Almanac: May 15, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1918 - Eddy Arnold (d. 2008)
  • 1937 - Trini Lopez (79)
  • 1938 - Lenny Welch (78)
  • 1941 - K.T. Oslin (75)
  • 1944 - Ian Amey (Tich of Dave Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick and Tich) (72)
  • 1947 - Graham Goble (Little River Band) (69)
  • 1948 - Brian Eno (68)
  • 1951 - Dennis Fredericksen (Toto) (65)
  • 1953 - Mike Oldfield (63)
  • 1959 - Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy) (57)
  • 1966 - Pete Wiggs (Saint Etienne) (50)
  • 1974 - Ahmet Zappa (42)
  • 1982 - Jessica Sutta (Pussycat Dolls) (34)
  • 1983 - Devin Bronson (33)
Deaths:
  • 1992 - Barbara Lee (Chiffons) - Heart attack (44)
  • 1999 - Rob Gretton (manager of Joy Division and New Order) - Heart attack (46)
  • 2000 - Geoff Goddard (Tornados) (62)
  • 2001 - Brian Pendleton (Pretty Things) - Cancer (57)
  • 2003 - June Carter Cash - Complications from heart valve replacement (73)
On This Day:
  • 1967 - Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman for the first time at a Georgie Fame concert in London.
  • 1968 - The film Wonderwall premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with George Harrison and Ringo Starr in attendance. Meanwhile, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were holding a press conference to announce they were no longer associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
  • 1971 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono show their films Apotheosis and Fly at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1974 - Frank Zappa and his wife welcomed Ahmet Rodan.
  • 1975 - Fleetwood Mac, in the new configuration with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, plays live for the first time in El Paso, TX.
  • 1977 - Procol Harum played their last concert (up to that time) in New York.
  • 1980 - The Sex Pistols film, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, is released.
  • 1981 - Public Image Ltd, led by John Lydon, were booed off the stage in New York when they "performed" by standing behind a video screen while pre-recorded music played.
  • 1982 - Ricky Skaggs joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1984 - Nils Lofgren joined Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.
  • 1994 - Sting and Nancy Wilson receive Honorary Doctorates of Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
  • 1995 - R.E.M. resumes their Monster tour after Bill Berry's recovery from an aneurysm.
  • 1995 - Scott Weiland was arrested for trying to buy drugs. 
  • 1997 - Courtney Love sold the mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. 
  • 1997 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, The Young Rascals, The Jackson 5, King Records founder Syd Nathan, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bill Monroe.
  • 1998 - Sonny & Cher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2000 - Bob Dylan and Isaac Stern received Sweden's Polar Music Prize.
  • 2002 - Jay Kay of Jamiroquai was assaulted and received facial injuries after seeing Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones.
  • 2003 - The manager of t.a.t.u. is arrested by Russian authorities after fans riot in Red Square. 
  • 2004 - The Beastie Boys played a secret show in London to promote their new album, To the 5 Boroughs.
  • 2004 - Terri Clark was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2008 - Shania Twain and Mutt Lange announced they were separating.
Marriages:
  • 1988 - Martina Schiff and John McBride
  • 1999 - Keifer Thompson and Shawna McIlwain (both Thompson Square)
  • 2004 - Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) and Allison Anderson
Released:
  • 1965 - Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds
  • 1969 - Life With Lions - John Lennon
  • 1970 - Close to You (album) - Carpenters
  • 1971 - Ram - Paul McCartney
  • 1974 - Monkey Grip - Bill Wyman (first solo album by any member of the Rolling Stones)
  • 1985 - Raspberry Beret - Prince
  • 2001 - The World Needs a Hero - Megadeth
  • 2009 - Relapse - Eminem
Awards:
  • 1963 - Grammy Awards
    • Record of the Year - I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
    • Album of the Year - The First Family - Vaughn Meader
    • Song of the Year - What Kind of Fool Am I? - Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
    • New Artist - Robert Goulet
    • Pop Solo Female - Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson - Ella Fitzgerald
    • Pop Solo Male - I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Tony Bennett
    • Pop Duo or Group With Vocals - If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary
    • Rock & Roll Recording - Alley Cat - Bent Fabric
    • R&B Recording - I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
    • Country & Western Recording - Funny Way of Laughin' - Burl Ives
    • Folk Recording - If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1948 - Nature Boy - Nat King Cole (7 weeks)
  • 1976 - Boogie Fever - Sylvers (1 week)
  • 1982 - Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (7 weeks)
  • 1993 - That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson (8 weeks)
  • 2010 - OMG - Usher Featuring will.i.am
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1948 - Busy Fingers - Three Suns (1 week)
  • 1971 - Four Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1 week)
  • 1976 - Black & Blue - Rolling Stones (2 weeks)
  • 1982 - Asia - Asia (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - The Bodyguard - Whitney Houston/Soundtrack (3 weeks (17 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1999 - Ruff Ryders Ryde or Die Volume 1 - Various Artists (1 week)
  • 2004 - D12 World - D12 (1 week)
  • 2010 - The Adventures of Bobby Ray - B.o.B. (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1959 - A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight - Elvis Presley (5 weeks)
  • 1971 - Knock Three Times - Tony Orlando & Dawn (5 weeks)
  • 1982 - A Little Peace - Nicole (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - Come On You Reds - Manchester United Football Squad (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1993 - Republic - New Order (1 week)
  • 2005 - Heart and Soul - Steve Brookstein (1 week)

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