Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 24






1962 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Good Luck Charm", his 11th UK chart topping single.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
"Get Back" by The Beatles shot to #1 on Billboard's Pop chart where it would remain for 5 weeks, becoming the group's 17th US #1 record. The song featured a keyboard solo by Billy Preston, who became the only non-group member ever credited on a Beatles single.

May 24
Still riding high on the success of "American Woman", The Guess Who make their US Television debut on American Bandstand.

May 24
Oliver entered the US charts with "Good Morning Starshine", which would reach #3 by July and go on to sell over a million copies. His real name was William Oliver Swofford.

May 24
Andy Kim entered the Billboard Pop chart for the third time with "Baby I Love You". The song will peak at #9 in June.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Duke Ellington, the great Jazz band leader and subject of Stevie Wonder's 1977 hit "Sir Duke", died of cancer at the age of 75.

1975 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
The nine piece band known as Earth, Wind And Fire saw their song "Shining Star" reach the top of both the Billboard singles chart and the Cashbox Magazine best sellers list. It was the group's seventh single and the first to crack the Top 20. Lead singer Philip Bailey would later team up with Phil Collins on the 1985 hit, "Easy Lover".

1986 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
The Count Five, whose hit "Psychotic Reaction" reached #5 in the US in 1965, reunited for the first time in 18 years to play at their high school reunion in San Jose, California.

May 24
Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork reunited as The Monkees when they kicked off their reunion tour at the Concord Hotel, in New York's Catskills Mountains.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
49 year old Gene Clark, vocalist for The Byrds, died after suffering a heart attack.

2003 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Paul McCartney made his first ever 'live' performance in Russia when he appeared in Red Square in front of 20,000 fans.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Elton John accepted 100,000 pounds ($188,000) in libel damages from London's Daily Mail newspaper over allegations that he asked guests not to approach him at a charity ball.

2007 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Art Garfunkel joined Paul Simon in a rare reunion in Washington, D.C. which commemorated Simon's receipt of the Library of Congress' first Gershwin Award, recognizing contributions to the popular song as an art form. Simon introduced his former partner by saying "My dear friend and partner in arguments, Art Garfunkel," before they launched into "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Cecilia". Also appearing on the show were Stevie Wonder and James Taylor.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Billy Joel was sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto claimed that Joel hadn't paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel's drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly kicked out of the band without so much as a phone call.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb had a meltdown at London's Heathrow Airport when he allegedly hurled expletives at staff and refused to board a plane bound for Los Angeles after he was randomly selected for an extra security check. A spokesperson for British Airways said, "A passenger who was due to fly to L.A. voluntarily chose not to travel because they did not want to be subjected to additional security searches."

May 24
John Fogerty's 1985 hit "Centerfield" was selected to be honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. The event would mark the first time a musician or song has been honored in such a way.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Ringo Starr apologized during a BBC interview for saying earlier that he missed nothing about his hometown of Liverpool. "I apologize to those people, as long as they live in Liverpool, not outside. No real Scouser took offence, only I believe people from the outside."

2012 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Aerosmith unveiled their first new song in six years, "Legendary Child", and also performed an old favorite, "Walk This Way", on the season finale of American Idol. John Fogerty joined eventual winner Phillip Phillips to sing two Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising".

2013 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Ed Shaughnessy, drummer for The Tonight Show band for over 29 years, died at the age of 84 following a heart attack.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
In an interview with Nigel Farndale of the UK publication The Telegraph, Art Garfunkel said that in the early years of their career he felt sorry for Paul Simon because of his height, and he offered him love and friendship as a compensation. "And that compensation gesture has created a monster."

2017 - ClassicBands.com

May 24
Sonny West, one of the original members of Elvis Presley's Memphis Mafia, died of lung cancer at the age of 79. Joining Elvis in 1960, he was abruptly fired, along with his cousin Red and bodyguard Dave Hebler, in 1976 without explanation. The following year he co-authored the book Elvis, What Happened?.






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