Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 5






1900 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries, began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. By midyear it was calling itself "The Official Organ of the Great Out-Door Amusement World."

1962 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
The Shirelles were presented with a Gold record for "Soldier Boy", a song that was recorded in one take and originally intended as an album filler. It was the second million seller for them, following their first number one hit, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". The girls would later find the US Top 10 again with "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Mama Said", "Baby It's You" and "Foolish Little Girl".

May 5
Chris Montez records "Let's Dance", which will reach #4 on the Billboard chart and #2 in the UK next Fall.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
After months of internal dissension, Buffalo Springfield play their final concert in Long Beach, California. Richie Fury would go on to form Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby, Stills And Nash.

1969 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" is released. It will reach #2 in the US and top the chart in the UK.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Clint Holmes' "Playground In My Mind" cracks the Billboard Top 40 where it will reach #2 during a 15 week run. Although he would follow up with other records, this would prove to be Holmes' only US chart entry.

1979 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Thirteen years after the original duo of Peaches And Herb split up, Herb Fame teamed up with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, to enjoy a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Reunited". The record also did well in the UK, reaching #4.

May 5
28 year old Suzi Quatro reached #5 on the Hot 100 with a duet with Chris Norman called "Stumblin' In". It would be the only time she cracked the US Top 40.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Clarence Quick, the bass voice of the Del Vikings on their 1956 hit, "Come, Go With Me", died of a heart attack. He was just 46 years old.

May 5
The one thousandth edition of Britain's music show, Top of the Pops is broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.

1986 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be built.

May 5
Michael Jackson signs his second contract with Pepsi, who will pay the gloved one $15 million and sponsor his solo world tour.

1988 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Pepsi becomes the first company to feature a non-Russian in its Soviet advertising when Michael Jackson appears in a TV commercial.

1990 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Jason Bonham delights the guests at his wedding reception when he plays a five song set with his late father's band mates, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Governor George W. Bush declares May 5th as ZZ Top Day in the state of Texas.

2000 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.

2002 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Two disc jockeys from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received calls after the show from angry listeners, mostly from people saying they were glad Nugent was taken off the air. The two DJs said Nugent came on the show about three times a year, but won't be back any time soon.

2006 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Michael Jackson demanded an apology from GQ Magazine which printed a series of photos featuring a Jackson impersonator along with an article called "Where's Michael?" which documented the writer's quest to find Jackson in Bahrain.

2008 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Jerry Wallace, who placed seven songs on Billboard's Top 40, including the 1959, #8 hit "Primrose Lane", died at the age of 79, after suffering congestive heart failure.

2009 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Actress Ola Ray, a former Playboy Playmate, filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and his production company, alleging unpaid royalties from her work in the video for "Thriller".

2010 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Sonny and Cher's only child, who was born Chastity Sun Bono, appeared in a Santa Monica, California court where a judge signed off on an official gender and name change. The judge ruled that the gender reassignment is complete and that Chastity will now be a man known as Chaz Bono.

2013 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant obtained a temporary restraining order against an overzealous female fan he alleged was a threat to his safety. Plant said that the woman had been harassing him for over three years and believed that they are in a relationship, even though Plant insists the pair has never met.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

May 5
A group of UK musicians, including Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Soul singer Beverly Knight, released a charity single called "Save the Children (Look Into Your Heart)", to benefit children in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there.






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