This Week in Music – May 1st
What could be a better way to start the ‘This Week in Music History’ then with the King of Rock and Roll?
52 years ago, Elvis Presley tied the knot with his love Priscilla Ann Beaulieu at 9:00 AM on May 1st 1967 at the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas.
The honeymoon must have been rockin’, as the couple welcomed daughter Lisa Marie Presley 9 months later after tying the knot.
Happy birthday to country star Tim McGraw who turns 51 today!
On May 2nd 1979, The Who performed their first concert without original drummer Keith Moon. Keith Moon, who Rolling Stone Magazine had dubbed the second best drummer of all time, (second to only John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) had died tragically the past September of a drug overdose. Kenney Jones, formerly of Small Faces, became the new drummer until 1989.
Happy birthday to Leslie Gore. Perhaps instead of Judy, it is our turn to cry, as she would have turned 72 today.
This Week in Music – May 3rd
This week in music – On May 3rd 1990, the Hip Hop Group 2 Live Crew, released their single Banned in The USA, which sampled Bruce Springsteen’s hit single Born in the USA.
The song was a protest of sorts to the decision in a court case, that their previous album ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’ was too obscene.
Luckily this decision was overturned on appeal, and the media attention brought on by this court case only made the public want to hear it even more.
Happy birthday to Frankie Valli!
Can you believe that he is now 84 years old and still touring?
The winners of the first annual Grammy Awards were announced.
Henry Mancini took home Album of the year.
Domenico Modugno was awarded both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
A huge Happy Birthday goes out to Bassist Michael Pritchard AKA Mike Dirnt of Punk Rock Group Green Day. This Hall of Famer turns 46 today.
This week in music – On May 5th 1986, Cleveland Ohio was chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built.
Cleveland residents put up $65 million of their own money which helped bring the shrine to Cleveland instead of Memphis where many thought it would end up.
Happy Birthday to Chris (Breezy) Brown who turns 29 today.
Hard to imagine that he is still so young as it seems as though he has been making music Forever. No pun intended.
Keith Richards began writing one of the most iconic songs of all time on May 6th 1965 in his hotel room in Florida.
The song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, has made multiple lists in regards to the greatest song of all time, and has become a staple at every Rolling Stones concerts ever since.
The song was eventually released on June 6th 1965 and remained on the Billboard Top 100 for the next 14 weeks.
Happy Birthday to Rapper Meek Mill who turns 31 today.
This Week in Music – May 7th
It was on May 7th 1968 that Elton John change his name from Reginald Dwight to the iconic one we know today.
He chose the name for his love of blues legends Elton Dean, and Long John Baldry.
Happy Birthday goes out to Trap rapper Rico Nasty who is now the age to party across the USA. This young star turns 21 today.
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