The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles music chart in 1964, with ‘Love Me Do’, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British music single was a take on which Ringo played the drums.
The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour in 1965, at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon, the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
Dolly Parton married her first and only husband Carl Dean in Ringgold, Georgia in 1966.
The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album in 1968. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles music album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.
Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles music chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ in 1970. The former DJ had a string of novelty hits, including ‘Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green & Purple Pill’.
Led Zeppelin began recording what would be their final studio album in 1978, ‘In Through The Out Door’.
The Oak Ridge Boy’s ‘Elvira’ reaches No.1 on the Billboard country music chart in 1981.
‘Anne Murray’s Greatest Hits’ is awarded a quadruple-platinum album in 1991, making her the first country female to reach that milestone.
The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album music chart in 1992 with ‘The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion’.
Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises in 2002 to “clear up some personal issues” before setting out on a summer concert tour.
Madonna in 2004, was forced to pay $275,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song ‘Hollywood’ was inspired by Burton.
Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its US and UK release in 2005. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road Studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album. Any CDs that were sent out were labelled with a false name – ‘The Fir Trees’ – to throw would-be-pirates off the scent.
In 2007, at the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector, a coroner told the courts that the US actress Lana Clarkson’s death was homicide. Dr. Louis Pena said bruising suggested the barrel of a gun may have been forced into Ms. Clarkson’s mouth before she was fatally shot in 2003. Spector was accused of murdering Clarkson on February 3, 2003, at his home in California.
A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago’s radio station Q101-WKQX in 2007. Jack White personally called the radio station from Spain where he was touring to voice his displeasure.
In 2007, Britney Spears said she “truly hit rock bottom” when she went to rehab earlier in the year. In a message on her website, the singer wrote that she “genuinely did not know what to do with myself” following her split from husband Kevin Federline. The 25 year-old singer entered a Malibu treatment facility in February after months of partying which ended with the singer shaving off all her hair.
Music mogul Simon Fuller married his longtime girlfriend Natalie Swanston in 2008, at a ceremony in California’s Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier that year, Billboard magazine name him the “most successful British music manager of all time”, with an estimated fortune of $450 million.
Little Richard, Chuck Berry and B.B. King gather for a benefit concert to raise money for New Orleans public schools struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in 2009. Though too ill to perform, Katrina survivor Fats Domino attends as a special guest.
Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van in 2009, but was turned down by its owner who promised his daughter he would drive her to the wedding in it. Giuseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success, Mick Jagger offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show. Jagger to Camera “I have really fallen in love with the van and if you consider selling it to me, I will purchase the van for $100,000.”
Steve Martin makes his Grand Ole Opry debut in 2009, playing ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ in Nashville with Vince Gill, Randy Scruggs, John McEuen and Stuart Duncan among his backing musicians.
Ozzy Osbourne sued the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi in 2009 over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band’s name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band’s name in the 1980’s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath’s name equally.
An edition of ‘CMT Crossroads – featuring Joe Walsh & Friends – is shot at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee in 2012. The friends included Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Sara Evans and ZZ Top’s Bill Gibbons.
The wife and husband team of Shannon and Bill Miller dedicated a new museum in 2013 to the life of Johnny Cash. The museum is in Nashville, Tennessee and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 2014. The Soul legend became an honorary doctor of arts at the Harvard ceremony, which came a year after she was forced to cancel a string of concerts due to ill health.
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 30th are:
1909 – Benny Goodman – American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader.
1944 – Lenny Davidson – member of the Dave Clark Five who had the 1964 music single ‘Glad All Over’ and the 1965 US No.1 music single ‘Over And Over’ plus 15 other top music singles.
1955 – Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon – drummer for The Clash who had the music single hit ‘London Calling’ in 1979 and the 1982 US No.8 music single ‘Rock The Casbah’.
1960 – Stephen Duffy – singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of Duran Duran.
1964 – Tom Morello – guitarist for Rage Against The Machine.
1964 – Wynonna Judd – born to Naomi the same day Naomi graduates high school.
1967 – Sven Pipien – bass for The Black Crowes.
1968 – Tim Burgess – vocals with The Charlatans.
1971 – Patrick Dalheimer – bassist for Live.
1974 – Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway) – singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer.