On this day, May 30 In Music History

On this day, May 30 In Music History


1963 – American singer Lesley Gore made her debut appearance on national television on this day, May 30 in music history. She performed her recent number one hit ‘Its My Party’ on ABC’s show American Bandstand. She topped the charts in the US, Australia and New Zealand with the song. While in the UK it also made the Top 10, but ‘only’ on #9.

1964 – With ‘Love Me Do’The Beatles went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the US Cashbox Top 100 chart. It also topped the charts in Australia and New Zealand previously. In the UK however, they only managed to reach #17. Interestingly, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song while they were teenagers. Years before officially forming “The Beatles”, when they were still known as the Quarrymen.

1968 – The Beatles started recording their eponymous ninth studio album also known as the White Album among fans. The recording sessions lasted until 14 October the same year. While the record saw its release date on 22 November, 1968 and it dominated every chart it entered. Also the band’s first album released on their own label Apple Records.

1970 – Country and pop musician Ray Stevens went to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’. Also a chart topper in Australia and Canada while in the UK it peaked at #6.

1972 – Bass singer for doo-wop vocal group The MonotonesJohn Ryanes passed away on this day, May 30 in music history, aged 32.

1980 – American bass player Carl Dean Radle died at the age of 37 due to a kidney infection and failure caused by drug and alcohol abuse. Best known for his collaboration with artists such as JJ Cale, Joe Cocker, Derek & the Dominoes and so on. He also worked with George Harrison and even appeared in ‘The Concert for Bangladesh’.

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1987 – David Bowie kicked off his worldwide concert tour called The Glass Spider Tour which lasted until the 28th of November. He launched the tour in support of his 17th studio album ‘Never Let Me Down’. He played a total of 87 dates with the first one at the Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

1987 – While David Bowie started his tour, Deep Purple had to cancel their upcoming House of Blue Light tour because Ritchie Blackmore broke his finger at a show in Phoenix, Arizona.

1992 Paul Simon got married for the third time, but this time to a fellow musician by the name of Edie Brickell. Since their marriage the pair had three children.

1993 – American jazz composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Sun Ra died from pneumonia at the age of 79. Best remembered for his avant-garde music and as one of the pioneers of experimental jazz. He also wrote poetry.

1996 – American electric and acoustic bassist John Kahn died on this day, May 30 in music history, aged 48. Best known for his collaboration wtih Jerry Garcia’s band from 1970 until 1995.

2000 – American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Tex Beneke died at the age of 86 due to a respiratory failure.

2002 – Former singer of The SupremesDiana Ross willingly checked herself in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

2003 – English record producer Mickie Most died on this day, may 30 in music history, aged 64. In his career he produced some of the biggest hits for The Animals, Nashville Teens, Hot Chocolate, the Jeff Beck Group and many others.

2010 – Lead singer of R&B vocal group The EssexAnita Humes passed away at the age of 69.

2017 – 23 years after its release in 1994, Bob Seger‘s Greatest Hits album went Diamond after selling over 10 million copies worldwide.


1909 – American jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benjamin “Benny” Goodman was born on this day, May 30 in music history. He started playing professionally at the age of 12 and was also known as the ‘King of Swing’.

1924 – Latin jazz percussionist Armando Peraza was born on this day in Havana, Cuba. Best known for his work with the rock band Santana.

1944 – English musician Leonard ‘Lenny’ Davidson was born on this day, May 30 in music history. Best remembered for his work as guitarist with the Dave Clark Five.

1945 – American R&B and pop singer Gladys Horton was born in Gainesville, Florida. Best known as the lead singer and founder of all-girl vocal group The Marvelettes.

1949 – Punk rock bassist and backing vocalist Geoffrey Lyall also known professionally as Klaus Flouride was born on this day, May 30 in music history.

1955 – English musician Nicholas ‘Topper’ Headon was born on this day in Bromley, Kent. Best known as the drummer for punk rock band The Clash.

1958 – One half of the Swedish pop rock duo RoxetteMarie Fredriksson was born on this day in Össjö, Sweden.

1960 – English musician Stephen Duffy was born in Alum Rock, Birmingham. Also known as the founding member, singer and multi-instrumentalist for Duran Duran.

1964 – American country music singer Wynonna Judd was born on this day, May 30 in Ashland, Kentucky. She rose to fame in 1980s as member of the mother and daughter music duo The Judds.

1964 – Founding member and guitarist for Rage Against The MachineTom Morello was born in Harlem, New York. He also played with the rock supergroup Audioslave.

1968 – Lead singer of the alternative rock band The CharlatansTim Burgess was born on this day, May 30 in music history.

1971 – Bassist for Live and The Gracious FewPatrick Dalheimer was born on this day, May 30 in York, Pennsylvania.

Featured image by: Marnie Joyce

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