Sunday, May 29, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: May 30

1955:  Elvis Presley was at the Fair Park Auditorium in Abilene, Texas.
1960:  One of the Top Instrumentals of the Rock Era*, "Because They're Young" from Duane Eddy was the biggest mover of the week, jumping up from 85 to 42.
1963:  Lesley Gore made her first television appearance on American Bandstand on ABC.  (Note:  some websites claim Gore appeared on the 'Bandstand' on March 30, and some say it was May 1, but the correct date is May 30, according to 'The History Channel' and other "television history websites".)

1964:  "Love Me Do" gave the Beatles their fourth #1 song of the year.  "Chapel Of Love" by the Dixie Cups was runner-up, followed by the former #1 "My Guy" from Mary Wells.

1964:  The Rolling Stones released the album England's Newest Hitmakers in the United States to coincide with their arrival in New York City on June 1.
1966:  Dolly Parton married Carl Dean in Ringgold, Georgia.
1966:  The Doors were at the Hullabaloo in West Hollywood, California.
1966:  The Who headlined the Lincoln Pop Festival at the Sincil Bank Football Ground in Lincoln, England.  The Kinks, Small Faces, the Yardbirds, Georgie Fame and Crispian St. Peters also performed.
1966:  Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service performed at a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization at Winterland in San Francisco, California.
1968:  The Beatles began to record the White Album, recording "Revolution" on this date at EMI Studios in London.
1969:  Led Zeppelin appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1970:  The Moments had the #1 R& song for the third week with "Love On A Two-Way Street".
1970:  The Temptations had a huge mover on the chart.  "Ball Of Confusion" shot up from 80 to 41 on this date.

  1970:  Ray Stevens had the surprise new #1--"Everything Is Beautiful", finally unseating "American Woman" by the Guess Who.

1972:  It was a Monday on this date and that meant the release of new songs.  Helen Reddy's single "I Am Woman" arrived at radio stations on this date.

1975:  Joan Baez was the guest host on The Midnight Special with Kool & the Gang performing.
1977:  Elvis Presley performed at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville in what would turn out to be his last Florida concert.
1978:  Led Zeppelin began recording the great album In Through the Out Door.
1980:  The Temptations hosted The Midnight Special with guests Firefall and Robbie Dupree.
1980:  Carl Radle, bassist of Derek & the Dominos, died of a kidney ailment caused by alcoholism and drug addiction at the age of 37.
1981:  Kim Carnes had her first and only Top 10 album with Mistaken Identity.

1981:  Marty Balin had the week's fastest-rising song, moving from 86 to 62 with the great "Hearts".

1981:  Kim Carnes had an absolute smash, and "Bette Davis Eyes" posted a third week at #1.  Smokey Robinson was right behind with "Being With You" while the "Stars On 45" medley was third.  

1981:  Champaign reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the great song "How 'Bout Us".
1987:  "Head To Toe" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam was the new #1 on the R&B chart.

1987:  The classic "With Or Without You" by U2 was #1 for a third week, holding off Kim Wilde's cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On".  Chris DeBurgh was drawing attention with "The Lady In Red" at #3 and Atlantic Starr was moving towards the top with their classic "Always".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Big Love" from Fleetwood Mac, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam were up from 15 to 6 with "Head To Toe", the Breakfast Club had their only Top 10 with "Right On Track" moving in, Bryan Adams had #8 with "Heat Of The Night", Huey Lewis & the News scored another Top 10 with "I Know What I Like" from their great album Fore! and Bon Jovi moved into the Top 10 with "Wanted Dead Or Alive".

1987:  "Always" reached the top spot on the Adult Contemporary chart for Atlantic Starr.
1987:  Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys gave a good example of how not to act.  He was arrested in Liverpool, England for assaulting a female fan during a riot at a Beastie Boys concert.

  1988:  We were about to be introduced to a woman whose biting lyrics would be acclaimed the world over.  On this date, Tracy Chapman released her first single--"Fast Car".
1989:  Cliff Richard released the 100th single of his career "The Best Of Me".

                 Midnight Oil had it right--the sooner we go to electric cars, the better

1990:  Midnight Oil played a protest concert in front of Exxon offices on 6th Avenue in New York City to protest the Exxon Valdez oil disaster.
1992:  Genesis remained #1 on the AC chart with "Hold On My Heart".
1992:  Mariah Carey's remake of the Jackson 5 classic "I'll Be There" debuted at #13.

1992:  Paul Simon married Edie Brickell.
1997:  West Arkeen, guitarist on the two Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion albums, died in Los Angeles of a drug overdose at the age of 36.
1998:  After debuting at #1 the previous week, The Limited Series by Garth Brooks held on to #1 on the Album chart.  The Soundtrack to the great movie "City of Angels" was #2.
2000:  Jailbird Tommy Lee of Motley Crue had to serve five more days in the Los Angeles County Jail after violating his parole.  The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge also extended Lee's parole to May 26, 2003.  (Note:  some websites get confused with the dates involved, reporting that he began serving extra jail time on May 26, 2003, or that the five days ended on May 26.  According to "MTV", the L.A. Superior Court ordered him back to jail on May 30, 2000 after discovering he had been drinking, a violation of his parole agreement, and extended his parole to May 26, 2003.  The loser had originally been thrown in jail in 1998 after admitting he kicked his wife, Pamela Anderson)

                Micky Most had what it took...

2003:  Famed producer Mickie Most, who produced songs for Herman's Hermits, the Animals and Hot Chocolate, among others, died of peritoneal mesothelioma in London at the age of 64.
2004:  Avril Lavigne took her album Under My Skin to #1 in the U.K.
2008:  Green Day reached #1 on the Album chart with 21st Century Breakdown.
2009:  Little Richard was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
2010:  Anita Humes, lead singer of Essex ("Easier Said Than Done) passed away of natural causes at the age of 69 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
2012:  Robert Nix, drummer with the Atlanta Rhythm Section, died at age 67 in Memphis, Tennessee from complications following surgery the previous month.  (Note:  some websites claim Nix died May 30.  The correct date is May 20, according to the official obituary from Wells Funeral Home in Memphis.)

Born This Day:
1944:  Lenny Davidson, guitarist of the Dave Clark Five, was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.
1945:  Kathy Post, who with husband Jim formed the duo Friend and Lover ("Reach Out Of The Darkness" in 1968), was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1955:  Nicky "Topper" Headon of the Clash was born in Bromley, Kent, England.
1958:  Marie Fredriksson of Roxette was born in Össjö, Sweden.
1960:  Stephen Duffy, singer, songwriter and guitarist of Duran Duran, was born in Alum Rock, Birmingham, England.  (Note:  some websites, including the notorious '', report Duffy was born in Birmingham, England, which implies that he was born in the city of Birmingham.  Birmingham is also a county, and Duffy was born in the city of Alum Rock (a suburb of Birmingham), according to the 'BBC'.)

1964:  Tom Morello, elite guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, was born in Manhattan, New York.  (Note:  several websites lazily say Tom was born in New York City, which of course encompasses several boroughs.  Some websites claim he was born in Harlem, New York.  Harlem is not a city; rather, it is a neighborhood on the island of Manhattan.  You will never see Harlem listed on anyone's official birth certificate.)  
1967:  Sven Pipien, bass guitarist of the Black Crowes, was born in Hanover, Germany.
1971:  Patrick Dalheimer, bass guitarist for Live ("I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes", was born in York, Pennsylvania.

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