Sunday May 24th
1941 - Bob Dylan born today
1963 – Guitarist Elmore James, who influenced blues boom bands like Fleetwood Mac, dies in Chicago from a heart attack. More than 400 blues musicians attended his funeral.
1964 – On The Ed Sullivan Show tonight, the Beatles appear in a previously taped performance of “You Can’t Do That” from the set of A Hard Day’s Night.
1964 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Love Me Do,” The Beatles.
1965 – John Lennon publishes his second volume of prose, A Spaniard in the Works, in England.
1968 – Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested on charges of marijuana possession.
1979 – Patrons looking to buy tickets to Genesis’ benefit show at L.A.’s Roxy are surprised to find the band itself manning the box office. Proceeds from the show go to local hospitals.
1982 – Jefferson Starship, the Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald play San Francisco’s Moscone Center to raise money for the Vietnam Veterans Project.
1982 – Drummer Topper Headon leaves the Clash
1988 – OU812 (Van Halen) is released this day
1991 – Byrds co-founder and Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Gene Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46.
1998 – In an official ceremony backstage prior to Van Halen’s show at the CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaims May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. Each member of the band is given a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell.
1999 – An online audience watches David Bowie write and record the song “What’s Really Happening” in a Webcast.
2004 – Bruce Springsteen’s lawyers shut down an online auction of what purports to be the Boss’ birth certificate.
2005 – Rock act Motley Crue files suit against NBC, arguing the network violated the group’s free speech rights and hurt its concert and album sales.
2005 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale.