after their visit to India, met at George Harrison's home in Esher, Surrey. They taped 23 new songs on George's 4-track recorder, many of which would end up on The Beatles' next two albums, The White Album and Abbey Road.
1968 . . BBC 2 TV aired a short play 'The Pistol Shot', featuring a young dancer - artist called David Bowie.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin started three days of recording and mixing sessions at A&R Studios in New York City, which included the recording of 'Heartbreaker' and various other parts for new tracks for the group's forthcoming second album.
1969 . . Chicago singer Peter Cetera was attacked at a Dodgers-Cubs baseball game at Dodger Stadium, when four marines didn't like a long-haired rock 'n' roller in a baseball park. Peter had his jaw broken in three in three places, underwent 5 hours of surgery and spent
a couple of days in intensive care.

1970 . . After the final performance of their European tour, guitar virtuoso Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac (he did help them out in 1971 so Fleetwood Mac could finish their US tour; he went under the name Peter Blue) ..
1970 . . George Harrison met producer Phil Spector at Abbey Road Studios to play demos of the songs which would appear on his debut album, All Things Must Pass.
1970 . . The Beatles film "Let It Be" opened in Britain.
UK premieres were held at the Liverpool Gaumont Cinema and the London Pavilion. The Beatles did not attend. They won an Oscar for Let It Be in the category "Original Song Score", which Quincy Jones accepted on their behalf. The soundtrack also won a Grammy for "Best Original Score".
1977 . . The stage show “Beatlemania” opens at the Winter Garden Theatre, in the city of New York.
1978 . . The Buddy Holly story film opened in Holly’s hometown, of Lubbock, Texas , two days after it's premier in Houston.
1980 . . Clash's Joe Strummer was arrested for hitting a violent audience member with his guitar during a show in Hamburg, Germany.
1981 . . Alice Cooper and his wife Sheryl have their first baby, a daughter, Calico.
1984 . . The 2 day pop concert New Brighton Rock kicks off at the town's open-air swimming pool and was transmitted by Granada TV on June 23rd 1984 on ITV. It featured artists including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Gloria Gaynor, Madness, Nik Kershaw and Spandau Ballet.
1985 . . Hall & Oates perform with Temptations Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin at the reopened Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
1992 . . Rock band Aerosmith donated $10,000 to support "Corporal Politics" an art exhibition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
1995 . . The Eagles' Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall, in Malibu; Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Sting performed at the reception.
1997 . . U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes to shoot the video for 'Last Night On Earth'. The following day a Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window to avoid a cameraman.
1998 . . Tommy Lee of Motley Crue started serving a 6-month sentence for felony spousal abuse for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, as she holds their infant son.
1998. . Frank Sinatra's funeral takes place in Beverly Hills, with 400 invited guests including the only surviving member of the Rat Pack, Joey Bishop, Tony Bennett, Jack Nicholson, Angie Dickinson, Liza Minnelli, Tony Danza and Tom Selleck.
2000 . . Scott Weiland frontman with Stone Temple Pilots married his second wife, model Mary Forsberg.
2003 . . South Carolina's parole board pardons James Brown of all past offenses committed in the state, even the felonies, at which James spontaneously sang "God Bless America" at the end of the hearing.
2005 . . Kylie Minogue had a cancerous lump removed from her breast at St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
2005 . . A commemorative landmark plaque and monument in honor to the Beach Boys was enveiled at the site of the Hawthorne, CA, house where the Wilson brothers grew up and The Beach Boys began as a group.

2006 . . Heavy metal monsters, Lordi,
singing their heavy rock anthem dressed in horror costumes, became Finland's first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song "Hard Rock Hallelujah" won in Athens..

2008 . . The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that designated Frank Sinatra Day to honor his contributions to American culture.
2009 . . Michael Jackson delayed the opening four nights of his 'This Is It' UK tour at London's O2 arena. Concert promoters AEG Live said the delay was necessary because the singer needed more time for dress rehearsals. The first show, on 8 July, was pushed back by five nights. Three other July dates would now not take place until March 2010.
2011 . . Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was jailed for six months after being filmed taking crack cocaine by documentary-maker Robyn Whitehead the day before she died of heroin poisoning. A judge told the court that Doherty had an "appalling record" of committing offences, having made 13 other court appearances. Doherty, 32, had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.
2014 . . Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Bavarian banker credited with turning The Rolling Stones into the world's richest rock band, died aged 80. It was on Prince Rupert's advice that the Stones became tax exiles, decamping to the South of France in the 1970s.
2015 . . The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, their set list included the entire Sticky Fingers album. Bruce Willis, Leonard Cohen, Jack Nicholson, and Harry Styles were in the audience.

