May 31 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 31

1961 : Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.

1961 : Chuck Berry opens Berry Park, near St. Louis.

1968 : While recording vocals for "Revolution", John Lennon does some improvised ranting that will be included in the head-scratching Revolution 9.

1974 : Gordon Lightfoot's LP "Sundown" is certified gold.

1974 : William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Go"" is certified gold.

1979 : Supertramp's "Breakfast In America" is certified gold.

1998 : Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell officially leaves The Spice Girls, releasing this statement: "Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best… PS, I'll be back."

2005 : Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles' famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.

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