May 2 – Today In Rock Music History

Musician’s Born On May 2

1904 Bing Crosby (White Christmas)
1933 John ‘ Bunk’ Gardner (Mothers)
1935 Link Wray (Rumble)
1936 Engelbert Humperdinck (Release Me)
1943 Hilton Valentine (Animals)
1945 Rudy Cain (Delfonics)
1945 Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf)
1946 Leslie Gore (It’s My Party)
1950 Lou Gramm(Foreigner)
1954 Prescott Niles (The Knack)
1955 Jo Callis (Human League)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 2

1963 Beatles: From Me to You UK 45
1964 Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones UK LP
1970 Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky UK 45
1981 Sheena Easton: Morning Train/9 to 5 US 45
1987 Cutting Crew: (I Just) Died in Your Arms US 45
1992 Cure : Wish : UK LP
1998 Massive Attack : Mezzanine : UK LP

Various Music Events On May 2

1957 Elvis Presley records Jailhouse Rock at MGM, Culver City, California

1958 ITV broadcasts 100th edition of Cool for Cats

1959 The Buddy Holly Story hits UK LP chart

1960 Ben E. King signs solo contract with Atlantic/Atco

1964 The Beatles Second Album reaches No. 1 in the US after only two weeks – the fastest climb to date.

1967 Beach Boys announce the abandonment of their Smile album project

1979 The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums

1979 Film Quadrophenia opens in London

1980 Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall banned in South Africa when black schoolchildren adopt it as a protest against their second-rate education system.

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