May 3

this day

1958 : The popular disc jockey Alan Freed hosts a concert at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Accounts vary, but the crowd rushed the stage at various times, and Freed kept imploring them to sit down – not easy to do when Lewis is playing “Great Balls of Fire.” Freed is forced to stop the show, telling the crowd, “It looks like the Boston police don’t want you to have a good time.” Violence erupted, spurned on by gang members at the show, and spilled over to the streets. Rock and Roll became demonized in Boston, and the city did not host another Rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles came through.

1964 : Gerry and the Pacemakers make their US television debut, singing Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying on CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show.

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 : 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’.

1967 : The Walker Brothers announce their split. Scott Walker would go on to become a highly influential solo artist in the late Sixties.

1968 : The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lectured the audience on “spiritual regeneration.” The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.

1968 : The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Voodoo Chile.’ It was featured on the ‘Electric Ladyland’ double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist’s death. Hendrix’s solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

1969 : Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his bag (he is acquitted in court).

1971 : Led Zeppelin kicked off a European tour at K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark in front of 4,000 fans. The set list included the only known performance of “Four Sticks” and the debut live performance of Misty Mountain Hop.

1972 : Les Harvey guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.

1975 : Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chicago VIII’, the group’s third US No.1.

1974 : Led Zeppelin launches its Swan Song label.

1975 : Dawn started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He Don’t Love You, (Like I Love You)’, the group’s third US No.1.

1976, David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years.

1976 : Paul McCartney made his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years when Wings kicked off their 31-date ‘Wings Over America’ tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

1980 : Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Against The Wind’.

1986 : Robert Palmer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Addicted To Love’, it made No.5 in the UK. Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed.

1991 : Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declares today ZZ Top day in the Lone Star State.

2004 : The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, said that the pair had “harassed” her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their “abusive and unjust behaviour”.

2006 : The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets.

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. His first No.1 in 1964, was ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. Dylan now held the record, (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap between solo number one albums.

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