Music History: May 4
2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Lane Boy."
2008 Martha Reeves' (Martha & the Vandellas) home in Detroit is burglarized and one million dollars' worth of recording equipment is stolen. In just a few hours, the perpetrator is caught while attempting to hock the merchandise for $400.
2000 Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.
1992 Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (percussionist for Johnny Clegg & Juluka) is killed in a hail of gunfire in South Africa at age 33.
1991 Punk rocker Simon Wilde (bassist for D.O.A.) dies of a brain tumor at age 33.
1991 Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."
1987 Paul Butterfield (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band) dies of a heroin overdose at age 44.
1979 Pop singer Lance Bass ('N Sync) is born James Lance Bass in Laurel, Mississippi.
1979 Bob Dylan records "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)," "When He Returns," and "Man Gave Names To All The Animals."
1978 Jefferson Starship's album Earth is certified Platinum.
1977 The Beatles release The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl.
1974 Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack LP The Sting hits #1.
1974 Grand Funk's cover of "The Loco-Motion" hits #1 in America. It's the second time the song has topped the chart: Little Eva's original went to #1 in 1962.
1972 Mike Dirnt (bass player for Green Day) is born in Berkeley, California, where he would be adopted by a couple from nearby El Sobrante.
1972 Christian singer Chris Tomlin is born in Grand Saline, Texas.
1970 Alt rocker Gregg Alexander (frontman of The New Radicals) is born Gregory Aiuto in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
1969 Al Stewart and his girlfriend Mandi attend a party at the Putney home of John Martyn which inspires the song "Night Of The 4th Of May."
1968 Twiggy, one of the first English "supermodels," catches an 18-year-old singer named Mary Hopkin on the BBC-TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She calls friend Paul McCartney, who eventually signs Hopkin to Apple and gives her his song "Those Were The Days" to record.
1968 Steppenwolf makes its US television debut, performing "Born to Be Wild" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1967 The Turtles' "Happy Together" is certified gold.
1964 Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. They would later change the name to The Moody Blues.
1964 Gary Holt (guitarist for Exodus) is born in Richmond, California.
1963 The Beach Boys' LP Surfin' USA enters the charts.
1961 The Jarmels record "A Little Bit Of Soap."
1960 Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.
1959 Country singer-songwriter Randy Travis is born Randy Bruce Traywick in Marshville, North Carolina.
1957 Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Revue debuts on ABC; the show is an attempt to replicate the success of their own hit American Bandstand. The first show features performances from The Clovers, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Sal Mineo, and Guy Mitchell.
1956 Lonnie Donegan quits the popular Chris Barber Jazz Band to form a skiffle group.
1956 England's New Musical Express erroneously reports that "Elvin" Presley will be performing an upcoming gig at the Palladium in London. Elvis never plays Europe.
1951 Bruce Day (bass player for Santana, Pablo Cruise) is born.
1951 Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is born Sigmund Esco Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
1951 Mick Mars (lead guitarist for Motley Crue) is born Robert Alan Deal in Terre Haute, Indiana.
1949 Zal Cleminson (guitarist for The Sensational Alex Harvey Band) is born Alistair Macdonald Cleminson in Glasgow, Scotland.
1949 Country singer-songwriter Stella Parton is born in Sevierville, Tennesee, to a family that includes older sister Dolly Parton.
1945 Georg Wadenius (lead guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1945 Stan Kenton records "Tampico."
1944 '60s pop singer Peggy Santiglia (The Angels, Dusk) is born in Belleville, New Jersey.
1941 Singer and violinist David LaFlamme (It's a Beautiful Day) is born Gary Posie in New Britain, Connecticut.
1941 Motown songwriter Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) is born in Fairfield, South Carolina.
1940 Ronnie Bond (drummer for The Troggs) is born Ronald James Bullis in Andover, Hampshire, England.
1938 Tyrone Davis is born Tyrone Fettson in Greenville, Mississippi, but is raised by his father in Saginaw, Michigan. Known for his #1 R&B hits, "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).
1937 Surf rock guitarist Dick Dale is born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts.
1937 Surf rocker Dick Burns (The Hondells) is born in Buffalo, New York.
1928 Jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson is born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada.
1923 Ed Cassidy (drummer for Spirit) is born in Harvey, Illinois.
1885 The graphophone, a link between the earlier gramophone and the modern phonograph, is patented, featuring wax cylinders which conducted music better than Thomas Edison's original tinfoil ones.
1655 Florentine harpsichord maker Bartolomeo Cristofori is born. He invented the piano in 1709.
2016After Donald Trump's campaign plays "Start Me Up" following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones ask him to stop, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.
2012 Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) dies of cancer at age 47 in New York City.
1999 Former In Living Color Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez issues her first single, "If You Had My Love." The song lands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Lopez the first artist to top the chart with a debut single since Britney Spears did the same with "...Baby One More Time" four months earlier.More
1990 David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.
1970 Later memorialized in the Neil Young song "Ohio," the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of which weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history leads to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale are both on campus and horrified by the events.More
1959 The very first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with Record of the Year going to Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" and Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' "Tequila," for some reason, takes home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance.