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Riffs: May Day Music History, SGN Award Winners, Radiohead Scraps Free Music, More Nelson Birthday Fun


May Day in Music History

from 93XRocks

Happy May Day! Hopefully at some point this lovely afternoon you will receive a popcorn and candy-filled basket signifying spring, sunshine and butterflies. If that concept is less cute and more soul crushing for you, maybe this list of rock n'' roll-related events that occurred on May 1 will bring you more joy.
Various May 1 occurrences include:
  • Elvis scored his first #1 with "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • The Beatles played their last on-stage performance
  • Previous Village Voice writer Jimmy McDonough sued Neil Young for $1.8 million

SGN Award


Check out the winners of this year''s Southern Gospel News awards. This year''s big winner: The Isaacs. The band snagged four titles, including Mixed Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year.

Radiohead Scraps Free Album Idea

from Canada

You''ve probably heard too much about the whole Radiohead gives away album at consumer-decided price, especially since a slew of other bands have since copied the idea. However, the band has come out stating they will no longer approach sales with the "pay your own price" pitch. Radiohead''s front man, Thom Yorke, said the idea was made for a moment in time, but probably wouldn''t have the same significance in the future anyway.

The band is also in the news for using one of their songs in the fight against sweatshops and human trafficking.

Nelson''s Birthday Bio

from NPR

Yesterday was Willie Nelson''s 75th birthday. (You would think that an April 30 birthday would be an easy tax payment reminder.) NPR ran an 8-minute biography on one of country''s most iconic performers. Click here to read the transcript and listen to the recording.