Music History for

May 31


1656 - Composer Marin Marais was born.

1917 - The first jazz record, "Darktown Strutters' Ball," was released.

1941 - The first issue of "Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper" went on sale.

1956 - Buddy Holly was inspired to write "That'll Be the Day" after he saw the John Wayne movie "The Searchers."

1958 - Dick Dale performed "Let's Go Trippin'" at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, CA.

1961 - Jimi Hendrix enlisted in the U.S. Army.

1961 - Chuck Berry opened Berry Park, a 30 acre amusement park in Wentzville, MO.

1964 - The Dave Clark Five appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" for the first time.

1976 - The Who played at the Charlton Athletic Grounds in England and make the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band ever. Their set measured 76,000 watts and 120 decibels.

1977 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer began an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.

1977 - In the U.K., the Sex Pistols single "God Save the Queen" was banned by the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority.

1979 - In New York City, the restored Radio City Music Hall was reopened.

1989 - The first International Rock Awards ceremony was held.

1995 - Bob Dole singled out Time Warner for "the marketing of evil" in movies and music. Dole later admitted that he had not seen or heard much of what he had been criticizing.

1997 - Lee Ann Womack made her Grand Ole Opry debut.

1997 - In England, Bob Dylan left the hospital after receiving treatment for histoplasmosis.

1998 - Geri Halliwell, also known as "Ginger Spice" of the Spice Girls, confirmed she was leaving the group.

1999 - VH1's "Behind the Music" began airing nightly. The premier show was "The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music."

2000 - Janet Jackson announced that she was getting a divorce from dancer Rene Elizondo. The marriage had been kept secret for nine years.