May is here, and with it comes a collection of memorable rock events that happened during the first week of May. From birth of Bob Seger to the release of Johnny Cash’s great song “I Walk the Line," keep reading for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening May 1 – 7.

Events

1957 - The Kingston Trio get together in Palo Alto, California.

1959 - The first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles.

1966 – The Beatles perform their last ever concert (not including their Apple Records rooftop performance in 1969) in England when they play at a gig put on by the New Musical Express.

1968 - Steppenwolf rocks the U.S. TV airwaves for the first time, performing “Born to Be Wild” on American Bandstand.

1970 – Diana Ross exits The Supremes to focus on her solo music.

1982 - Adam and the Ants break up.

1982 - Diana Ross gets her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1991 – MTV Unplugged, for the first time, has rap acts on the show with LL Cool J, De La Soul, MC Lyte and A Tribe Called Quest.

1991 - Texas Governor Ann Richards declares May 4 ZZ Top day in Texas.

1997 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame moves its induction ceremony to Cleveland for the first time, home to the Rock Hall.


Releases

Johnny Cash, I Walk The Line, 1956

Elvis Presley, Speedway, 1968

The Rolling Stones, Brown Sugar, 1971 (U.S.)

Sum 41, All Killer, No Filler, 2001

Living Colour, Vivid, 1988

Living Colour

Queensr├┐che, Operation: Mindcrime, 1988

Queensryche

Poison, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, 1988


Births

Johnny Colt (The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd), May 1, 1966

Tim McGraw, May 1, 1967

D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (The Smashing Pumpkins), May 1, 1968

Bob Henrit (The Kinks, Argent), May 2, 1944

Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf), May 2, 1945

Lou Gramm (Foreigner), May 2, 1950

John Glascock (Jethro Tull), May 2, 1951

Bing Crosby, May 3, 1903

Pete Seeger (The Weavers), May 3, 1919

James Brown, May 3, 1933

Frankie Valli (The Four Seasons), May 3, 1937

Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon), May 3, 1953

Mick Mars (Motley Crue), May 4, 1951

Randy Travis, May 4, 1959

Gary Holt (Exodus), May 4, 1959

Gregg Alexander (The New Radicals), May 4, 1970

Mike Dirnt (bass player Green Day), May 4, 1972

Chris Tomlin, May 4, 1972

Lance Bass ('N Sync), May 4, 1979

Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), May 5, 1948

Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen), May 5, 1959

Kevin Mooney (Adam and the Ants), May 5, 1962

Adele, May 5, 1988

Chris Brown, May 5, 1989

Bob Seger, May 6, 1945

Bob Seger

Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish), May 6, 1967

Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), May 6, 1971

Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), May 7, 1946

Jerry Nolan (New York Dolls, Heartbreakers), May 7, 1946

Phil Campbell (Motorhead), May 7, 1961


Deaths

Hugo Peretti, May 1, 1986

Sergio Franchi, May 1, 1990

Otis Blackwell, May 6, 2002

Donald "Ean" Evans (Lynyrd Skynyrd), May 6, 2009

Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys), May 4, 2012