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This Week in Rock History (May 9-15)



May 9
Seventeen years after "Born to Run" hit big, Bruce Springsteen makes his live US TV debut 1992 when he appears on Saturday Night Live.


May 10
In 2006, Keith Richards was discharged from a hospital in New Zealand following surgery on his head following a fall from a palm tree. Glad Mr. Richards recovered because it makes me laugh to think of "Keef" sitting in a tree. And then falling.

May 11
Bob Marley died in 1981 of a brain tumor at the age of 36. Seven months earlier, he had collapsed on stage during a concert in the US. He was given a state funeral and buried near his birthplace in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica. In Bob's honor we go to the "Bet You Haven't Seen This One" Dept. — WATCH a rare 1973 Bob Marley "Stir it Up" Capitol Records Studio rehearsal video

A ticket to see Rod Stewart's 1979 Blondes Have More Fun tour at the Cobo Arena in Detroit was $12.50.

May 12
In 1963, When CBS censors tell him Bob Dylan cannot perform his "Talking John Birch Society Blues", he walks out of dress rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show. Dylan refuses come back to appear on the show.

Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy, even though his "Bat Out of Hell" album sold millions of copies in the late 1970s. Later, "Back Into Hell" would bring him back to the charts with the hit single, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)".

May 13
More than fifty people are hurt on this date in 1974 when people start throwing bottles outside a Jackson 5 concert at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. 43 are arrested.

May 14
Bo Diddley's tune "Bo Diddley" debuts on the US R&B chart in 1955, on its way to #2. It will be his most successful record and introduces the legendary Bo Diddley beat. WATCH a great classic Bo video

In 1966, The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the ninth time. It only stayed on the charts for two weeks, going to #97. When it was first released in 1963, it made it to #2. It was banned in Indiana, at one point for "dirty" lyrics.

May 15
Pink Floyd play at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London in 1971. Performing in front of a large lake, a number of fish are killed by the loud music

Tommy Tutone reached #5 in 1982 with "867-5309 / Jenny". Lead singer Tommy Heath said that he really does know a girl named Jenny whose parent's phone number was 867-5309. Many people who actually had that phone number had it changed to avoid prank calls.


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