Events in Music on May 31

Radio History

1942 Avant-garde radio play "The City Wears A Slouch Hat" with music by John Cage and script by Kenneth Patchen broadcast in Chicago

  • 1958 Dick Dale invents "surf music" with "Let's Go Trippin"

Music History

1961 Chuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, Missouri opens

  • 1969 "Dear World" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 132 performances
  • 1969 "Gitarzan" by Ray Stevens peaks at #8

Music Recording

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance" in a Montreal hotel, during their second 'bed-in' for peace

Music Single

1969 Stevie Wonder releases the single "My Cherie Amour" which goes on to become a soul classic

  • 1975 "Fight the Power" single released by The Isley Brothers (Billboard Song of the Year, 1975)
  • 1975 "Goodtime Charley" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • 1976 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton, London, England
  • 1977 "Beatlemania" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
  • 1979 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • 1979 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • 1980 "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band peaks at #38
  • 1982 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances

Album Release

2007 Rihanna releases her breakthrough album "Good Girl Gone Bad"

Music History

2014 Psy's "Gangnam Style" becomes the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube