This Day in Music History: May 1

This Day in Music History: May 1April 30, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: May 1.


1964: The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to have their pictures included inside packages of bubble gum in the US.

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1965: Herman's Hermits started a three week run at the top of the US singles chart with the song 'Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter'.

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1971: Dave and Ansel Collins topped the UK singles chart with 'Double Barrel'. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 years old when the song was recorded.


1976: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at the top of the US album chart with Presence, their fifth No.1 album.

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1976: The Bellamy Brothers topped the US singles chart with 'Let Your Love Flow', their only US No.1 hit, which was also a No.7 hit in the UK.

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1979: Elton John became the first pop star that performed in Israel. In only three weeks, he also became the first Western solo pop performer that toured Russia.

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1980: The South African government decided to ban the song 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' by Pink Floyd, after black children adopted it as their anthem in protest against inferior education.

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2005: Coldplay became the first British band the had a new entry in the US Top 10 singles chart since The Beatles. Their latest single 'Speed Of Sound', entered the chart at the number 8 spot, only the second time a UK band has achieved the feat. The Beatles did it in 1968 with the song 'Hey Jude'.

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2005: Bruce Springsteen topped the UK album chart with 'Devils & Dust', his sixth UK No.1.

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2013: Chris Kelly, who was one half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died in an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34. He had been found "unresponsive" at his home. The duo were Kelly, also known as "Mac Daddy", and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. They are most widely remembered for their 1992 hit 'Jump'.


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