Music History: May 7
2016 After completing a tour with Guns N' Roses, Axl Rose takes over as lead singer for AC/DC, filling in for Brian Johnson at a show in Lisbon after Johnson is told that continuing the tour could result in permanent hearing loss. Rose fills in on the remaining dates as a guest vocalist.
2012 Jake Owen marries the 22-year-old model Lacey Buchanan. The pair met when she appeared in Owen's video for "Eight Second Ride."
2011 Lady Gaga's HBO concert special airs. The show is made up of two February concerts from Madison Square Garden on her Monster Ball tour. Those who remember Madonna's Truth or Dare notice a lot of similarities.
2011 '60s pop singer John Walker (The Walker Brothers) dies of liver disease at age 67.
2008 The Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to Phish. The ceremony takes place in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
2005 Giacomo, owned by A&M Records founder Jerry Moss, wins the Kentucky Derby at 50-to-1 odds.
2002 Carole King guests on the WB Network's TV show Gilmore Girls (for which she also sings the opening song).
2002 The Rolling Stones arrive by blimp at New York’s Van Cortland Park to announce their 2002/2003 world tour.
1998 Country singer-songwriter Eddie Rabbitt dies of lung cancer at age 56.
1982 The first Men at Work album, Business as Usual, already a #1 hit in their native Australia, is finally released in America. In November, it rises to the top in the US.
1973 George Harrison releases "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)."
1969 Eagle-Eye Cherry (yes, that's his real name) is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1969 The Who releases "Pinball Wizard."
1968 Aretha Franklin records a live album in Paris.
1967 Jimi Hendrix plays the Saville Theatre in London, with Brian Jones, Ringo Starr and members of The Moody Blues and The Beach Boys in attendance.
1967 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Supremes' "The Happening"
1961 Rock guitarist Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is born in Pontypridd, Wales.
1959 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Dave Cortez' "The Happy Organ"
1958 Rock guitarist Marty Willson-Piper (The Church) is born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England.
1956 Anne Dudley (The Art of Noise) is born in Beckenham, Kent, England.
1955 Steve Diggle (guitarist, vocalist for Buzzcocks) is born in Manchester, England.
1950 Rock drummer Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Journey, New Cars) is born Charles Lempriere Prince in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1946 Rock drummer Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is born in Palo Alto, California.
1946 Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1946 Rock guitarist Ray Monette (Rare Earth, Funkadelic) is born.
1946 Jerry Nolan (drummer for New York Dolls, Heartbreakers) is born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.
1943 Rick West (lead guitarist for The Tremeloes) is born Richard Westwood in Dagenham, Essex, England.
1939 Johnny Maestro (original lead singer for The Crests, Brooklyn Bridge) is born John Mastrangelo in New York City.
1936 Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin is born in Collinsville, Mississippi, to a family that will later include younger brother David Ruffin (of The Temptations).
1931 '50s pop/jazz singer Teresa Brewer is born in Toledo, Ohio.
1927 '50s pop singer-songwriter Jim Lowe is born in Springfield, Missouri.
1840 The composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky is born in Votkinsk, Russia.
1833 Composer Johannes Brahms is born in Hamburg, Germany.
"Hotel California" Checks In At #1
1977 Running 6:08 and loaded with metaphor and guitars, "Hotel California" tops the Hot 100.
2016 Following his unexpected death, Prince takes the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with The Very Best of Prince at #1 and Purple Rain at #2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums are in many cases the best way to get his music.
1998 Steve Perry officially leaves Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour. He is replaced with the similar-sounding Steve Augeri.
1992 John Frusciante quits the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the middle of their Japanese tour.More
1968 On a plane ride returning home from his last gig with the band Bluesology, keyboard player Reginald Dwight looks for a stage name he can use for his burgeoning solo career. In the cabin, he comes across the band's horn player Elton Dean and lead singer Long John Baldry, and asks them if he can appropriate their names to concoct a new one for himself. They agree, and Elton John is born.