MAY 12 BIRTHDAYS
1928 – Burt Bacharach (songwriter)
1940 – Norman Whitfield (Motown producer – died 2008)
1944 – Billy Swan (“I Can Help”)
1948 – Steve Winwood
1950 – Billy Squire
1958 – Eric Singer (Kiss/drums)
ON THIS DAY
1963 – Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show after being told he couldn’t perform his song “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” due to it mocking the U.S. military and segregation. producers offered him the opportunity to substitute it for another song, to which Dylan replied”No, this is what I want to do. If I can’t play my song, I’d rather not appear on the show”. And he never did.
1964 – The Beach Boys got their first #1 when their album “Beach Boys Concert” topped the Billboard album chart.
1965 – The Rolling Stones recorded “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at RCA’s Hollywood studios. It became the first of eight chart toppers for the group.
1967 – Jimi Hendrix debut album ‘Are You Experienced” was released.
1975 – Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York City’s Central Park in front of over 60,000 fans. The band and radio station sponser were later forceed to pay $14,000 for cleanup and damage done to the park.
1981 – Meatloaf filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million.
2000 – Thieves stole the gates to Strawberry Fields, the iconic Merseyside landmark, immortalized by The Beatles 1967 song. The 10 foot high gates were later found scattered among scrap metal dealers in Liverpool.
2004 – Barry and Robin Gibb were both presented with honorary degrees from manchester University. They also picked up a posthumous award for their brother Maurice. All three has once lived in Manchester.
2008 – Singer-songwriter Neil Young had a spider named after him after biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider. Neil was Jason’s favorite singer, so he named the spider found in Jefferson county Alabama Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi.