Presty the DJ for May 4

This is 5/4 Day, so …

Today in 1957, Alan Freed hosted the first prime-time rock and roll TV show — called, in a blast of original inspiration, “Rock ‘n Roll Show”:

The number one single today in 1961:

Today in 1970, Ohio National Guard soldiers shot and killed four Kent State University students, prompting this song:

The number one single today in 1974:

The number one album today in 1974 was the soundtrack to “The Sting”:

The number one British single today in 1974:

The number one album today in 1996 was Alanis Morrisette’s “Jagged Little Pill”:

Birthdays include Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy (who was the stepfather of Spirit’s guitarist):

The Troggs drummer Ronnie Bond:

Nicholas Ashford, half of songwriters and singers Ashford & Simpson:

Bruce Day played bass guitar for Santana and Pablo Cruise:

Who is Bob Deal? You knew him as Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe:

Gregg Alexander was The New Radicals all by himself:

Mike Dirnt, bassist for Green Day (which did not include the aforementioned Bruce Day), hopes you have the time of your life today:

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