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This Week In Rock n Roll History: April 29th to May 5th

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  • Dan West
    ... *_1886_* - ClassicBands.com May 4 Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter received a US patent for the graphophone.
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      1886 - ClassicBands.com

      May 4
      Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter received a US patent for the graphophone. Their invention was meant to replace Thomas Edison's phonograph and featured wax-coated cylinders which were considered an improvement over the phonograph's tinfoil cylinders which had been delicate and difficult to remove.

      1900 - ClassicBands.com

      May 5
      The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. By midyear it was calling itself "The Official Organ of the Great Out-Door Amusement World."

      1942 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      The American War Production Board commandeers all facilities for the production of jukeboxes, turning them over to the manufacture of war materials.

      1955 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      Leonard Chess signs
      Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.

      1956 - ClassicBands.com

      May 2
      For the first time in the history of Billboard's record charts, the same five songs appear in both the Pop and R&B Top Ten. They are: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" (#1 Pop, #6 R&B), Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" (#4 Pop, #3 R&B), Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" (#9 Pop, #1 R&B), The Platters' "Magic Touch" (#10 Pop, #7 R&B) and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (#7 Pop, #4 R&B).

      May 4
      Gene Vincent records "Be Bop A Lula" for Capitol Records at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It would climb to #7 in the US and #16 in the UK the following summer, eventually selling over 2 million copies.

      1957 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      Elvis Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock". The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Hot 100, the R&B chart and even the Country And Western chart. It also became the first single to enter the UK chart at number 1. The tune was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for a scene in the movie of the same name.

      May 4
      The Alan Freed Show premiers on ABC-TV. The half-hour program includes Guy Mitchell, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Clovers, June Valli, Martha Carson and the Alan Freed Rock And Roll Orchestra.

      1958 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      UK Rock 'n' Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week's worth of shows.

      May 3
      Alan Freed has trouble on his hands when a brawl breaks out following a Big Beat Show at the Boston Arena. Several of the estimated 5,000 teens in attendance are injured and Freed will later be charged with incitement of a riot and destruction of property.

      1959 - ClassicBands.com

      May 4
      The Grand Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles was the site of the very first Grammy Awards, where statuettes were given out for Record of the Year and Song of the Year to Domenico Modugno for his rendition of "Volaré" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). He beat out Peggy Lee's "Fever", "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como, "Witchcraft" from Frank Sinatra and "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville.

      1960 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.

      April 30
      The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the UK singles chart with "Cathy's Clown", giving Warner Brothers Records a #1 hit with their very first release.

      May 2
      Ben E. King leaves The Drifters and signs a solo contract with Atco Records. King was the lead singer on such Drifters' hits as "There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance For Me" and "This Magic Moment".

      May 2
      In the aftermath of the payola scandal, Billboard magazine reports that many radio stations are adopting what they called a "better music" format and banning Rock and Roll.

      May 2
      Ray Peterson records "Tell Laura I Love Her", which will rise to #7 in the US the following Summer.

      1961 - ClassicBands.com

      May 4
      After topping the Billboard chart a month earlier, The Marcels version of "Blue Moon" hits #1 in the UK. Since 1934, the song has been recorded by over 50 major artists and has been featured in at least 8 motion pictures.

      1962 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, in Hamburg, Germany.

      May 1
      Britain's first Cinebox, a device that showed 16mm color film of musicians performing their hits on a 21 inch screen, is installed in London, England. As you might expect, the device flashed paid advertising messages whenever the machine was idle.

      May 5
      The Shirelles were presented with a Gold record for "Soldier Boy", a song that was recorded in one take and originally intended as an album filler. It was the second million seller for them, following their first number one hit, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". The girls would later find the US Top 10 again with "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Mama Said", "Baby It's You" and "Foolish Little Girl".

      May 5
      Chris Montez records "Let's Dance", which will reach #4 on the Billboard chart and #2 in the UK next Fall.

      1963 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham signs a contract with The Rolling Stones, becoming their manager. Oldham had seen the band in concert the previous day at the Crawdaddy Club in London.

      May 4
      The Beach Boys "Surfin U.S.A." LP debuts on Billboard's album chart, where it will enjoy a 78 week stay and top out at #2.

      May 4
      Andy Williams' album, "Days of Wine and Roses" hit the #1 spot on the US LP chart, where it would remain for 16 weeks.

