Music History: May 12
2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Ride."
2011 The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It's the group's fourth and final reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.
2011 Jamaican drummer Lloyd Knibb (of The Skatalites) dies of liver cancer at age 80.
2008 In preparation for Death Magnetic, their new album, Metallica launch their Website Mission: Metallica (http://www.missionmetallica.com).
2008 4AD Records release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, in the UK.
2001 Perry Como dies in his sleep less than week before his 89th birthday.
1998 Lenny Kravitz releases his fifth studio album, aptly titled 5.
1997 Married country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill release their first duet, "It's Your Love."
1994 Garth Brooks guest stars on the "Up All Night" episode of the sitcom Mad About You.
1984 Lionel Richie's "Hello," a song inspired by his younger years when he was too shy to talk to the ladies, goes to #1 in America.
1983 Meat Loaf files for bankruptcy.
1981 Debbie Harry branches off from Blondie, announcing her solo career. She continues working with the band, which proves more successful.
1978 Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is born in Los Angeles. His mother is the actress Lisa Richards, who had a regular role on the soap opera Dark Shadows and appeared on episodes of Fantasy Island and Chips.
1977 The Sex Pistols sign with Virgin Records for £15,000 after being dropped by both EMI and A&M. This one takes, and Virgin issues their landmark album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. "I've always liked Richard Branson because, pompous rich t--t that he is, he has a great sense of rebelliousness," lead singer Johnny Rotten says.
1975 Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock meet at rehearsals for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia. They would become good friends and form Air Supply.
1973 #1 Billboard Album: Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy
1972 The Rolling Stones release Exile On Main Street.
1971 Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his bass-player cousin. She was just 13 when they wed.
1969 Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies at age 19 when the band's van crashes on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. Bandmate Richard Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn, is also killed.
1967 Archie Bell is drafted into the US Army.
1967 Procol Harum release "A Whiter Shade Of Pale."
1967 The first Jimi Hendrix album, Are You Experienced?, is released. Songs include "Foxy Lady," "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze."
1967 Pink Floyd stages the first-ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England.
1963 Bob Dylan is invited to appear on TV’s Ed Sullivan Show but refuses when he is forbidden to sing Talking John Birch Society Blues.
1962 Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion)
1960 On Frank Sinatra's TV variety show, it's the Welcome Home Elvis special to honor The King, who was recently discharged from the US Army. The famous singers perform a medley of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" together.
1959 Billy Duffy (The Cult)
1959 Ray Gillen (Black Sabbath, Badlands)
1959 Eddie Fisher marries actress Elizabeth Taylor. They get divorced in 1964.
1958 The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.
1958 The movie, Let's Rock, with Paul Anka, Danny and the Juniors and The Royal Teens, opens.
1955 Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), (Leon Eric Brooks) in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1950 Billy Squier
1950 John “Jocko” Marcellino (Sha Na Na)
1948 Steve Winwood (Traffic, Blind Faith and The Spencer Davis Group)
1945 Ian McLagan (The Small Faces, The Faces)
1944 James Purify (James & Bobby Purify)
1942 Billy Swan
1942 Ian Dury (Kilburn and the High-Roads, The Blockheads) is born in England.
1940 Norman Whitfield
1937 George Carlin
1929 Burt Bacharach is born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1884 Czech composer Bedrich Smetana dies at age 60.
2000Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.
2013 After the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station, his sublime rendition is posted to YouTube, quickly garnering millions of views.More
2001 File this under strange but true: After 27 years as a fugitive from a New Jersey prison, convicted child-killer Edward Solly is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has been masquerading as long-dead Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor, complete with a website and nightclub act. More
1971 Mick Jagger marries his first wife, Bianca Perez-Mora, in St. Tropez, France. She is 4 months pregnant at the time. The couple divorce in 1978.