29 May

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29 MAY

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1975 Melanie Brown is born in Leeds, England. With Spice Girls, she is known as Mel B or "Scary Spice."

1973 The Byrds break up when founding member Roger McGuinn performs his first solo concert at New York's Academy of Music. Use of "The Byrds" name gets sticky in ensuing years, and in 1989 McGuinn plays some shows with original members Chris Hillman and David Crosby to stake their legal claim to the name.

1972 Paul McCartney releases "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

1971 Thirty-six fans are treated after drinking cider spiked with LSD at a Grateful Dead show at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.

1969 Chan Kinchla (guitarist for Blues Traveler) is born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1968 Al Stewart appears on John Peel's Nightride programme where he meets Pete Morgan, whose poem "My Enemies Have Sweet Voices" he sets to music.

1967 Noel Gallagher is born in Burnage, Manchester, England. He and his younger brother Liam form Oasis.

1965 The Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda," with Al Jardine on lead vocals, goes to #1 in America.

1962 Henry Mancini's "Moon River" wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, and Judy Garland's Judy at Carnegie Hall wins a Grammy for Album of the Year.

1961 Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man" hits #1 in the US, his second and last chart-topper ("Poor Little Fool" hit #1 in 1958).

1960 Mel Gaynor (drummer for Simple Minds) is born in Balham, London, England.

1959 Herndon Stadium in Atlanta holds one of the first outdoor rock concerts, featuring Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and B.B. King. Nine thousand people attend.

1958 Little Anthony & the Imperials record "Tears On My Pillow."

1955 Mike Porcaro, who will replace David Hungate as bassist for Toto, is born in Windsor, Connecticut.

1953 Danny Elfman (lead singer-songwriter for Oingo Boingo) is born in Los Angeles, California. Also an award-winning film composer, he is known for his work on Batman (1989) and the TV series Desperate Housewives.

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Student Protest Gets Queen Song Re-released


Concerned that students are identifying with Freddie Mercury, who has recently died of AIDS, the principal at Sacred Heart School in Clifton, New Jersey, doesn't allow 8th graders to perform the Queen song "We Are The Champions" at their graduation ceremony. When students flood the radio station Z100 with requests for the song, it is re-released as a single.

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