Stech’s Week In Rock (May 1st – 5th)

May 1st

1976: Led Zeppelin went to number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fifth time with “Presence” which stayed on top of the chart for two weeks.

1975: The Rolling Stones announce their Tour of the Americas while playing Brown Sugar on the back of a flatbed truck driving down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

1975: Styx received their first Gold record as Styx II was certified Gold for selling 500,000 copies in the U.S.

1967: Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

 

May 2nd

2006: Keith Richards was released from a New Zealand hospital after suffering a “mild concussion” when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji.

1981: Eric Clapton peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “I Can’t Stand It” which was Clapton’s fourth top ten single in the U.S.

1980: Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” is banned in South Africa, where it is blamed for inciting riots.

1965: Despite swearing they would never appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan played host to the Rolling Stones for a second time.

 

May 3rd

1991: Texas Governor Ann Richards declares ZZ Top Day.

1986: The Rolling Stones peaked at number four on Billboard 200 Album Chart with Dirty Work which was recorded during a time period where relations between Mick Jagger & Keith Richards soured considerably. They also peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of “Harlem Shuffle”.

1980: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with Against the Wind which spent six weeks on top of the album chart. Seger also peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Fire Lake”.

1976: Wings kick off the Wings Over America tour in Fort Worth, Texas. This would be Paul McCartney’s first American concert appearance in nearly 10 years.

 

May 4th

1992: Baltimore gave Kiss the keys to the city & declared Kiss Day.

1985: Don Henley peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” which was Henley’s third top ten single as a solo artist in the U.S.

1974: Grand Funk Railroad reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with a cover of “The Loco-Motion” which spent two weeks on top of the singles chart. It was the second time that a song had reached number one by two different artists.

1970: Four students were killed & eleven were wounded at Kent State University in Kent, OH by the National Guard during an anti-Vietnam protest. This incident would inspire Neil Young to write “Ohio” the next day with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

1968: Steppenwolf made their U.S. television debut on American Bandstand where they performed “Born to Be Wild”.

 

May 5th

1990: Aerosmith reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the sixth time as “What It Takes” peaked at number nine.

1978: Bob Seger released his tenth studio album and second with The Silver Bullet Band “Stranger in Town” which went on to peak at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell six million copies in the U.S.

1973: Sweet peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Little Willy” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1956: Elvis Presley went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel” which spent seven weeks on top.

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