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May 21st:
1892 . . The opera "I Pagliacci," by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, was performed for the first time in Milan, Italy..
1951 . . Hank Williams was admitted to North Louisiana Sanitarium for the treatment of his alcoholism; he left on May 24.
1959 . .
The musical "Gypsy", referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, opened at The Broadway Theatre, on Broadway..
1968 . . Brian Jones the founder of The Rolling Stones, was arrested for a second time for possession of cannabis in his London apartment.
1971 . . "What's Going On" the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye is released, the first album on which Motown Records' main studio band, the group of session musicians known as the Funk Brothers, received an official credit.
1963 . . The Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for Saturday Club and six songs for Steppin' Out.
1964 . . The Drifters recorded "Under The Boardwalk" but with Johnny Moore as lead singer, because sadly Rudy Lewis had been found dead the day before, on the 20th, which had been the actual scheduled day in the recording studio.
1966 . .
The Castiles with Bruce Springsteen on vocals appeared at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. They were performing at their own high school for the very first time. All five members of the band were Juniors at Freehold High School..
1967 . . Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label.
1968 . . Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London, on a charge of possession of marijuana; he was released on £200 bail.
1970 . . Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single "Ohio", written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4th 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guards fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
1972 . .
The 2nd British Rock Meeting, a 4 day festival kicked off in Germersheim, Germany, with over 70,000 attendees. Bands including:- The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.
1974 . . Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. . Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.
1979 . . Elton John became the first western rock star to tour the USSR when he performed the first of eight concerts in USSR, performing to 4,000 people in Lenigrad. He was on his world tour with Ray Cooper..
1980 . .
Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much troubled gig in Hamburg, Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the audience, he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.
1980 . . Five of Jimi Hendrix's Gold discs were stolen after a thief brook into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, for the albums ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, ‘Cry of Love’, ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and Live at Monterey.
1981. . Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, Prime Minister Edward Seaga delivered the final funeral eulogy.
1982 . . The world famous Hacienda Club was opened in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live..
1983 . . David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let's Dance', which featured blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was Bowie's first single to reach number one on both sides of the Atlantic..
1983 ... ZZ Top released their video for "Gimme All Your Lovin", which marked the first appearance of The Eliminator, Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod, which was featured in three of the band's videos.
1985 . . Marvin Gaye's "Dream of a Lifetime" was released. It was the last album Marvin recorded..
1988 . . Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'She's Leaving Home.' The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childLine charity, sales of the single, which spent four weeks at No.1 were over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine.
1988 . . Alabama, The Judds, George Strait and Randy Travis all appeared at a Country Music Stars Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1988 . . 10 days after its releasd Prince scored his first UK No.1 album with 'Lovesexy.' The cover, which included a photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino, caused some controversy upon release as it depicts Prince in the nude. Some record stores refused to stock it or wrapped the album in black..
1992 . . Bette Midler is Johnny Carson’s last guest on the NBC late-night program The Tonight Show. She sings several songs, including a short duet of "Here's That Rainy Day" with Johnny Carson. It was his penultimate show, but he had no guests the following night, on his last very show..
1992 . . MTV airs the first episode of 'Real World', which is the longest-running program in MTV history and has become one of the longest-running reality series in history and is credited with launching the modern reality TV genre..
1994 . . Manchester United Football Club along with the rock group Status Quo scored a UK No.1 single with 'Come On You Reds'.
1994 . . Trisha Yearwood married Robert "Bobby" Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks; they divorced in 1999.
1994 . . The Wonder Stuff announced that they were splitting up, the bands Phoenix Festival show in July would be their last..
2000 . . Fontella Bass is inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
2001 . . U2's Bono and his wife Ali have a baby boy.
2003 . . Mariah Carey hit back at Eminem's threats to sample the slushy voicemail messages she left on his mobile. Carey described the rapper as "a little girl" saying it's "like dealing with a girlfriend in 7th grade, and he shouldn't do it because it'll get him in a bit of trouble with her lawyers".
2003 . . Because of a past drug conviction, Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan.
2005 . . Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was rushed to hospital following his second suicide bid in a month. The singer battled with police outside his house after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.
2006 . . Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson was injured following a hit and run car accident. The singer was hit by a car while crossing a pedestrian crossing while on the green light, in Leeds city centre. The bands website explained, a 'Ricky trademark jump' probably saved his life, the jump meant he was flipped over the top of the car, hitting the windscreen, rather than getting trapped under it.
2006 . . Madonna played the first of three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum in California, the first dates on her Confessions Tour. The 60-date tour grossed over $260 million, becoming the highest grossing tour ever for a female artist..
2007 . . The defense seeks to show that Phil Spector's Brazilian chauffeur's English was so poor, and the man so frightened upon learning someone had just been shot to death at Spector's home, that he wrongly implicated the music producer.
2007 . . Former singer with Creed, Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault.
2008 . . The manager of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, Lou Pearlman, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.
2008 . . Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over a decades-long scam that swindled thousands of investors out of their life savings. Many victims were Pearlman's relatives, friends and retirees in their 70s or 80s who lost everything.
2008 . . Aerosmith's Steven Tyler checked into Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, California, to recover from multiple leg surgeries to repair damage to his feet.
2008 . . David Cook seems shocked to become the season 7 winner of American Idol, beating 17 year old David Archuleta. Cook got 56% of the record 97.5 million votes..
2009 . . Natalie Cole was recovering after undergoing a kidney transplant. The 59-year-old daughter of Nat King Cole had decided to postpone her summer tour, set to begin in June, as she recovered.
2010 . . U2's lead singer Bono had emergency spinal surgery after suffering an injury while preparing for tour dates. He was treated at a specialist neurosurgery clinic in Munich where he was expected to stay for a number of days.
2011 . . Bob Dylan came out on top as both the most inspirational individual for poets and the dream collaborative partner, in a survey carried out by The Foyle Poetry Society. The extensive survey questioned poets asking which musician and which genre of music most inspired their writing. Young people, aged between 11 and 17, from countries throughout the world had taken part in the survey..
2013 . . Chris Brown was charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license following an accident in the San Fernando Valley, California. If convicted, the singer could face up to one year in jail with other recent incidents including an outburst at a valet, a parking lot brawl with Frank Ocean and a fight with Drake in a New York nightclub.
2015 . . Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the heavy metal band would embark on their "final tour" next year, and Annie Lennox was awarded the fellowship of the British Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca) - the society's highest honour..

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May 22nd:
1954 . . Bob Dylan celebrated his bar mitzvah.
1955 . . In Bridgeport, Connecticut, a Fats Domino concert was canceled because policed feared a rock 'n' roll riot would occur.
1958 . .
Jerry Lee Lewis arrives at Heathrow for start of UK tour, accompanied by his thirteen-year-old wife (and first cousin once removed), Myra. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage led to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.
1964 . . The Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans.
1966 . . Bruce Springsteen and his first band, the Castilles, recorded their first and only record, "That's What You Get" backed with "Baby I." It was never released.
1967 . . Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with The Supremes, on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
1968 . . Cream's Disraeli Gears is certified gold.
1970 . . Elvis Presley signed a three-picture deal with MGM.
1971 . . The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album makes No.1. in the US. The cover which featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche..
1974 . . Boston's 'The Real Paper' music critic Jon Landau wrote, after seeing a Bruce Springsteen performance at the Harvard Square Theater, "I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time".
1975 . . Freddie Mercury receives his first Ivor Novello award for "Killer Queen".
1975 . . First-ever army Rock Festival is held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when 40,000 GIs rock to Joe Cocker and Pure Prairie League
1977 . . Television kicked off their first UK tour at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, Blondie were the support act..
1980 . . In New York, five gold records that belonged to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios.
1980 . . U2 kicked off their 23 date '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.

1981 . . Bob Marley's funeral takes place in Jamaica
1988 . .
Uruguayan guitarist Jorge Galemire was honored with a a Graffiti (Uruguayan equivalent of the Grammys) for his lifetime's work.
1989 . . Public Enemy's Professor Griff was interviewed by the Washington Times.
During the interview with David Mills, Pro Griff made numerous anti-Semitic remarks, statements such as "Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world" .When the interview was published, a media firestorm emerged, and the band found itself under intense scrutiny. Professor Griff was either fired, quit, or never left!
1989 . . Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its member, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.
1991 . . Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single 'Move Any Mountain'.
1992 . . Michael Jackson financed the funeral of a 9 year-old boy that had been killed in a drive-by shooting.
1997 . .
It was declared "Eddie Bo Day" in New Orleans by mayor Marc Morial while Bo was playing in Karachi, Pakistan. Eddie Bo was also named New Orleans' music ambassador to Pakistan.
1997 . . Fleetwood Mac performed the first of two MTV Unplugged specials that would be aired in the summer of 1997.
1999 . . New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena sold out of tickets for 15 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band shows.
2000 . . Scottish rock band Travis triumphed at the Ivor Novello awards with singer Fran Healy winning two awards for Best Contemporary Song for the single 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me'' And Songwriter Of The Year for the Travis album 'The Man Who'.
2000 . . Steely Dan received the Founders Award for a lifetime of songwriting at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
2000 . . Robbie Williams set up a children's charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, 'Give It Sum', boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries included UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.
2001 . . A remastered version of the album "Madonna" was released.
2002 . . Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm. He had been arrested in January after a row at The Prince of Wales pub in London when a bouncer refused to let him in.
2003 . . The final manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was annotated by the composer, sold at an auction for $3.47 million.
2003 . . At the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in Las Vegas, there were boos when the Dixie Chicks’ nomination for Entertainer of the Year award was announced, after Natalie Maines' comment about George Bush, however the host, Vince Gill, reminded the audience that everyone was entitled to freedom of speech.
2003 . . A new model of Jennifer Lopez was unveiled at London's Madame Tussauds
2004 . . Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, England on his 45th birthday. The 18000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes.
2006 . . Mary Wilson of The Supremes has heart bypass surgery.
2007 . . Joey Fatone of 'N Sync came second to Apolo Anton Ohno on Dancing With The Stars.
2008 . . Madonna's documentary, "I Am Because We Are," was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
2009 . . White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White's Nashville home.
2010 . . Alanis Morissette married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home.
2011 . . Four dead dogs in 'sealed containers' were found in the Tennessee home of former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife.
2011 . . Donald Trump names country music singer-songwriter, bassist John Rich winner of The Celebrity Apprentice, season 11.
2012 . . British newspaper The Sun, reported that Mick Jagger's Caribbean holiday home on the isle of Mustique was available for hire, at £9,500 a week, but added that Mick, needed full details of applicants’ backgrounds, before they would be considered.
2014 . . Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie was honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year's Ivor Novello songwriting awards.

