Almanac: May 1, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1907 - Kate Smith (d. 1986)
  • 1924 - Big Maybelle (Smith) (d. 1972)
  • 1929 - Sonny James (born James Loden) (d. 2016)
  • 1930 - Little Walter (born Marion Jacobs) (d. 1968)
  • 1933 - Titus Turner (d. 1984)
  • 1939 - Judy Collins (77)
  • 1944 - Reather Dixon (Bobbettes) (72)
  • 1945 - Rita Coolidge (71)
  • 1946 - Nick Fortuna (Buckinghams) (70)
  • 1946 - Jerry Weiss (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (70)
  • 1947 - Carlos Ward (B.T. Express) (69)
  • 1948 - James Wise (Archie Bell & the Drells) (68)
  • 1953 - Glen Ballard (63)
  • 1953 - Felix Hanemann (Zebra) (63)
  • 1954 - Ray Parker Jr. (62)
  • 1955 - Nick Feldman (Wang Chung) (61)
  • 1957 - Rick Driscoll (Kenny) (59)
  • 1959 - Phil Smith (Haircut 100) (57)
  • 1959 - Steve Farris (Mr. Mister) (57)
  • 1962 - Owen Paul (54)
  • 1966 - Johnny Colt (Black Crowes) (50)
  • 1967 - Tim McGraw (49)
  • 1968 - D'arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins) (48)
  • 1968 - Mark Scott (Trixter) (48)
  • 1970 - Bernard Butler (Suede) (46)
  • 1972 - Tammy Cochran (44)
  • 1977 - Dan Regan (Real Big Fish) (39)
Deaths:
  • 1964 - Spike Jones - Emphysema (53)
  • 1984 - Gordon Jenkins - ALS (73)
  • 1986 - Hugo Peretti (songwriter, Can't Help Falling in Love With You, Shout) (69)
  • 1990 - Sergio Franchi - Brain Cancer (64)
  • 1992 - Sharon Redd - Pneumonia (46)
  • 2006 - Johnny Paris (Johnny & the Hurricanes) - Hospital-borne infection post-surgery
  • 2012 - Charles "Skip" Pitts - Cancer (65)
  • 2013 - Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) (34)
On This Day:
  • 1954 - Andy Griffin made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1955 - Elvis Presley was on tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree.
  • 1955 - Chuck Berry was signed to Chess Records by Leonard Chess.
  • 1962 - The Beatles started a month-long string of dates at the Star Club in Hamburg.
  • 1964 - The Beatles signed to have their pictures on bubblegum cards in the U.S. for $140,000
  • 1966 - The Beatles played live for the last time in the U.K. for a paying audience at the NME Poll Winners concert. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.
  • 1967 - Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was arrested for draft evasion.
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan taped an ABC TV special.
  • 1969 - Jimi Hendrix is arrested for narcotics possession in Toronto.
  • 1973 - It was Marvin Gaye Day in Washington, DC.
  • 1974 - The Carpenters performed for President Nixon at the White House.
  • 1975 - The Rolling Stones announced their U.S. tour while playing in the back of a flatbed truck going down 5th Avenue in New York.
  • 1977 - The Clash start their first tour of the U.K.
  • 1979 - Elton John was the first pop star to play in Israel.
  • 1979 - Mark Herndon became the drummer for Alabama. 
  • 1980 - The South African government banned Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd when black children in the nation started to use it as a rallying cry.
  • 1980 - Loretta Lynn was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music
  • 1983 - Style Council played their first live show in Liverpool.
  • 1984 - Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.
  • 1988 - Billy Joel is cleared of libel charges. He had called another songwriter a "creep" over charges of plagiarism. 
  • 1993 - Charley Pride joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1997 - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) had quadruple by-pass surgery.
  • 1998 - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame opened in Sharon, PA.
  • 1998 - Snoop Dogg was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
  • 1999 - An exhibit of Paul McCartney's paintings opened in Siegen, Germany.
  • 2000 - A writer sued Neil Young who blocked the publication of a biography to which he had previously agreed.
  • 2000 - A daughter was born to Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure.
Marriages:
  • 1917 - Jimmie Rodgers and Stella Kelley
  • 1967 - Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
  • 1993 - Adam Clayton (U2) and Naomi Campbell - Engagement announced (they never married)
  • 1999 - Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) and Charlie Robison
Divorces:
  • 1978 - Mick and Bianca Jagger (filed by Bianca)
Released:
  • 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (single)
  • 1965 - Back In My Arms Again - Supremes (single)
  • 2012 - Blown Away - Carrie Underwood
Broadcast:
  • 1963 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Leslie Gore
  • 1987 - The Last Resort (U.K. Channel 4) - Tom Jones
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1965 - Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 1993 - Freak Me - Silk (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Nothin' On You - B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1971 - Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists (2 weeks, 1 previous week at number 1)
  • 1976 - Presence - Led Zeppelin (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1971 - Double Barrel - David & Ansil Collins (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - The Real Thing - Tony Di Bart (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1965 - Beatles For Sale - Beatles (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Rock Follies - TV Soundtrack (1 week, 2 previous weeks at number 1)
  • 1985 - Barry Live in London - Barry Manilow (1 week)
  • 1993 - Cliff Richard: The Album - Cliff Richard (1 week)
  • 2005 - Devils and Dust - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)

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