6 May

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1969 Jamaican ska trombonist Don Drummond (The Skatalites) dies at age 37 at Bellevue Asylum in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was institutionalized after murdering his girlfriend in 1965. The official cause of death is "natural causes," but plenty of theories arise suggesting he was murdered either by gangsters or a music-hating government.

1967 Mark Bryan (lead guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish) is born in Silver Spring, Maryland.

1965 James Brown records "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

1964 Tony Scalzo (frontman for Fastball) is born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1963 The Ronettes sign a five-year "personal services" contract with Phil Spector, giving him complete control of their recordings in exchange for a cash advance of $15,000 and royalties of about 3% of record sales. This works out very well for Spector, who reaps huge profits on the songs. The group claims they are never paid the royalties, and spend decades in legal action trying to recover them.

1960 Elvis Presley records "Tonight's All Right For Love."

1960 Alt rocker John Flansburgh (of They Might Be Giants) is born in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

1957 Chuck Berry records "Rock And Roll Music."

1951 Guitarist Davey Johnstone, a longtime member of Elton John's band, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1950 Guy Lombardo's "The Third Man Theme" hits #1.

1950 Robbie McIntosh (drummer for The Average White Band) is born in Dundee, Scotland.

1948 Folk singer Mary MacGregor, known for the 1976 hit "Torn Between Two Lovers," is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1942 Colin Earl (pianist for Foghat, Mungo Jerry) is born Hampton Court, London, England.

1939 Herbie Cox (lead singer of The Cleftones) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Keith Richards Dreams Up "Satisfaction"


At a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can't sleep because there's a guitar riff running through his head. He rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he's recorded the riff to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

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