Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 7






1955 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Ray Charles reaches the top of the US R&B chart for the first time with "I Got A Woman". It was later ranked #235 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1961 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Tony Orlando makes his first appearance on Billboard's Hot 100 with "Halfway to Paradise", which peaks at #39. He'll have one more hit next year and then won't be heard from until 1970 when he reappears with his group, Dawn.

1966 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Simon And Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" enters the Hot 100. During its eleven week chart run, it will peak at #3.

May 7
Del Shannon enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the 16th time with "The Big Hurt", which will stall at #94.

May 7
The Mamas And Papas hit #1 in the US with "Monday, Monday", a song that the group (except for writer John Phillips) would later admit that they didn't really like. The record made #3 in the UK. On March 2nd, 1967, the effort would bring them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

1967 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Soviet youths openly defied police and danced The Twist in Moscow's Red Square during May Day celebrations.

1973 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
George Harrison releases "Give Me Love", which will become his second #1 single in the US and reach #8 in the UK.

1977 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Ten weeks after entering the Billboard singles chart, The Eagles' masterpiece, "Hotel California" became the band's fourth US #1 hit. It made #8 in the UK. In 2009, the song was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1,000,000 digital downloads.

1978 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
The 90,000 tickets on sale for Bob Dylan's upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool sell out in less than eight hours.

1982 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Diana Ross receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

1983 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
After cracking the Top 20 a year earlier with "The Break-up Song", San Francisco's Greg Kihn Band reaches #2 on the Hot 100 with a song called "Jeopardy". A year later, Weird Al Yankovic will parody the song as "I Lost On Jeopardy", which has since been referenced several times on the game show itself.

1991 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Soul singer Wilson Pickett was arrested in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey after repeatedly driving over the lawn of his neighbor, Mayor Donald Aronson. Pickett was charged with drunk driving and threatening to kill the mayor. Police seized a knife and a baseball bat from Pickett's van. The threatening charge was dropped after Pickett agreed to perform a free charity concert. He was later sentenced to a year's probation on the drunken driving charge to run concurrently with a one-year jail term for a later drunk driving incident in which Pickett hit and seriously injured an 86-year-old pedestrian.

May 7
A judge in Macon, Georgia dismisses a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local couple fails to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.

May 7
54-year-old Rolling Stone Bill Wyman ended his 22-month marriage to 21-year-old Mandy Smith. She received a $6.5 million divorce settlement, even though she spent only eight weeks with Wyman during their marriage. They first met when Smith was only 13.

1994 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Randy Bachman led 1,322 guitarists who had gathered in Vancouver to play Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business", for 68 minutes and 40 seconds.

1998 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Eddie Rabbitt, the Country star who crossed over to the Pop chart with "I Love A Rainy Night" and "Drivin' My Life Away", died of lung cancer at the age of 56.

May 7
Alphonso Howell of The Sensations died at the age of 61. The group reached #4 in the US in 1962 with "Let Me In".

2002 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
After an investigation that lasted nearly four months, police in London, England cleared Pete Townsend on charges that he downloaded child porn from the Internet. Investigators did confirm that Townsend had accessed a site containing such images in 1999 and as a result, he has been listed on a national register of sex offenders.

2004 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Rudy Maugeri, the baritone voice of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Crew Cuts, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas. He was 73. Taking their name from a popular hair style of the day, the quartet formed in Toronto and went on to have several hits in the US, including the number one "Sh-Boom" in 1954 and the number three "Earth Angel" in 1955.

2010 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Dave Fisher, who formed The Highwaymen with four university pals in the late 1950s, died at the age of 69 after a battle with a bone marrow disorder. The quartet topped the Billboard chart in 1961 with "Michael (Row The Boat Ashore)".

2011 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
John Walker, lead vocalist for The Walker Brothers, died of liver cancer at the age of 67. The group enjoyed Billboard Top 20 hits with "Make It Easy On Yourself" in 1965 and "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" in 1966.

2015 - ClassicBands.com

May 7
Three of B.B. King's 11 surviving children lost a bid in a Las Vegas court to take control over their father's affairs after they said they suspect the 89-year-old Blues legend's manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care while blocking them from seeing him in home hospice care.

2017 - ClassicBands.com

May 4
The British publication The Sunday Times named 74-year-old Paul McCartney as the richest musician in the UK. He was followed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the members of U2, Elton John and Mick Jagger.






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