Almanac: May 2, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1929 - Link Wray (d. 2005)
  • 1933 - Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention) (83)
  • 1936 - Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey) (80)
  • 1945 - Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) (71)
  • 1945 - R.C. Bannon (71)
  • 1946 - Bob Henrit (Kinks, Argent) (70)
  • 1946 - Lesley Gore (d. 2015)
  • 1948 - Larry Gatlin (68)
  • 1950 - Lou Gramm (Foreigner) (66)
  • 1951 - Jo Callis (Human League) (65)
  • 1954 - Prescott Niles (Knack) (62)
  • 1961 - Dr. Robert (Blowmonkeys) (55)
  • 1962 - Ty Herndon (54)
  • 1967 - David McAlmont (49)
  • 1969 - Ben Leach (The Farm) (47)
  • 1985 - Lily Allen (31)
Deaths:
  • 1972 - Les Harvey (Stone the Crows) - Electrocuted when he touched an ungrounded mike with wet hands (27)
  • 1974 - Roy Lee Centers (Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys) - Shot and killed in fight (29)
  • 2000 - Bobbi Martin - Cancer (56)
  • 2004 - Curtis Gordon (73)
  • 2013 - Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - Liver failure (49)
On This Day:
  • 1956 - Sonny Burgess signed with Sam Phillips and Sun Records.
  • 1960 - Ben E. King left the Drifters to sign with Atco Records.
  • 1960 - Production began on G.I. Blues, Elvis Presley's first movie since being released from the Army. 
  • 1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on Ed Sullivan.
  • 1967 - Capitol Records announced that the Beach Boys have abandoned their sessions for the album Smile.
  • 1969 - The Who gave a preview of Tommy to the press at Ronnie Scott's in London.
  • 1972 - Bruce Springsteen auditioned for Columbia's A&R man John Hammond both in his office and at the Gaslight Club in New York at night.
  • 1979 - The Who performed their first concert since the death of Keith Moon. Kenny Jones replaced Moon on drums.
  • 1979 - The Who's movie Quadrophenia debuted in London.
  • 1980 - Joy Division played their last show with lead singer Ian Curtis in Birmingham, England.
  • 1982 - Adam and the Ants split up.
  • 1988 - Clint Black signed with RCA. 
  • 1989 - Police were called when a man walked into a Los Angeles jewelry store wearing a wig and false mustache and teeth. It turned out to be Michael Jackson.
  • 1991 - R.E.M.'s video for Losing My Religion was banned in Ireland for its religious imagery.
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt received an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music.
  • 1998 - Loretta Lynn announced she was going to return to college to get her degree.
  • 2000 - L.A. Reid replaced Clive Davis as the head of Arista Records.
  • 2000 - LeAnn Rimes sued her father and former manager for allegedly embezzling funds. 
  • 2002 - The funeral of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was held in Atlanta.
  • 2003 - Kings of Leon played their first U.K. date in Blackpool. 
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke. 
  • 2005 - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker reunited as Cream for the first of four nights at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 2006 - Keith Richards was released from the hospital in New Zealand after suffering a mild concussion falling from a tree.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears hit the stage for the first time after her rehab stint. 
  • 2008 - Chad Kroeger of Nickelback lost his driving license for a year after being convicted of DUI in Vancouver. 
  • 2009 - Bob Dylan managed to mingle with a bunch of tourists in Liverpool to go on at tour of John Lennon's childhood home.
  • 2009 - LeAnn Rimes is the first major music star to sing the National Anthem at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby. 
  • 2010 - Nashville flooded causing millions in damage including historical artifacts from country music. 
  • 2013 - The funeral of George Jones was held in Nashville. 
Divorces:
  • 2005 - Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) (filed)
Recorded:
  • 1958 - Carol - Chuck Berry
  • 1960 - Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
  • 1969 - Something - Beatles
  • 1977 - Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • 1991 - Nevermind - Nirvana (first day of recording)
Released:
  • 1985 - The Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
Broadcasting:
  • 2008 - Ringo Starr: Off the Record (HBO)
  • 2011 - Castle (ABC) - Gene Simmons
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1981 - Morning Train (Nine-to-Five) - Sheena Easton (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1964 - The Beatles' Second Album - Beatles (5 weeks)
  • 2009 - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Soundtrack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1963 - From Me To You - Beatles (7 weeks)
  • 1970 - Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Good Times - Roll Deep (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (12 weeks)
  • 1992 - Wish - Cure (1 week)
  • 2004 - D12 World - D12 (1 week)
  • 2010 - The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B (1 week, 1 previous week at number 1)

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