On This Day, May 30 In Music History


On this day May 30 1963 Lesley Gore made her debut appearance on national television. She performed her hit song ‘Its My Party’ on ABC’s show American Bandstand. The single was a chart-topper in the US, Australia and New Zealand and reached No.9 in the UK.

1964 The Beatles scored their fourth No.1 single of the year in the US with ‘Love Me Do’. They previously topped the Billboard Hot 100 for fourteen consecutive weeks with ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘She Loves You’, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

1968 – The Beatles started recording their eponymous ninth studio album also known as the ‘White Album’ on this day May 30 in music history. They finished recording on October 14 and released the album on November 22 on the newly formed Apple Records label. The album topped every chart it entered.

1970 – Country and pop singer-songwriter Ray Stevens topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’. Also a chart-topper in Australia and Canada that year while in the UK it peaked at No.6.

1972 – Bass singer John Ryanes died on this day May 30, aged 32. Best remembered as a member of the doo-wop vocal group The Monotones.

1980 – American bass player Carl Dean Radle died on this day, aged 37 of an overdose. Best remembered for his collaboration with artists such as JJ Cale, Joe Cocker, Derek & the Dominoes, George Harrison, etc.

1987 – David Bowie kicked off his 86 date world tour ‘The Glass Spider Tour’ on this day May 30 with a show at the Stadion Feijenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The tour concluded on November 28 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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1987 – Hard rock band Deep Purple had to cancel their upcoming shows on the House of Blue Light tour because Ritchie Blackmore broke his finger during a show at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.

1992 – English singer Michael Ball reached number one in the UK with his eponymous debut studio album on this day May 30 in music history.

1992 – With their second studio album ‘The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion’, rock band The Crowes hit number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

1993 – American jazz composer, bandleader, poet, and keyboardist Sun Ra died on this day May 30, aged 79. Best remembered for his avant-garde music and as one of the pioneers of experimental jazz.

1996 – American bassist John Kahn died on this day, aged 48 of a heart attack. Best remembered for his longtime collaboration with Jerry Garcia.

1998 – Italian dance music group The Tamperer featuring Maya topped the UK Singles chart with ‘Feel It’ on this day May 30.

1998 – With their sixth studio release ‘Blue’, soul/pop band Simply Red scored their fourth consecutive chart-topper on the UK Albums chart.

2000 – American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Gordon Lee “Tex” Beneke died on this day May 30 in music history at the age of 86.

2003 – English record producer Michael Hayes also known as Mickie Most died at the age of 64. Best remembered for producing many hit singles for the likes of The Animals, Nashville Teens, Hot Chocolate, the Jeff Beck Group etc.

2009 – The number one single in the United Kingdom on this day May 30 was ‘Bonkers’ by the rapper Dizzie Rascal and producer Armand van Helden.

2009 – With their eighth studio album ’21st Century Breakdown’, punk rock band Green Day topped the US Billboard 200 chart.

2009 – American rapper Eminem topped the UK Albums chart with his sixth studio release ‘Relapse’ on this day May 30. It was his fourth No.1 album in Britain.

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2010 – American singer Anita Humes died on this day at the age of 69. Best remembered as the lead singer of the R&B vocal group The Essex.

2015 – The soundtrack album to the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect 2′ went to number one in the US on this day May 30 in music history.

2015 – With his second solo studio album ‘The Desired Effect’, singer-songwriter Brandon Flowers reached number one in the UK.

2019 – Scottish singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with this debut studio album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ on this day May 30.

2020 – American rapper Future scored his seventh domestic number one album with his eighth studio release ‘High Off Life’.


1909 – Clarinetist, songwriter and bandleader Benjamin ‘Benny’ Goodman nicknamed the ‘King of Swing’ was born in Chicago, Illinois on this day May 30 in music history.

1924 – Latin jazz percussionist Armando Peraza was born on this day in Havana, Cuba. Best known as a member of the rock band Santana.

1927 – American jazz trumpeter Clora Bryan was born on this day May 30 in Denison, Texas. Best known playing with the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

1944 – English guitarist and songwriter Leonard ‘Lenny’ Davidson was born in Enfield. He came to prominence as a member of the Dave Clark Five.

1945 – Singer and founding member of the girl group The Marvelettes, Gladys Horton was born on this day May 30 in Gainesville, Florida.

1949 – American bassist and backing vocalist Geoffrey Lyall also known professionally as Klaus Flouride was born in Detroit, Michigan. He rose to fame as a member of the punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

1955 – English drummer Nicholas “Topper” Headon was born in Bromley on this day May 30 in music history. Best known as a member of the punk rock band The Clash.

1958 – Swedish singer, songwriter and pianist Marie Fredriksson was born on this day in Össjö, Sweden. She rose to fame as one half of the pop rock duo Roxette.

1960 – English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Duffy was born in Birmingham on this day May 30. Best known as the founding member and lead singer of Duran Duran.

1964 – Guitarist and founding member of Rage Against The MachineTom Morello was born in Harlem, New York. He is also known for co-founding the supergroup Audioslave.

1964 – American country music singer Wynonna Judd was born on this day May 30 in Ashland, Kentucky. She rose to fame as one half of the mother-and-daughter music duo The Judds.

1968 – Frontman of the alternative rock band The CharlatansTim Burgess was born in Salford, England. He is also the founder and owner of his record label O Genesis.

1971 – Bass Guitarist Patrick ‘Pat’ Dahlheimer was born in York, Pennsylvania on this day May 30 in music history. Best known as a member of the rock bands Live and The Gracious Few.

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