Friday June 5th
1948 – Frank Eslersmith the keyboardist for Air Supply is born
1954 – Nicko McBrain drummer for Iron Maiden is born
1956 – Richard Butler lead singer for the Psychedelic Furs is born
1956 – Elvis Presley performs “Hound Dog” on TV’s “Milton Berle Show,” resulting in protests by some viewers.
1974 – Patti Smith enters a studio for the first time to cut her interpretation of “Hey Joe.”
1975 – Former Pink Floyd singer Syd Barrett turns up in the studio and is present while the band mixes Wish You Were Here, the majority of whose tracks refer to Barrett’s increasing dementia.
1977 – Tragedy on tour with Alice Cooper. The rat meant to be dinner for his boa constrictor bites the reptile, killing it.
1979 – The 64-year-old Muddy Waters marries Marva Jean Brooks, 25. Well, he is a blues legend. Guest of honor is Waters acolyte Eric Clapton.
1980 – The Grateful Dead celebrates its 15th anniversary with a concert in Phoenix, Ariz.
1990 – Drummer Jim Hodder, who appeared on several Steely Dan albums, dies.
2001 – John Mayer, a songwriter inspired to pick up the guitar by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, releases Room for Squares, the album that will shoot him to national prominence.
2002 – Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) is found dead in his Hollywood, Calif., home. He is 50.
2003 – The Project, a group made up of ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum, pick Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland as their vocalist three days after he pleads not guilty to drugs charges.
2004 – Country star Toby Keith and “Cat Scratch Fever” guitarist Ted Nugent perform for American GIs at an installation in Baghdad, Iraq.
2010 – In the UK, Led Zeppelin were voted nation’s favourite band by the BBC’s “I’m in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”
2011 – Glenn Hughes of “Black Country Communion” and “Deep Purple” launched his own radio show
2012 – Sheryl Crow states that she does not worry about it, a brain tumor