Stones debut! -- Bruce tries out! -- Remembering an independent '60's girl...

(Courtesy of London Records)

5/2/1964 (54 years ago today) - The LP ends up spending an amazing 51 non-stop weeks on the British chart: On this date, The Rolling Stones debut album kicks off 12 weeks at No. 1 in the U.K. -- Also on this very same day, the band make their first appearance on the U.S. charts: their 45-single version of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" enters the Hot 100 at.....Number 98! Gotta start somewhere...

5/2/1972 (46 years ago today) - Bruce Springsteen auditions for legendary Columbia Records A& R man John Hammond in the CBS New York City offices -- Sufficiently impressed, Hammond arranges for a full-set try-out that same night for other Columbia executives at The Gaslight Club in the Big Apple. The rest, as they say...

5/2/1946 - Lesley Sue Goldstein was born in Brooklyn on this date: Props to singer-songwriter-actress-and-pioneering-activist Lesley Gore. In 1963, at age 16(!), she recorded her best known single, the pop-classic "It's My Party", a No. 1 million seller -- Many hits followed: "Judy's Turn To Cry", "She's A Fool", "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" and best of all, another million-seller, the proto-feminist "You Don't Own Me", which stayed at No. 2 for three weeks, only being kept out of the top spot by The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" -- Lesley also worked in film (she was nominated for an Academy Award for 1980's "Fame") and TV, where she hosted an LGBT-oriented public television show, "In The Life", one of the first in the industry to do so! On February 16, 2016, she passed away after a battle with lung cancer; Lesley was 68, and deserves a lot more credit for the work she put in...

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