Music History: May 5
2016 Arsenio Hall files a $5 million defamation suit against Sinead O'Connor after the singer posts a message on Facebook suggesting the comedian was the recently deceased Prince's drug dealer. O'Connor responds to the suit: "I'm more amused than I've ever dreamed a person could be and look forward very much to how hilarious it will be watching him trying to prove me wrong."
2008 Country/pop singer Jerry Wallace, known for the 1959 hit "Primrose Lane," dies at age 79 of congestive heart failure.
2008 To thank fans for years of support, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) posts the album The Slip for free on his website.
2004 Jamaican record producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, who signed Bob Marley & the Wailers to his Studio One label, dies of a heart attack at age 72.
2001 Zydeco musician Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, at age 70.
1998 Bad Religion release their tenth full-length studio album No Substance.
1992 The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV's Full House.
1989 Chris Brown is born in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia.
1988 Singer and TV personality Brooke Hogan is born Brooke Ellen Bollea in Tampa, Florida. Dad is professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
1986 Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun announces that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be built in Cleveland, Ohio.
1984 Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. The couple divorces in 1990.
1981 Craig David is born in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
1979 Peaches and Herb's "Reunited" hits #1 in America.
1972 Paul Simon, Chicago and Carole King all perform at a benefit concert for US presidential candidate George McGovern.
1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival release "Bad Moon Rising."
1968 Buffalo Springfield play their last concert, a show in Long Beach, California. They would get back together in 2010 and tour in 2011.
1962 Kevin Mooney (bass player for Adam & The Ants) is born in Greenwich, London, England.
1962 Chris Montez records "Let's Dance."
1962 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Shirelles' "Soldier Boy"
1959 Ian McCulloch (frontman for Echo & The Bunnymen) is born in Liverpool, England.
1948 Bill Ward (drummer for Black Sabbath) is born in Aston, Birmingham, England.
1937 Electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire is born in Coventry, England.
1934 Saxophonist Ace Cannon, known for the 1962 hit "Tuff," is born in Grenade, Mississippi.
1934 Johnnie Taylor is born in Crawfordsville, Arkansas.
1911 James Bland dies of tuberculosis in Philadelphia.
1898 Blues musician Blind Willie McTell is born William Samuel McTier in Thomson, Georgia.
Solange Attacks Jay-Z, Inspires Beyonce's "Flawless"2014Beyoncé's sister Solange Knowles attacks Jay-Z in an elevator they are all riding after attending the Met Gala at The Standard hotel in New York. The footage, which is leaked on TMZ, shows Jay taking his whooping before a security guard restrains Solange. Beyoncé later mentions the incident in her song "Flawless" when she sings, "sometime s--t go down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator."
1999 At the 34th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named Artist of the Decade.
1988 Adele is born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in Tottenham, London, England.
1967 Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)" first appears on the US singles chart and soon becomes an anthem of the Flower Power movement and hippies everywhere.
1942 Tammy Wynette is born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Mississippi.