This Day in Music-May 2nd

This Day in Music

  • Leslie Gore born on this date in 1946 (died February 16, 2015) in Brooklyn, NY
  • Englebert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey) born on this date in Madrad, British India
  • Bobbi Martin (“For the Love of Him”) dies on this date in 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland of cancer at the age of 56
  • Barry White suffers a stroke on this date amidst a host of health problems in 2003 ( On July 4, 2003, White died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 58)
  • Ben E. King (born Benjamin E. Nelson) leaves The Drifters in 1960.  His standout single “Stand By Me” was released in April of 1961 and re-released in 1981 for his 25th anniversary and was title song for the motion picture of the same name in 1986.
  • Dick Clark (American Bandstand) testifies before a congressional hearing on payola and is ultimately cleared.  (born Richard Wagstaff Clark 11/30/1929, died 4/18/2012 at the age of 82.
  • The Who debut the rock opera “Tommy” in 1969 at Ronnie’s Jazz Club in London.
  • Elvis Presley begins production on his first post-Army movie, “GI Blues”, in 1960.  He ended his film career on this date in 1969 with the end of production of “Change of Habit” in 1969.
  • Gene Simmons (Kiss) appears as himself on an episode of ABC-TV’s “Castle” in 2011
  • The Beatles record “Something” in 1969 (it was written by George Harrison about Pattie Boyd)
  • Eric Clapton records “Wonderful Tonight” in 1977 (it was written by Clapton about himself and Pattie Boyd)
  • Ray Peterson records “Tell Laura I Love Her” in 1960 (it became a top 10 hit in the US). He died in Smyma, Tennessee at the age of 65