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May 23rd:
1960 . . The Everly Brothers recorded "Cathy's Clown".
1963 . . Paul Revere and the Raiders sign their first major label contract with Columbia Records.
1964 . . Ella Fitzgerald's cover of the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" hit No.34 in the U.K. She was the first artist to chart in the U.K. with a Beatles cover..
1964 . . In an interview with Melody Maker, Louis Armstrong says no one wanted the song "Hello, Dolly!", he liked it, so he recorded the song.
1964 . . Elvis Presley's ninth film, "Follow That Dream", opens..
1966 . . The Doors play their first show. The gig is at the The Whisky A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where they became the house band for a while..
1967 . . Pink Floyd went into the studio and recorded ‘See Emily Play’, the group’s second single and written by original frontman Syd Barrett.
1969 . . The Who's rock opera Tommy album is released.
1970 . . The Beatles 12th and final studio album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart..
1970 . . The 2 day Hollywood Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, kicks off featuring a line-up including The Grateful Dead making their debut in the UK, Black Sabbath, Free, and Jose Feliciano. Everyone is completely upstaged by the previously unknown Mungo Jerry, whose debut single "In the Summertime" becomes the best-selling hit of the year.
1970 . . The Grateful Dead
played their first show outside of the U.S. at a British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival, in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs, UK..
1971 . . Iron Butterfly breaks up..
1973 . . Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote 'We Built this City' about the ban.
1974 . . George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse Records'..
1975 . . Led Zeppelin started a three night run at Earl’s Court, London, England. Tickets cost £1 - £2.50.
1977 . . When San Francisco bans "electronic instruments" in public, a free Jefferson Airplane concert in Golden Gate Park is canceled.
1978 . . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea's Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.
1979 . . Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 / £338,235. A long-running battle with his record company followed.
1979 . . Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers find themselves in a legal dispute when ABC Records is sold to MCA Records. Refusing to simply be traded to another label without his consent, Petty is eventually forced to file for bankruptcy owing around $575,000/£338,235. A long-running battle with his record company followed. A deal was reached where MCA created a subsidiary called Backstreet Records, which is devoted to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
1982 . . The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.
1985 . . They celebrated Aretha Franklin Appreciation Day in Michigan, as Governor James Blanchard declares the singer "One of Michigan's natural resources."
1987 . . Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, raising $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, of which about two thousand attended the show for free.
1990 . . Nick Mason, drummer for Pink Floyd, marries his second wife, Annette Lynton, in London.
1991 . . Michael Lavine took the publicity shots for Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon's photo came out best
1992 . .
A statement issued by Freddie Mercury's attorneys stated that the Queen singer had bequeathed the majority of his estate, £10 million, to his long time friend Mary Austin.
1998 . . A Hanson concert sold out in less than 20 minutes in the Detroit market for a June 29 show at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre.
2000 . . Billy Corgan announces that The Smashing Pumpkins will break up at the end of the year, saying they are tired of "fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world".
2000 . . Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst- ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.
2002 . . Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine "Vida Nova". 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99 /$15.28) a bottle..
2002 . . The Classical Brits award ceremony takes place. The most successful British performers are Sir Colin Davis, Russell Watson and Guy Johnston.
2002 . . 'Up For Grabs' opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines.
2006 . . Dixie Chicks release
their seventh studio album 'Taking the Long Way'; it went on to win five Grammy Awards.
2006 . . Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late country music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.
2006 . . The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music.

2006 . . The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which was aired the following day, May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row.
2008 . . Veteran rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters receives a full pardon from the New York’s Governor, David Paterson, for the attempted murders of two men back in 1991, ending a long legal saga.
2008 . . Shirley Bassey suffered abdominal pains while in Monaco, resulting in emergency surgery. She had to cancel her appearance at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert.
2009 . . Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island Records. The event, scheduled to take place on 31st May at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, had now been cancelled completely, her management said.
2010 . . Poison’s lead singer Bret Michaels is announced winner of The Celebrity Apprentice, season 9.
2012 . . Erasmus MC University Medical Center in the Netherlands announced they had drawn clear links between listening to loud music, smoking marijuana and having "risky" sex.
2012 . . Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at No.1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching No.1, she became the third female to chart at No.1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.
2014 . . Parents of a camera assistant who was killed after being hit by a train while shooting footage for a biopic about Gregg Allman were suing the musician and the film's producers, claiming film-makers "selected an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location" and failed to take actions to adequately protect the crew.
2015 . . For the first time ever, the European Song Contest had a guest country competing, Australia. Australia was invited to compete as a one off, for the 60 years of Eurovision celebration. 196 points gave them the 5th place with Guy Sebastian singing "Tonight Again". The UK, yet again did badly, coming 25th out of 27 with only 5 points! ..

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May 24th:
1930 . . After taking off from Croydon, London on May 5th, British aviator Amy Johnson lands at Darwin, Australia, inspiring the songs "Amy" by Horatio Nicholls and Al Stewart's "Flying Sorcery".
1955 . . Johnny Cash and his wife Vivian have a baby daughter, Rosanne Cash.
1956 . .
The first Eurovision Song Contest then known as "Eurovision Grand Prix", was held in Lugano, Switzerland. It was the brainchild of Marcel Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union. Seven countries took part, they were allowed two songs, Luxembourg and the Switzerland used the same singer for both. Switzerland won with 'Refrain' by Lys Assia..
1963 . . The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, "Pop Go the Beatles". The theme song for the program was a version of "Pop Goes the Weasel". Their guests were the Lorne Gibson Trio.
1965 . . John Lennon and his wife Cynthia made a brief trip to Cannes in France to attend the film festival. He was interviewed on this day by reporter Martin Agronsky for CBS TV's The Merv Griffin Show. The interview took place close to the sea front, before the couple returned to England later in the day. It was screened on Griffin's show from 11pm on 1 June 1965.
1964 . . A taped Beatles performance was played on The Ed Sullivan Show, of "You Can't Do That" from the set of "A Hard Day's Night".
1966 . . Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go. West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.
1966 . . Elvis Presley began filming his 20th film, Frankie And Johnny, in Hollywood.
1969 . . BBC television aired the first "33 & A Third Revolutions Per Monkee', guests included Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Julie Driscoll.
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1969 . . The Guess Who make their debut on American television, singing "These Eyes" and "Laughing" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.

