May 19, 2000 – Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers Band is essentially kicked out of the band for “creative differences,” which are allegedly related to drugs and/or alcohol use.
May 19, 1979 – Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd throw a reception party two months after their wedding featuring a jam session with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ginger Baker, Mick Jagger and Clapton himself. The all-star band plays songs from Little Richard and Eddie Cochran.
May 19, 1976 – Keith Richards crashes his Bentley in England after falling asleep at the wheel with his son Marlon in the car. Police discover cocaine and LSD in their investigation.
May 19, 1965 – The FBI begins investigating the lyrics to the song “Louie Louie” and spends two years analyzing them. At the end of their investigation, a statement is issued saying, “the lyrics of the song on this record was not definitely determined by this Laboratory examination, it was not possible to determine whether this recording is obscene.”
Classic Rock Birthdays
May 19, 1954 – Phil Rudd (born Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis), drums (AC/DC)
May 19, 1951 – Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Ross Hyman), vocals (Ramones) (d. 2001)
May 19, 1949 – Dusty Hill (born Joseph Michael Hill), bass (ZZ Top) (d. 2021)
May 19, 1945 – Pete Townshend, guitar (The Who)
May 19, 1947 – Steve Currie, bass (T. Rex) (d. 1981)
May 19, 2020 – Sally Cato, lead singer of Smashed Gladys, dies of unknown causes. Formed in Toronto in 1984, Smashed Gladys was a glam metal band and released two studio albums. Cato returned to writing science fiction novels and dark-comedy screenplays after the band broke up.