The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


Today In Rock: May 3

1933

James Brown is born in Barnwell, South Carolina. He is raised in poverty in Augusta, Georgia, 40 miles away.

1937

Frankie Valli was born.

1968

Booker T. and the M.G.s hit #6 with "Time Is Tight".

1969

The Isley Brothers hit #2 with "It's Your Thing".

1969

The Edwin Hawkins Singers hit #4 with "Oh Happy Day".

1970

American Woman (The Guess Who) was a hit.

1970

Kraftwerk hits US #25 with "Autobahn".

1972

"Old Man," by Neil Young, peaks at #31 on the pop chart. It is the third and last time Young will crack the Top Forty

1972

Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia Records A&R man John Hammond at his office in New York. He signs with the label a month later.

1974

Led Zeppelin launches their Swan Song label, which releases their albums and ones by handpicked artists like Bad Company and the Pretty Things.

1975

Kraftwerk hits #25 with "Autobahn".

1979

Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of Britain.

1980

Def Leppard makes its US debut with 'On the Night'.

1993

MTV announces it will launch MTV Productions to produce projects for theatrical release, network syndication and the international marketplace.

1997

'Tellin' Stories' by Charlatans reaches #1.

2003

James Brown turns 70 years old.