1971 . . Bob Dylan visits Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on his 30th birthday
1974 . . Richard Pryor hosted "Midnight Special" guests included Olivia Newton-John and Boz Scaggs.
1974 . . David Bowie released his 8th studio album Diamond Dogs. The cover features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia..
1974 . . American jazz icon Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia at 75.
1974 . . NBC-TV's popular variety show, The Dean Martin Show, finishes after nine successful years..
1977 . . Marc Bolan plays his last show with T. Rex, before his death. The concert takes place at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, with Bolan the only original member of the band at that point..
1979 . . The three remaining members of Genesis, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, manned the box office selling tickets to their benefit show at L.A.'s Roxy Club.
1980 . . Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the three remaining members of Genesis, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves.
1982 . . Topper Headon left the Clash..
1982 . . Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald played at San Francisco's Moscone Center to raise money for the Vietnam Veterans Project.
1982 . . An eleven minute Ringo Starr - Paul McCartney film, "The Cooler", was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France. The film was directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme.
1983 . . Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet broke up the band Yaz..
1984 . . US backed pirate station Laser 558, started broadcasting in the UK. Within a few months the station claimed to have over 10 million listeners..
1986 . . The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, begin their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains.
1986 . . Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl were married.
1989 . . "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Generic Blues," "Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota," "Hot Rocks Polka," "Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters," and "Spam." The five tracks all appeared on the soundtrack to his film "UHF."
1991 . . Guns N' Roses played the first show on their 192-date Use Your Illusion world Tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin.
1990 . . Axl Rose and Erin Everly filed for divorce, after less than a month of marriage.
1992 . . Police in Montgomery were called when an impostor posing as Steve Miller left a hotel owing a $600 unpaid bill, but he did leave a $73 tip on a $8 drinks bill.
1997 . . The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Spice', making them only the third all girl group to do so after The Supremes and The Go-Go's and the first ever UK girl group to do so..
1998 . . Mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed May 24th "Van Halen Day" in Philadelphia.
1998 . . The first Native American Music Awards took place at the Fox Theatre at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Robbie Robertson was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Red Bow were inducted into their new Hall of Fame.
1999 . . David Bowie wrote and recorded the song "What's Really Happening" during a live Webcast; he included the song on his album "hours...".
1999 . . Queen former front man, the late Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Freddie, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.
2000 . . 50 Cent is shot nine times while in the backseat of a parked car. He lives, but is dropped by his label, Columbia. Moving to G-Unit, he became a superstar.
2000 . . Andrea and Sharon Corr from The Corrs both collapsed in the hot dessert sun whilst shooting their new video in the Mojave Desert in California. They were treated in hospital for heat exhaustion and were back on the set within 24 hours.
2000 . . Chuck D testified to the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Napster and online music distribution.
2000 . . Puff Daddy settled the last lawsuit that had arisen from a 1991 stampede at a New York charity event.
2000 . . Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was told by a New York Judge that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, "she'd better keep her nose clean for the next six months".
2003 . . Former Beatle Paul McCartney made his first ever live solo performance in Russia, on the Red Square in Moscow after first having tea with Vladimir Putin..
2004 . . An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by his legal team.
2007 . . Madonna, Amy Winehouse, and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at this years Ivor Novello Awards.
2008 . . Andy Abraham represents the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 final in Belgrade, Serbia. The UK entry receives just fourteen points and comes joint last, raising questions over the United Kingdom's future in the contest.
2008 . . After forty-two years since his first album, Neil Diamond gets his first No.1 in both the US and the UK when 'Home Before Dark' tops the Albums Charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
2009 . . Court proccedings against Billy Joel were started when his former drummer Liberty Devitto, sued him for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Devitto, claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. He had been Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly thrown out of the band for no reason.
2010 . . Paul Gray aka No.2,, the bassist with US metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.
2012 . . Lionel Richie's album Tuskegee is declared the second-best-selling album of the year, behind Adele's 21.

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May 25th:
1961 . . Producer George Martin gets his first No.1. hit as The Temperance Seven top the UK singles chart with 'You're Driving Me Crazy', their only UK No.1 single..
1961 . . The James Darren movie, Gidget Goes Hawaiian premieres in Honolulu.
1965 . . While UK rock band The Kinks were performing at Cardiff’s Capital Theatre a fight broke out between two band members during the track "Beautiful Delilah", when drummer Mick Avory knocked Dave Davies unconscious, after Dave Davies insulted him and kicked his drum set over.
1967 . .
John Lennon of The Beatles took delivery of his psychedelic painted 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V. Chassis 5VD73. John had commissioned artist "The Fool" to paint the car for him.
1967 . . Bobby Darin's film, Cop Out debuts.
1967 . . Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' entered the UK chart. The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, UK; it used Vietnam War newsreel footage which caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top Of The Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video..
1967 . . Pink Floyd appeared at the'A' Division Gwent Constabulary Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.
1968 . . The 1968 Monterey Pop Festival was canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizens not wanting the unruly hippies in their town. In the wake of the cancellation, $52,000 was discovered missing from the previous festival's profits and the festival's bookkeeper is also gone.
1969 . . The Hollies recorded huge hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" with Elton John on piano.
1969 . . "Midnight Cowboy" opened in New York. John Barry, who supervised the music and composed the score, won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Theme and "Everybody's Talkin'" won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, for Harry Nilsson.
1969 . . John Peel, Family, Pretty Things, and Soft Machine all appeared at a benefit concert held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London, to raise money for the families of the band's drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson's girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin and the Who appeared together in concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, in Symphony Woods, Maryland, US..
1973 . . Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells becomes the first release on Richard Branson's newly launched Virgin label. It would later become the theme for "The Exorcist" movie..
1973 . . Carole King's concert in Central Park draws 100,000 people - the biggest crowd there up to that point..
1974 . . Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album when 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth' went to the top of the charts..
1974 . . Jim Morrison's widow, Pam Morrison, died of a drug overdose.
1978 . .
Keith Moon's final performance with The Who, at London's Shepperton Film Studios to film a mini-concert for their career-spanning documentary, The Kids Are Alright. They powered through a nine-song set that finished with John Entwistle's signature tune "My Wife"..
1978 . . After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager, after which they changed their name to U2.
1996 . . 26 year old Bradley Nowell, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime, was found dead in his San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose.
1997 . . Bob Dylan was hospitalized seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Dylan was treated with antibiotics over his 8 day stay in an LA hospital. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis.
1986 . .
An estimated 7 million Americans took part in "Hands Across America" to raise money for the hungry and homeless.
1990 . . Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their 'Behind The Mask' world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. UK pop rock/new wave band Squeeze were their opening act.
1992 . . Tour manager for Boyz II Men, Khalil Rountree, was shot dead at a hotel in Chicago. Their assistant tour manager was also injured. They were on tour with Hammer.
1994 . . Barbra Streisand come down with viral laryngitis and had to postponed the first night of a six-night stand in Anaheim, CA.
1995 . . The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 / $85,425..
1997 . . Bob Dylan was hospitalized in New York, seriously ill with histoplasmosis. He had to cancel his European tour.
1997 . . It is comfirmed that Elvis Presley is now the world's bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records..
1998 . . "Ramsey Lewis Week" is declared in Chicago.
1998 . . Coldplay released their first ever record, an EP called Safety, which featured 3 tracks; 'Bigger Stronger', 'No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground', and 'Such a Rush'. The EP is now such a rarity that it is known to fetch in excess of £2000 on eBay..
2000 . . The UK supermarket chain ASDA canceled a signing tour planned to promote Boyzone's Mikey Graham's debut solo single 'Like An Angel' after he admitted that he had used cannabis and gone on alcohol benders with his fellow band mates.
2001 . . Guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.
2002 . . The mosh pit went too berserk at an Eminem concert in Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, when over 30 people were injured; one man had a heart attack.
2003 . . Jemini, the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry had ended up with NO points..
2003 . . Liza Minelli was admitted into hospital after breaking her kneecap when she tripped over a step in the hallway of Hotel Grand Baglioni in Bologna, Italy, but says she still plans to sing at a benefit concert with famed Luciano Pavarotti.
2004 . . Madonna cancelled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her children. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.
2004 . . Phish announces it is splitting up after 21 years. They reunited in 2009.
2005 . . Carrie Underwood wins season 4 of American Idol and became their most successful contestant, as her debut album goes on to sell over 7 million copies..
2005 . . Garth Brooks proposed to his longtime girlfriend and fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood in Bakersfield.
2005 . . The Alameda County Sheriff's Office in California announced that it was officially closing the stabbing case of Meredith Hunter, the 18-year-old who was killed at the 1969 Rolling Stones Altamont Free Concert. Investigators, concluding a renewed two-year investigation, dismissed the theory that a second Hell's Angel took part in the stabbing.
2007 . . Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff's car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming "justice is blind".
2008 . . Australian rock band, Jet, released a YouTube video featuring their song “Shine On” that honors the life & work of Australian ophthalmologist, Fred Hallows.
2010 . . Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls wins season 10 of Dancing With The Stars.
2012 . . At a concert in Atlantic City, N.J., Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson interrupts a performance of "Stupid Girl" to challenge a member of the crowd who was punching a woman.
2014 . . Two members of the Japanese girl group AKB48 were attacked by a saw-wielding maniac during a meet-the-fans event.

