May 2 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 2

1960 : Due to a contract dispute, Ben E. King leaves The Drifters and, remaining on Atlantic Records, signs a solo contract on its Atco imprint.

1960 : Dick Clark testifies before a Congressional committee investigating payola (and is cleared).

1972 : Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia Records’ John Hammond, who is the guy that signed Bob Dylan. The planned 15-minute session runs 2 hours, and the next day, Bruce records a 14 song demo and signs with the label 5 weeks later.

1974 : Stevie Wonder wins four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Innervisions".

1979 : The Who performs its first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. The band performs with new drummer Kenny Jones.

1994 : Varg Vikernes, leader of the Norwegian black metal band Burzum, begins his trial for the murder of rival black metal musician (and former bandmate) Oystein Aarseth, co-founder of the band Mayhem. The two men had had a confrontation in August of 1993 which ended with the fatal stabbing of Aarseth. Vikernes was convicted at the trial and was sentenced to 21 years in prison; however he was released early in May of 2009 on probation and currently continues to do business as Burzum, with several albums released since then. He still has fans.

2003 : While undergoing dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant, Barry White suffers a stroke which forces him to retire from public life. He dies two months later.

2005 : Cream reunites for four shows in London’s Royal Albert Hall, site of their farewell concert 36 years earlier.

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