Today In Oldies Music History: May 6--
Births1928: Davey Johnstone (The Elton John Band)
1939: Herbie Cox (The Cleftones)
1942: Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry)
1945: Bob Seger
1948: Mary McGregor
Deaths1983: Kai Winding
2002: Otis Blackwell
Events1965: While preparing to go to sleep in his hotel room while on tour in Clearwater, FL, the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards fools around with his new Gibson "fuzz box" amp and discovers a new guitar riff, one he likes so much he starts his tape recorder and plays it over and over until he falls asleep. When he awakens the next day, he finds a tape full of one guitar riff and about twenty minutes of snoring; bringing the riff to Mick Jagger at the hotel pool, the two begin composing their breakthrough hit, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
1965: Marianne Faithfull marries her second husband, artist John Dunbar, at the registry office in Cambridge, England. Within six months she will be living with Mick Jagger, who had written her hit song "As Tears Go By."
1973: Paul Simon begins his first tour as a solo artist, performing at Music Hall in Boston at a show that would be recorded for his upcoming album Live Rhymin'.
1978: At the United Nations, the Bee Gees announce an upcoming series of concerts to benefit the UNICEF organization.
1982: Tom Paton, manager of the Bay City Rollers, is convicted of the counts of "conducting (himself) in a shamelessly indecent manner" with teen boys. He is sentenced to three years in prison.
1984: Tina Turner releases the soon-to-be-smash single "What's Love Got To Do With It?" marking the beginning of one of the greatest comebacks in music history.
1993: The IRS raids Jerry Lee Lewis' ranch home in Nesbit, MS, and hauls away his belongings in an attempt to make up for what it says are $1.6 million in back taxes.
1997: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its twelfth annual induction ceremonies, for the first time in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Hall itself. The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, and Parliament-Funkadelic are all inducted. Mitchell decides not to accept her award in person after having just publicly reconciled with the daughter she gave up for adoption three decades earlier.
2002: Albany State University in Georgia awards hometown boy Ray Charles an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.
2008: Cher returns to the stage with the first of 200 planned shows at the Las Vegas Coliseum, marking her final three-year retirement tour. (Only 78 shows would be performed.)
Releases1972: Elton John, "Rocket Man"
Recording1957: Chuck Berry, "Rock And Roll Music"
1960: Elvis Presley, "Tonight's All Right For Love"
1964: The Beach Boys, "All Summer Long"
1965: James Brown, "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
1966: The Beatles, "I'm Only Sleeping"
1969: The Beatles, "You Never Give Me Your Money"
1979: Bob Dylan: "Trouble In Mind," "When You Gonna Wake Up," "Slow Train"