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May 26th:
1932 . . Frankie Laine and partner Ruth Smith, sets the all-time marathon dancing record lasting 3,501 hours (145 consecutive days) until 18 October 1932, earning him $600..
1933 . . Pioneer country singer Jimmie Rodgers who was among the first country music superstars, died after a long battle with tuberculosis (which he sings about in "T.B. Blues") while at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old.
1949 . . Country singer, Hank Williams and his wife, Audrey Shepard, welcome their first child, Hank Williams Jr/Randall Hank Williams, born in Shreveport, La.
1956 . . Liberace, plays to a crowd of 16,000 at Madison Square Garden in a three-hour solo set that draws mostly ladies.
1958 . . Jerry Lee Lewis ends his British tour when he is booed off the stage, from fallout over his engagement to his 13 year-old cousin, Myra Lee Brown.
1964 . . Marianne Faithful recorded 'As Tears Go By', accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.
1965 . . The Rolling Stones' dreams came true when they performed "How Many More Years" with one of their big influences, bluesman Howlin' Wolf, on the ABC variety show Shindig!
1966 . . The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!"
1968 . . R&B singer Little Willie John died in Washington State Prison in Walla Walla; he was only 30. Despite counter claims (It was reported that the death occurred after John checked into the prison hospital with pneumonia), the official cause of death was listed in his death certificate as a heart attack.
1968 . . Pink Floyd, Blonde On Blonde and The Pretty Things all appeared at the OZ magazine benefit at the Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London, England.
1969 . .
To promote world peace, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace", in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada. They had planned it for New York but was not allowed into America because of his 1968 cannabis conviction. Instead they held it in the Bahamas at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, flying there on May 24th 1969, but after spending one night in the heat, they decided to move the event to Montreal.
1972 . . The four day UK festival 'The Great Western Express' kicks off near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python.
1972 . . David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople
two songs he wrote. They passed on "Suffragette City" but recorded "All The Young Dudes," which becomes their biggest hit and saved their career.
1973 . . The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Frankenstein', the bands only US No.1; in live performances of the song, Edgar Winter further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck..
1974 . . The crowd lost control and stampede at a London concert by teen heart throb David Cassidy. More than 1,000 people needed medical treatment and a 14-year-old girl is tragically crushed to death..
1977 . . Beatlemania!, the Broadway tribute to the music of The Beatles, opens at the Winter Garden Theater to rave reviews..
1977 . . KISS announces its Marvel Comic book debut and deposits band members’ blood in the comic book ink at the Marvel printing plant.
1978 . .
On the Irish television guide today; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 'Youngline', a series for young people highlighting their interests; this day they introduced a new pop group Hype which went on to call themselves U2.
1979 . . The two day Loch Lomond Festival kicks off, with The Stranglers, Third World, Buzzcocks, Dr Feelgood, Skids, The Dickies. Day two featured The AWB, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats who played 'I Don't Like Mondays' live for the first time.
1979 . . 'Sunday Girl' gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single; the track was taken from the group's 'Parallel Lines', which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.
1982 . . Bobby Darin, who died in 1973, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1988 . . Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" opened in Moscow with a British and American cast.
1990 . . For the first time ever the Top five positions in the US singles chart were held by female artists; Madonna was at No.1 with 'Vogue', Heart were at No.2, Sinead O'Connor No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5 ..
1993 . . Singapore lifts its decades-old ban on the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Chicago.
1994 . . Michael Jackson marries Lisa-Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.
1995 . . The Rolling Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso Amsterdam over two days. Keith Richards later said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did ..
1995 . .
Public Enemy's hip hopper Flavor Flav was sentenced to three months in jail for firing a gun at a neighbor in his New York apartment.
1996 . . Eric Clapton was fighting the flames to save his collection of guitars as the firemen arrived at the blaze at his house, which caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage
.
1998 . . The Coca-Cola jingle by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was aired.
1999 . . Punk band Manic Street Preachers refused to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales’ parliament because Queen Elizabeth II was present. They had vowed never to perform for monarchy, they considered it an outdated institution.
2000 . . Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole.

2002 . . Already a hit in America the first episode of 'The Osbournes' the US reality show set around British heavy rocker Ozzie and his family was shown on MTV in the UK for the first time..
2004 . . Days after flying into Democratic Republic of Congo to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper, Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 named their third studio album 'Chuck' in honor of Pelletier.
2006 . . Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush had their fist child: a son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.
2008 . . Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.
2008 . . Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth.
2009 . . A US judge ended a bitter 2 year battle over the late James Brown's estate. Judge Jack Early ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his six adult children.
2010 . . Country music legend Willie Nelson cut his 'trademark, waist-length braids.' A spokesperson for the legendary entertainer explained that Nelson decided to lose his signature style a couple of weeks ago.
2012 . . The Cult's frontman Ian Astbury, marries The Black Ryder singer/guitarist Aimee Nash in Las Vegas.
2013 . . Sir Paul McCartney visited Graceland, and left a guitar pick on Elvis's grave, and said, "so Elvis can play in heaven".
2015 . . US authorities were investigating the death of blues legend 89 year old B.B. King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician had been given "foreign substances to induce his premature death" by his business manager Laverne Toney.

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May 27th:
1955 . . Buddy Holly graduated from Lubbock High School.
1957 . . Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, "That'll Be The Day" , a UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. Since Buddy's name was still linked to Decca, Brunswick credited the single to "The Crickets".
1961 . . Johnny Cash appeared on NBC's "The Deputy".
1964 . . Eleven boys were suspended at a Coventry, England, school for having a hair style like Mick Jagger.

1967 . . Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London's Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham, to celebrate Cilla Black's birthday.
1964 . . Pirate radio station 'Sutch' was started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort 'Shivering Sands', in The Thames Estuary..
1966 . . The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!"
1966 . . The Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, featuring The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention, plays its first gig on the West Coast, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium..
1967 . .
Columbia and RCA Victor announced that they would raise the list price of mono albums by a dollar on June 1. It was the first increase since 1953.
1972 . . David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1974 . . Five year-old Lisa Marie Presley first meets Michael Jackson in Lake Tahoe, where her father had been performing..
1977 . . The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts.
1977 . . Declan McManus made his live debut at The Nashville, Fulham Palace Road, London (a room behind the Greyhound pub) as Elvis Costello..
1987 . . During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off the earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.
1988 . . Van Halen's "Monster Of Rock" touring festival kicked off at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin.
1988 . . Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska.
1989 . . Stevie Wonder was given the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.
1989 . . Cliff Richard released his one hundredth single, 'The Best Of Me', which became his 26th Top 3 UK hit.
1990 . . The Stone Roses played at Spike Island, Widnes, UK, to a capacity crowd of 30,000. The event was considered a failure at the time because of sound problems and bad organisation, but over time it become legendary as a "Woodstock for the baggy generation".
1994 . . The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California; they closed the show with "Desperado".
1997 . . Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. The band members had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out.
1999 . . Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander welcome a baby son, Miles Brockman
1999 . . Rod Stewart was honored with an Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award
2000 . . Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. The 37 year old INXS singer had been found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney, Australia, in 1997.
2003 . . Although having broken her kneecap in a fall in Italy, Liza Minnelli continued her plans and sang in a charity concert for Iraqi refugees, doing a duet with opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti. She left the hospital in the evening to sing ‘New York, New York’ in a duet with Pavarotti, after which she returned to hospital to undergo a knee operation.
2004 . . The Bee Gees each recieve an Order of the British Empire from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace; Maurice's son Adam accepts on behalf of his father, who had died six months earlier.
2004 . . Phish announces it is splitting up after 21 years. They reunited in 2009..
2004 . . Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart was arrested in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favour. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested. He appeared in court June 4th and pleaded guilty.
2005 . .
Robbie Williams was voted by a UK nation-wide Carling survey of 5,000 people into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna and David Bowie to be named the best live solo artist and U2 were voted best live band, ahead of Queen and Oasis..
2006 . . For the first time in their 22 year long career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200: The two-disc “Stadium Arcadium”.
2007 . . Dr Martens fired the advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, Sid Vicious and Joey Ramone wearing their Doc Marten boots in heaven.
2008 . . Woolworths chain stores in the UK announced they would stop selling CD singles in its stores from August.
2008 . . Marianne Faithfull released the following blog posting on her MySpace page, with the headline "Tour Dates Cancelled" and credited to FR Management – the company operated by her boyfriend/manager François Ravard: "Due to general mental, physical and nervous exhaustion doctors have ordered Marianne Faithfull to immediately cease all work activities and rehabilitate. The treatment and recovery should last around six months."
2009 . . American Express credit card company sued Courtney Love, claiming she owed more than $350,000. They had suspended her Amex Gold card after she "failed and refused" to make payments.
2010 . . More than 150 AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Austria. Doctors found that the fans had allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.
2012 . . Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, when Islamic protesters with "Go to hell, Lady Gaga" banners threatened to stop the show themselves. The Islamic protesters cited that the singer's alleged loose morals and revealing costumes would corrupt their youth.
2012 . . On his 90th birthday, actor Christopher Lee announces the release of his Heavy Metal single "Let Legend Mark Me as the King."
2013 . . A report was published saying how many musicians were frustrated with fans filming gigs on their smartphones. Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had both put up signs at their concerts asking people to leave their mobiles in their pockets.

