Music History: May 30
2003 English record producer Mickie Most, who issued hits from The Animals, Herman's Hermits, and Hot Chocolate on his RAK Records label, dies of peritoneal mesothelioma at age 64.
2000 Tex Beneke (blues singer and saxophonist of The Glenn Miller Orchestra) dies of respiratory failure at age 86.
1997 Yanni becomes the first Western artist in modern times to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Despite strict regulations (including a 40-decibel sound limit), the show is a success as the Chinese welcome the Greek musician.
1996 John Kahn (bass guitarist for The Jerry Garcia Band) dies of a heart attack at age 48.
1993 Jazz composer Sun Ra, a pioneer of free improvisation and modal jazz, dies of pneumonia at age 79.
1992 Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell, a singer known for her song "What I Am," at a small ceremony in Montauk, Long Island. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, is 26 years older than Brickell.
1987 The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael Jackson has offered $50,000 for the bones of "The Elephant Man," John Merrick, who died in 1890. Said Jackson's manager: "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."
1980 Rock bassist Carl Radle (of Derek and the Dominos) dies of a drug-and-alcohol-related kidney infection at age 37.
1971 Patrick Dalheimer (bassist for Live) is born in York, Pennsylvania.
1970 Ray Stevens, known for novelty hits like "The Streak," hits #1 in America with "Everything Is Beautiful."
1966 Dolly Parton marries Carl Thomas Dean, the owner of a Nashville asphalt road-paving business. The long-lasting pair celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016.
1964 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles' "Love Me Do"
1964 Tom Morello (guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) is born in Harlem, New York.
1964 Country singer Wynonna Judd is born Christina Claire Ciminella is born in Ashland, Kentucky. She will rise to fame alongside her mom, Naomi Judd, in the duo The Judds.
1963 Lesley Gore makes her first TV appearance, performing "It's My Party" on American Bandstand.
1960 Stephen Duffy is born in Alum Rock, Birmingham, England. A founder member of Duran Duran, he leaves the band shortly before they are signed to EMI. He later finds moderate success as a solo artist under the name Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy with the song Kiss Me.
1958 Marie Fredriksson (half of the pop-rock duo Roxette) is born in Össjö, Sweden.
1955 Topper Headon (drummer for The Clash) is born Nicholas Bowen Headon in Bromley, Kent, England. His nickname comes from the comic Topper because he looks like the character Mickey the Monkey.
1944 Lenny Davidson (guitarist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.
2000Eminem's second major-label album, The Marshall Mathers LP, becomes the fastest-selling rap album ever when it sells 1.76 million copies in its debut week.
2002 Diana Ross enters a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.
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."More
1968 The Beatles begin recording their White Album
1909 Benny Goodman is born in Chicago. At just 12 years old, he begins performing professionally as a clarinetist; by 14, he joins a musicians union. He records his first solo in 1926 and by 1934 he is the leader of a 12-piece big band.