This Month in Music History- May

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May 1

• 1967: Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu

• 1979: Elton John becomes the first pop music star

to perform in Israel

May 2

• 1980: Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” is

banned by the South African government

May 3

• 1928: James Brown is born

May 4

• 1959: The winners of the first annual Grammy

Awards were announced

May 5

• 1891: The first performance at The Music Hall

(later Carnegie Hall) is held

May 6

• 1977: Led Zeppelin sets an audience attendance

record at a single-act concert when they perform

for 76,229 people in Pontiac, Mich.

May 7

• 1824: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was performed

for the first time.

May 8

• 1970: The Beatles release Let It Be — the group’s

final album

May 10

• 1957: Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols is born John

Simon Beverly

May 13

• 1950: Stevie Wonder is born

May 14

• 1998: Frank Sinatra dies in Los Angeles

May 15

• 1945: The first U.S. album chart is introduced

May 16

• 1966: The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds

May 19

• 1945: Pete Townshend of The Who is born

May 20

• 1967: Jimi Hendrix signs his first American record

contract with Reprise Records

May 21

• 1975: Elton John becomes the first Western pop

star to play in the U.S.S.R.

May 23

• 1970: The Grateful Dead play their first British

concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival — the

band’s first show outside of the U.S.

May 24

• 1969: Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes is born

• 1941: Bob Dylan is born Robert Zimmerman

May 25

• 1978: Keith Moon performs with The Who for the

last time

• 1994: Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson

marry

• 1926: Miles Davis is born

May 31

• 1948: John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is born

 

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