May 6

Today In Music History

1957 : Recorded on this day – Chuck Berry – “Rock And Roll Music”

1958 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit The Everly Brothers – “All I Have to Do Is Dream”

1960 : Recorded on this day – Elvis Presley – “Tonight’s All Right For Love”

1964 : Recorded on this day – The Beach Boys – “All Summer Long”

1965 : Recorded on this day – James Brown – “I Got You (I Feel Good)”

1965 : In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘Satisfaction’, following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. The song is considered to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed ‘Satisfaction’ in the second spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1966 : Recorded on this day – The Beatles – “I’m Only Sleeping”

1966 : Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ and worked on various mixes of the track. 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.

1966 : During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan played the first night of 11 UK dates at the ABC in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1967 : Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.

1969 : Recorded on this day – The Beatles – “You Never Give Me Your Money”

1971 : Ike and Tina Turner’s Proud Mary is certified gold.

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. Simon’s tour of America and Europe was recorded and released as ‘Live Rhymin’.

1977 : The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51, London.

1977 : Dolly Parton makes her New York singing debut at the Bottom Line.

1977 : Led Zeppelin break the record (which they already held) for single-act concert attendance (76,229) in Pontiac, Michigan.

1978 : At the United Nations, The Bee Gees announce an upcoming series of concerts to benefit the UNICEF organization.

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 Gee songs, went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

1979 : Recorded on this day – Bob Dylan – “Trouble In Mind,” “When You Gonna Wake Up,” “Slow Train”

1982 : Diana Ross gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist.

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.

1995 : Melissa Etheridge sets a record with back-to-back singles – “Come to My Window” and I’m The Only One – on Billboard’s Hot 100 for at least 40 weeks.

1997 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, where the Hall is located. (Most ceremonies are held in New York). Getting in are The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.

2002 : ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen was voted the UK’s favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, ‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba was fourth and Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’ was in fifth place.

2002 : Albany State University in Georgia awards hometown boy Ray Charles an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.

2002 : American songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell died from a heart attack. He wrote the classic songs ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Over the years, Blackwell’s songs have sold more than 185 million copies.

2004 : A sale at Christie’s in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company’s history after Beatles memorabilia 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. Also sold – a coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).

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.

2005 : US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer which stocked CD’s at its branches in the US said it would be promoting other albums instead.

2008 : Cher begins her “Cher at the Colosseum” shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planning to play 200 concerts over 3 years. The run ends in February, 2011 with 192 performances, since 8 were canceled.

2008 : Sting receives the key to New York City along with the other members of The Police during their press conference.

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.

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