Music History: May 3
2014 Drummer Bobby Gregg, who played on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and Simon and Garfunkel's hit rock version of "The Sound of Silence," dies at age 78 from reasons unknown.
2011 Marvin Gaye's organist Odell Brown dies at age 71.
2009 Clint Black is the eleventh contestant booted off Season 8 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2008 The A-Sides, a brief side project for British indie-folk rockers Noah and the Whale, play a one-off gig at London's Push Club. They promise new wave interpretations of Noah and the Whale songs, covers and some "punk style" new originals. Prior to the show, the band urges fans via their MySpace page to "read the Motley Crue biography The Dirt, because that's pretty much how it's gonna go down."
2008 Thanks to a Vegas-themed video featuring dice-shaped lollipops, Lil Wayne's single "Lollipop" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stays for five consecutive weeks.
2006 Bob Dylan's first hosted radio show airs on XM Satellite Radio, with the legend playing favorite tracks by Prince, Wilco, Blur, LL Cool J, and Billy Bragg, among others.
2005 Fall Out Boy release their breakthrough album, From Under the Cork Tree. Debuting at #9 on the albums chart, the sophomore effort is their first to crack the Top 10.
2002 Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
2001 Jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies at age 64 of kidney and liver failure.
1997 Katrina & the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with "Love Shine A Light." The Anglo-American band's appearance at the Point Theatre, Dublin, follows over a decade after the international success of their best-known hit "Walking On Sunshine" in 1985.
1996 Country singer Patsy Montana dies in San Jacinto, California, at age 87. Known for her 1935 signature hit "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," the tune that made her the first female country performer to have a million-selling single.
1993 New Order's sixth album Republic is launched. It reaches #11 in America, helped to success in that country by a cover featuring images of California and an American-only limited edition release in bright orange vinyl packaging. Lead track "Regret" reaches #28, the band's biggest-selling single Stateside.
1991 Andy Williams marries his second wife, Debbie Haas, in New York City.
1987 Italian-French singer Dalida overdoses on barbiturates at age 54, leaving behind a note that reads "Life has become unbearable for me... Forgive me."
1981 Josh Tillman is born in Rockville, Maryland. He is the drummer for Fleet Foxes before going solo as Father John Misty.
1978 Bob Dylan records "Ain't No Man Righteous, No Not One," "I Believe In You," and "Slow Train."
1977 Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and others perform a benefit for the New York Public Library.
1977 Helmut Koellen (bass player for Triumvirat) dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at age 27 as he listens to studio tracks in his car while the engine is running in his garage.
1975 Tony Orlando and Dawn's "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" hits #1.
1975 Chicago's LP Chicago VIII hits #1.
1974 Led Zeppelin launches its Swan Song label.
1972 Scottish rock guitarist Les Harvey, age 27, dies onstage during a Stone The Crows concert when he's electrocuted by a ungrounded microphone standing in a pool of rainwater.
1971 Led Zeppelin play their song "Four Sticks" for the first and only time in concert during a show in Denmark.
1969 Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his bag (he is acquitted in court).
1969 Bob Dylan records "Take A Message To Mary" and "Blue Moon."
1968 The Beach Boys begin a United States tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who gives a lecture as the opening act. The tour is a flop, and some of the dates are canceled.
1967 The Walker Brothers announce their split. Scott Walker would go on to become a highly influential solo artist in the late-'60s.
1967 Beach Boy Carl Wilson goes to court on draft evasion charges.
1967 The Hollies record "Carrie Anne."
1967 The Beatles record "Magical Mystery Tour."
1965 The Supremes release "Back in My Arms Again."
1964 Sterling Campbell is born in New York City. An accomplished drummer, he has stints in several bands including Duran Duran, Soul Asylum and The B-52's.
1964 Gerry and the Pacemakers make their US television debut, singing "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show.
1960 Cathy Jean Giordano records "Please Love Me Forever."
1959 Electronic musician David Ball (Soft Cell) is born in Blackpool, England.
1953 Bruce Hall (bassist for REO Speedwagon) is born in Champaign, Illinois.
1952 Kitty Wells records "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels."
1951 '70s soft rocker Christopher Cross is born Christopher Charles Geppert in San Antonio, Texas.
1950 Folk singer Mary Hopkin is born Mary Visconti in Pontardawe, Wales.
1948 John Richardson (drummer for the Rubettes) is born in South Ockendon, Essex, England.
1944 Pete Staples (bass guitarist for The Troggs) is born in Andover, Hampshire, England.
1939 The Andrews Sisters record "Beer Barrel Polka."
1934 '60s pop singer Frankie Valli (The Four Seasons) is born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio in Newark, New Jersey.
1933 James Brown is born in Barnwell, South Carolina, but will be raised in Augusta, Georgia.
1928 Country singer Dave Dudley is born David Darwin Pedruska in Spencer, Wisconsin.
1926 Jazz trombonist Jimmy Cleveland, who would accompany Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, and James Brown, is born in Wartrace, Tennessee.
1921 Traditional pop vocalist Joe Ames (The Ames Brothers) is born in Malden, Massachusetts.
1919 Pete Seeger (The Weavers) is born in Midtown Manhattan, New York.
1986Propelled by a memorable video where lookalike models vamp the song, Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" hits #1 on the Hot 100.
2010 "I Gotta Feelin'" by The Black Eyed Peas reaches 5,561,000 downloads, making it the best-selling digital song to this point, surpassing Flo-Rida's "Low."
1986 The Silver Dollar City Tennessee amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is reopened as Dollywood after Dolly Parton takes an ownership stake. The park grows considerably and becomes very successful with Parton involved.
1976 Paul McCartney opens his first tour with Wings as the massively successful Wings Over America tour begins in Fort Worth, Texas.
1958 The popular disc jockey Alan Freed hosts a concert at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Accounts vary, but the crowd rushes the stage at various times, and Freed keeps imploring them to sit down - not easy to do when Lewis is playing "Great Balls of Fire." Freed is forced to stop the show, telling the crowd, "It looks like the Boston police don't want you to have a good time." Violence erupts, spurned on by gang members at the show, and spills over to the streets. Rock and roll becomes demonized in Boston, and the city does not host another rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles come through.
1903 Bing Crosby is born Harry Lillis Crosby Jr. in Tacoma, Washington.