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May 04 : This Day in Music History
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Deaths

1970 : Later memorialized in the Neil Young song Ohio, the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of which weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history led to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were both on campus and horrified by the events.
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Awards and Honors (2)

1959 : The very first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with Record of the Year going to Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" and Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' "Tequila," for some reason, takes home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance.
1991 : Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."

Band Dynamics (3)

1956 : Lonnie Donegan quits the popular Chris Barber Jazz Band to form a skiffle group.
1964 : Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. They would later change the name to The Moody Blues.
2000 : Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.

Births (26)

1923 : Ed Cassidy (Spirit)
1928 : Maynard Ferguson
1934 : Ace Cannon
1937 : Dick Dale
1938 : Tyrone Davis is born Tyrone Fettson in Greenville, Mississippi, but is raised by his father in Saginaw, Michigan. Known for his #1 R&B hits, "Can I Change My Mind" (1968), "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (1970), and "Turning Point" (1975).
1941 : Richard Burns (The Hondells)
1941 : David LaFlamme (It's A Beautiful Day)
1942 : Nick Ashford (Ashford & Simpson)
1943 : Ronnie Bond (The Troggs)
1943 : Ricky West (The Tremoloes)
1944 : Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
1944 : Peggy Santiglia (The Angels, Dusk)
1945 : George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1946 : Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams)
1949 : Zal Cleminson (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
1949 : Stella Parton
1951 : Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
1951 : Bruce Day (Santana, Pablo Cruise)
1951 : Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons)
1951 : Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
1959 : Randy Travis
1964 : Gary Holt (Exodus)
1970 : Gregg Alexander (The New Radicals)
1972 : Mike Dirnt (bass player Green Day) is born in Berkeley, California, where he would be adopted by a couple from nearby El Sobrante.
1972 : Chris Tomlin
1979 : Lance Bass ('N Sync)

Certifications and Milestones (2)

1967 : The Turtles' Happy Together is certified gold.
1978 : Jefferson Starship's LP Earth is certified platinum.

Charts (4)

1963 : The Beach Boys' LP Surfin' USA enters the charts.
1974 : Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack LP The Sting hits #1.
1974 : Grand Funk's The Loco-Motion hits #1.
1986 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls

Deaths (6)

1970 : Later memorialized in the Neil Young song Ohio, the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of which weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history led to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were both on campus and horrified by the events.
1987 : Paul Butterfield (The Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
1991 : Simon Wilde (DOA)
1992 : Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (Johnny Clegg & Savuka)
2004 : Clement “Coxsone” Dodd
2012 : Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) dies of cancer at age 47 in New York City.

Debuts (1)

1999 : "If You Had My Love," the debut single of Jennifer Lopez, is released. It becomes a worldwide #1 charting hit and is certified for 2 platinums and 4 golds. Lopez's career is to span many more Top-10 hit singles in the coming decade.

Incidents (1)

2008 : Martha Reeves' home in Detroit is burglarized and one million dollars' worth of recording equipment stolen. In just a few hours, the perpetrator is caught while attempting to hock the merchandise for $400.

Innovations (1)

1886 : The graphophone, a link between the earlier gramophone and the modern phonograph, is patented, featuring wax cylinders which conducted music better than Thomas Edison's original tinfoil ones.

Miscellaneous (3)

1968 : Twiggy, one of the first English "supermodels," catches an 18-year-old singer named Mary Hopkin on the BBC-TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She calls friend Paul McCartney, who eventually signs Hopkin to Apple and gives her his song "Those Were The Days" to record.
1969 : Al Stewart and his girlfriend Mandi attend a party at the Putney home of John Martyn which inspires the song "Night Of The 4th Of May."
1990 : David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.

Recordings (4)

1945 : Stan Kenton, "Tampico"
1956 : Gene Vincent, Be Bop-A-Lula
1961 : The Jarmels, A Little Bit Of Soap
1979 : Bob Dylan: Gotta Serve Somebody, "Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)," "When He Returns," "Man Gave Names To All The Animals"

Releases (1)

1977 : The Beatles, The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl

TV, Radio, Press (4)

1956 : England's New Musical Express erroneously reports that "Elvin" Presley will be performing an upcoming gig at the Palladium in London. Elvis never plays Europe.
1957 : ABC-TV premieres Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Revue show, an attempt to replicate the success of their own American Bandstand. The first show features performances from The Clovers, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Sal Mineo, and Guy Mitchell.
1960 : Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.
1968 : Steppenwolf makes its US television debut, performing Born to Be Wild on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
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