      May 4
      The Beatles score their first UK #1 when "From Me To You" reaches the top for the first of a seven week run. The song's title was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

      1964 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      The Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.

      May 2
      "The Beatles' Second Album" reaches #1 on the Billboard LP chart in just its second week of release. It was the first album ever to make it to the top that quickly.

      May 2
      For the first time in 51 weeks, The Beatles were not at the top of the UK album chart as they were finally unseated by The Rolling Stones debut LP.

      May 3
      Gerry and the Pacemakers make their US television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show a full month before their first appearance on the Billboard chart with "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying".

      May 4
      The Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England. The group was the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick.

      1965 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000. Later in the year he would join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with The Beatles, Nicol would later say "Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too."

      May 1
      After just two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits hits #1.

      May 1
      The Supremes release "Back In My Arms Again", which will become their fifth consecutive US number one hit.

      May 2
      Despite his vow that they would never be invited back, Ed Sullivan includes The Rolling Stones on his Sunday night variety show, along with Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Sullivan would later say that he received "thousands of calls complaining" about The Stones.

      May 3
      The Beatles were kept busy filming scenes for their forthcoming film Help! on Salisbury Plain with the British Army's Third Tank Division.

      1966 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      The Young Rascals enjoy the first of 14 Billboard Top 40 hits when "Good Lovin" reached #1. Another version of the same song by The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.

      May 1
      The Beatles made their final live, paid appearance in the UK when they played a 15 minute set at the NME Poll Winners concert at Empire Pool, Wembley. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds. The Fab Four were not filmed because a financial agreement could not be reached.

      1967 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Aretha Franklin releases "Respect", a song that will become her signature tune and go on to win two Grammy Awards in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female".

      April 29
      Cindy Birdsong makes her stage debut with The Supremes at The Hollywood Bowl, replacing the increasingly unreliable Florence Ballard.

      May 1
      32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the King's Graceland mansion with her family's blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500. Elvis gave his new bride a $4,000 ring that featured a three karat diamond surrounded by twenty smaller diamonds. She gave him a plain gold band. Priscilla's maid of honor was her sister, Michelle. Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker were duel best men, but the rest of the "Memphis Mafia" were conspicuously absent because they hadn't been invited. The ceremony was followed by a reception for 80 guests.

      May 1
      The F.B.I. arrests The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He is later released and joins the rest of the band in Ireland for a British tour.

      May 2
      Capitol Records announce the abandonment of Brian Wilson's "Smile" album. Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the LP, but after hearing The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album, he became convinced that "Smile" would be seen as second best.

      May 4
      The Turtles receive their first of two Gold singles for their recent #1 Pop hit, "Happy Together". Their second Gold single will come later for "She'd Rather Be With Me".

      May 5
      "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie enters the US charts where it will eventually hit #4. The John Phillips written song became a sort of anthem during the hippie movement.

      1968 - ClassicBands.com

      May 2
      The Box Tops are awarded their second Gold record for "Cry Like a Baby". Their first was for "The Letter".

      May 3
      The Beach Boys begin a 17 date tour of the US with a show in New York. The second half of the concert featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who lectured the audience on "spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.

      May 4
      Top British model Twiggy saw a performance by an 18 year old Welsh singer named Mary Hopkin and immediately recommended her to Paul McCartney as a possible addition to the Apple Records roster. Six months later, Hopkin's first record, "Those Were the Days", would be sitting behind "Hey Jude" in the number 2 position.

      May 5
      After months of internal dissension, Buffalo Springfield play their final concert in Long Beach, California. Richie Fury would go on to form Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby, Stills And Nash.

      1969 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Ringo Starr added his vocal to "Octopus's Garden" for the forthcoming Beatles "Abbey Road" album. It was only the second time that one of Ringo's own compositions had been recorded by the band, the first being "Don't Pass Me By" in 1968.

      April 30
      The Fifth Dimension are awarded a Gold record for "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", a medley from the Rock musical Hair.

      May 3
      The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest Jimi Hendrix at Toronto's International Airport for possession of narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail until his acquittal the following December.

      May 5
      Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" is released. It will reach #2 in the US and top the chart in the UK.

      1970 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      George Harrison tells reporters that the Beatles will reunite eventually and announces plans for his first post-Beatles solo LP.

      April 30
      Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Incredibly, Lyndon was acquitted.

