Music History: May 31
2016 Alicia Keys announces that she will no longer wear makeup.More
2014 The trustee for Randy California, leader of the band Spirit who died in 1997, sues Led Zeppelin, claiming a song California wrote called "Taurus" was stolen for the intro to "Stairway To Heaven." One of the claims in the suit: "Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin were fans of Spirit, were aware of their album, and were influenced on an emotional level by their performances and recordings, so much so that they would go to watch Spirit perform in concert... Merely four days after opening for Spirit, Zeppelin had already lifted Spirit's material for their live sets."
2007 Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots, is arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, Florida.
2005 Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles' famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.
2004 Rock guitarist Robert Quine, known for collaborations with Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Tom Waits, commits suicide by heroin overdose at age 61.
2003 50 Cent's second single, "21 Questions," tops the chart for the first of 4 weeks. Featuring Nate Dogg on the chorus, the song explores 50's romantic side, as he asks a girl if she would be there for him through thick and thin.
2000 Soul singer Johnnie Taylor dies of a heart attack at age 66.
1996 Bass singer Elsbeary Hobbs (of The Drifters) dies from throat and lung cancer in Manhattan, New York at age 59.
1993 Jon Bon Jovi's wife, Dorothea Hurley, gives birth to their first child, a daughter named Stephanie Rose.
1976 The Who set the record for "World's Loudest Rock Band" when their show in London measures 126 decibels. Guinness later stops certifying the record, concerned about hearing loss.
1975 Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" hits #1 in America.
1975 The Eagles release "One Of These Nights."
1974 Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown album is certified Gold.
1971 Badfinger records "Day After Day."
1969 The Supremes host the variety show Hollywood Palace, with guests The Jackson 5 and Sammy Davis, Jr..
1968 While recording vocals for "Revolution," John Lennon does some improvised ranting that will be included in the head-scratching "Revolution 9."
1967 Big Brother & the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie Petulia.
1967 The Beatles record "It's All Too Much."
1965 Steve White (drummer for The Style Council) is born in Southwark, London, England.
1964 Darryl McDaniels (of Run-D.M.C.) is born in Harlem, New York City.
1964 The family-friendly Dave Clark Five go on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, performing "Glad All Over." They're a hit with the host, who has them on 18 more times.
1962 Pop singer Corey Hart is born in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
1961 Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri, outside of St. Louis.
1954 Vicki Sue Robinson ("Turn The Beat Around") is born in New York.
1991 Azealia Banks is born in New York City.
1986 Genesis enters the Hot 100 with "Invisible Touch," joining four acts by current or former members of the group on the chart.More
1985 The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), sends its first letter to the RIAA requesting a ratings system for albums and concerts. The group is led by Tipper Gore, the wife of Senator Al Gore, so the record industry takes it seriously, and cuts back on their metal budgets. The end result is warning stickers on albums containing offensive lyrics.
1980 Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley is born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
1980 The disco group Lipps, Inc. goes to #1 in America with "Funkytown," a tribute to New York City.
1979 Supertramp's Breakfast In America is certified Gold.
1952 Karl Bartos (of Kraftwerk) is born in Berchtesgaden, Germany.
1948 Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England.
1947 Junior Campbell (of Marmalade) is born William Campbell Jr. in Glasgow, Scotland.
1940 Augie Meyers (of the Sir Douglas Quintet) is born in San Antonio, Texas.
1938 '60s pop singer Lenny Welch is born in New York.
1938 Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is born in Manhattan, New York.
1938 Johnny Paycheck is born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio. His stage name comes from a boxer who was knocked out by Joe Louis.
1931 Jazz guitarist Dick Garcia is born in New York City.
1930 Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California. The actor/director also dabbles in music, releasing an album of Cowboy Favorites in 1959 and composing scores for several of his films, including Mystic River, Gran Torino, and Grace is Gone.
1986Jeff Krulik and John Heyn film the parking-lot antics of fans tailgating at a Judas Priest concert in Landover, Maryland. The result is Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a 16-minute film that captures the energy and absurdity of heavy metal culture in the '80s.
1998 Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) announces that she is leaving Spice Girls, releasing a statement saying: "Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best... PS, I'll be back."
Halliwell was planning to leave the group in September at the end of their world tour, but grows frustrated and leaves early.
The group continues as a quartet, but splits up in 2000. In 2007, they reunite with Halliwell back on board.
1976 Ten years after it appeared on The Beatles' Revolver album, Capitol Records issues "Got To Get You Into My Life" as a single in America.More
1961 Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.
1956 Buddy Holly sees the John Wayne film The Searchers and the line, "That'll be the day," in it inspires him to write a song with that title.