May 3, 2004 – The U.S. Supreme Court rejects an appeal by bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake who claim they are owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. They believe they are entitled to money from the albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. “Their music is literally everywhere,” their lawyer tells justices in a filing.
May 3, 1968 – Jimi Hendrix is arrested in Toronto, Canada for possession of hashish and heroin. After a trial that lasts for three days, the jury finds Hendrix not guilty, acquitting him of both charges.
Classic Rock Birthdays
May 3, 1953 – Bruce Hall, bass, vocals (REO Speedwagon)
May 3, 1953 – Van McLain, guitar, vocals (Shooting Star) (d. 2018)
May 3, 1951 – Christopher Cross, vocals, guitar
May 3, 1944 – Pete Staples, bass (The Troggs)
May 3, 1919 – Pete Seeger, vocals, songwriter (d. 2014)
May 3, 2014 – Bobby Gregg (born Robert Grego), who played drums on Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” dies in Las Vegas. He was 78. Gregg would go on to play drums with Paul Simon, Peter, Paul & Mary, and John Cale. He also worked as a producer and A&R man for CBS and Epic Records.