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    HC's Rock Rewind - May 1 - 12

    By Team HC |

    HC's Rock Rewind

    A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History

     

    by  Anne Erickson

     

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    Week of May 1st  - 6th

     

    May's arrived, and with it comes a collection of memorable rock events that happened during the first week of May. From birth of Bob Seger to the release of Johnny Cash’s great song “I Walk the Line," keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening May 1 – 6.

     

     

     

     

    Events 

     

    1957 - The Kingston Trio get together in Palo Alto, California.

    1959 - The first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles.

    1966 – The Beatles perform their last ever concert (not including their Apple Records rooftop performance in 1969) in England when they play at a gig put on by the New Musical Express.

    1968 - Steppenwolf rocks the U.S. TV airwaves for the first time, performing “Born to Be Wild” on American Bandstand.

    1970 – Diana Ross exits The Supremes to focus on her solo music.

    1982 - Adam and the Ants break up.

    1982 - Diana Ross gets her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    1991 – MTV Unplugged, for the first time, has rap acts on the show with LL Cool J, De La Soul, MC Lyte and A Tribe Called Quest.

    1991 - Texas Governor Ann Richards declares May 4 ZZ Top day in Texas.

    1997 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame moves its induction ceremony to Cleveland for the first time, home to the Rock Hall.

     

     

    Releases  

     

    Johnny Cash, I Walk The Line, 1956

    Elvis Presley, Speedway, 1968

    The Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar, 1971 (U.S.)

    Sum 41, All Killer, No Filler, 2001

    Living Colour, Vivid, 1988

     

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     Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime, 1988

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     Poison, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, 1988

      

    Deaths

     

     

    Hugo Peretti, May 1, 1986

    Sergio Franchi, May 1, 1990

    Otis Blackwell, May 6, 2002

    Donald "Ean" Evans (Lynyrd Skynyrd), May 6, 2009

    Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys), May 4, 2012

     

     

     

    Births

     

     

    Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd), May 1, 1966

    Tim McGraw, May 1, 1967

    D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (The Smashing Pumpkins), May 1, 1968

    Bob Henrit (The Kinks, Argent), May 2, 1944

    Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf), May 2, 1945

    Lou Gramm (Foreigner), May 2, 1950

    John Glascock (Jethro Tull), May 2, 1951

    Bing Crosby, May 3, 1903

    Pete Seeger (The Weavers), May 3, 1919

    James Brown, May 3, 1933

    Frankie Valli (The Four Seasons), May 3, 1937

    Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon), May 3, 1953

    Mick Mars (Motley Crue), May 4, 1951

    Randy Travis, May 4, 1959

    Gary Holt (Exodus), May 4, 1959

    Gregg Alexander (The New Radicals), May 4, 1970

    Mike Dirnt (bass player Green Day), May 4, 1972

    Chris Tomlin, May 4, 1972

    Lance Bass ('N Sync), May 4, 1979

    Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), May 5, 1948

    Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), May 5, 1959

    Kevin Mooney (Adam and the Ants), May 5, 1962

    Adele, May 5, 1988

    Chris Brown, May 5, 1989

    Bob Seger, May 6, 1945

     

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    Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), May 6, 1967

    Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), May 6, 1971

     

     

     

    Week of May  7th - 12th

     

    This week in rock music history was marked by abundance of significant events. “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” recorded their very first single, England’s most influential punk band signed a record contract, and a beloved ‘60s pop band kicked off their final reunion tour. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Heart and Frank Zappa. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week.

     

    Events

     

    1963 – The Rolling Stones record their first single, a cover version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On.”

    1965 – The Byrds appear on American television for the first time, performing their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” on NBC’s “Hullabaloo.”

    1967 – Pink Floyd stages the first rock concert to feature quadraphonic sound, employing the technology for a show at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England.

     

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    1972 – Billy Preston headlines New York’s Radio City Music Hall, becoming the first rock and roll artist to do so.

    1974 – Led Zeppelin launch their own record label, Swan Song Records. Bad Company and Dave Edmonds are among the label’s highest-profile artists. The label shuts down in 1983.

    1975 – Apple Records officially comes to an end as a corporation.

    1977 – The Sex Pistols ink a record deal with Virgin Records. The group had previously been signed—and dropped—by the labels EMI and A&M. Their deal with Virgin yields the punk classic, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

    1985 – The Go-Go’s announce they are breaking up. Five years later the classic lineup reunites for several shows.

