This week in Music History: May 23-29

May 23
1910 - Artie Shaw, [Arthur Arshawsky], bandleader, born in NYC
1969 - The Who release rock opera "Tommy"
1970 - The Grateful Dead played its first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. It was also their first show outside of the U.S.
1974 - Jewel [Kilcher], folk/rock vocalist, born in Alaska
1979 - "The Kids Are Alright," Jeff Stein's documentary compilation of film clips detailing the history of the Who, debuted in New York.
1994 - Joe Pass, US jazz guitarist (The Trio), dies at 65

May 24
1944 - Patti LaBelle, [Holt], born in Philadelphia
1974 - Duke Ellington, blues singer, dies of cancer at 75
1986 - Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, and Peter Tork reunited as The Monkees.
1998 - Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaimed May 24th "Van Halen Day" in Philadelphia.
2000 - Chuck D testified to the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Napster and online music distribution.

May 25
1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera "HMS Pinafore," premieres in London
1934 - Gustav Theodore Holst, English composer, dies at 59
1969 - Led Zeppelin and The Who appeared together in concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.
1973 - Carole King performed in New York's Central Park to an audience of 100,000.
1996 - Bradley Nowell (Sublime) was found dead in his San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose at the age of 26.
1997 - Bob Dylan was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. As a result, his European tour was canceled.

May 26
1926 - Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, born in Alton, Illinois
1946 - Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), born in Phoenix AZ
1964 - Lenny Kravitz, singer/guitar born in New York City
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace" in Montreal.
1973 - Deep Purple's single "Smoke On The Water" was released.
1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.
1999 - It was announced that the Backstreet Boys album "Millennium" had sold 1.13 million units in its first week of release.

May 27
1840 – Niccolo Paganini, composer/violinist, dies at 57
1950 - Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review."
1962 - Bob Dylan released "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."
1987 - During a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake alarms in two neighborhoods.

May 28
1927 - Gyorgy Ligeti, composer born in Transylvania, Hungary
1938 – Hindemith’s opera "Mathis der Maler," premieres in Zurich
1944 - Gladys Knight (The Pips), born in Atlanta GA
1945 - John Fogerty, (Creedence Clearwater Revival) born in Berkeley CA 
1955 - "Billboard" reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the U.S.
1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. The NARAS is known for organizing the Grammy Awards.
1968 - Kylie Minogue born in Melbourne Australia
1983 - "Weird Al" Yankovic left his job as a mail clerk.

May 29
1913 - Igor Stravinsky's ballet "The Rite of Spring" premiered in Paris, inciting one of the most famous classical music riots in history.
1942 - Bing Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas."
1959 - Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed performed for about 9,000 people at Atlanta's Herndon Stadium. It was one of the first outdoor rock festivals.
1977 - In Baltimore, Elvis Presley left the stage in the middle of a concert and did not return. It was the first time he ended a show in this way.
1981 - Prince performed in Europe for the first time.
1997 - Jeff Buckley drowns at age 30

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