~ 1974 – Led Zeppelin meet Elvis Presley at the Forum in Los Angeles
~ 1941 – Eric Burdon was born
~ 1948 – Steve Winwood was born
~ 1963 – Bob Dylan walked out of dress rehearsals for “The Ed Sullivan Show” when CBS censors told him he could not perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.”
May 13 – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
Birthdays – 1941 Ritchie Valens, 1950 Stevie Wonder, 1966 Darius Rucker
~ 1970 – The Beatles film “Let it Be” premiered in New York.
~ 1952 – David Bryne (formerly of The Talking Heads) was born
~ 1982 – The Clash released the album “Combat Rock.”
~ 1995 – Supergrass release their debut album, ‘I Should Coco’
~ 1953 – Mike Oldfield (of Tubular Bells fame) was born
~ 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young score a #1 with ‘Deja Vu’
~ 2010 – Ronnie James Dio passes away
~ 1949 – Bill Bruford is born (drummer for King Crimson, Gong & Yes to name a few bands)
~ 1965 – Trent Reznor is born (best known as founding member of Nine Inch Nails)
~ 1969 – The Who released the album “Tommy” in the U.S. Tommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who. By 1968, Townshend was unsure about how the Who should progress musically. The group were no longer teenagers, but he wanted their music to remain relevant. His friend, International Times art director Mike McInnerney, told him about the Indian spiritual mentor Meher Baba, and Townshend became fascinated with Baba’s values of compassion, love and introspection. The Who’s commercial success was on the wane after the single “Dogs” failed to make the top 20, and there was a genuine risk of the band breaking up. Live performances remained strong, and the group spent most of the spring and summer touring the US and Canada but their stage act relied on Townshend smashing his guitar or Moon demolishing his drums, which kept the group in debt. Townshend and Lambert realised they needed a larger vehicle for their music than hit singles, and a new stage show, and Townshend hoped to incorporate his love of Baba into this concept. He decided that the Who should record a series of songs that stood well in isolation, but formed a cohesive whole on the album. He also wanted the material performed in concert, to counteract the trend of bands like the Beatles and the Beach Boys, whose studio output was not designed for live performance.
In August 1968, in an interview to Rolling Stone, Townsend talked about a new rock opera, which had the working title of Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy, and described the entire plot in great detail, which ran to 11 pages. Townshend later regretted publishing so much detail, as he felt it forced him to write the album according to that blueprint. The rest of the Who, however, were enthusiastic about the idea, and let him have artistic control over the project.