May 6 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 6

1965 : At a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can't sleep because there's a guitar riff running through his head. He messes around with his new Gibson Fuzz Box amp, rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he's recorded the riff to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".

1973 : Paul Simon begins his first tour as a solo artist, performing at Music Hall in Boston at a show that would be recorded for his upcoming album Live Rhymin'.

1977 : The Boomtown Rats sign their first major label recording contract with Ensign Records.

1977 : Dolly Parton makes her New York singing debut at the Bottom Line. In New York, she would turn to high profile pop producer Gary Klein for her next album.

1977 : Led Zeppelin break the record (which they already held) for single-act concert attendance (76,229) in Pontiac, Michigan.

1982 : Tom Paton, manager of The Bay City Rollers, is convicted of gross indecency with teenage boys and sentenced to three years in jail.

1982 : Diana Ross gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist.

1993 : The IRS confiscates personal property from Jerry Lee Lewis' home in Mississippi and later auctions it off to help pay the $1.6 million he owes in back taxes.

1997 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, where the Hall is located. (Most ceremonies are held in New York). Getting in are The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.

2002 : Albany State University in Georgia awards hometown boy Ray Charles an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy.

2005 : Audioslave becomes the first U.S. rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana.

2008 : Sting receives the key to New York City along with the other members of The Police during their press conference.

2008 : Cher begins her "Cher at the Colosseum" shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planning to play 200 concerts over 3 years. The run ends in February, 2011 with 192 performances, since 8 were canceled.

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