Born This Week in Rock History
5/7/1905 – Bumble Bee Slim (Piedmont Blues Guitarist)
5/7/1946 – Bill Kreutzmann (Drums, Grateful Dead)
5/7/1961 – Phil “Wizzo” Campbell (Guitar, Motorhead)
5/8/1911 – Robert Johnson (Delta Blues Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist)
5/8/1942 – Jim Sherwood (sax, Frank Zappa)
5/8/1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith (Bass, The Yardbirds)
5/8/1943 – Danny Whitten (Guitar, Neil Young & Crazy Horse)
5/8/1951 – Philip Bailey (Lead Singer, Earth, Wind, & Fire)
5/8/1951 Chris Frantz (Drummer, Talking Heads)
5/8/1953 – Alex Van Halen (Drums, Van Halen)
5/8/1977 – Joe Bonamassa!!!
5/9/1935 – Nokie Edwards (guitar, The Ventures)
5/9/1944 – Richie Furay (guitar, Buffalo Springfield)
5/9/1949 – Billy Joel (Rock Singer-Songwriter, Pianist)
5/9/1949 – Bob Margolin (blues guitarist)
5/9/1950 – Tom Petersson (Bass, Guitar, Cheap Trick)
5/10/1946 – Dave Mason (Guitar, Traffic)
5/10/1957 – Sid Vicious (Bass, The Sex Pistols)
5/11/1941 – Eric Burdon (Vocals, The Animals and War)
5/11/1947 – Butch Trucks (Drums, The Allman Brothers Band)
5/12/1948 – Steve Winwood (Vocals, Keys, & Guitar, Traffic and Blind Faith)
5/12/1950 – Billy Squier (Guitar and Vocals, Solo)
5/12/1952 – Guy Davis (blues guitarist/banjo player)
5/12/1989 – Megan Lovell (dobro/vocals, Larkin Poe)
5/13/1945 – Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz (harmonica, J. Geils Band)
5/13/1947 – Pete Overend Watts (bass, Mott the Hoople)
5/13/1950 – Stevie Wonder (you know)
5/13/1969 – Buckethead AKA Brian Carroll (guitar player)
5/13/1976 – Ana Popovic (blues guitarist)
Died This Week in Rock History
5/8/1974 – Graham Bond (Vocals & Keyboards, Graham Bond Organisation)
5/11/1981 – Bob Marley (Vocals & Guitar, Bob Marley and the Wailers)
5/11/2003 – Noel Redding (Bass, The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
5/11/2008 – John Rutsey (Drums, Rush)
5/13/2012 – Donald Duck Dunn (bass, Booker T and the MGs)
Music releases and the top of the charts
5/7/1969 – The Who releases “Pinball Wizard”
5/7/1973 – George Harrison “Give Me Love” is released
5/7/1977 – The Eagles’ “Hotel California” hits #1
5/8/1970 – The Beatles release their final album, Let It Be
5/8/1976 – The Steve Miller Band’s “Take The Money And Run” was released
5/8/1984 – Roger Waters releases his debut solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
5/8/1993 – Aerosmith’s Get A Grip debuts on the charts at #1
5/8/2005 – Bruce Springsteen’s Devils and Dust tops the Billboard Albums chart
5/9/1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello, Dolly!” hits #1
5/9/1970 – The Guess Who’s “American Woman” hits #1
5/10/1988 – Prince releases 10th album “Lovesexy”
5/11/1963 – Beatles first LP, “Please Please Me” reaches top of UK chart
5/11/1964 – The Beach Boys release single “I Get Around”
5/12/1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Are You Experienced was released
5/12/1972 – The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street was released
5/12/1973 – Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy hits #1
5/13/1966 – “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones is released
5/7/1968 – Singer-songwriter Reginald Dwight changes his name legally to Elton Hercules John, the first and last names taken from his former bandmates in Bluesology, Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Hercules was taken from a Greek mythological hero with god-like strength who performed amazing feats while wearing crazy-looking glasses.
5/7/1978 – Bob Dylan’s upcoming series of concerts at London’s Wembley Empire sell out all 90,000 tickets in just eight hours.
5/8/1967 – During filming of what would become the documentary Don’t Look Back, Bob Dylan gets the idea to make a short film of his single “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” featuring him standing in an alley next to London’s Savoy Hotel. Showing nothing but Dylan surrounded by friends Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth flipping giant cue cards with the lyrics of the song on them, the clip — one of the first “music videos” — becomes an iconic rock moment.
5/8/1972 – Following promoter Sid Bernstein’s decision to reinvent Radio City Music Hall in New York as a rock venue, Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline at the famous landmark.
5/9/1965 – Bob Dylan gives a major performance in the UK, opening at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an audience that includes The Beatles, The Stones, Donovan, and Marianne Faithfull.
5/9/1966 – The Doors audition to be the house band at Los Angeles’s Whisky A Go Go. If The Doors audition to be your house band, you say, “Yes.” They did.
5/9/1974 – Bruce Springsteen gives the most important performance of his career, opening for Bonnie Raitt at her Boston Arena show. Playing his full two-hour set at Raitt’s insistence, Bruce delivers a show so impressive that Rolling Stone’s Jon Landau later wrote 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 would later become Springsteen’s manager and producer.
5/9/1979 – Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr attend Eric Clapton’s marriage to George’s ex-wife, Patti (whom a lovestruck Clapton wrote “Layla” for), with the “Threetles” performing some old rock and roll songs at Clapton’s country manor. Mick Jagger, Elton John, Denny Laine, David Bowie, and Lonnie Donegan also attend. The couple would divorce in 1988. We find everything happening here extremely awkward.
5/9/1998 – Sean “Puffy” Combs and Jimmy Page play together on Saturday Night Live, performing the song “Come With Me.” The studio version of the song samples the Kashmir guitar riff. It probably would have been better if they added Robert Plant and John Paul Jones and played “Kashmir,” but beggars can’t be choosers.
5/10/1966 – Struggling singer Janis Joplin, back home in her native Texas, is invited back out to San Francisco by her friend Chet Helms, who invites her to audition with a group he’s managing called Big Brother and the Holding Company. Best move they ever made.
5/10/1968 – Reacting to alleged abuse of audience members by policemen, Jim Morrison incites a riot at a Doors concert at the Chicago Coliseum. We’re only surprised that Morrison didn’t expose himself.
5/10/1974 –Swan Song Records was launched by the British Rock group Led Zeppelin. After five years and five albums with Atlantic Records, Led Zeppelin decided to take control over production and recording for their own albums. Although they did not record many other groups, the decision to break out on their own proved to benefit them in the long run.
5/11/1995 – A slew of blues monsters gathered in Austin Texas to honor the great guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughn. Hosted by Austin City Limits and organized by his brother Jimmie Vaughn, this concert showcased the love and admiration everyone had for Stevie. Being a great blues player himself, Jimmie shared the electrifying stage with guitarists such as: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, and more! What a fantastic way to honor such an iconic individual!
5/12/1963 – Bob Dylan was supposed to appear on the Ed Sullivan show but walked out of rehearsals after being told he couldn’t perform the song he wanted to. The song was “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” and was told not to perform it because of its lyrics which are sharply critical of the U.S. military and segregation. Dylan said in response to the request to play a different song, “No this is what I want to do. If I can’t play my song, I’d rather not appear on the show.” Good for you, Mr. Dylan!