Friday May 15th
1951 – Dennis Fredericksen (Toto) is born
1953 – Mike Oldfield is born in Reading, England.
1965 – The Byrds release their first single, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Written by Bob Dylan.
1967 – Paul McCartney visits the Bag O’ Nails club in London to see Georgie Fame perform. The same night he meets Linda Eastman for the first time.
1968 – At a press conference, Paul McCartney and John Lennon say they’ve ended their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1970 – In the new releases section of the local record store is the self-titled debut from the mighty Black Sabbath.
1970 – A Pink Floyd concert at London’s Crystal Palace is so loud it kills fish in a nearby lake.
1971 – Paul McCartney releases his album Ram.
1971 – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Four-Way Street US LP is no. 1 chart topper
1974 – Ahmet, son of Frank Zappa and bald MTV host, is born.
1974 – Bill Wyman releases the first solo album by a Rolling Stone, Monkey Grip.
1975 – Fleetwood Mac debut their new lineup in El Paso, Texas. It’s the first incarnation of the band that includes Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John and Christine McVie.
1976 – Rolling Stones: Black and Blue US LP is the no. 1 chart topper
1980 – Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle released.
1981 – John Lydon with his band Public Image Ltd get booed offstage at New York’s Ritz Club on This Day in Rock. Lydon, a former Sex Pistol, posed behind a screen while his band shadow synced to a tape… how completely opposite from Punk.
1982 – Asia US LP by the band with the same name is the no. 1 chart topper
1994 – Singers Sting and Nancy Wilson receive honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1995 – Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland is arrested in Pasadena, Calif., on charges of drug possession.
1997 – Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain
2000 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI presents Isaac Stern and Bob Dylan each with the Polar Music Prize at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen venue.
2001 – Megadeth release their tenth album The World Needs a Hero, their first on new label Sanctuary.
2004 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder plays a surprise five-song solo set at Seattle’s Showbox club,
2005 – Nine Inch Nails hit No.1 on the US album chart with “With Teeth”