Music History for

May 2


1660 - Composer Alessandro Scarlatti was born.

1752 - Composer Ludwig August Lebrun was born.

1843 - Composer Carl Michael Ziehrer was born.

1905 - Composer Alan Rawsthorne was born.

1938 - Ella Fitzgerald recorded "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb’s band.

1956 - For the first time in "Billboard" chart history, five singles were in both the pop and the R&B top 10. The singles were Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," the Platters' "Magic Touch," and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love."

1960 - Production began on Elvis Presley's "G.I. Blues." It was his first post-Army movie.
Today in Elvis History

1960 - Ben E. King left the Drifters and signed a deal with ATCO Records.

1965 - Rolling Stones made their second appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1972 - Les Harvey (Stone the Crows) was electrocuted on stage in Swansea, Wales. He died several hours later at the age of 25.

1977 - Eric Clapton recorded "Wonderful Tonight."

1979 - The Who performed their first concert after the death of Keith Moon. Kenney Jones, formerly of the Faces, was the new drummer.

1979 - The Who's movie "Quadrophenia" premiered in London.

1980 - The South African government banned the Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall (PartII)."

1992 - Bonnie Raitt received an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music during commencement cermonies in Boston.

1998 - Loretta Lynn made the announcement backstage at the Grand Ole Opry that she intended to return to college and get a degree.