Music History: May 29
2013 Marvin Junior (lead baritone of The Dells) dies from complications of kidney failure at age 77.
2012 Aaron Freeman tells Rolling Stone that he is retiring Gene Ween, the stage name under which he has performed with Ween for nearly two decades. This appears to be the end of Ween, and the members of the now-defunct band begin pursuing other projects.
2005 Jazz singer-songwriter Oscar Brown Jr., writer of the popular jazz song "Afro Blue," dies from complications of osteomyelitis at age 78.
1996 Jimmy Rowles, a jazz pianist who played with the likes of Benny Goodman, Les Brown, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald, dies of cardiovascular disease at age 77.
1989 Elvis Presley's first grandchild, Danielle Riley Keough, is born to Lisa Marie Presley.
1989 John Cipollina (lead guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies at age 45 from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic disorder that can lead to several diseases including emphysema, liver disease, lung cancer and COPD.
1988 Bob Dylan duets with Band drummer Levon Helm on the group's "The Weight" at a Helm show in New York. The duo also perform Chuck Berry's "Nadine."
1984 Tina Turner releases Private Dancer, her big comeback album.More
1983 Kiss play their last concert in their famous makeup; at least until 1996 when they reform with all original members and painted faces once again.
1983 Van Halen gets a record $1.5 million to play Day 2 ("Heavy Metal Day") of Apple founder Steve Wozniak's US Festival, the second and final year of the event. It's the most any act has ever been paid for a single performance.More
1977 Goddard Lieberson, who served as president for both Columbia Records (1956-1971; 1973-1975) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), dies of cancer at age 66.
1976 Dave Buckner (original drummer for Papa Roach) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1976 Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" hits #1 in America. It's the first disco hit for Motown Records, which is slow to embrace the sound.
1975 Melanie Brown is born in Leeds, England. With Spice Girls, she is known as Mel B or "Scary Spice."
1975 The Osmonds' appearance at Wembley Pool in London sets off a riot amongst fans.
1973 Mike Oldfield releases "Tubular Bells."
1973 The Byrds break up when founding member Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert at New York's Academy of Music. Use of "The Byrds" name gets sticky in ensuing years, and in 1989 McGuinn plays some shows with original members Chris Hillman and David Crosby to stake their legal claim to the name.
1972 Paul McCartney releases "Mary Had A Little Lamb."
1971 The Five Man Electrical Band's "Signs" enters the charts.
1971 36 fans are treated after drinking cider spiked with LSD at a Grateful Dead show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.
1969 Chan Kinchla (guitarist for Blues Traveler) is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
1968 Al Stewart appears on John Peel's Nightride programme where he meets Pete Morgan, whose poem "My Enemies Have Sweet Voices" he sets to music.
1967 Noel Gallagher is born in Burnage, Manchester, England. He and his younger brother Liam form Oasis.
1963 Del Shannon's "From Me to You" enters the charts.
1962 Henry Mancini's "Moon River" wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, and Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall wins a Grammy for Album of the Year.
1961 Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kansas.
1961 Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man" hits #1 in the US, his second and last chart-topper ("Poor Little Fool" hit #1 in 1958).
1960 Mel Gaynor (drummer for Simple Minds) is born in Balham, London, England.
1959 Herndon Stadium in Atlanta holds one of the first outdoor rock concerts, featuring Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and B.B. King. Nine thousand people attend.
1958 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Tears On My Pillow."
1955 Mike Porcaro, who will replace David Hungate as bassist for Toto, is born in Windsor, Connecticut.
1953 Danny Elfman (lead singer-songwriter for Oingo Boingo) is born in Los Angeles, California. Also an award-winning film composer, he is known for his work on Batman (1989) and the TV series Desperate Housewives.
1950 Rebbie Jackson, the eldest child of The Jacksons, is born Maureen Reillette Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
1949 Francis Rossi (frontman for Status Quo) is born in Forest Hill, London, England.
1947 Pop musician Joey Levine (of Ohio Express, Third Rail, and Reunion) is born in New York City.
1945 Gary Brooker (lead singer of Procol Harum) is born in Hackney, East London, England.
1942 Sir Monti Rock III (frontman of Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes) is born Joseph Montanez, Jr. in The Bronx, New York City.
1942 Bing Crosby records "White Christmas."
1941 Roy Crewdson (guitarist for Freddie & the Dreamers) is born in England.
1903 Bob Hope is born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England.
1860 Spanish pianist and composer Isaac Albéniz is born in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.
1992Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who has recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey, doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song "We Are The Champions" at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.
1999 Photographers taking shots of old cars wrecked at the bottom of Malibu's Decker Canyon discover the body of Iron Butterfly bassist Philip Kramer, who had gone missing on February 12, 1995. His death is ruled a suicide.
1997 Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming in Wolf River in Tennessee. The singer/songwriter/guitarist known for his version of "Hallelujah" is 30 years old at the time of his death.More
1996 This item appears in The Guardian:
Newly widowed Stella Serth has been convicted of a public order offence in Tasmania. Mrs. Serth has been fined £200 for dancing on her husband's grave and singing "Who's Sorry Now?"
1971 The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" hits the top of the Hot 100 for the first of 2 weeks.