Almanac: May 17, 2016

Births:
  • 1925 - Red Smiley (Reno & Smiley) (d. 1972)
  • 1939 - Pervis Jackson (Spinners) (d. 2008)
  • 1941 - Malcolm Hale (Spanky & Our Gang) (d. 1968)
  • 1942 - Taj Mahal (74)
  • 1944 - Jesse Winchester (d. 2014)
  • 1949 - Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) (67)
  • 1949 - Keith (67)
  • 1952 - Pat Flynn (New Grass Revival) (64)
  • 1953 - George Johnson (Brothers Johnson) (63)
  • 1958 - Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) (58)
  • 1958 - Alan Rankine (Association) (58)
  • 1961 - Enya (55)
  • 1963 - Page McConnell (Phish) (53)
  • 1965 - Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) (51)
  • 1968 - Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam) (48)
  • 1970 - Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) (46)
  • 1971 - Vernie Bennett (Eternal) (45)
  • 1973 - Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) (43)
  • 1974 - Andrea Corr (Corrs) (42)
  • 1980 - Dallas Taylor (Underoath) (36)
Deaths:
  • 1992 - Lawrence Welk - Pneumonia (89)
  • 1996 - Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Heart attack (61)
  • 1996 - Kevin Gilbert - Asphyxiation (29)
  • 1999 - Bruce Fairbairn (producer) (59)
  • 2002 - Sharon Sheeley (songwriter of Poor Little Fool, Dum Dum) - Cerebral hemorrhage (62)
  • 2012 - Donna Summer - Lung cancer (63)
  • 2013 - Alan O'Day - Brain cancer (72)
On This Day:
  • 1952 - Johnny Horton debuted on the Louisiana Hayride.
  • 1958 - It was Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Farriday, LA.
  • 1963 - The first Monterey Folk Festival was held with artists including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.
  • 1964 - Bob Dylan made his first major appearance in the U.K. at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
  • 1966 - Bob Dylan appeared at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester for a show that eventually was put out as part of his Bootleg Series.
  • 1967 - The Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back premiered in San Francisco.
  • 1971 - The musical Godspell opened on Broadway.
  • 1974 - The Elton John special Goodbye Norma Jean and Other Things airs.
  • 1975 - Elton John received a platinum record for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
  • 1975 - Mick Jagger punched a window in a restaurant, requiring twenty stitches in his hand.
  • 1978 - The movie Thank God It's Friday (with Donna Summer) premiered in Los Angeles.
  • 1980 - Paul and Linda McCartney were musical guests on Saturday Night Live.
  • 1980 - Peter Criss left Kiss to pursue a solo career. Eric Carr was his replacement.
  • 1983 - Bill Monroe was honored by Ronald Reagan at the White House as the only living American credited with originating a music form. 
  • 1987 - Tom Petty's house was destroyed by fire.
  • 1989 - Bill Wyman opened his first Sticky Fingers restaurant in London.
  • 1990 - Nirvana drummer Chad Channing played his last show with the band. 
  • 2000 - The Eagles filed a lawsuit against the Hotel California restaurant in Dallas, TX.
  • 2001 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville.
  • 2002 - Lance Bass of *NSYNC went in the hospital to correct an irregular heartbeat. 
  • 2003 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots was arrested on suspicion of drug possession in Los Angeles.
  • 2005 - Kylie Minogue announced that she had breast cancer. 
  • 2009 - Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy received their medallions as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2013 - Bob Dylan became an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 
Marriages:
  • 2008 - Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
Divorces:
  • 2004 - Lisa Loeb & Dweezil Zappa (separation)
  • 2006 - Paul McCartney & Heather Mills (separation)
Recorded:
  • 1967 - Gentle on My Mind - Glen Campbell
  • 1993 - American Recordings - Johnny Cash (first day of recording)
Broadcasting:
  • 1974 - Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things (ABC) - Elton John
  • 1974 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Frankie Avalon, Sam & Dave, Fabian, Shirley & Lee
  • 1980 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Paul and Linda McCartney
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1952 - Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson (5 weeks)
  • 1986 - Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1975 - That's The Way of the World - Earth, Wind & Fire (3 weeks)
  • 1986 - Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (7 weeks (7 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1997 - Carrying Your Love With Me - George Strait (1 week)
  • 2003 - Get Rich or Die Tryin' - 50 Cent (1 week)
  • 2008 - Hard Candy - Madonna (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1957 - Rock-a-Billy - Guy Mitchell (1 week)
  • 1962 - Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & the Stingers (1 week)
  • 1975 - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette (3 weeks)
  • 1980 - What's Another Year - Johnny Logan (2 weeks)
  • 1986 - The Chicken Songs - Splitting Image (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Under the Bridge/Lady Marmalade - All Saints (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 2009 - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1980 - The Magic of Boney M: 20 Greatest Hits - Boney M (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Spice - Spice Girls (1 week)
  • 1998 - International Velvet - Catatonia (1 week)
  • 2009 - 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day (1 week)

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