Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 1






1942 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The American War Production Board commandeers all facilities for the production of jukeboxes, turning them over to the manufacture of war materials.

1955 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Leonard Chess signs Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters. Most of Berry's hit records would be recorded for Chess between 1955 and 1966, including "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "School Day", "Rock And Roll Music", "Sweet Little Sixteen", Johnny B. Goode" and "No Particular Place to Go".

1962 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, in Hamburg, Germany.

May 1
Britain's first Cinebox, a device that showed 16mm color film of musicians performing their hits on a 21 inch screen, is installed in London, England. As you might expect, the device flashed paid advertising messages whenever the machine was idle.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Supremes release "Back In My Arms Again", which will become their fifth consecutive US number one hit.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Beatles made their final live, paid appearance in the UK when they played a 15 minute set at the NME Poll Winners concert at Empire Pool, Wembley. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds. The Fab Four were not filmed because a financial agreement could not be reached.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the King's Graceland mansion with her family's blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500. Elvis gave his new bride a $4,000 ring that featured a three karat diamond surrounded by twenty smaller diamonds. She gave him a plain gold band. Priscilla's maid of honor was her sister, Michelle. Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker were duel best men, but the rest of the "Memphis Mafia" were conspicuously absent because they hadn't been invited. The ceremony was followed by a reception for 80 guests.

May 1
The F.B.I. arrests The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He is later released and joins the rest of the band in Ireland for a European tour.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" is released. It would reach number one in the US and number two in the UK. Although the lyrics were the subject of much controversy, Mick Jagger would later tell Rolling Stone, "God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go... I never would write that song now."

May 1
A Pennsylvania based group called The Buoys saw their biggest hit record, "Timothy", peak at #17 on the Hot 100. The Rupert Holmes written tune stayed in the Top 40 for eight weeks, and may very well be the only hit song ever written about cannibalism.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring former Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman, release their first album. The LP would take six months to hit the charts and over a year before the hard rockin' single "Let it Ride" became a Top 25 hit.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Carpenters play for US President Richard Nixon and the West German Chancellor at the White House.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
The Bellamy Brothers topped the Cashbox Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100 with "Let Your Love Flow". The song was a #7 hit in the UK.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Boney M's double sided hit, "Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring" is certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Elton John becomes the first Pop music star to perform in Israel.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Barry Manilow scored his first UK #1 album when "Barry Live In Britain" went to the top of the chart. The LP was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in London in January and would go on to reach Platinum status.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The founder of Fleetwood Mac had released a solo album called "The Visitor" in 1981. Although the critics loved it, "The Visitor" ended up losing a lot of money, as did Fleetwood's real estate investments, leading to eventual financial ruin.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Billy Joel escapes punishment for defamation charges brought against him by Jack Powers, whom he called a "creep" during an interview with Playboy magazine. The judge cited the 1st Amendment and dropped all charges.

May 1
Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon" finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).

1989 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Police in California are called to a jewelers store after employees reported a suspicious person. He turned out to be Michael Jackson, who had donned a wig, fake moustache, false teeth and eyelashes to go shopping. Officers had him remove his disguise and show his identification.

1993 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Cliff Richard went to #1 on the UK album chart for the seventh time with a cleverly titled LP called "The Album".

2000 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
A $1.8 million civil fraud suit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer who claims Young reneged on an agreement to have a biography written about him when Young blocked the book's publication.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
58 year old Barry White suffered a stroke that affected his speech and the right side of his body. He was forced to retire from public life and passed away on July 4th.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
A anonymous fan won a two hour, one on one guitar lesson with Queen's Brian May after bidding more than 7,500 pounds at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which May is a patron.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Former Village People vocalist Victor Willis launched a $1.5 million lawsuit against his old band mates over back royalties. The singer, who portrayed a policeman in the group, left the line-up in 1979.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

May 1
Former teen Pop star Bobby Vee revealed on his website that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core," the 69-year-old singer wrote. "Since this time I have chosen to remain private and to focus on what is most important to me: my family and my music."






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