Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 29






1942 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Bing Crosby records "White Christmas", which would go on to become the biggest selling single of all time. Elton John would surpass that record with "Candle In The Wind (Princess Diana Tribute)" in 1997.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

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Ricky Nelson made a comeback when he reached the top of the Billboard and Cashbox music charts with "Travelin' Man". He had placed eight consecutive singles in the Top 10 between 1957 and 1959, but his next four releases had failed to get that far.

1962 - ClassicBands.com

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Chubby Checker wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for "Let's Twist Again" and Ray Charles is given the nod for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for "Hit The Road Jack".

1965 - ClassicBands.com

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The Beach Boy's "Help Me Rhonda" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks. The song, originally released as "Help Me Ronda" on the LP "Today!", began to receive radio airplay and was soon re-recorded and issued as a single with the new spelling. It was the first Beach Boys' hit to feature the voice of rhythm guitarist Al Jardine. The record made the Top Ten in eight other countries, but only managed to climb to #27 in the UK.

1971 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Canada's 5 Man Electrical Band enters the US charts with what would prove to be their biggest hit and signature tune, "Signs". The song is still a staple of oldies radio in the US.

May 29
"Brown Sugar", The Rolling Stones' first release on their own label, became their sixth US number one single. Speculation on the meaning of the title has ranged from a sexist racial slur to Mexican heroin.

May 29
Three dozen Grateful Dead fans are treated for hallucinations caused by LSD after they unwittingly ingested the drug while drinking spiked apple juice served at San Francisco's Winterland. Although members of the group are suspected of supplying the drug, they are not accused.

1972 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had A Little Lamb" as kind of tongue-in-cheek joke to get back at the BBC for banning his earlier single "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". It reached the US Top-30.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Diana Ross reaches the top of the Billboard Pop chart for the fourth time in her solo career with "Love Hangover". It made #10 in the UK.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Columbia Records president Goddard Lieberson died of cancer at the age of 66. Lieberson was responsible for the introduction of the LP record and for popularizing soundtracks and original cast albums.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

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Paul McCartney started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with "Tug Of War". With contributions from Stevie Wonder, George Martin, Carl Perkins and Ringo Starr, the LP featured "Ebony And Ivory" and McCartney's ode to John Lennon, "Here Today".

1987 - ClassicBands.com

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Press reports began to surface that Michael Jackson offered $50,000 (29,412 pounds) to buy the remains of Joseph Merrick, aka the Elephant Man. Jackson would later deny the claims.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
John Cipollina, guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, died after a lifelong battle with emphysema caught up with him at the age of 45.

May 29
Lisa Marie Presley gives birth to Elvis' granddaughter, Danielle Riley Keough (pronounced KEE-oh). By the time she reached the age of 14, she was working as a fashion model and has since become an accomplished actress, co-starring in the 2010 film The Runaways with Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart and Tatum O'Neal.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
69 year old music producer Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of 40 year old Lana Clarkson. The actress died of a gunshot to the mouth, fired from Spector's gun in the foyer of his castle-like home outside Los Angeles on February 3rd, 2003. The two had met just hours earlier at a Hollywood nightclub. Spector must now spend at least 19 years in prison before being eligible for parole. If parole is denied, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

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Paul McCartney feared for his safety after his tour bus came under attack from a group of thugs following a concert at the Foro Sol arena in Mexico City. The bus driver was forced to stop when a mob ran up to the vehicle and began jumping up and down on its roof. Police were eventually called and McCartney's entourage escaped unharmed.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

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Lisa Marie Presley intervened to stop a letter written to her by ex-husband Michael Jackson from being auctioned. The handwritten note by the late King Of Pop was of a personal nature and was reportedly penned between 1993 and 1996. Auction house owner Darren Julien stated "We wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley."

2013 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
Marvin Junior, vocalist for The Dells who co-wrote their first hit, "Oh, What a Nite", died from kidney and heart problems at the age of 77. He was with the group for 57 years.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

May 29
72-year-old Aretha Franklin received an honorary doctor of arts degree at Harvard University's 2014 Commencement.






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