This Day in Music History: May 2

This Day in Music History: May 2May 2, 2017

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


Today: May 2.


1963: The Beatles topped the UK singles chart with 'From Me To You', the band's first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1 hits. The title of the song was inspired from a letters column that was called From You To Us which ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

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1964: The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at the top of the UK charts. It spent a total of 51 weeks there. Also on his day, the band entered the US singles chart for the first time with the song 'Not Fade Away', which reached the No.98 spot.

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1969: Pink Floyd made a performance at Manchester Chamber Of Commerce, England. The gig was recorded for the band's upcoming album 'Ummagumma'.

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1978: Kate Bush entered the UK album charts with 'The Kick Inside', her debut album. The album peaked at the No.3 spot and also features Kate's No.1 hit 'Wuthering Heights'. The album spent a total of 70 weeks on the UK chart.


1983: Spandau Ballet topped the UK singles chart with 'True', the band's only No.1 hit. The song spent four weeks at the top of the UK chart and was a big hit in 20 different countries worldwide.

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1987: Cutting Crew started a two week run at the top of the US singles chart with their song '(I Just), Died In Your Arms'. The song was also a No.4 hit in the UK.

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1991: Nirvana went into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days, and on a budget of $65,000, producer Butch Vig, the band started recording their album Nevermind.


2013: Jeff Hanneman, founding member of rock band Slayer, died at the age of 49. He suffered from necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that is believed he has contracted from a spider bite in the year 2011. Jeff Hanneman was being treated in a local hospital when he "suffered liver failure."

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