Music History: May 9
2014 Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape, is released.
2014 Hunter Hayes breaks the record for most concerts performed in different cities in a single day when he plays 10 shows in 24 hours.
2013 Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, Detroit.
2010 Cyndi Lauper is the ninth contestant booted off season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2005 The music video for Stevie Wonder's "So What The Fuss" is issued with a descriptive audio track by Busta Rhymes for the visually-impaired.
2005 Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger get married. The union last just 4 months, but provides inspiration for Chesney's song "I'm Alive."
2000 Bad Religion release their 11th full-length studio album The New America. This is the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991. On The New America, guitarist Brett Gurewitz (who left Bad Religion in 1994, but eventually rejoined the band in the next year) co-wrote the song "Believe It" with frontman Greg Graffin.
1998 Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.
1998 Blues musician Lester Butler dies of a heroin and cocaine overdose at age 38.
1992 Bruce Springsteen performs live on network TV for the first time when he's the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, hosted that week by Joe Pesci.
1987 The Grateful Dead shoot the video for "Touch Of Grey" after a concert in Monterey, California. After the show, the shoot is set up and the audience brought back in to watch two different performances of the song: one by the band and another by their skeleton likenesses - the "Dead Ringers." It's the first music video by the band, and it goes into rotation on MTV, giving the group their first hit single.
1986 The Rolling Stones release "One Hit (To The Body)."
1979 Pierre Bouvier (lead singer, guitarist for Simple Plan) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1979 Jazz singer Eddie Jefferson dies at age 60 when a dancer he once hired and fired shoots him outside of Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit.
1971 Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan is born in Manchester, England.
1970 The Canadian band The Guess Who hit #1 in America with "American Woman." The song is actually a tribute to the women of Canada.
1967 "Damita Jo Day" is held in the singer's hometown of Austin, Texas.
1966 The Beatles record "For No One."
1964 Chuck Berry makes his UK stage debut at London's Astoria Theatre, with The Animals, Nashville Teens, and The Swinging Blue Jeans opening for him.
1963 The Rolling Stones sign their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham's management company Impact, agreeing to license their UK output to Decca.
1962 David Gahan (lead singer for Depeche Mode) is born in Epping, Essex, England.
1962 Pop singer Paul Heaton (of The Housemartins) is born in Machynlleth, Powys, Wales.
1959 Wayne Newton, then 16 years old, makes his Vegas debut at the Freemont Hotel. He would quickly become a Vegas Star and a regular on the Strip.
1953 John "Rhino" Edwards (bass guitarist for Status Quo) is born in Chiswick, London, England.
1950 Tom Petersson (bass guitarist for Cheap Trick) is born in Rockford, Illinois.
1949 Electric blues guitarist Bob Margolin is born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
1946 Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes, known for the 1972 hit "Playground In My Mind," is born in Bournemouth, England.
1945 Rock guitarist and producer Steve Katz (Blues Project, Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Brooklyn, New York City.
1944 Don Dannemann (singer, guitarist for The Cyrkle) is born in Brooklyn, New York City. Dannemann will also become a jingle writer, penning the original 7Up "Uncola" song.
1944 Rock guitarist Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco) is born in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
1943 Rocker Bruce Milner (pianist for Every Mother's Son) is born.
1942 '60s pop singer-songwriter Tommy Roe is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1942 Mike Millward (The Fourmost) is born in Bromborough, Cheshire, England.
1941 Peter Birrell (bass guitarist for Freddie & the Dreamers) is born in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
1941 Doo-wop singer Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1937 R&B singer Dave Prater (Sam & Dave) in Ocilla, Georgia.
1937 Rock and roll singer-songwriter Sonny Curtis (of Buddy Holly's The Crickets) is born in Meadow, Texas.
1936 The front page story of Melody Maker: "B.B.C. Appoints Anti-Song Plugging Official."
1935 Rock guitarist Nokie Edwards (The Ventures) is born Nole Floyd Edwards in Lahoma, Oklahoma.
1914 Country singer Hank Snow is born Clarence Eugene Snow is born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada.
1707 Baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude dies.
1960The birth control pill is introduced in the US, inspiring Loretta Lynn to sing a song about it.
1989 In an interview with The Washington Times, Public Enemy's "Minister of Information," Professor Griff, blames Jews for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe."More
1974 Bruce Springsteen gets a huge career boost when he opens for Bonnie Raitt at her Boston Arena show. Playing his full two-hour set at Raitt's insistence (rare for an opening act), Bruce is so impressive that Rolling Stone's Jon Landau writes in Boston's The Real Paper, "I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." Landau went on to become Springsteen's manager and producer.
1964 Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" hits #1 in the US, making him the first artist to displace The Beatles, who held the top spot the previous 14 weeks with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "She Loves You" and "Can't Buy Me Love."1949 Billy Joel is born in Hicksville, New York.