Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 19






1956 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Lonnie Donegan kicks off a tour of the US by appearing on The Perry Como Show, where he performs "Rock Island Line".

1958 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" was released. It was the first recording made on an eight track recorder at Atlantic Records and would eventually reach #3 in America and #18 in Great Britain.

May 19
Ritchie Valens records the self-penned "Come On, Let's Go" for Del-Fi Records in Los Angeles. The song would peak at #42 on the Billboard singles chart the following October.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Deejay Alan Freed is indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and would receive a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

May 19
The Drifters record "Save The Last Dance For Me", which will top the US chart the following October and reach #2 in the UK in November.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope, intended for the purpose of discovering and developing new talent. Their own recordings will continue to be issued exclusively by Warner Brothers.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
B Bumble And The Stingers were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Nut Rocker", an instrumental based on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

May 19
Johnny Tillotson's self-penned Country ballad "It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'" enters Billboard's Top 40, where it will climb to number 3 and be nominated for a Grammy Award. In the UK, the song reached #31.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
After reaching #4 on the Hot 100, Roger Miller's "King of the Road" was awarded a Gold record. The song was inspired by a sign in Chicago that read "Trailers for Sale or Rent" and a hobo he saw at an airport in Boise, Idaho.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
FBI agents visit Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen. They would eventually release a statement that said that it was impossible to exactly decipher the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed by The Kingsmen."

1969 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
The Beatles' single "Get Back" is awarded a Gold record for sales of over 1 million. Paul McCartney would later say "We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air..."

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Paul Simon releases the single "Kodachrome", which would become a hit in the US, but was banned from air play in the UK because it contains a brand name.

May 19
Less than four months after topping the Hot 100 with "Superstition", Stevie Wonder was back on top with "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", a song on which Stevie played most of the instruments. The record reached #7 in the UK.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards crashes his Bentley into a highway divider in Newton Pagnell, a town 50 miles north of London. Police take various substances from his vehicle and Richards will be charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
The closest thing to a Beatles' reunion happened when Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played together at Eric Clapton's wedding reception. Joining them for a jam session were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger Baker. The bride, Patti Boyd, was formerly married to George Harrison.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Ringo Starr and his future wife Barbara Bach were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed. The car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
The British Phonographic Industry is rebuffed by the UK's House Of Lords when it tries to prevent electronics manufacturer Amstrad from producing and marketing a dual tape deck which makes it easy for consumers to copy cassettes. Because the company includes copyright warnings with the machine, The House ruled that they were not encouraging people to break the law.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Ron Wilson, The Surfaris' drummer who recorded Rock and Roll's most influential drum solo, "Wipe Out", died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Odia Coates, who sang "You're Having My Baby", "One Man Woman / One Woman Man", "I Don't Like To Sleep Alone" and "I Believe There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love" with Paul Anka, died of breast cancer. She was 49.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Sonny And Cher receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, seventeen months after Sonny was killed in a skiing accident.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
A poem written by 16 year old Bob Dylan, who was still using his birth name, Robert Zimmerman, was slated to be offered for sale at a Christie's auction, where it was expected to sell for $10,000 to $15,000. Written on both sides of a single page, the verses tell the poignant story of a dog named Little Buddy who is killed at the hands of a drunkard, and the boy who mourns him.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

May 19
Kathy Kirby, who had five UK Top 40 hits between 1963 and 1965, including "Dance On", "Secret Love" and "Let Me Go, Lover!" died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72.

May 19
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler revealed he once had sex with a man during his wild youth. In his memoir, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, he revealed, "Gay sex just doesn't do it for me. I tried it one time when I was younger, but I just didn't dig it."






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