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May 2011


Articles From Neil Cossar in May
Tuesday May 31, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Ladies and gentleman, I give you John Henry Bonham, born in Redditch, Worcestershire on this day in 1948. Best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin, Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove (he was in fact a soul drummer). The swing and swagger were his alone.
Monday May 30, 2011 00:00 AM ET
On this day on 2007, Britney Spears said she "truly hit rock bottom". In a message on her website, the entertainer wrote that she "genuinely did not know what to do with myself" following her split from husband Kevin Federline.
Saturday May 28, 2011 20:00 AM ET
Happy birthday today to John Fogerty, born on this day in 1945, guitarist, singer, songwriter with one of America's finest ever bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Friday May 27, 2011 15:08 AM ET
Today in 1977, the Sex Pistols single "God Save The Queen" was released in the UK, and almost instantly banned. It was the year of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and in the conservative conventional UK, the single caused widespread offence, with lyrics including the phrase 'God Save The Queen, She ain't no human being..
Thursday May 26, 2011 24:37 AM ET
Born on this day in 1946, Mick Ronson, guitarist,producer, singer, songwriter, who is best known for his work with David Bowie, as one of The Spiders from Mars.
Wednesday May 25, 2011 20:00 AM ET
On this day in 1965 legendary bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson died, and in 1997 Elvis Presley topped the bestselling entertainer's list.
Tuesday May 24, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Happy 70th birthday, Bob; is it still rolling? The celebrations have already started to mark this major landmark for his Bobness: megastars are making lists (some of them twice), and some can't decide whether they prefer Bob naughty or nice....
Monday May 23, 2011 20:00 AM ET
On this day in 1991, photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for the relatively unknown grunge group Nirvana's Nevermind album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles.
Saturday May 21, 2011 20:00 PM ET
May 21 1966 On this day in 1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) appeared at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey. They were performing at their own high school for the very first time. All five...
Friday May 20, 2011 55:00 PM ET
May 20 Born on this day in 1946 in El Centro, California, singer, television personality, actress, director and gay icon, Cherilyn Sarkasian, better known as Cher, (and sometimes referred to as the Goddess of Pop).  Cher began her career...
Thursday May 19, 2011 35:00 PM ET
May 19 Happy birthday to guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with The Who, Pete Townshend, born today in 1945 in Chiswick, London.  After repeatedly watching the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock, 12 year-old Townshend was given his first guitar...
Wednesday May 18, 2011 15:00 PM ET
1967 The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global satellite broadcast, Our World. The event, which would cover five continents, asked The Beatles to come up with a song containing a "simple message" to be...
Monday May 16, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Today we see not one but two of the most successful female Irish singers sharing their birthday.
Monday May 16, 2011 10:19 AM ET
All four members of The Beatles stated that The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album had a major influence on them and the making of their 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But the two groups were playing a public game of cat and mouse.
Sunday May 15, 2011 55:00 PM ET
1967 Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.   Linda, who went on to be a animal...
Saturday May 14, 2011 24:57 AM ET
May 14: Yardbird's lead singer Keith Relf accidentally electrocuted himself while tuning an ungrounded guitar, Elvis' guitar was auctioned, and Britney Spears and Skechers footwear company take turns suing each other.
Friday May 13, 2011 16:12 AM ET
It's Friday the 13th - are you feeling superstitious? Happy birthday to music legend Stevie Wonder who turns 61 today, and Queen's Brian May was being stalked by a deranged madman on this day in 2007. How appropriate!
Wednesday May 11, 2011 36:05 PM ET
Burt Bacharach was born on this day in 1928 and has been gracing the world with amazing songs since. Canadian rocker Neil Young had a spider named after him on this day. Fame has its privilege.
Tuesday May 10, 2011 41:12 PM ET
May 11: Rolling Stones can't get served, Bob Marley, Jamaica's favorite son passes away and Simon Fuller gets a number 1 hit funding his future American Idol endeavors.
Monday May 9, 2011 51:12 PM ET
Two crooners make their mark on this day in music history: U2's Bono is born and Old Blue Eyes' classic hit "My Way" breaks into the British Top Ten.
Monday May 9, 2011 13:15 AM ET
On May 9, 1949 the "Piano Man" Billy Joel was born, ushering in 33 Top 40 hits, while Live Aid creator and Boomtown Rats frontman, Sir Bob Geldof, gives meaning to hating Mondays and 'shooting the whole day down.'
Sunday May 8, 2011 03:25 PM ET
May 8 1965Shooting of the promotional film for Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The cards that Dylan held up...
Saturday May 7, 2011 19:06 PM ET
May 7 1966The Mamas and the Papas started a three-week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with "Monday Monday." It made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported as saying they all hated the song except...
Thursday May 5, 2011 51:38 PM ET
May 61965 - Rolling Stone In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of "Satisfaction," following Richards' purchase of a Gibson Maestro fuzzbox earlier that day. (The song's success boosted sales...
Wednesday May 4, 2011 00:30 PM ET
Happy birthday to Tammy Wynette, born Virginia Wynette Pugh, on this day in 1942 in Tremont, Mississippi. Elvis Presley scored his first number one hit on this day with "Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956.
Tuesday May 3, 2011 47:47 PM ET
1956 Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded "Be Bop A Lula", which had been written three days before the session. The song became a 1956 US No.7 hit single, spending 20 weeks on the US chart. In April...
Tuesday May 3, 2011 37:10 AM ET
The Godfather of Soul is BornHappy Birthday to James Brown who was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on this day in 1933. Renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing, Brown was a pivotal force in soul music Brown. Known as...
Monday May 2, 2011 27:01 AM ET
The Beatles - 1963 The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "From Me To You," the group's first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1's for the Liverpool group. Lennon and McCartney began writing the...

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