Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 23






1953 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
Bill Haley And His Comets saw their first release for Essex Records, "Crazy Man, Crazy" enter the Cashbox Best Sellers chart at #19. The success will be short lived however, as the record would fall out of the Top 50 two weeks later.

1960 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" hit number one in the US for the first of a five week stay. The duo had also accomplished this feat 1958 when "All I Have To Do Is Dream" spent over a month at the top position.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
Paul Revere And The Raiders sign with Columbia Records where they will have 14 Billboard Top 40 singles between 1965 and 1971.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Beach Boys release "I Get Around" which will go on to become the group's first #1 hit, topping the US chart for two weeks.

May 23
Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop", already a hit in the UK, enters the Hot 100 where it will stay for 12 weeks, climbing to #2.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Beatles "Paperback Writer" is released in the US, where it will go on to become the band's twelfth Billboard #1 hit. The song also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. The Dead's four hour set is preceded by a performance by Mungo Jerry, playing their big hit "In the Summertime".

May 23
Paul McCartney's debut solo album, "McCartney", started a three-week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200, while The Beatles' LP "Let It Be" was #1 on the UK album chart.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
Clive Davis is fired as president of Columbia Records. He was allegedly using company funds for private use, including $53,700 worth of alterations to his apartment and $20,000 for his son's bar mitzvah.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
Jefferson Airplane are barred from giving a free concert at Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities pass a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote "We Built this City" about the ban.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Third Barry Manilow Special airs on ABC-TV.

May 23
Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" goes Platinum. The album's title track, a #2 hit last month, is the rallying call for baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, who will go on to win the 1979 World Series in October.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union puts forth a resolution to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements. The proposal was defeated.

1987 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
Twelve former members of The Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.

1999 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
The UK's Royal Mail issued a 19p stamp featuring Freddie Mercury to mark his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. The late Queen front man was an avid philatelist whose collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

May 23
During court proceedings for Michael Jackson's wrongful death trial, a stage manager testified that he warned an AEG executive just five days before the star's death that he was in a physical and mental decline.






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