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May 28th:
1941 . . Frank Sinatra is in the studios with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra recording
"This Love of Mine"
1955 . .
"Billboard" reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the U.S..
1955 . . Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on the Big D Jamboree radio program, broadcast from the Dallas Sportatorium by KRLD.
1957 . . The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was established, known for organizing the Grammy Awards..
1958 . . Buddy Holly gets his call-up draft notice, but is refused induction due to poor eye sight and a stomach ulcer.
1960 . . Elvis Presley visits Vegas; his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the media, due to them wearing long coats and dark glasses.
1964 . . The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones appearance on Juke Box Dury, when all the five members of the Stones would form the panel on July 4th 1964.
1965 . . Elvis Presley's 'Tickle Me' movie opens nationally..
1966 . . The fab 4, John, Paul, George and Ringo spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, watching D.A. Pennebakers's forthcoming documentary film, Don't Look Back, which covered Dylan's 1965 UK tour.
1966 . . Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the Billboard album chart with 'What Now My Love', which set a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten ... 'South of the Border', 'Going Places', 'Whipped Cream and Other Delights' and 'What Now My Love'..
1966 . . The Doors supported Love at the "Whisky A Go Go", West Hollywood, CA.
1967 . . The Association make their television debut, performing "Along Comes Mary" on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour..
1969 . . Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges.
1971 . . Duncan Zowie Haywood Bowie is born to David Bowie and his wife Angela. Duncan went on to become the successful film director behind Moon in 2009 and Source Code in 2011.
1973 . .
Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. After it moved to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.
1973 . . Ronnie Lane announces to the media he was leaving the rock band Faces to form Slim Chance..
1976 . .
The Allman Brothers Band broke up after Gregg Allman testified against his road manager, Scooter Herring, in order to avoid prosecution in a drug trafficking sting. The band reformed in 1978..
1977 . . Bruce Springsteen reaches a settlement against manager Mike Appel in which Bruce gets control of his music publishing. Appel receives a million dollars.
1977 . . John Davidson was expected to appear on stage as a fire broke out at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky; it killed 164 people and injured 130 others. John helped others escape before fleeing through a back door.
1977 . . Andy Summers, Sting, and Stewart Copeland played together for the first time as part of Mike Howlett's band, Strontium 90, at a Gong reunion concert in Paris, France. The 3 formed The Police just 2 months later..
1977 . . Hollywood singer and actor John Davidson escaped a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, which killed 164 people and injured 130 others.
1978 . . David Cassidy was the guest star on NBCs TV show Police Story after which he is given his own show, David Cassidy: Man Undercover.
1981 . . Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened for The Clash, who play the first of 8 shows at Bond's in Times Square, New York.. The rappers were booed and assaulted with various objects as the crowd did not appreciate their act.
1982 . . Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
1982 . . Rocky III hits cimemas. This one features a new theme song written around a key line of dialogue in the film: "Eye of the Tiger". Sylvester Stallone asked the band Survivor to write and record the song when he couldn't get permission to use the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust."
1983 . . Rock band Rapidfire, which featured Axl Rose, appeared at Gazzarri’s On The Sunset Strip, in Los Angles. Guitarist Slash, who was in the audience, saw Axl Rose for the first time..
1983 . . INXS played a triumphant set at the US Festival in California, drawing many of the 150,000 concert goers to their second stage performance and earning an encore.
1983 . . "Weird Al" Yankovic left his job day as a mail clerk, to concerntrate on his singing and song writing career..
1983 . . Over 750,000 fans attended the first day of the four day "US Festival '83'" in California, which featured Van Halen, The Clash, U2, David Bowie, Judas Priest, Men At Work, Ozzy Osbourne, Stray Cats, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, INXS, Motley Crue and The Pretenders. Van Halen was paid $1 million to play the festival, the biggest fee anyone has ever received for playing a single concert..
1985 . . Desert Island Discs inventor and presenter Roy Plomley died. He devised the BBC Radio series in 1941, and he went on to present 1,791 editions of the show, which became one of the longest running radio shows in the UK..
1986 . . Dick Clark's "America Picks the No. 1 Songs" TV special aired..
1988 . . Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married his second wife, clothing designer, Teresa Barrick. They remain married for 18 years.
1990 . . Mitch Mitchell former drummer with Jimi Hendrix took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over defamatory statements.
1996 . . Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan overdoses and dies on a speedball at the LA's Sunset Marquis hotel on the Strip. , but is revived by paramedics while being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is later arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine.
1998 . . Elton John and Bernie Taupin won an Ivor Novello Award for their re-written version of "Candle in the Wind '97."
2003 . . Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills announce they are having a baby.
2007 . . The UK rock band The Police reunite and launch their first tour since 1986 in Vancouver. Despite having some bandmember clashes, the tour lasted over a year, selling 3,300,912 tickets in 151 shows.
2007 . . Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, were attacked by fascists during a gay rights march in Russia. The banned march was aimed at marking the 14th anniversary of Russia decriminalising homosexuality.
2008 – The band Rush makes a a generous $100,000 donation to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.
2009 - Harvey Danger announced, "After 15 years, three albums, hundreds of shows, and far more twists and turns than we ever imagined possible, we've decided to put Harvey Danger to rest. The decision is totally mutual and utterly amicable". The rock band played eight farewell shows in August, the last three of them in Seattle. The band closed Aug 29th, with the last song it wrote, "The Show Must Not Go On".
2009 – Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan undergoes surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his bladder.
2010 – After eighteen years Kevin Eubanks made his final appearance as the bandleader of The Tonight Show..
2011 – Aretha Franklin returns to the stage at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls, after undergoing surgery for an undisclosed ailment.
2015 . . Michael Jackson's former home, Neverland Ranch, was listed for sale for one hundred million dollars. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California included a train station, a six-bedroom house, a 50-seat movie theater and two lakes.
2015 . . Brazilian singer Cauby Peixoto was subject of a 90 minute documentary "Cauby - (I'd Start All Over Again)" by Nelson Hoineff which aired today. Cauby speaks about his sexuality and other issues and it contains interviews with artists such as Maria Bethânia, Emílio Santiago, Agnaldo Timóteo and Agnaldo Rayol. It was the most profitable and most successful documentary of the year 2015 in Brazil.

