Category Archives: MAY

31st MAY

1957: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Love Letters in the Sand,” Pat Boone.

1961: Chuck Berry opened ‘Berry Park’, an amusement complex near St Louis.

1962: The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1966: Filming began on The Monkees first TV series. The Monkees’ first single, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut.

1968: Working on what will become The White album, The Beatles added overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’.

1969: Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).

1972: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I’ll Take You There,” The Staple Singers.

1975: During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flat-bed truck.

1976: The Who gave themselves a place in the Guinness book of Records as the loudest performance of a rock band at 120 decibels.

1977: The BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ saying it’s, “in gross bad taste”.

1980: Lipps Inc went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Funkytown’. The disco hit was also a No.1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Australia and The Netherlands. It reached No. 2 in the UK.

1980: The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds.

1982: The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people.

1982: R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.

1986: Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with ‘So’ featuring the singles ‘Sledgehammer’ and a duet with Kate Bush ‘Don’t Give Up’.

1986: The Notting Hillbillies made their live debut when they appeared at The Grove in Leeds.

1987: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Kim Wilde.

1989: David Bowie’s Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York.

1997: Eternal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Wanna Be The Only One’ the girl soul trio’s first.

1998: Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from the Virgin Girl Power group The Spice Girls.

1998: Simply Red went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Blue’, their fifth consecutive No.1 album.

1998: The Tamperen went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Feel It’. The track featured US vocalist Maya and was based on the Jacksons 1981 hit ‘Can You Feel It’.

1999: “Behind the Music,” VH1′s highest-rated original series, begins airing at 9 p.m. nightly.

2001: The first live performance in three years by hip-hop Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is Webcast live by AOL.

2001: Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and tenor Russell Watson take top honors at the Classical Brit Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

2003: Eminem wins Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Male at the MTV Movie Awards.

2005: The Salvation Army close Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

2006: A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York’s Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series “Storytellers”.

2008: Death Cab For Cutie were at No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth release ‘Narrow Stairs’.