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Today In Rock: May 4

1946

"New Spanish Two Step," a vocal version of Bob Willis' 1935 instrumental "Spanish Two Step," enters the country chart, which it will top for 16 weeks.

1956

Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps record "Be-Bop-A-Lula" in Nashville. It is released as the B-side of the single "Woman Love."

1959

Chuck Berry hits #3 on the R&B chart and #32 (5/04) on the pop chart with the Chess single "Almost Grown."

1963

The Chantays hit #4 with "Pipeline".

1968

"I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)" enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #32. It is Solomon Burke's last solo hit for Atlantic.

1970

Four students are killed as the National Guard fires on a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University.

1973

Grand Funk Railroad hits #1 with "The Loco-Motion"

1986

West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys) was a hit.

1988

Paul Wilson of the Flamingos dies.

1990

MTV announces presentation of Madonna's "1990 Blond Ambition World Tour," and airs live on-air coverage from the U.S. opening weekend in Houston on May 4 and 5.