May 31 – Today In Rock Music History

We Miss You John!

Musician’s Born On May 31

1938 Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary)
1939 Charles Miller (War)
1941 Johnny Paycheck
1944 Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople)
1947 Junior Campbell (Marmalade)
1948 John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
1962 Corey Hart
1963 Wendy Smith (Prefab Sprout)
1964 Darryl McDaniel (Run-D.M.C.)

Number 1 In The Charts On May 31

1975 Freddie Fender: Before the Next Teardrop Falls US 45
1980 Mash: Theme from Mash UK 45
1980 Paul McCartney: McCartney II UK LP
1980 Lips Incorporated: Funky Town US 45
1986 Peter Gabriel: So UK LP

Various Music Events On May 31

1961 Chuck Berry opens Berry Park, an outdoor amusement park in Wentzville (near St. Louis)

1969 John and Yoko record Give Peace a Chance at Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal

1976 The Who perform loudest concert ever at Charlton Athletic football ground, using 76,000-watt PA system

1977 The biggest and most expensive rock tour in history begins as Emerson, Lake and Palmer embark on a worldwide tour, following the release of Works Vol. 1. 125 people begin the tour, including a 70-piece orchestra.

1980 Alabama top US country chart with Tennessee River, beginning a run of 21 consecutive chart toppers.

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