Born This Week in Rock History

Grady Gaines: May 14, 1934 (Saxophone)

Vic Flick: May 14, 1937 (guitar on James Bond Theme)

Jack Bruce: May 14, 1943 (Cream, bass and lead vocals)

David Byrne: May 14, 1952 (Talking Heads, guitar, vocals)

Dan Auerbach: May 14, 1979 (guitar, Black Keys)

Louis Charles (L.C. “Good Rockin’” Robinson: May 15, 1915 (vocals, guitar, and fiddle)

Brian Eno: May 15, 1948 (Roxy Music, synthesizers)

Billy Cobham: May 16, 1944 (drummer, Miles Davis and Mahavishnu orchestra)

Robert Fripp: May16, 1946 (King Crimson, guitar)

Darrell Sweet: May 16, 1947 (Nazareth, drums)

Krist Novoselic: May 16, 1965 (Nirvana, bass)

Taj Mahal: May 17, 1942 (Blues Singer-Songwriter)

Bill Bruford: May 17, 1949 (Yes/King Crimson, drums)

Trent Reznor: May17, 1965 (Nine Inch Nails)

Big Joe Turner: May 18, 1911 (Blues Vocalist)

Rick Wakeman: May 18, 1949 (Yes, keyboard)

Pete Townshend: May 19, 1945 (The Who, guitar)

Dusty Hill: May 19, 1949 (ZZ Top, bass, keyboards)

Joey Ramone: May 19. 1951 (The Ramones, vocals)

Phil Rudd: May 19, 1954 (AC/DC, drums)

Joe Cocker: May 20, 1944

Died This Week in Rock History

Keith Relf: May 14, 1976 (The Yardbirds, lead vocals and harmonica)

Frank Sinatra: May 14, 1998 ( THE jazz singer)

B.B. King: May 14, 2015 (blues guitar legend)

June Carter Cash: May 15, 2003 (Country Singer-Songwriter)

Clint Warwick: May 15, 2004 (Moody Blues, bass)

Django Reinhardt : May 16, 1953 (Gypsy jazz guitarist)

Marv Johnson: May 16, 1993 (R&B & Soul Singer)

James Dewar: May 16, 2002 (Robin Trower, bass)

Ronnie James Dio: May 16, 2010 (Black Sabbath, vocals)

Johnny “Guitar” Watson: May 17, 1996 (Blues Singer-Songwriter)

Chris Cornell: May 18, 2017 (singer, Sound Garden)

Ray Manzarek: May 20, 2013 (keyboards, The Doors)

Music releases and the top of the charts

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Ohio” was released: May 14, 1970

Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records: May 15, 1963

Rolling Stone’s Black And Blue goes to #1 in America: May 15, 1976

Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde was released: May 16, 1966

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s LP Deja Vu hits #1: May 16, 1970

“With or Without You” by U2 hits #1: May 16, 1987.

Bob Dylan hits number 1 with Together Through Life: May 16, 2009

Very First Monterey Folk Festival: May 17, 1963

R.E.M’s “Out Of Time” hits #1: May 18, 1991

The Beatles’ “Get Back” is certified gold: May 19, 1969

Stevie Wonder’s “You are the sunshine of my life” hits number one: May 19, 1973

This Week in Rock History

Bo Diddley’s song “Bo Diddley” is seen on the R&B chart and will eventually hit the #1 spot. This song is also the prime example of his infamous “Bo Diddley beat.” May 14, 1955.

Buddy Holly visits his optometrist’s office to correct his horrible 20/800 vision with primitive contact lenses, but Buddy hates them, and decides to keep his signature glasses. May 14, 1956

Keith Relf of The Yardbirds dies tragically by electrocuting himself while tuning a guitar that was not properly grounded. May 14, 1976

Michael Jackson was presented with a Presidential Humanitarian Award for using “Beat It” for an anti-drunk-driving commercial by Ronald Reagan. May 14, 1984.

Madison Square Garden hosts the 40th anniversary celebration of Atlantic Records. This show featured appearances from many famous artists on the label’s roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Crosby Stills and Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis, and the event’s main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, featuring John Bonham’s son Jason taking over drums for his late father: May 14, 1988

Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” hits the number 39 spot on the top 40 chart. May 15, 1965

Pink Floyd play London’s Crystal Palace Bowl. May 15, 1971

The latest and ultimately most famous lineup of Fleetwood Mac — Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks — play their first show together in El Paso. May 15, 1975
Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney hit #1 with their song “Ebony and Ivory” May 15, 1982.

Billboard magazine reports that Detroit music mogul Berry Gordy is thinking of starting three new record labels, including one called Motown: May 16, 1960

Neil Young plays an unannounced show at the Bottom Line in New York City. May 16, 1971

The very first Monterey Folk Music Festival was held in Monterey, California and featured great acts such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez. May 17, 1963

A band known as “The Chicago Transit Authority” releases their debut album which would go on to peak at number 17 on the top charts. Due to a lawsuit issue, the band later shortened their name to Chicago. May 17,1969

Blues and R&B greats Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Little Richard gather in Sheffield, England to perform their first show together. May 17, 1995

Beatles start their first tour as the featured act, beginning in Slough, England. May 18, 1963

Diana Ross shocks the music industry by leaving Motown Records after 20 years for a new home on RCA. The $20 million contract sets a new record: May 18, 1981

Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr reunite and play for Eric Clapton’s wedding with Patti Boyd. May 19,1979

Pink Floyd’s epochal Dark Side Of The Moon LP marks its tenth anniversary, having never left the Billboard album charts. May 19, 1984

The National release an anthology album of 59 Grateful Dead covers called Day of the Dead, with appearances by Lucinda WilliamsBruce HornsbyCourtney Barnett and Wayne Coyne. Proceeds go to the Red Hot Organization, which helps fight AIDS. : May 20, 2016


Patrick Ortiz