Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Today in Music History...May 1, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: May 1st:

2017 At the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, John Popper, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and many other artists perform at a tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton in celebration of his 70s birthday. Hampton, a mentor to many of these musicians, collapses on stage and dies during the encore. "Bruce was the only person I could think of who has ever played at his own funeral," his friend Scott McKinney says.

2012 Bobby Vee announces that he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

2007 Rush release Snakes & Arrows. Alex Lifeson's guitar work on the album is influenced by David Gilmour's suggestion that he write more acoustic songs.

2006 Rock and roll saxophonist Johnny Paris (leader of Johnny and the Hurricanes) dies at age 65 of hospital-borne infections after an operation.

2006 Rapper Big Hawk (of Screwed Up Click) dies at age 36 when he's shot by an unidentified assailant outside of a friend's house in Houston, Texas.

2003 While being treated for kidney failure, Barry White suffers a stroke, paralyzing the right side of his body. The singer never fully recovers and dies a few months later.

2001 Huey Lewis & the News release Plan B.

2000 Destiny's Child release their third album, Survivor, which is all about sisterhood and empowerment. It's their first release with the lineup of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

2000 Former Village Voice scribe Jimmy McDonough sues Neil Young for $1.8 million in civil court for allegedly backing down from his agreement to authorize a biography McDonough spent years writing.

1999 The Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany, presents an exhibition of 70 paintings by Paul McCartney, including "Bowie Spewing," which is indeed a young portrait of the singer.

1998 Brian Eno appears as Father Brian Eno in the "Going to America" episode of British sitcom Father Ted.

1995 Nancy Sinatra, 54, appears on the cover of Playboy magazine. In her centerfold, she wears only her famous boots.

1995 Live's Throwing Copper hits the top spot on the Billboard albums chart exactly one year after its release.

1993 Charley Pride becomes just the second African American inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and the only active member (DeFord Bailey, the first, passed away in 1982). Pride first performed there in 1967.

1990 Italian-American tenor Sergio Franchi dies of cancer at age 64.

1986 Hugo Peretti, who co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love," dies at age 69 in Englewood, New Jersey.

1978 Bob Dylan records "Walk Out In The Rain," "Coming From The Heart (The Road Is Long)," "Stop Now," and "New Pony."

1976 The Bellamy Brothers' "Let Your Love Flow" hits #1 in America.

1976 Led Zeppelin's LP Presence hits #1.

1976 Elvis Presley releases From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee.

1975 The Rolling Stones kick off their tour by rolling down 5th Avenue in New York City playing "Brown Sugar" from the back of a flatbed truck. Ron Wood has joined the band, though not officially at this point.

1975 Bachman-Turner Overdrive begin their first UK tour at Glasgow Apollo; they are supported by Thin Lizzy.

1974 At the request of President Nixon, the Carpenters perform at a state dinner honoring West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.

1973 Washington, DC, mayor Walter Washington officially declares today Marvin Gaye day in the singer's hometown.

1973 Bachman-Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album.

1971 Paul Simon releases his second solo album, Paul Simon.

1970 Bob Dylan records "Sign On The Window."

1970 Elton John releases his second studio album, Elton John.

1969 Bob Dylan appears on The Johnny Cash Show and performs three of his songs with Cash: "I Threw It All Away," "Living The Blues," and "Girl From The North Country."

1969 Neil Young releases his second studio album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

1968 D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (bass guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins) is born in South Haven, Michigan.

1968 Paul McCartney and John Lennon watch Bill Haley play Royal Albert Hall in London.

1968 Elvis Presley releases Speedway, the soundtrack album to the movie of the same name.

1967 Tim McGraw is born Samuel Timothy McGraw in Delhi, Louisiana. Dad is pro baseball player Tug McGraw of the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

1967 Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in a private ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Members of Elvis' entourage hold a press conference after the ceremony.

1966 Rock bassist Johnny Colt (of The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd) is born Charles Brandt in Cherry Point, North Carolina.