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May 29th:
1942 . .
The Irving Berlin song "White Christmas", was recorded for the first time by Bing Crosby, featuring the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. The song was written for the film "Holiday Inn" and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bing Crosby version is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide..
1943 . . "The Million Dollar Band" was heard for the first time on NBC radio..
1952 . . Hank Williams and his wife, Audrey, were divorced.
1959 . .
One of rock's first outdoor events takes place (in the rain) at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ruth Brown and Drifters are on the bill.
1963 . . Del Shannon's cover of the Beatles' "From Me to You" became the first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to appear on the American charts..
1965 . . The Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda", tops the US charts. When recorded the session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers' drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans today.
1965 . . Bob Dylan's album Bringing It All Back Home was at No.1 on the UK charts. On the album cover the black and white pamphlet lying across the Time magazine with President Lyndon B. Johnson is a publication of the Earth Society, who saw its mission as protecting earth from collisions with comets and planets.
1967 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Pink Floyd, The Move, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK. But Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them. Tickets cost £1 and on the poster advertising the show promised a 'Knockout Atmosphere'.
1968 . . Al Stewart appeared on John Peel's Nightride programme where he meets Pete Morgan, whose poem My Enemies Have Sweet Voices he sets to music.
1971 . . 3 dozen Grateful Dead fans were treated for hallucinations caused by LSD after they drank spiked apple juice served at a gig at San Francisco's Winterland.
1970 . . Cliff Richard releases his 50th single -Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha.
1973 . . Roger McGuinn made his solo debut at New York's Academy of Music..
1973 . . Record executive Clive Davis was fired from Columbia Records for misappropriating $100,000..
1977 . . At a concert in Baltimore, Elvis Presley suddenly, without any explanation, announced he had to leave the stage and walked off. He disappeared for over half an hour. On his return he explained, because of a “twisted ankle and nature calls and you don’t fool around with nature”. Civic Center officials later said Elvis was on medication and was treated by a physician during the 30-minute gap.
1977 . . Manchester band Warsaw, made their live debut supporting The Buzzcocks at The Electric Circus, Manchester, England. Soon after Warsaw changed thier name to
Joy Division..
1981 . . Prince performed in Europe for the first time at The Paradiso in Amsterdam.
1983 . . Kiss play their last concert in their famous makeup; at least until 1996 when they reform with all original members and painted faces once again..
1987 . . Michael Jackson offered $50,000 / £29,412 to buy the remains of the Elephant Man.
1988 . . Bob Dylan duets with Band drummer Levon Helm on the group's "The Weight" at a Helm show in New York. The duo also perform Chuck Berry's "Nadine."
1989 . . Elvis Presley's first grandchild arrives, when
Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to a baby girl, Danielle Riley Keough.
1991 . . After a day completing the recording of the 'Nevermind' album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl's girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.
1992 . . The FBI recovered 44 nude photographs of Madonna, which had been stolen in America from fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
1992 . . Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, who had recently died of AIDS, the Sacred Heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing 'We Are The Champions', at their Graduation Ceremony.
1996 . . According to a report in this days Guardian, newly widowed Stella Serth has been convicted of a public order offence in Tasmania. Mrs. Serth has been fined £200 for dancing on her husband's grave and singing "Who's Sorry Now?"
1997 . . Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat
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1997 . . Sharitha Knight filed a suit at LA, Superior Court claiming she was owed $1 million as Snoop Doggy Dogg's personal manger between 1993-6. The claim alleged that Snoop had withheld the 20% she was owed.
1999 . . Photographers taking shots of old cars wrecked found the body of Philip "Taylor" Kramer of Iron Butterfly at the bottom of Decker Canyon, near Malibu, CA; he had been missing since 1995. His death was ruled a suicide.
2001 . . The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow..
2002 . . Australian actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L'Oreal when she signed a deal worth £100,000 / $170,000 with the French cosmetics manufacturer.
2002 . . A 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum, Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into his swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
2007 . . A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 / £189,000 on The Moments in Time memorabilia website. Lennon always had the piano moved to whichever studio he was working in and had used the piano hours before being shot on 8 December 1980.
2009 . . Phil Spector was jailed for at least 19 years for murdering Lana Clarkson at his California home in 2003.
2009 . . Country singer John Rich was charged with assault and harassment in an ongoing dispute with a former Nashville Star contestant. Rich turned himself in to Nashville police to face the charges filed by Jared Ashley, a contestant during the fourth season of the TV show on the USA network. The 35-year-old was charged with two misdemeanor counts of assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment. He was released on $3,000 bond.
2010 . . Sabrosa Park in the small town of Sabrosa, north Portugal was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of BB and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.

