May 26, 2008 by A.C. Rhodes
Noise Boys Richard Meltzer ( May 10th, 1945 ) & John Mendelsohn ( May 12th, 1948 ) are born, much to the future delight & scorn of musicians & editors.
On May 30th 1956, Time Magazine, while trying to convey Elvis Presley’s appeal, busts it down to the lowest common denominator saying that, “his movements suggest, in a word, sex.”
Jerry Lee Lewis is booed off the stage and shooed out of England, two days after revealing his marriage to cousin Myra, May 25th 1958, introducing just how scathing the Brit press can be.
In a stunning twist on May 27th, 1962, Mr. Acker Bilk becomes the first British artist to have a number one record in the U.S. when his wistful clarinet instrumental “Stranger On The Shore” topped the charts.
On May 25th, 1966 when Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ stalls at #88 on the Billboard charts, producer Phil Spector deems it the low point in his career and goes reclusive for two years, that is if you don’t count his speeding over to a deceased Lenny Bruce’s house the following August screaming, “Lenny, why did you do it, Lenny?”
In May of ’74, Nick Kent’s, The Page Memoirs, hit print in Creem Magazine. An obvious contrast to the subsequent attempt by Jaan Uhelszki, Page actually talks at length, but somehow leaves out the part about underage girls in his history.
Bob Dylan, rather uncharacteristically, talks at length about life after conversion with interviewer Karen Hughs for the May 2nd, 1980 issue of the Village Voice, thus continuing another two years of him leaving the stage mid-concert with only the gospel back up chorus singing for 10 minutes. In between it all he confesses that, “Jim Keltner and Tim Drummond are the best rhythm section that God ever invented”.
In May, 1985, Madonna graces the first cover of Spin Magazine, obviously foretelling that nothing can change the shape of things to come.
Chuck Eddy’s Beastie Boys interview hits print in ’87; disclosing how the merry trio helped themselves into his motel room, drenching him with ice water while he laid in bed, sleeping presumably, at 2am.