1966 James Brown performs on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Unlike most solo acts, he brings his own band, which allows him to provide the full James Brown experience, including the cape bit where he drops to his knees but is soon revived.

1965 Spike Jones, known for satirical takes on classics and popular songs, dies at age 53 of emphysema.

1965 The Supremes release "Back in My Arms Again."

1965 British Invasion band Herman's Hermits hit #1 in America with "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter," a very English song first heard on a BBC show called The Lads in 1963.

1963 The Rolling Stones sign a management deal with Andrew Loog Oldham, who removes their apostrophe (they were The Rollin' Stones) and drops piano player Ian Stewart from the official lineup; he continues to play with the band and acts as road manager, but isn't recognized as a member. Stewart, who doesn't look the part, remains an integral part of the Stones operation until his death in 1985.

1957 The Kingston Trio form in Palo Alto, California.

1957 The first issue of 16 Magazine, featuring Elvis Presley on the cover, is published.

1956 Little Willie John records "Fever."

1956 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel"

1956 Johnny Cash releases "I Walk The Line."

1955 A St. Louis guitarist named Chuck Berry is signed to Chess Records in Chicago after bluesman Muddy Waters recommends him to the label.

1954 Guitarist and songwriter Ray Parker, Jr., writer and performer of the Ghostbusters theme, is born in Detroit, Michigan.

1946 Jerry Weiss (trumpeter and flugelhorn player for Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in New York City.

1946 Nick Fortuna (bass guitarist for The Buckinghams) is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1945 Singer-songwriter Rita Coolidge is born in Lafayette, Tennessee.

1942 The US government seizes the nation's jukebox factories and puts them to work making war materials.

1939 Folk singer Judy Collins is born in Seattle, Washington.

1939 Tommy Dorsey records "Lonesome Road."

1934 Jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn is born in Washington, DC.

1933 R&B singer-songwriter Titus Turner, known for writing the oft-covered tunes "Leave My Kitten Alone" and "Sticks and Stones," is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1931 Kate Smith makes her radio show debut with the twice-weekly Kate Smith Sings show on NBC.

1930 Blues musician Little Walter, known for the 1952 harmonica standard "Juke," is born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana.

1929 Country singer-songwriter Sonny James, known for the 1957 hit "Young Love," is born James Hugh Loden in Hackleburg, Alabama.

1924 R&B singer Big Maybelle, known for the 1956 hit "Candy," is born Mabel Louise Smith in Jackson, Tennessee.

1907 Radio performer Kate Smith, known for her rendition of "God Bless America," is born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Greenville, Virginia.

1904 Czech composer Antonin Dvorak dies at age 62 of an undetermined illness.

LL Cool J Delivers a Knockout On MTV Unplugged

For the first time, MTV Unplugged features rap acts, with De La Soul, MC Lyte, A Tribe Called Quest and LL Cool J performing. LL steals the show with a shirtless rendition of "Mama Said Knock You Out."

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2013 Chris Kelly of the rap duo Kris Kross dies at age 34 after overdosing on heroin and cocaine. The duo were teenagers when they had their #1 hit "Jump" in 1992; they also opened for Michael Jackson on his Dangerous tour that year.

2006 Guinness certifies a new world record for most guitarists playing at the same time when 1,581 axepeople simultaneously perform the Jimi Hendrix version of "Hey Joe" in Wrocław, Poland.

1979 Elton John becomes the first Western rock star to play in Israel when he performs a concert in Jerusalem as part of a tour that also takes him to Russia, where he becomes one of the first Western rock stars to tour the Soviet Union.

1970 Diana Ross leaves The Supremes to focus on her solo career.

1967 Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys is arrested by the FBI for draft-dodging and refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States. Wilson, a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, is eventually exonerated by his draft board and rejoins the band, touring in Ireland.

1966 The Beatles play their last ever concert (not counting their Apple Records rooftop appearance in 1969) in their native England when they perform at a show put on by the New Musical Express. The last song is "I'm Down."

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