Friday, May 20, 2016

Almanac: May 20, 2016

Births:

  • 1925 - Vic Ames (Ames Brothers) (d. 1978)
  • 1940 - Shorty Long (d. 1969)
  • 1942 - Jill Jackson (Paula of Paul & Paula) (74)
  • 1944 - Joe Cocker (d. 2014)
  • 1946 - Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) (70)
  • 1950 - Warren Cann (Ultravox) (66)
  • 1954 - James Henderson (Black Oak Arkansas) (62)
  • 1954 - Guy Hoffman (BoDeans, Violent Femmes) (62)
  • 1955 - Steve George (Mr. Mister) (61)
  • 1958 - Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's) (58)
  • 1959 - Susan Cowsill (Cowsills) (57)
  • 1959 - Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole (d. 1997)
  • 1961 - Nick Heyward (Haircut 100) (55)
  • 1961 - Dan Wilson (Semisonic) (55)
  • 1963 - Brian Nash (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (53)
  • 1964 - Patti Russo (Meat Loaf) (52)
  • 1966 - Thomas Gorman (Belly) (50)
  • 1967 - Kit Clark (Danny Wilson) (49)
  • 1972 - Busta Rhymes (born Trevor Smith, Jr.) (44)
  • 1981 - Sean Conlon (Five) (35)
  • 1984 - Naturi Naughton (3LW) (32)
  • 1985 - Jon Pardi (31)
Deaths:
  • 1964 - Rudy Lewis (Drifters) - Possible drug overdose (27)
  • 2012 - Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) - Colorectal cancer, kidney & liver failure (62)
On This Day:
  • 1960 - Alan Freed was indicted for tax evasion as a result of the Payola scandal.
  • 1966 - John Entwistle and Keith Moon quit the Who after Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey took the stage without them in Windsor, England because they were late. The group ended up fighting with Townshend hitting Moon in the head with his guitar. They rejoined a week later. 
  • 1969 - Peter Cetera of Chicago was attacked by four Marines during a game a Dodger Stadium, breaking his jaw.
  • 1970 - The Beatles film Let It Be premiered in London and Liverpool. It had debuted in New York a week earlier. 
  • 1978 - The Buddy Holly Story premiered in Holly's hometown of Lubbock, TX. 
  • 1979 - Elton John performed in Leningrad to kick off the first tour by a western solo pop artist in the Soviet Union. 
  • 1980 - Joe Strummer of the Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany for hitting a rowdy audience member with his guitar. 
  • 1994 - The movie Maverick opened in theaters. The film included appearances by Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black.
  • 1998 - Motley Crue's Tommy Lee was sentenced to six months in jail for spousal abuse. 
  • 1998 - The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held in Beverly Hills. 
  • 1998 - Black Sabbath's Bill Ward had a heart attack during band rehearsals. 
  • 1999 - Over twenty acts sued K-Tel International for failure to pay royalties.
  • 1999 - The results of an autopsy on the exhumed body of Tammy Wynette showed she died from heart failure. 
  • 2003 - James Brown was pardoned for past crimes in the state of South Carolina. 
  • 2005 - Kylie Minogue underwent surgery for breast cancer. 
  • 2008 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution naming May 13 as Frank Sinatra Day. 
  • 2009 - Michael Jackson forced the opening of his This Is It shows in London to be delayed by four nights due to needing more dress rehearsal.
  • 2011 - Pete Doherty was sentenced to six months in prison after he was filmed taking crack cocaine. 
Marriages:
  • 1950 - George Jones and Dorothy Bonvillion
  • 1968 - Pete Townshend (Who) and Karen Astley
  • 1995 - Don Henley and Sharon Summerall
  • 2000 - Scott Weiland and Mary Forsberg
  • 2013 - Ray Manzarek - Bile duct cancer (74)
Recorded:
  • 1969 - Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
Released:
  • 1954 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets (released again a year later)
  • 1980 - My Home's in Alabama - Alabama
  • 1980 - Unmasked - KISS
  • 1997 - The Colour And The Shape - Foo Fighters
Broadcasting:
  • 1961 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (ITV) - Cliff Richard (television debut)
  • 1968 - The Pistol Shot (BBC 2) - David Bowie (as an actor)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1967 - Groovin' - Young Rascals (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1950 - Cinderella - Soundtrack (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1961 - G.I. Blues - Elvis Presley (3 weeks (2 previous weeks))
  • 2006 - 10,000 Days - Tool (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1965 - Where Are You Now (My Love) - Jackie Trent (1 week)
  • 1972 - Metal Guru - T. Rex (4 weeks)
  • 1989 - Ferry 'Cross the Mercy - The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gary Marsden and Scott Aitken Waterman (3 week)
  • 2001 - Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7 (1 week (1 previous))
  • 2007 - Umbrella - Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z (10 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1967 - The Sound of Music - Soundtrack (1 week (62 previous weeks))
  • 1972 - Bolan Boogie - T. Rex (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - Ten Good Reasons - Jason Donovan (2 weeks)
  • 2001 - Reveal  - R.E.M. (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park (1 week)

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