The Guess Who made their debut on American television in 1969, singing ‘These Eyes’ and ‘Laughing’ on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand.
The Beatles music single ‘Get Back’ tops the US music chart at No.1 in 1969.
Peter Green plays his last show with the band he founded, Fleetwood Mac, at the Bath Festival in Somerset, England in 1970.
In honor of Bob Dylan’s 30th birthday, Peanuts ran a comic strip in 1971 in which Linus mentions the milestone to Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown replies “That’s the most depression thing I’ve ever heard.” Dylan himself, marks the occasion at Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall.
NBC-TV’s wildly successful variety show, ‘The Dean Martin Show’, signs off in 1974 after nine years.
Earth Wind and Fire scores a No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Shining Star’ in 1975.
Jessi Colter had her only No.1 country music single on the Billboard charts in 1975 with ‘I’m Not Lisa’.
The three remaining members of Genesis give the fans a thrill by manning the box office in 1979 and selling their own tickets to the upcoming show at The Roxy in Los Angeles.
The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe and the Fish play a benefit concert in 1982 for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The Monkees, after a remarkable MTV fueled comeback in 1986, begin their smash comeback tour (minus Mike Nesmith), at the Concord Hotel in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
MCA releases David Lee Murphy’s debut album ‘Out With A Bang’ in 1994.
In 2003, Paul McCartney sits down with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for tea before heading to Red Square for his very first performance behind the iron curtain. He entertained 20,000 audience members.
In 2003, Randy Travis gospel-tinged ‘Three Wooden Crosses’ goes to No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart.
An auction of Bruce Springsteen’s birth certificate on eBay in 2004 was shut down by the Boss’ legal team.
In 2010, Josh Turner has a gold single for ‘Why Don’t We Just Dance’.
Jennifer Nettles sings ‘Stay’ with contestant John Glosson in 2012 on the ABC-TV debut music competition ‘Duets’. Nettles is joined as a coach by Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and John Legend.
And now it is time to say Happy Birthday to the people that brought us great music or had a hand in creating the music we all love. Those born today, May 24th, are:
1938 – Prince Buster – Jamaican singer and songwriter.
1940 – Tommy Chong – Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist and musician.
1941 – Bob Dylan – American singer, songwriter and poet.
1942 – Derke Quinn – Freddie and the Dreamers
1944 – Patti LaBelle – American singer, author and actress.
1945 – Priscilla Presley – wife of Elvis Presley, actress and business magnate.
1946 – Steve Upton – Wishbone Ash
1947 – Mike Reid – a first-round NFL draft pick in 1970, he creates a country music hit 20 years later with ‘Walk On Faith’. Although he earns more success as a songwriter on ‘Inside’, ‘He Talk’s to Me,’ ‘In This Life’ and others.
1947 – Cynthia “Plaster” Caster
1947 – Albert Bouchard – Blue Oyster Cult
1955 – Rosanne Cash – daughter of Johnny Cash, she infused pop and rock influence in her own progressive recording career beginning in the late 70’s. She won a Grammy for ‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’.
1988 – Billy Gilman – made his TV debut at the age of 11 on the Academy of Country Music Awards. He becomes an ACM nominee at the age of 12, as his crystal vocals propel his debut album ‘One Voice’ to 1 million in sales.