May 23 – Today In Rock Music History

We Miss You Robert!

Musician’s Born On May 23

1918 Bumps Blackwell (Founder of Specialty Label)
1921 Humphrey Lyttleton (UK jazz trumpeter/broadcaster)
1934 Robert Moog (synthesizer)
1957 Terese Bazaar (Dollar)
1967 Junior Waite (Musical Youth)
1967 Phil Selway (Radiohead)
1974 Jewel

Deaths On May 23

1963 Elmore James (blues performer)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 23

1960 Everly Brothers: Cathy’s Clown US 45
1970 Paul McCartney: McCartney US LP
1981 Starsound: Stars On 45 UK 45
1987 Swing Out Sister: It’s Better to Travel UK 45
1992 Iron Maiden : Fear of the Dark : UK LP
1998 Mariah Carey : My All : US single
1998 Garbage : Version 2.0 : UK LP

Various Music Events On May 23

1964 Beach Boys release I Get Around in the US

1969 The Who’s rock-opera album Tommy is released

1970 Elton John album takes him into UK LP chart for the first time

1970 Beatles’ Let it Be LP sets a new record for initial US sales, getting 3.7 million advance orders ($26 million retail)

1970 Grateful Dead play their first UK date at the Hollywood Music Festival in Newcastle

1977 Jefferson Airplane are barred from giving a free concert at Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities pass a resolution banning electronic instruments. Group later write We Built this City about the ban.

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