Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 4






1886 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter received a US patent for the graphophone. Their invention was meant to replace Thomas Edison's phonograph and featured wax-coated cylinders which were considered an improvement over the phonograph's tinfoil cylinders which had been delicate and difficult to remove.

1956 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Gene Vincent records "Be Bop A Lula" for Capitol Records at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It would climb to #7 in the US and #16 in the UK the following Summer, eventually selling over 2 million copies.

1957 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The Alan Freed Show premiers on ABC-TV. The half-hour program includes Guy Mitchell, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Clovers, June Valli, Martha Carson and the Alan Freed Rock And Roll Orchestra.

1959 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The Grand Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles was the site of the very first Grammy Awards, where statuettes were given out for Record of the Year and Song of the Year to Domenico Modugno for his rendition of "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). He beat out Peggy Lee's "Fever", "Catch a Falling Star" by Perry Como, "Witchcraft" from Frank Sinatra and "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
After topping the Billboard chart a month earlier, The Marcels version of "Blue Moon" hits #1 in the UK. Since 1934, the song has been recorded by over 50 major artists and has been featured in at least 8 motion pictures.

1963 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The Beach Boys "Surfin U.S.A." LP debuts on Billboard's album chart, where it will enjoy a 78 week stay and top out at #2.

May 4
Andy Williams' album, "Days of Wine and Roses" hit the #1 spot on the US LP chart, where it would remain for 16 weeks.

May 4
The Beatles score their first UK #1 when "From Me To You" reaches the top for the first of a seven week run. The song's title was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

1964 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England. The group was the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The Turtles receive their first of two Gold singles for their recent #1 Pop hit, "Happy Together". Their second Gold single will come later in the year for "She'd Rather Be With Me".

1968 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Top British model Twiggy saw a performance by an 18 year old Welsh singer named Mary Hopkin and immediately recommended her to Paul McCartney as a possible addition to the Apple Records roster. Six months later, Hopkin's first record, "Those Were the Days", would be sitting behind "Hey Jude" in the number 2 position.

1970 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Four students were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during an anti-war demonstration. Neil Young reacted to the senseless slayings by writing and recording the song, "Ohio", with Crosby, Stills & Nash, the very next day.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 US tour, which is billed as the 'biggest and most profitable Rock and Roll tour in the history of the United States.' The group grossed over $3 million.

1974 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit "The Loco-Motion". It was only the second time that a cover version had been a #1, as well as the original. (The first was "Go Away Little Girl", a hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and Donny Osmond in 1971).

1976 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
KISS perform their first concert in their hometown of New York City.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
On the strength of the US #8 single, "Count On Me", Jefferson Starship receive a Platinum record for the album "Earth", their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Just a few weeks later, both quit and the band had to be revamped.

1980 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
An acoustic performance by the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos brought a hostel response from an Olympic Auditorium audience who came to hear Punk music. Opening for Public Image Ltd, the group was bombarded with bottles and other debris. It would take seven more years for the band to crack the Hot 100 with a couple of Richie Valens songs, "La Bamba" (#1) and "Come On, Let's Go" (#21).

1987 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of drug-related heart failure at the age of 45. He had gained international recognition as one of the acts performing at The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
25 years after she first appeared on the UK record charts with "I Got You, Babe", Cher scored her first solo #1 single with "The Shoop Shoop Song".

2008 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers, microphones and karaoke machines. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day after he tried to sell the goods to a pawn shop for $400.

2011 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
51-year-old Marie Osmond married her first husband, Stephen Craig, a second time, more than 25 years after they divorced. They originally wed in 1982 and split in 1985. Marie had one son with Craig and seven children with her second husband, Brian Blosil. That marriage ended in 2007 after almost 20 years.

2016 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
Little Richard's attorney told Rolling Stone that on-line reports of his client's declining health were untrue and that the 83-year-old Rock 'n' Roll pioneer was still healthy and active.






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