1928 – Henry Cosby, American songwriter and producer (d. 2002)
1940 – Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer (d. 2008)
1942 – Ian Dury, English singer-songwriter and actor (The Blockheads and Kilburn and the High Roads) (d. 2000)
1942 – Billy Swan, American singer-songwriter
1945 – Ian McLagan, English-American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Small Faces Faces, and The New Barbarians) (d. 2014)
1948 – Steve Winwood, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith)
1950 – Billy Squier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1958 – Eric Singer, American drummer and songwriter (Kiss, Badlands)
1959 – Ray Gillen, American singer-songwriter (Badlands, Blue Murder, and Sun Red Sun) (d. 1993)
1961 – Billy Duffy, English guitarist and songwriter (The Cult, Theatre of Hate, and The Nosebleeds)
1962 – Brett Gurewitz, American guitarist, songwriter (Bad Religion, Daredevils, and Error)
1963 – Charles Pettigrew, American singer (Charles and Eddie) (d. 2001)
EVENTS ON MAY 12
1963 – Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for the US TV Ed Sullivan show after being told he couldn’t perform his song “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues” due to it mocking the US military and segregation. CBS officials asked Dylan to substitute it for another song, but the singer reportedly said:”‘No, this is what I want to do. If I can’t play my song, I’d rather not appear on the show.”
1968 – Jimi Hendrix was arrested for possession of hashish and heroin when he crossed the Canadian border for a concert in Toronto. He claimed the drugs were planted and he was later exonerated.
1968 – Brian Jones made his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appeared at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England. Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, on July 3, 1969 aged 27.
1971 – Rolling Stone Mick Jagger married Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall. The guest list included the other members of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills. The couple separated in 1977.
1973 – Led Zeppelin started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth album ‘Houses Of The Holy.’ The group’s third US No.1 album went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart. ‘Houses Of The Holy’ has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
1977 – After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Virgin records announced they had signed the Sex Pistols.
1977 – Led Zeppelin received the outstanding contribution to British music at the second Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.
1981 – Van Halen kicked off their 82 date North American Fair Warning Tour at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1998 – Soul Asylum released their eighth studio album ‘Candy from a Stranger.’ The band had originally planned to release an album entitled ‘Creatures Of Habit’ produced by Matt Hyde. Columbia Records did not approve of the recordings and shelved the album a few weeks before it was supposed to be released. The band re-entered the studio, this time with British producer Chris Kimsey, and emerged with ‘Candy From A Stranger.’ Most of the songs featured were previously recorded during the ‘Creatures Of Habit’ sessions. Drummer Sterling Campbell had left the band after completing that record, rejoined briefly in order to (re-)record his parts for the final album. He was not involved in touring or promoting the album. “I Will Still Be Laughing” achieved fame after it was featured in the closing credits of the 1998 comedy “BASEketball.”