May 4 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 4

1956 : Lonnie Donegan quits the popular Chris Barber Jazz Band to form a skiffle group. He would record his debut album, "Lonnie Donegan Showcase", during the summer of the same year.

1959 : The very first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with Record of the Year going to Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" and Henry Mancini's "The Music From Peter Gunn" soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' "Tequila", for some reason, takes home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance.

1964 : Denny Laine, Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder form the M&B Five in Birmingham, England. They would later change the name to The Moody Blues.

1967 : The Turtles' "Happy Together" is certified gold.

1968 : Twiggy, one of the first English "supermodels", catches an 18-year-old singer named Mary Hopkin on the BBC-TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and calls friend Paul McCartney, who eventually signs her to Apple and gives her one of his songs, "Those Were The Days" to record.

1969 : Al Stewart and his girlfriend Mandi attend a party at the Putney home of John Martyn which inspires the song "Night Of The 4th Of May".

1978 : Jefferson Starship's LP "Earth" is certified platinum.

1985 : The legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem reopens after a massive ten-million-dollar makeover.

1990 : David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.

1991 : Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe".

2000 : The alternative rock band Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month. They would reunite for various occasions between 2007 and 2009.

2008 : Martha Reeves' home in Detroit is burglarized and one million dollars' worth of recording equipment stolen. In just a few hours, the perpetrator is caught while attempting to hock the merchandise for $400.

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