    1993 – Aerosmith enter the U.S. album charts at the Number One spot, with Get a Grip. The album goes on to sell more than 20 million copies and earns the band two Grammys.

    2006 – The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming European tour when Keith Richards undergoes emergency brain surgery. The Stones guitarist had suffered a mild concussion after falling out of a tree while on vacation in Fiji.

    2011 – The Monkees, sans Michael Nesmith, kick off a 45th Anniversary tour in Liverpool, England. The trek becomes their final reunion tour, as singer Davy Jones passes away the following year.

     

    Releases

      

    1966 – Small Faces: Small Faces

    1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced

    1969 – Muddy Waters: After the Rain

    1969 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

    1970 -- The Jackson 5: ABC

    1970 – The Beatles:  Let It Be

    1970 – Various: Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More

    1971 -- Pink Floyd: Relics

    1972 – The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street

    1973 – Wishbone Ash: Wishbone Four

    1974 – New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon

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    1974 – Bill Wyman:  Monkey Grip

    1974 – The Kinks: Preservation Act 2

    1975 – Hawkwind: Warrior on the Edge of Time

    1977 – Roger Daltrey: One of the Boys

    1977 – Heart: Little Queen

    1980 – Elton John: 21 at 33

    1980 – Devo: Freedom of Choice

    1981 – Frank Zappa: Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar

    1982 – Duran: Rio

    1982 – The Clash: Combat Rock

    1984 – Twisted Sister: Stay Hungry

    1984 – Chicago: Chicago 17

    1985 – New Order: Low-Life

    1985 – Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms

    1988 – Prince: Lovesexy

    1989 – John Mellencamp: Big Daddy

    1990 – The Bangles: Greatest Hits

     

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    1991 – Elvis Costello: Mighty Like a Rose

    1992 – Iron Maiden: Fear of the Dark

    1992 – The Black Crowes: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

    1993 – Blur: Modern Life is Rubbish

    1994 – Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

    1994 – Weezer: Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”)

    1996 – Def Leppard: Slang

    1996 – Peter Wolf: Long Line

    1998 – Widespread Panic: Light Fuse, Get Away

    2000 – The Jayhawks: Smile

    2001 – The Black Crowes: Lions

    2001 – R.E.M.: Reveal

    2002 – Rush: Vapor Trails

     

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    2003 – Fall Out Boy: Take This to Your Grave

    2003 – Marilyn Manson: The Golden Age of Grotesque

    2005 – Dave Matthews Band:  Stand Up

    2006 – Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

    2006 – The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers

    2006 – Neil Young: Living with War

    2010 – The Dead Weather: Sea of Cowards

    2014 – The Black Keys: Turn Blue

     

     

     

    Deaths

     

    Martin Lamble (Fairport Convention) – May 12, 1969

    Graham Bond – May 8, 1974

    Lester Flatt – May 11, 1979

    Bob Marley – May 11, 1981

     

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    Noel Redding – May 11, 2003

    Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner) – May 11, 2014

      

    Births

     

    Robert Johnson – May 8, 1911

    Burt Bacharach – May 12, 1928

    Bobby Darin – May 14, 1936

    Sonny Curtis (The Crickets) – May 9, 1937

    Ricky Nelson – May 8, 1940

     

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    Eric Burdon – May 11, 1941

    Ian Dury – May 12, 1942

    Danny Whitten (Crazy Horse) – May 8, 1943

    Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds) – May 8, 1943

    Bill Legend (T.Rex) – May 8, 1944

    Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) – May 9, 1944

    Donavan Leitch – May 10, 1946

    Graham Gouldman (10cc) – May 10, 1946

    Dave Mason (Traffic) – May 10, 1947

    Butch Trucks – May 11, 1947

    Steve Winwood – May 12, 1948

    Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) – May 9, 1950

     

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    Billy Squier – May 12, 1950

    Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) – May 8, 1951

    Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) – May 8, 1951

    Sly Dunbar – May 10, 1952

    Alex Van Halen – May 8, 1953

    John Edwards (Status Quo) – May 9, 1953

    Dave Mason – May 10, 1956

    Sid Vicious – May 10, 1957

    Eric Singer (Kiss) – May 12, 1958

    Billy Dufy (The Cult) – May 12, 1959

    Paul Hewson (aka Bono) – May 10, 1960

    Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) – May 9, 1962

    Joe Bonamassa – May 8, 1977

     

     

     

     

    -HC- 

     

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    anneericksonthumb-6b75d5e8.jpg.22f1acd15281ab58eb9e65731bc84d59.jpgAnne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A

     

     

     
     
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