Today in Entertainment History: Ben E. King left Drifters

By The Associated Press
Posted 5/2/23

On May 2, 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song “Jailhouse Rock,” the title song to his next movie.

In 1960, singer Ben E. King left The Drifters to go solo.

In 1967, Capitol Records …

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Today in Entertainment History: Ben E. King left Drifters

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On May 2, 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song “Jailhouse Rock,” the title song to his next movie.

In 1960, singer Ben E. King left The Drifters to go solo.

In 1967, Capitol Records announced that The Beach Boys had abandoned their “Smile” album project.

In 1979, “Quadrophenia,” the film based on The Who’s album of the same name, opened in London. On the same day, The Who played its first concert with new drummer Kenney Jones, who replaced the late Keith Moon.

In 1980, the South African government banned the Pink Floyd song “Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two).” The song, which includes children chanting the chorus, “We don’t need no education,” had been adopted as the anthem for black children who boycotted schools because of inferior education standards.

In 1982, Adam and the Ants disbanded after singer Stuart Goddard decided to go solo rather than find replacements for his departed bassist and drummer. Goddard then became known as Adam Ant.

In 2010, the stage at the Grand Ole Opry was submerged after record rains and flooding hit Nashville.

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