Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ROCK HISTORY: IT HAPPENS ON MAY 2

Sheena Easton
No.1
1963 Beatles: From Me to You UK 45
1964 Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones UK LP
1970 Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky UK 45
1981 Sheena Easton: Morning Train/9 to 5 US 45
1987 Cutting Crew: (I Just) Died in Your Arms US 45
1992 Cure : Wish : UK LP
1998 Massive Attack : Mezzanine : UK LP

Births
1943 Hilton Valentine (Animals)
1945 Rudy Cain (Delfonics)
1945 Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf)
1950 Lou Gramm(Foreigner)
1954 Prescott Niles (The Knack)
1955 Jo Callis (Human League)
1985 Lily Allen

Miscellany
1957 Elvis Presley records Jailhouse Rock at MGM, Culver City, California
 
1958 ITV broadcasts 100th edition of Cool for Cats 1959 The Buddy Holly Story hits UK LP chart
 
1960 Ben E. King signs solo contract with Atlantic/Atco
 
1964 The Beatles Second Album reaches No. 1 in the US after only two weeks - the fastest climb to date.
 
1967 Beach Boys announce the abandonment of their Smile album project
Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
 
1972 Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.
 
1979 The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums.
 
1979 Film Quadrophenia opens in London
 
1980 Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall banned in South Africa when black schoolchildren adopt it as a protest against their second-rate education system.
 
1980 Joy Division played what would be their last gig with singer Ian Curtis when they appeared at Birmingham University, England.
 
1991 The video for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion', was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.
 
2006 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji.

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