      May 2
      Norman Greenbaum's Gospel / Rock hit "Spirit In The Sky" topped both the UK record chart and the Cash Box Best Sellers list. Greenbaum would later tell Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm just some Jewish musician who really dug Gospel music. I decided there was a larger Jesus Gospel market out there than a Jehovah one."

      May 4
      Four students were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during an anti-war demonstration. Neil Young reacted to the senseless slayings by writing and recording the song, "Ohio", with Crosby, Stills & Nash, the very next day.

      1971 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" is released. It would reach number one in the US and number two in the UK. Although the lyrics were the subject of much controversy, Mick Jagger would later tell Rolling Stone, "God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go . . . I never would write that song now."

      May 3
      Grand Funk Railroad "consent" to meet with members of the press, who have never treated the group with respect, despite their string of Gold records. 150 reporters were invited to New York's Gotham Hotel. Only 6 showed up.

      1972 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the US government to deport Lennon "a grave injustice in light of Lennon's unique contributions to music and art." Lennon was granted permanent resident status in the US in 1976.

      April 29
      A Detroit, Michigan band called Gallery enters the Billboard Hot 100 with "Nice To Be With You", which will rise to #4 during its 13 week run. They will follow with two more Top 20 hits, "I Believe In Music" (#22) and "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" (#23) over the next eight months.

      May 3
      Guitarist Les Harvey of the Scottish / English soul band Stone the Crows, was electrocuted by a shorted microphone wire during a concert attended by 12-thousand people in Swansea, Wales. He died in a local hospital three hours later.

      1973 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Although he was virtually unknown in Great Britain, 29 year old John Denver kicks off a six week UK TV series for the BBC.

      April 29
      More than 15,000 people attending a Rock concert by Elvin Bishop, Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac are routed from a baseball stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing tear-gas canisters. More than 80 people, including 28 police officers, are hurt and fifty arrests are made.

      May 1
      Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman, release their first album. The LP would take six months to hit the charts and over a year before the hard rockin' single "Let it Ride" became a Top 25 hit.

      May 4
      Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 US tour, which is billed as the 'biggest and most profitable Rock and Roll tour in the history of the United States.' The group grossed over $3 million.

      1974 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      The Carpenters play for US President Richard Nixon and the West German Chancellor at the White House.

      May 4
      Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit "The Loco-Motion". It was only the second time that a cover version had been a #1, as well as the original. (The first was "Go Away Little Girl", a hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and Donny Osmond in 1971)

      1975 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      RSO Records releases The Bee Gees' "Main Course", the album that will bring the Gibb brothers back to the top of the music scene. The record contains two Billboard Top Ten hits, "Jive Talkin" and "Nights on Broadway".

      May 3
      Tony Orlando And Dawn scored their third and final US #1 hit with "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)". The tune was written as "He Will Break Your Heart" by three R&B heavyweights, Jerry Butler, Clarence Carter and Curtis Mayfield and reached #7 in 1960 for Butler.

      May 3
      The English Glam-Rock band Mud attain their third and final UK number one with a cover of Buddy Holly's 1957 hit, "Oh Boy".

      1976 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      After playing in Memphis during a southern tour, Bruce Springsteen climbs the fence at Graceland in an attempt to see Elvis Presley. Security guards stop him and he is escorted off the grounds.

      April 30
      The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

      May 1
      The Bellamy Brothers topped the Cashbox Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100 with "Let Your Love Flow". The song was a #7 hit in the UK.

      May 3
      Paul McCartney makes his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years as Wings commence their Wings over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas.

      May 4
      KISS perform their first concert in their hometown of New York City.

      1977 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      The Temptations, the most successful male vocal group of the 1960's and early '70s, left Motown Records after 17 years. They signed with Atlantic, but after recording two unsuccessful Disco albums, the Temps were later lured back to Motown by Berry Gordy Jr.

      April 30
      Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is released. It will become his fourth US Top Ten hit.

      April 30
      Glen Campbell reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "Southern Nights". It was his 19th Top 40 hit.

      1978 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      P.J. Proby was fired from his role in the London stage musical, Elvis, after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been cast as the oldest of three Presleys in the play.

      May 1
      Boney M's double sided hit, "Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring" is certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

      May 2
      The Bee Gees are awarded their second Platinum single in less than two months for "Night Fever". It was preceded by "Stayin' Alive", both from the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.

