On this day, May 29 In Music History

On this day, May 29 In Music History


1942 – Bing Crosby recorded Irving Berlin‘s song ‘White Christmas’ on this day, May 29 in music history. A song that became the world’s best-selling single of all time with estimated sales of over 50 million copies worldwide. For instance, the second best-selling single is Elton John‘s ‘Candle in the Wind’ with “only” 33 million sales worldwide. Truly a remarkable achievement.

1961 – With ‘Travelin’ Man’Ricky Nelson scored his second and last number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Also a chart topping hit on the US Cashbox singles chart.

1962 – At the 5th annual Grammy Awards, Ray Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit the Road Jack’ while Chubby Checker won Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let’s Twist Again’. Other winners that night: Judy Garland won Album of the Year with ‘Judy at Carnegie Hall’ and Henry Mancini won Record of the Year for ‘Moon Year’.

1965 – With his fifth studio album Bringing It All Back HomeBob Dylan went to number one on the UK album chart. Also a Top 10 in the US where it peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart.

1965 – With ‘Help Me, Rhonda’The Beach Boys scored their first number one hit in the US since ‘I Get Around’ in 1964.

1969 – The vocal folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash released their eponymous debut studio album on this day, May 29 in music history. The album peaked at #6 in the US and the band also won a Grammy Award with it in 1970 for Best New Artist.

1971 – With ‘Brown Sugar’The Rolling Stones went to number one on the US singles chart for the sixth time. The song also topped the charts in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Canada. While in the UK it peaked at #2.

The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar (Live)

1971 – More than thirty people unwillingly drank LSD spiked juice at a Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco. The culprit however, was never found.

1973 – After nearly a decade of recording and touring The Byrds split up. The reason? Because frontman Roger McGuinn did a solo concert at the Academy of Music in New York. This caused inner conflicts which led to the inevitable break up.

1976 – Diana Ross scored her fourth number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Love Hangover’. Also a chart topper on the US Cashbox and US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart at the same time.

1977 – As the opening act for The Buzzcocks at a show in Manchester, England, Joy Division made their debut live performance. However, they appeared under the name Warsaw which they came up with shortly before the gig. Which also was a reference to David Bowie‘s song ‘Warszawa’.

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1982 – With his third solo studio album Tug of WarPaul McCartney went to number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Also a chart topper in West Germany, Japan, the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy and Canada.

1984 – After five years long hiatus, Tina Turner finally released a new album on this day, May 29 in music history. The record in question – ‘Private Dancer’.

1989 – Founding member and lead guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger ServiceJohn Cipollina died at the age of 45.

1996 – American jazz musician James Hunter also known professionally as Jimmy Rowles died on this day in music history, aged 77.

1997 – Jeff Buckley drowned while swimming in the Wolf River in Tennessee. His body however, was found a week later on the 4th of June.

2005 – American singer-songwriter, poet and actor Oscar Brown Jr died on this day, May 29 in music history, aged 78.

2013 – Founding member and lead vocalist of R&B group The DellsMarvin Junior died at the age of 77 due to complications from kidney failure.


1941 – Founding member and guitarist for Freddie & the DreamersRoy Crewdson was born on this day, May 29 in music history.

1942 – American musician Joseph Montanez also known as Monti Rock III was born in the Bronx, New York City. Best known as the frotnman of Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes.

1945 – English singer-songwriter and pianist Gary Brooker was born on this day, May 29 in music history. Best known as the founder and lead guitarist for rock band Procol Harum.

1947 – American singer-songwriter and record producer of popular music Joey Levine was born in New York City.

1949 – Co-founder, lead singer and guitarist for Status QuoFranis Rossi was born on this day in Forest Hill, London.

1950 – American singer and the eldest child of The JacksonsRebbie Jackson was born on this day in Gary, Indiana.

1953 – American singer-songwriter and record producer Danny Elfman was born on this day, May 29 in music history. Best known for his work with Oingo Boingo from 1974 until 1995.

1955 – American musician Michael ‘Mike’ Porcaro was born in Windsor, Connecticut. Best remembered as the bassist for rock band Toto.

1956 La Toya Jackson – another member of the Jackson Family was born on this day, May 29 in music history.

1960 – Longtime drummer for Simple MindsMel Gaynor was born on this day, May 29 in Balham, London, England.

1963 – Heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley was born in Birmingham, England. Best known as the lead singer for Wolfsbane and Iron Maiden during the 1980s and 1990s.

1967 – English singer-songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher was born on this day, May 29 in music history. Best known for his work with rock band Oasis.

1975 – English musician, producer and actress Melanie Brown also known as Mel B was born in Leeds, England. Most famous for her work with the Spice Girls.

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