Music History: May 6
2015 Adele dresses up like George Michael for her 27th birthday. "I was my hero," she Tweets.More
2014 "The Heart Of Man Is Like A Mine," a lost song from German composer Felix Mendelssohn, is performed for the first time in over a century and a half by alto Amy Williamson and pianist Christopher Glynn on BBC's Today.
2013 Lauryn Hill is sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. She begins serving the sentence in July.
2009 Donald "Ean" Evans (longtime bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies of lung cancer at age 48 in Columbus, Mississippi.
2008 Cher begins her "Cher at the Colosseum" shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planning to play 200 concerts over three years. The run ends in February, 2011 with 192 performances, since eight were canceled.
2008 In Central London, Mark Saunders, a barrister, Oxford-educated, very secure financially, and married to an equally successful woman, takes a shotgun and fires at random from his kitchen window. Police arrive promptly, and after a siege lasting more than five hours, marksmen open fire on him, and he is shot dead. At the inquest in October 2010, it is ruled he was killed lawfully, and one of the firearms officers involved in the siege is accused of inserting song titles into his evidence.
The officer concerned is known only as AZ8, and the songs concerned include "Enough Is Enough" by Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer, "Line Of Fire" by Journey, and "F--k My Old Boots (Robo Cop And Seacombe)" by The Membranes. AZ8 is cleared in March 2011 of doing this with intent. Obviously he had Faith in the British system of Law And Order, the police having to Shoot Shoot a man who was Ticking until he went off Like A Hurricane.
2007 Amy Lee of Evanescence marries Josh Hartzler, the inspiration for the song "Bring Me To Life."
2006 Australian alt-rocker Grant McLennan (Go-Betweens) dies of a heart attack at age 48.
2004 Jazz guitarist Barney Kessel dies of a brain tumor at age 80.
2003 Fall Out Boy release their debut album, the pop-punk effort Take This To Your Grave.
2002 Rock and roll songwriter Otis Blackwell dies at age 71 of a heart attack.
2001 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar welcome a baby boy into their family.
1997 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, where the Hall is located. (Prevous ceremonies were held in New York). Getting in are The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield,Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.
1996 Backstreet Boys release their self-titled debut album to international markets, aiming to tap into Europe's fascination with boy bands. A US release comes the following year.
1994 Pearl Jam cancel their summer tour when they can't find enough venues that won't use Ticketmaster, leading to battle between the band and the ticketing behemoth.More
1993 The IRS confiscates personal property from Jerry Lee Lewis' home in Mississippi and later auctions it off to help pay the $1.6 million he owes in back taxes.
1989 N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, which was released nine months earlier, reaches its chart peak of #37 in the US.
1989 Eazy-E's "Eazy-er Said Than Dunn" debuts at #84 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
1988 D.J. Tanner ditches school to nab Stacey Q's autograph in tonight's Full House episode, "D.J. Tanner's Day Off."
1987 Rapper Meek Mill is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1983 Jazz trombonist Kai Winding dies of a brain tumor at age 60.
1982 Tom Paton, manager of the Bay City Rollers, is convicted of gross indecency with teenage boys and sentenced to three years in jail.
1982 Diana Ross gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist.
1979 Bob Dylan records "Trouble In Mind," "When You Gonna Wake Up," and "Slow Train."
1978 At the United Nations, The Bee Gees announce an upcoming series of concerts to benefit the UNICEF organization.
1977 Led Zeppelin break the record (which they already held) for single-act concert attendance (76,229) in Pontiac, Michigan.
1977 The Boomtown Rats sign their first major label recording contract.
1972 Elton John releases "Rocket Man."
1971 Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist for Foo Fighters) is born in Santa Barbara, California.
1971 Ike and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" is certified Gold.
1969 The Beatles record "You Never Give Me Your Money."
1969 Jamaican ska trombonist Don Drummond (The Skatalites) dies at age 37 at Bellevue Asylum in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was institutionalized after murdering his girlfriend in 1965. The official cause of death is "natural causes," but plenty of theories arise suggesting he was murdered either by gangsters or a music-hating government.
1967 Mark Bryan (lead guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish) is born in Silver Spring, Maryland.
1966 The Beatles record "I'm Only Sleeping."
1965 James Brown records "I Got You (I Feel Good)."
1964 Tony Scalzo (frontman for Fastball) is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1964 The Beach Boys record "All Summer Long."
1963 The Ronettes sign a five-year "personal services" contract with Phil Spector, giving him complete control of their recordings in exchange for a cash advance of $15,000 and royalties of about 3% of record sales. This works out very well for Spector, who reaps huge profits on the songs. The group claims they are never paid the royalties, and spend decades in legal action trying to recover them.
1960 Alt rocker John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) is born in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
1960 Elvis Presley records "Tonight's All Right For Love."
1957 Chuck Berry records "Rock And Roll Music."
1951 Rock guitarist Davey Johnstone (The Elton John Band) is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1950 Robbie McIntosh (drummer for The Average White Band) is born in Dundee, Scotland.
1950 Guy Lombardo's "The Third Man Theme" hits #1.
1948 Folk singer Mary MacGregor, known for the 1976 hit "Torn Between Two Lovers," is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1945 Bob Seger is born in Lincoln Park, Michigan.
1942 Colin Earl (pianist for Foghat, Mungo Jerry) is born Hampton Court, London, England.
1939 Herbie Cox (lead singer of The Cleftones) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1965At a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can't sleep because there's a guitar riff running through his head. He rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he's recorded the riff to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
2005 Audioslave becomes the first US rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana.
1995 Melissa Etheridge sets a record with back-to-back singles – "Come to My Window" and "I'm The Only One" – on Billboard's Hot 100 for at least 40 weeks.
1978 The Knack is formed.
1973 Paul Simon begins his first tour as a solo artist, performing at Music Hall in Boston at a show that would be recorded for his upcoming album Live Rhymin'.