4 May

Pick a Day

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1979 Bob Dylan records "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)," "When He Returns," and "Man Gave Names To All The Animals."

1978 Jefferson Starship's album Earth is certified Platinum.

1972 Green Day bass player Mike Dirnt is born Michael Pritchard in Berkeley, California, where he is adopted by a couple from nearby El Sobrante.

1972 Christian singer Chris Tomlin is born in Grand Saline, Texas.

1970 Gregg Alexander of The New Radicals is born Gregory Aiuto in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

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."

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.

1968 Steppenwolf make their US television debut, performing "Born to Be Wild" on American Bandstand.

1967 The Turtles' "Happy Together" is certified Gold.

1964 Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. They later change the name to The Moody Blues.

1964 Gary Holt (guitarist for Exodus) is born in Richmond, California.

1961 The Jarmels record "A Little Bit Of Soap."

1960 Bobby Rydell takes American Bandstand viewers on a tour of his Philadelphia home.

1959 Country singer-songwriter Randy Travis is born Randy Bruce Traywick in Marshville, North Carolina.

1957 Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Revue debuts on ABC; the show is an attempt to replicate the success of their own hit American Bandstand. The first show features performances from The Clovers, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Sal Mineo, and Guy Mitchell.

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Four Dead In Ohio

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 whom weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history leads to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale are both on campus and horrified by the events.

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