Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rock History for Today, 1956 to 2005...

Elvis Presley releases his album Heartbreak Hotel and single "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" on the same day.

Lesley Gore performs "It's My Party" on American Bandstand.

Song parodist Spike Jones dies in Bel Air, Calif. His biggest hit was "All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)," and a member of his City Slickers band used to play the toilet seat. 

The Beatles play their last show for a paying audience in Britain at the NME Poll Winners' Party.

Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

Neil Young releases Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash videotape a special to appear on ABC. They play Dylan's "I Threw It All Away," "Living the Blues," and "Girl From the North Country."

In New York, Bob Dylan records with George Harrison. The two mess around on the Beatles' "Yesterday," Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," and "Da Doo Ron Ron."

Paul Simon releases his self-titled solo debut album, which contains the hit "Mother and Child Reunion." 

Washington, D.C., declares today Marvin Gaye Day.

Bachman-Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album.

Who says Richard Nixon isn't hip? On this day the Carpenters perform at the White House for the president and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.

In one of their best-ever publicity stunts, the Rolling Stones announce their Tour of the Americas by playing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flatbed truck driving down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

The Clash begin their first tour of England at London's Roxy.

The Rolling Stones shoot their "One Hit to the Body" video, in which Mick and Keith vent their frustrations by smacking each other during the guitar solo.

A U.S. federal court rules that a British retailer cannot sell unlicensed Elvis Presley merchandise.

Billy Joel is cleared of defamation charges after calling Jack Powers, a songwriter who sued Joel for plagiarism, a "creep" in a Playboy interview.

A man is arrested on charges of repeatedly attempting to trespass on Michael Jackson's Encino, Calif., estate.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell announces her engagement to U2 bassist Adam Clayton. The couple later break it off.

An exhibition of Paul McCartney's paintings, including a portrait of David Bowie, opens in Siegen, Germany.

Neil Young is sued for $1.8 million by Jimmy McDonough, a writer who claims the singer tried to block an authorized biography he had spent several years working on.

Bruce Springsteen's Devils & Dust tops the U.K. album chart in its first week of release. Crooner Tony Christie's version of Paul Anka's "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo" is the No. 1 single for a seventh week. 

Nine Inch Nails close the Coachella Festival in California. Other performers during the day included New Order, The Bravery and Mos Def.

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