Today In Music History – May 1st


Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. May 1st in Music History looks like this.

1962, The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany. American musicians including Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Lee Lewis also all appeared here.

The British invasion of the States was in full tilt.. today in 1964, The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of chewing gum in the USA. Today’s money, over a Million Quid.

1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old.

1977, The ‘White Riot Tour’ kicked of at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam and The Buzzcocks, tickets were around 2£!

1979, Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel.

1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. It was reported that the drummer had spent thousands on cocaine a month buying several homes, including a $400,000 place in Hawaii and a farm outside Sydney, Australia.

1997, The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale.  The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.

2013, An AMERICAN man pretending to be a member of Pink Floyd at a US hospital where he racked up a $100,000 bill.  Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 53, claimed he was Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour and that he didn’t have health insurance. The man was treated and released but not before he signed an autograph for an employee’s son.

This is David.

2023, Gordon Lightfoot died. The Canadian singer and songwriter had some massive tunes in the 70’s

2024, ELO member Richard Tandy died at age 76.

Check out the weekly Podcast. Marty Miller’s This Week in Music History.