May 4, 1937 – Dick Dale, known as The King of the Surf Guitar, was born.
May 6, 1945 – American singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Seger was born.
May 6, 1948 – Bill Ward, drummer and songwriter for Black Sabbath, was born.
May 9, 1950 – Tom Petersson, bass player and songwriter for Cheap Trick was born.
May 8, 1953 – Alex Van Halen was born.
May 5, 1956 – Elvis Presley scored his first US No.1 single and album when “Heartbreak Hotel” went to the top of the charts. It became his first million-seller and was the best-selling single of 1956.
May 6, 1965 – In their Clearwater, FL hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, following Richards’ purchase of a Gibson Maestro fuzzbox earlier that day.
May 3, 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded “Voodoo Chile”. It was featured on the Electric Ladyland double album and became a UK No.1 single on November 21, 1970, two months after the guitarist’s death.
May 8, 1970 – Let It Be, the twelfth and final studio album by The Beatles, was released in the UK, almost a month after the group’s break-up.
May 7, 1971 – The Rolling Stones released “Brown Sugar” in the United States. It was the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
May 7, 1972 – The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, Exile on Main Street.
May 4, 1973 – Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, GA. It was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’. The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in ‘The Starship’ a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30′ lounge and a white fur bedroom.
May 4, 1973 – KISS played in New York City for the first time.
May 5, 1973 – David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when Aladdin Sane started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single “Drive In Saturday”.
May 5, 1974 – Television appeared at CBGB’s in New York City, supported by the Stillettoes (later to become Blondie, who were playing their first show at CBGB).