      May 3
      FM, a film about the struggles of a radio station, debuts in Los Angeles. The soundtrack features Steely Dan, Steve Miller, The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon. More people would buy the soundtrack than bothered to see the film.

      May 4
      Jefferson Starship receive a Platinum record for what will be their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Just a few weeks later, both quit and the band had to be revamped.

      1979 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      Elton John becomes the first Pop music star to perform in Israel.

      May 2
      The Who introduced their movie, Quadrophenia, as well as their new drummer, Kenny Jones. Jones had been a member of The Small Faces with Steve Marriott and enjoyed the hit, "Itchycoo Park" in 1967.

      May 5
      Thirteen years after the original duo of Peaches And Herb split up, Herb Feemster teamed up with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, to enjoy a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Reunited". The record also did well in the UK, reaching #4.

      May 5
      28 year old Suzi Quatro reached #5 on the Hot 100 with a duet with Chris Norman called "Stumblin' In". It would be the only time she cracked the US Top 40.

      1980 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.

      May 2
      Pink Floyd's hit single "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)", with its chorus of kids chanting "We Don't Need No Education", is banned by the South African government. Black children, upset about inferior education, adopt the song as their anthem. The government says the song is "prejudicial to the safety of the state."

      May 3
      Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Against The Wind".

      May 4
      An acoustic performance by the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos brought a hostel response from an Olympic Auditorium audience who came to hear Punk music. Opening for Public Image Ltd, the group was bombarded with bottles and other debris. It would take seven more years for the band to crack the Hot 100 with a couple of Richie Valens songs, "La Bamba" (#1) and "Come On, Let's Go" (#21).

      1982 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      Barry Manilow scored his first UK #1 album when "Barry Live In Britain" went to the top of the chart. The LP was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London in January and would go on to reach Platinum status.

      1983 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      Blues guitarist Muddy Waters, whose real name was McKinley Morganfield, died of a heart attack at the age of 68.

      April 30
      After leading the Billboard chart for seven weeks with "Billie Jean", Michael Jackson was back on top with "Beat It". His ten week run at the top was interrupted for a week by Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen".

      April 30
      The original line-up of the 1960's British group Manfred Mann reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's Marquee Club.

      May 5
      Clarence Quick, the bass voice of the Del Vikings on their 1956 hit, "Come, Go With Me", died of a heart attack. He was 46 years old.

      May 5
      The one thousandth edition of Britain's music show, Top of the Pops is broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.

      1984 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The founder of Fleetwood Mac had released a solo album called "The Visitor" in 1981. Although the critics loved it, "The Visitor" ended up losing a lot of money, as did Fleetwood's real estate investments, leading to eventual financial ruin.

      1986 - ClassicBands.com

      May 3
      Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" tops the Billboard singles chart on its way to becoming a world-wide million seller. Originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company wouldn't grant her a release to work on Palmer's label, Island Records, and her voice was removed.

      May 5
      Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be built.

      May 5
      Michael Jackson signs his second contract with Pepsi, who will pay the gloved one $15 million and sponsor his solo world tour.

      1987 - ClassicBands.com

      May 4
      Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of drug-related heart failure at the age of 45. He had gained international recognition as one of the acts performing at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

      1988 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Eric Clapton's wife, Patti "Layla" Boyd, files for divorce, citing Clapton's affair with an Italian TV personality, who bore his child.

      April 30
      20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi".

      May 1
      Billy Joel escapes punishment for defamation charges brought against him by Jack Powers, whom he called a "creep" during an interview with Playboy magazine. The judge cited the 1st Amendment and dropped all charges.

      May 1
      Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon" finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).

      May 5
      Pepsi becomes the first company to feature a non-Russian in its Soviet advertising when Michael Jackson appears in a TV commercial.

      1989 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      Police in California are called to a jewelers store after employees reported a suspicious person. He turned out to be Michael Jackson, who had donned a wig, fake moustache, false teeth and eyelashes to go shopping. Officers had him remove his disguise and show his identification.

      1990 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      The TV movie Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys airs on ABC.

      April 29
      Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. The band is most often remembered for two Top Ten hits, "Grazing In The Grass" in 1969 and "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" in 1970.

      May 5
      Jason Bonham delights the guests at his wedding reception when he plays a five song set with his late father's band mates, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.

