Music History: June 1
2013 American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young get married at Los Angeles' Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel. DeGarmo was a runner-up to Fantasia Barrino in Season 3, while Young was a finalist in Season 5.
2007 Tony Thompson (lead singer of Hi-Five) dies at age 31 after accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of freon.
2007 Contemporary musicians record their own versions of songs from The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album to mark 40 years since it was released. Acts including Oasis, Travis, The Fray, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bryan Adams and The Magic Numbers all work with Geoff Emerick - the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions, using the original analogue 4-track equipment to demonstrate the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.
2006 Spanish singer and actress Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at age 59.
2006 The UK Albums chart turns 50 years old, and in a survey by the book of British Hit Singles and Albums and NME, Definitely Maybe by Oasis is voted the greatest album of all time. The Beatles come in second and third place with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver; OK Computer by Radiohead is fourth and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis comes in fifth.
2005 White Stripes singer Jack White marries his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson, in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.
2005 Crazy Frog's "Axel F" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2003 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is arrested after colliding with another car in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, who died from an overdose on May 24, 2010, was arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving.
2003 Staind's 14 Shades Of Gray hits #1 on the US album chart.
2001 Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a 1999 nightclub shooting.
2000 Dixie Chicks play the first night of their 85-date "Fly" North American tour at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2000 The film Honest, starring three of All Saints is pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office.
2000 Mambo musician Tito Puente, who helped popularize Afro-Cuban and Caribbean music in the '50s, dies at age 77 following heart valve surgery.
1999 Brad Paisley releases his debut album, Who Needs Pictures, through Arista Nashville.
1999 Ja Rule releases his debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci, featuring the hit single "Holla Holla."More1998Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is arrested for heroin possession in New York the day he is supposed to do a solo show.
1997 At age 58, Kenny Rogers gets married for the fifth time, this time to his production assistant Wanda Miller. The couple have two children.
1996 Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' "Three Lions," the official song of the England Football team, hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1995 Alan Wilder leaves Depeche Mode.
1992 Model Rachel Hunter gives birth to Rod Stewart's daughter, Renee.
1991 David Ruffin, who sang lead on the The Temptations' classics "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," dies from an adverse reaction to cocaine at age 50. Family members suspect foul play when Ruffin's money belt - which held over $40,000 in proceeds from the group's tour - turns up empty.
1991 Sting appears on the first airing of a new Soviet TV rock show called Rock Steady.
1991 Seal's self-titled debut album starts a 3-week run at #1 on the UK album charts.
1985 Bruce Springsteen kicks off the European leg of his Born in the USA world tour at Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland.
1985 The Prince album Around The World In A Day goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for three weeks. Hits from the album include "Raspberry Beret" and "Pop Life."
1984 R&B singer Nate Nelson (The Flamingos, The Platters) dies at age 52 of heart disease.
1982 Madness' "House Of Fun" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1981 The Rolling Stones release Still Life.
1981 The first issue of the heavy metal magazine Kerrang is published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds, with AC/DC on the front cover.
1979 The Police, supported by The Cramps, appear at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1977 Billy Joel ends a US tour with a concert at Carnegie Hall.
1977 Bob Marley and The Wailers play the first of four nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. There are six nights booked at the Rainbow, but the last two shows are called off because of a serious toe injury Marley sustained in a friendly soccer game with French journalists just before the tour's start in Paris. Subsequently the tour's second leg in the United States would be postponed and then canceled.
1976 The Runaways put out their eponymous debut album. Billed as the first all-female hard-rock band, the disc has little domestic success, peaking at #194. However, the band are hugely successful in Japan, hitting the #1 spot with their single "Cherry Bomb."
1975 Ronnie Wood perform his first gig as Rolling Stones guitarist, on his 28th birthday.
1974 Alanis Morissette is born, along with twin brother Wade, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1973 Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt breaks his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It leaves Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.
1971 The two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born is opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
1969 Bass guitarist Damon Minchella (of Ocean Colour Scene) is born in Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England.
1968 Jason Donovan is born in Malvern, Melbourne, Australia. After finding fame on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, he'll hit the top of the UK charts in a duet with co-star Kylie Minogue: "Especially For You."
1968 Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" hits #1 on the Hot 100. The song was written for the movie The Graduate and titled after the character played by Anne Bancroft.
1967 Roger Sanchez is born in Queens, New York. The DJ/music producer will gain notoriety with his dance remixes, including his Grammy Award-winning spin on No Doubt's "Hella Good."
1967 Fairport Convention make their live debut, performing at St. Michael's Hall, Golders Green.
1967 The Beatles release their landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1967 David Bowie releases his self-titled debut album, David Bowie. This album bares little resemblance to Bowie's future work.
1965 Art Garfunkel graduates from Columbia University in New York.
1964 The Rolling Stones make their first trip to the United States, arriving on British Airways Flight 505 for their first American tour.
1964 One day after graduating from high school, Dolly Parton moves to Nashville.
1963 Mike Joyce (drummer for The Smiths) is born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England.
1963 Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" hits #1 a few weeks after her 17th birthday.
1961 Elvis Presley's "Surrender" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
1960 Simon Gallup (bassist for The Cure) is born in Surrey, England.
1960 Jesse Johnson (guitarist of The Time) is born in Rock Island, Illinois.
1959 Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode is born in London.
1959 The music-critique show Juke Box Jury debuts on the BBC. Each week, four guest judges vote recent songs either a "hit" or "miss." The show lasts until 1967.
1959 Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" hits #1 on both the country and pop charts in the US, where it will stay for two months.
1958 Private Elvis Presley completes basic Army training at Ft. Hood, Texas, earning a two-week furlough.
1957 Sam Cooke records "You Send Me."
1957 Elvis Presley releases the two-sided hit single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" b/w "Loving You."
1956 Doris Day signs a five-year recording contract with Columbia Records worth $1 million.
1953 Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is born Ronald Gene Dunn in Coleman, Texas.
1952 Punk rock guitarist John Ellis (of The Vibrators) is born in Kentish Town, London, England.
1950 R&B singer Charlene is born Charlene Marilynn D'Angelo in Hollywood, California.
1950 Tom Robinson (of Cafe Society) is born in Cambridge, England.
1947 Guitarist Ron Wood is born in London. He would go on to join The Faces and The Rolling Stones.
1945 Linda Scott, known for her hit 1961 single "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star," is born Linda Joy Sampson in Queens, New York.
1931 Noël Coward's classic "Mad Dogs And Englishmen" is performed for the first time in public by Beatrice Lillie in The Third Little Show at the Music Box Theatre, New York.
1921 Nelson Riddle is born in Oradell, New Jersey. He'll become famous as the orchestrator and arranger behind countless hits for Capitol Records artists like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, and - decades later - Linda Ronstadt.
1915 Country singer Johnny Bond, known for his 1947 hit "Divorce Me C.O.D.," is born Cyrus Whitfield Bond in Enville, Oklahoma.
1969John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace A Chance" to close out their "bed-in" in Montreal.
1993 10,000 Maniacs become the first act to appear twice on MTV Unplugged. The network has a policy against return engagements, but when they learn that Natalie Merchant will be leaving the band, they book them.More
1985 Sting releases his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
1978 Bruce Springsteen releases Darkness On The Edge Of Town. It's his first album in almost three years due to a legal dispute with his ex-manager Mike Appel.
1974 The UK music magazine NME publishes its list of the 100 Great Albums. The Top 3:
#3: The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds
#2: Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde
#1: The Beatles' Sgt Pepper