Sunday, May 30, 2010

This Date In Music History - May 30


Lenny Davidson - Dave Clark Five (1944)

Nicky 'Topper' Headon - The Clash (1955)

Marie Fredriksson - Roxette (1958)

Stephen Duffy - Duran Duran and member of Lilac Time, Me Me Me, solo (1960)

Tom Morello - Rage Against The Machine (1964)

Wynonna Judd (1964)

Sven Pipien - Black Crowes (1967)

Tim Burgess - Charlatans (1968)

Patrick Dalheimer - Live (1971)

Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway) (1974)

The Donnas’ vocalist Brett Anderson (Donna A.). 1979

They Are Missed:

Carl Radle, bass player with Derek and the Dominoes, died of kidney failure in 1980 (age 38). Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986)

Record producer Mickie Most died in 2003 (age 64). Member of The Most Brothers during late 50's, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own record label RAK in the 1970's, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.


Elvis Presley appeared at the Fair Park Auditorium, Abilene, Texas in 1955.

On his birthday in 1962, Benny Goodman led the first American jazz band to play in the Soviet Union.

The Beatles went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1964 with "Love Me Do," the group's fourth US #1 in five months. Interestingly, the version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums.

The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music in 1965. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.

The Doors appeared at the Hullabaloo, West Hollywood, California in 1966.

In 1968, the Beatles began recording what became known as the 'White Album.' The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles,’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was "Revolution."

In 1969, Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.

Ray Stevens went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1970 with "Everything Is Beautiful." The former DJ had a string of novelty hits, including "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green & Purple Pill."

On "Midnight Special" in 1975, Joan Baez welcomed Kool & the Gang into the studio.

Led Zeppelin began recording "In Through the Out Door" in 1978.

In 1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feynoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.

In 1990, Midnight Oil played in front of the Exxon Building in New York to protest the corporation's global polluting.

In 1992, singer, songwriter Paul Simon married singer Edie Brickell.

The Black Crowes went to #1 on the US album chart in 1992 with 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion.'

Neil Young canceled his 1997 European tour because he had cut his finger while slicing a ham sandwich.

In London, a bomb threat at a Kenny Rogers concert being held at Royal Albert Hall in 1999, caused the evacuation of more than 3,000. No bomb was found and no injuries were reported.

Also in 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.

In 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 labelled with a false name - The Fir Trees - to throw would-be pirates off the scent.

Despite efforts by the Greek Orthodox Church, Slipknot performed at the Lykavittos Theatre in Athens in 2005. The church campaigned to cancel the show because they disapproved of the band's "shocking" appearance and felt their song lyrics and concerts promoted Satanism. The devil? Naw....

In 2007, a coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson's death was a homicide. Dr Louis Pena said bruising suggested the barrel of a gun may have been forced into Ms Clarkson's mouth before she was fatally shot in 2003. Spector was accused of murdering Clarkson on 3 February 2003 at his home in California.

A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX in 2007. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.

In 2007, Paul McCartney used the Home Shopping Network to promote his album. A 30-minute special on "Memory Almost Full," premiered on HSN. There’s in-studio footage as McCartney discusses the recording of the album. Of course, you can buy the album through the network.

Green Day went to #1 on the US album chart in 2008 with ‘21st Century Breakdown,’ the bands eighth studio album.

In 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.'

Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments in 2009. 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.

Six people were stabbed at a War concert in Mountain View California in 2009.