This Day in Music History
1970 : Grateful Dead play outside North America for the first time, doing a 4-hours set at the Hollywood Music Festival in England. Mungo Jerry & Steppenwolf are also on the bill.
1971 : Iron Butterfly breaks up.
1975 : B.J. Thomas' "(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" is certified gold.
1977 : When San Francisco outlaws "electronic instruments" in public, a free Jefferson Airplane concert in Golden Gate Park is canceled.
1978 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band begin their legendary "Darkness Tour" at Shea's Buffalo Theatre in Buffalo, New York.
1979 : Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" is certified platinum.
1979 : Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a legal maneuver to protect him from MCA, which has acquired his record company. A deal is reached where MCA creates a subsidiary called Backstreet Records, which is devoted to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
1985 : It's Aretha Franklin Appreciation Day in Michigan, as Governor James Blanchard declares the singer "One of Michigan's natural resources".
1987 : The Doobie Brothers reunite with original members, including singer/guitarist Tom Johnston, for a Vietnam Veterans benefit at the Hollywood Bowl. The show leads to a reunion tour for The Doobies.
2000 : Billy Corgan announces that The Smashing Pumpkins will break up at the end of the year, saying they are tired of "fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world".
2007 : The US Library of Congress hands out the first Gershwin Award to Paul Simon for being a "performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins".
2008 : Veteran rapper Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters receives a full pardon from New York’s Governor David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, ending a long legal saga.
2012 : Billboard reports that the albums of Donna Summer increase in sales by a factor of over 3000% in the week following her death on May 17 after a battle with cancer.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com