Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 12






1951 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
The number one record on America's R&B chart was a song called "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Many Rock historians say that this was the first true Rock and Roll record. Although Brenston sang, played sax and is credited as composer, 'His Delta Cats' were actually Ike Turner And His Kings of Rhythm.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Link Wray's guitar instrumental "Rumble" first appears on the Billboard Top 100 chart at #81. Even though it has no lyrics what so ever, the song was banned by many US radio stations who feared the title would promote teen violence. Despite the boycott, the song would still rise to #16 and sell over a million copies. Link would follow it with a tune called "Jack The Ripper", which failed to chart, but he would return in 1959 with "Raw-Hide", which peaked at #32.

May 12
The Everly Brothers enjoy their second Billboard chart topper, "All I Have To Do Is Dream", which will also rise to number one in the UK in July.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party For Elvis Presley is broadcast on ABC-TV. For a fee of $125,000, Elvis sang his most current releases, "Stuck On You" and "Fame And Fortune" and later traded hits with Sinatra, with Elvis singing "Witchcraft" and Sinatra belting out "Love Me Tender". Ratings for the show were through the roof, but Billboard magazine later said "Although Elvis became a Sargeant in the Army, as a singer, he never left the awkward squad." The show marked Presley's last TV appearance for eight years.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Billboard magazine reports that last year's most-played jukebox record was "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean. The second most-played was Chubby Checker's "The Twist".

1963 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
When CBS censors tell Bob Dylan he cannot perform his "Talking John Birch Society Blues" on The Ed Sullivan Show, he walks out of the dress rehearsal. When told the tune may be libelous, Dylan refuses to appear on the program at all.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
The winners at the sixth annual Grammy Awards are announced. Henry Mancini's "The Days of Wine and Roses" is Record and Song of the Year. The Album of the Year is "The Barbra Streisand Album" and Best Rock and Roll Recording goes to Nino Tempo and April Stevens for "Deep Purple".

May 12
The Beach Boys started a four week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with a 'live' LP called "Beach Boys Concert", the group's first US #1. .

1965 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
The Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction" during a two day recording session at Chess Studios in Chicago. The song will top the Hot 100 for four straight weeks in July and lead the UK chart for two weeks in September. Mick Jagger would later say "It was the song that really made The Rolling Stones, changed us from just another band into a huge, monster band."

1967 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Archie Bell of Archie Bell And The Drells is drafted into the US Army. Months later, their single "Tighten Up" will reach the Top Ten.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Brian Jones makes his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appear at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Mick Jagger marries Nicaraguan fashion model Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. The guest list includes the other members of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills. The couple separated in 1977.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Jefferson Starship give a free concert in New York's Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The band and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, pay $14,000 for clean-up and damage done to the park.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Having lost two other recording contracts in the past year, The Sex Pistols are signed to Richard Branson's Virgin Records for 15,000 pounds ($28,000).

1979 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
The new Jefferson Starship, with Mickey Thomas replacing Grace Slick as lead vocalist, debuted at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Thomas had been the lead singer on Elvin Bishop's 1976 hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love".

1981 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
The Who's first album without Keith Moon, "Face Dances" goes Gold. It is considered a disappointment even to the band itself. The L.P. makes it to #4 but offers just one hit single, "You Better You Bet" (#18).

1983 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy, even though his "Bat Out of Hell" L.P. sold millions of copies in the late 1970s. Later, "Back Into Hell" would bring him back to the charts with the hit single, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". At the time of his bankruptcy, Meat Loaf's latest album "Midnight at the Lost and Found" was sitting at number 7, but the album's single, "If You Really Want To" stalled at number 59.

1984 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Lionel Richie reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth time with "Hello", a song that was left off his first solo album and was nearly cut from his second LP. The record was also a #1 in the UK.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
All 40-thousand tickets for three Pink Floyd concerts in Montreal sold out in 4 1/2 hours. Residents around the Montreal Forum complained that police failed to protect their property from rowdy fans.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
British media reported that Elton John had split with his manager of 30 years, John Reid. Reports said the two had argued over John's career and financial matters.

2001 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Perry Como, who placed 31 songs in the Billboard Top 40 between 1954 and 1973, including "Catch A Falling Star", "Hot Diggity" and "It's Impossible", passed away a week shy of his 89th birthday. His final chart entry came in 1973 with Don McLean's "And I Love You So", which went to #29.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana after authorities found 11 joints in a lipstick case in her carry-on bag. The charges were dropped after she completed a drug program and made a contribution to charity.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
Paul McCartney was granted a divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The settlement gave her a lump sum of 16.5 million pounds, together with assets of 7.8 million pounds, which included the properties she owned at the time. Paul was later quoted as saying "There'll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather... bliss. I have peace at last".

2015 - ClassicBands.com

May 12
65-year-old David Cassidy was fined $900 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty to drunk driving in New York in August 2013.






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