      1991 - ClassicBands.com

      May 2
      The Rolling Stones are cited for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 36th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The honor is named after the Cardiff, Wales born entertainer Ivor Novello and has been presented annually by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors since 1955.

      May 4
      25 years after her first appeared on the UK record charts, Cher scored her first solo #1 single with "The Shoop Shoop Song".

      1992 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a judge's chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul's managers and Estevez's mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed for divorce two years later.

      1993 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      An animated Barry White appears on The Simpsons.

      April 29
      Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46.

      May 1
      Cliff Richard went to #1 on the UK album chart for the seventh time with a cleverly titled LP called "The Album".

      1997 - ClassicBands.com

      May 3
      Michael Jackson topped the UK singles chart for the 7th time with "Blood On The Dance Floor". The song peaked at #42 on the US charts.

      May 5
      Governor George W. Bush declares May 5th as ZZ Top Day in the state of Texas.

      1999 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening. The band dedicates "Living On The Edge" to the student, who was one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.

      April 30
      51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nazareth is best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts", which was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.

      2000 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      A $1.8 million civil fraud suit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer who claims Young reneged on an agreement to have a biography written about him when Young blocked the book's publication.

      May 5
      Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.

      2002 - ClassicBands.com

      May 5
      Two disc jockeys 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 calls after the show from angry listeners, mostly from people saying they were glad Nugent was taken off the air. The two DJs said Nugent came on the show about three times a year, but won't be back any time soon.

      2003 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.

      May 1
      58 year old Barry White suffered a stroke that affected his speech and the right side of his body.

      2004 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      Michael Jackson was arraigned in a Santa Maria, California courtroom after a grand jury determined that there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial. The jury handed down a ten-count indictment, including four counts of committing lewd acts upon a minor.

      2005 - ClassicBands.com

      May 2
      Eric Clapton joined former Cream members, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall, 36 years after the band had split up.

      2006 - ClassicBands.com

      May 5
      Michael Jackson demanded an apology from GQ Magazine which printed a series of photos featuring a Jackson impersonator along with an article called "Where's Michael?" which documented the writer's quest to find Jackson in Bahrain.

      2007 - ClassicBands.com

      April 29
      Nancy Sinatra made a rare TV appearance in an episode of The Sopranos where she sang "Bossman" to a small gathering of the main characters.

      April 30
      Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died from complications of pneumonia. She was 69.

      2008 - ClassicBands.com

      April 30
      Gail Renard, who was given the hand written words to "Give Peace A Chance" by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July '08, it went for $790,000 (£400,000)

      May 4
      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. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day after he tried to sell the goods to a pawn shop for $400.

      May 5
      Jerry Wallace, who placed seven songs on Billboard's Top 40, including the 1959, #8 hit "Primrose Lane", died at the age of 79, after suffering congestive heart failure.

      2009 - ClassicBands.com

      May 1
      A anonymous fan won a two hour, one on one guitar lesson with Queen'sBrian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which May is a patron.

      May 5
      Actress Ola Ray, a former Playboy Playmate, filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and his production company, alleging unpaid royalties from her work in the video for "Thriller".

      2010 - ClassicBands.com

      May 2
      Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, lashed out at the Pop star's former dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein for alleging that his son was gay. ""Michael was not gay," said Joe. "He (Klein) has no respect for Michael... to say things about him when he's gone is shameful."

      May 2
      Aretha Franklin agreed to settle a debt with Michigan tax officials after they filed a lien against her home last March. Authorities demanded $11,076 in income taxes and a further $33,729 in property taxes on her $1.8 million estate. In a statement to the press, Aretha said it "becomes a little difficult" to keep up with her finances while she's touring.

      May 5
      Sonny and Cher's only child, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, appeared in a Santa Monica, California court where a judge signed off on an official gender and name change. The judge ruled that the gender reassignment is complete and that Chastity will now be a man known as Chaz Bono.

      2011 - ClassicBands.com

      May 4
      51-year-old Marie Osmond married her first husband, Stephen Craig, a second time, more than 25 years after they divorced. They originally wed in 1982 and split in 1985. Marie had one son with Craig and seven children with her second husband, Brian Blosil. That marriage ended in 2007 after almost 20 years.

      May 1
      Former Village People vocalist Victor Willis launched a $1.5 million lawsuit against his old band mates over back royalties. The singer, who portrayed a policeman in the group, left the line-up in 1979.











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