Music History for

May 3

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1939 - "Beer Barrel Polka" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters.

1956 - "Most Happy Fella," a musical by Frank Loesser, opened at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.

1960 - "The Fantasticks" opened. The show became the longest-running musical in theater history on May 13, 1984 with performance number 10,000.

1964 - Gerry & the Pacemakers made their U.S. TV debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." They performed "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying."

1967 - The Walker Brothers announced that they have disbanded. They did reunite for a tour of Japan in 1968.

1967 - Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) went to court on draft evasion charges.

1969 - At Toronto International Airport, Jimi Hendrix was arrested for possession of hashish and heroin when he crossed the Canadian border for a concert in Toronto. He claimed the drugs were not his. He was released on $10,000 bail. His trial ended when he was acquitted on December 10.

1969 - Jimi Hendrix was arrested when Canadian customs officials found heroin in his bag.

1971 - New York City's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced that it would begin presenting rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as classical.

1976 - Paul McCartney made his first American stage appearance in 10 years. The "Wings Over America" tour began in Ft. Worth, TX.

1977 - Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow performed at a benefit concert for the New York Public Library.

1986 - Dollywood (Dolly Parton's theme park) opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

1988 - Queensr˙che released the album "Operation: Mindcrime."

1988 - Poison released the album "Open Up and Say...Ahh!"

1990 - 2 Live Crew released the single "Banned in the U.S.A."

1991 - Andy Williams and Debbie Haas were married.

2000 - Rapper DMX was sentenced to 15 days in jail after he pled guilty to drug possession charges, driving without a license and outstanding parking tickets. DMX was also fined $350.

2016 - Billboard reported that Prince became the first act to concurrently chart five albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since the merging of their stereo and mono lists in 1963. In the first full tracking week since Prince's death he had 19 albums on the top 200 list.

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