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May 30th:
1917 . . An early, but not the first jazz record, "Darktown Strutters Ball" was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, on Columbia Records. "Indiana One Step" was on the flip side.
1958 . . Béla Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 1 is premiered in Basel, 50 years after it was composed..
1962 . .
During the days of Stalin, "The King of Swing" Benny Goodman with clarinet in hand, led the first American jazz band to play in the Soviet Union..
1963 . . Lesley Gore makes her first TV appearance, performing "It's My Party" on American Bandstand..
1964 . . The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Me Do', the group's fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo Starr played the drums.
1965 . . The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1966 . . The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground, Lincoln, England.
1966 . . Jefferson Airplane performed at a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization in San Francisco, CA,
1966 . . Dolly Parton and Carl Dean were married
1968 . . The Beatles began recording "The Beatles" LP aka the "White Album" their 9th studio album. It became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in NYC.
1972 . . Roxy Music played their first major gig at England's Great Western Express Festival.
1974 . . Bernadette Whelan a 14 year- old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.
1975 . . Joan Baez welcome Kool & the Gang on the American late-night musical variety series "The Midnight Special".
1976 . . The Sex Pistols appeared at Reading University, Reading, England.
1980 . . The Temptations welcome Firefall and Robbie Dupree into the studio on "The Midnight Special" show.
1987 . . Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was arrested in Liverpool on UK tour after allegedly hitting a girl fan with a beer can during a riot at the Royal Court
1987 . . Irish acts held No. 1 and No. 3 on US Hot 100 with U2's 'With or Without You' and Chris de Burgh's 'Lady in Red'
1987 . . David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.
1987 . . Reports in the LA Times state that the singer Michael Jackson has offered $50,000 for the bones of John Merrick, "The Elephant Man", who died in 1890. Jackson's manager said: "Jackson has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick. He has read and studied all material about the Elephant Man, and has visited the hospital in London twice to view Merrick's remains".
1989 . . Yusuf Islam formerly Cat Stevens, appears on a British TV show called Hypotheticals, where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing". The remarks alienate many Cat Stevens fans, including members of the band 10,000 Maniacs, who pull their cover of "Peace Train" from future pressings of the In My Tribe album.
1990 . . Midnight Oil closed down 6th Avenue in NYC as they played a protest concert in front of Exxon's offices, in reaction to the Exxon Valdez disaster.
1991 . . Morrissey played the first date on his debut 'Kill Uncle' US concert tour at San Diego Sports Arena, California..
1992 . . Paul Simon married American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell.
1996 . . Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being the Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.
1997 . . Neil Young canceled his European tour because he had cut his finger while slicing a ham sandwich.
1997 . . Greek/American musician Yanni, got a warm welcome when he became the first Western artist in modern times to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Two months earier in March he had become one of the very few to be allowed to perform and record at the Taj Mahal in India..
1999 . . A bomb scare at a Kenny Rogers concert being held at Royal Albert Hall, London caused the evacuation of more than 3,000. No bomb was found and no injuries were reported.
1999 . . Tim McGraw made an unannounced appearance to open a concert for his wife, Faith Hill.
1999 . . In New Jersey, Lenny Kravitz walked off stage after 40 minutes and collapsed from heat exhaustion. He had been performing in a fur coat.
2000 . . Eminem's second album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP' is released, it became the fastest selling rap album ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records; it sold 1.76 million copies in its debut week..
2002 . . Diana Ross booked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in LA.
2003 . . Singer Finley Quaye was threatened with jail after his mobile phone rang when he was in the dock waiting to be sentenced on charges of assault. After being found guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend he was ordered to attend a 6 month domestic violence programme by a district Judge.
2005 . . Coldplay's new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album, any CDs that were sent out were even labelled with a false name - The Fir Trees - to throw would-be pirates off the scent.
2004 . . Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song 'Hollywood' was inspired by Burton.
2007 . . Britney Spears said she "truly hit rock bottom" when she went to rehab earlier this year. In a message on her website, the singer wrote that she "genuinely did not know what to do with myself" following her split from husband Kevin Federline. The 25 year old singer entered a Malibu treatment facility in February after months of partying which ended with the singer shaving off all her hair.
2007 . . A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.
2007 . . The Peel Bay Festival kicks off on the Isle of Man. (30 May–5 June)
2008 . . Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California's Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this year Billboard magazine named him the "most successful British music manager of all time", with an estimated fortune of $450m/£229m..
2009 . . Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, "Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000".
2009 . . An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had painted several of the pop icon in a state of undress.
2009 . . Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally.
2013 . .
One Direction announced a partnership with Office Depot on a limited-edition capsule collection of back to school supplies. They also confirmed that a portion of the proceeds from the alliance would go toward an anti-bullying educational program intended to promote kinder behaviour in schools.
2013 . . A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world..
2014 . . Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University. The Soul legend became an honorary doctor of arts at the Harvard ceremony, which came a year after she was forced to cancel a string of concerts due to ill health.
2014 . . Marianne Faithfull suffered a broken hip after a fall while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes and underwent surgery.
2015 . . Enrique Iglesias's sliced his fingers open when he tried to grab a drone camera, which was taking pictures of the audience, at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He was "semi-treated" at the side of the stage to stop the bleeding, and was advised to end the show.
2016 . . At 22:30, Ronnie Wood's wife Sally, 38, gave birth to twin girls, Gracie Jane (6lb) and Alice Rose (5.7lb) as the Rolling Stones rocker becomes a father again at age 68.

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May 31st:
1941 . . The first issue of "Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper" went on sale.
1956 . . Buddy Holly sees the John Wayne film, The Searchers, and hearing the words, "That'll be the day" inspired him to write the song.
1958 . . Dick Dale performed "Let's Go Trippin'" at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, CA.
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58 . . Johnny Cash appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.
1961 . . Chuck Berry opens Berry Park, an outdoor amusement park in Wentzville, near St. Louis. It has its own
ferris wheel, zoo, and golf course..
1961 . . Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He was honorably discharged just over a year later when he broke his ankle during a parachute jump.
1962 . . The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.
1964 . . The Dave Clark Five make thier very first appearence on the Ed Sullivan Show, performing "Glad All Over". They went on to appear on the show another whopping 18 times..
1966 . . Filming begins on "The Monkees (Here Come The Monkees)" the first filmed episode of the TV series The Monkees, although this was not the first shown..
1966 . . The filming of Lulu's first movie, To Sir With Love, begins in London..
1967 . . Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie Petulia. The Grateful Dead playing "Viola Lee Blues", The Committee, and Ace Trucking Company are also featured in the film.
1968 . . While recording vocals for Revolution, John Lennon did some improvised ranting which can be heard on the experimental track "Revolution 9".
1969 . .
The Jackson 5 and Sammy Davis Jr are guests on the variety show Hollywood Palace, which was hosted by The Supremes.
1969 . . The Supremes host the variety show Hollywood Palace, with guests The Jackson 5 and Sammy Davis Jr.
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).
1971 . . 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider, at US gig.
1975 . . During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck. Stones drummer Charlie Watts came up with the idea, after the practise of New Orleans jazz musicians, who would play walking down the street.
1976 . . The Who perform the loudest concert to date at Charlton Athletic football ground, at 120 decibels, using 76,000-watt PA system, beating Deep Purple's previous record..
1977 . . Emerson, Lake & Palmer began an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.
1977 . .
The BBC announced a ban on the Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying it is, 'in gross bad taste'. And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations saying playing the single would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of the Broadcasting act... but it still reached No.2 on the UK chart..
1979 . . The restored Radio City Music Hall in New York City, was reopened..
1980 . . The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds.
1982 . . R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.
1982 . . The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people.
1985 . . The Parents Music Resource Center aka PMRC, sends its first letter to the RIAA requesting a ratings system for albums and concerts. The end result was warning stickers on albums containing offensive lyrics.
1986 . . The Notting Hillbillies made their live debut when they appeared at The Grove in Leeds. The group featured Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips and Brendan Crocker who were each paid £22..
1989 . . David Bowie's hard rock band, Tin Machine, made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York..
1989 . . The first International Rock Awards ceremony was held..
1989 . . Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to the late Elvis' granddaughter, Danielle Riley Keough.
1989 . . The first International Rock Awards ceremony were held, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.
1993 . . Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Hurley have their first baby , a daughter... Stephanie Rose.
1995 . . Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for "the marketing of evil" in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.
1997 . . Bob Dylan was released from a Los Angeles hospital after 6 days of treatment for histoplasmosis; Dylan was quoted as saying, "I'm just glad to be feeling better. I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon".
1997 . . Lee Ann Womack made her Grand Ole Opry debut..
1998 . . Geri Halliwell announced she had quit The Spice Girls saying "This is because of differences between us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best… PS, I'll be back" ..
1999 . . VH1's "Behind the Music" began airing nightly. The premier show was "The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music"..
2000 . . Janet Jackson announced that she was getting a divorce from dancer Rene Elizondo. The marriage had been kept secret for nine years.
2003 . . UK police announced that thousands of people at this year’s pop festivals would be subjected to a computerised drug test. Fans would be asked to provide swab samples from their hands, which would be inserted into a drug detection machine. It was to be a voluntary test but Anti-drug officers could search anyone refusing.
2005 . . Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was in a critical condition in a London hospital after he fell under the wheels of his Mercedes convertible. The accident happened outside his home in Walthamstow when Harvey was reversing from an access road into the street. The singer suffered a broken leg, pelvis and a crushed abdomen and ribs.
2005 . . Strawberry Field, the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles' song, was closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.
2006 . . 71 year-old songwriter Hal Bynum and his wife were arrested and charged with growing marijuana inside their Nashville home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms. After receiving a tip, police searched the couple's home and confiscated 256 marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of harvested marijuana, 14 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, growing lamps and other drug paraphernalia. Hal and his wife were released on $73,500 bond each.
2007 . . The lead singer of The Grass Roots, Rob Grill, was arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, Florida.
2014 . . A car and jewellery belonging to Miley Cyrus were stolen after her home in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles was burgled. A Maserati and an unspecified amount of jewellery were taken in the raid.
2014 . . The London production of the musical "We Will Rock You" a musical based on the songs of Queen closed after a final performance at the Dominion Theatre in which Brian May and Roger Taylor both performed.

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