May 5 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Bill!

Bill Ward Drummer, Bill Ward Black Sabbath, Bill Ward Birthday May 5

Musician’s Born On May 5

1938 Johnny Taylor (Who’s Making Love)
1948 Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
1959 Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen)
1964 Lorraine McIntosh (Deacon Blue)

Bill Ward Drummer, Bill Ward Black Sabbath, Bill Ward Birthday May 5

Deaths On May 5

1972 Rev Gary Davies (US blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 5

1960 Everly Brothers: Cathy’s Clown UK 45
1962 Shirelles: Soldier Boy US 45
1962 West Side Story soundtrack US LP
1966 Manfred Mann Pretty Flamingo UK 45
1973 David Bowie: Aladdin Sane UK LP
1973 Elvis Presley: Aloha from Hawaii US LP
1979 Peaches and Herb: Reunited US 45
1984 Duran Duran: The Reflex UK 45
1997 Gary Barlow : Love Won’t Wait : UK single

Bill Ward Drummer, Bill Ward Black Sabbath, Bill Ward Birthday May 5

Various Music Events On May 5

1937 Sonny Boy Williamson records first session, including Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, at the Aurora Studios, Illinois

1956 Elvis Presley LP (Sun) hits top of US chart

1962 West Side Story LP begins a 54-week run at top of US chart

1968 Buffalo Springfield disband after final gig at Long Beach, California

1972 Actor Warren Beatty gathers 30 top rock stars together for a concert to support presidential hopeful George McGovern. Performers include Judy Collins, Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor and Chicago

1983 One thousandth edition of Top of the Pops broadcast on BBC TV

1990 Lennon tribute concert takes place at Pier Head, Liverpool, with Dave Edmunds, Hall and Oates, Natalie Cole, Terence Trent d’Arby and Kylie Minogue

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