Almanac: May 23, 2016
- 1910 - Artie Shaw (d. 2004)
- 1918 - Bumps Blackwell (d. 1985)
- 1925 - Mac Wiseman (91)
- 1928 - Rosemary Clooney (d. 2002)
- 1934 - Robert Moog (d. 2005)
- 1941 - General Norman Johnson (Chairman of the Board) (d. 2010)
- 1945 - Misty Morgan (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan) (71)
- 1946 - Danny Klein (J. Geils Band) (70)
- 1946 - Ruth Underwood (born Ruth Komanoff) (Mother's of Invention) (70)
- 1947 - Bill Hunt (Electric Light Orchestra) (69)
- 1951 - Judy Rodman (65)
- 1952 - James Mankey (Concrete Blonde) (64)
- 1953 - Rick Fenn (10cc) (63)
- 1955 - Luka Bloom (61)
- 1957 - Jimmy McShane (Baltimora) (d. 1995)
- 1958 - Shelly West (58)
- 1967 - Junior Waite (Musical Youth) (49)
- 1967 - Phil Selway (Radiohead) (49)
- 1972 - Brian McComas (44)
- 1973 - Maxwell (born Gerald Rivera) (43)
- 1974 - Jewel (born Jewel Kilcher) (42)
- 1975 - K.T. Tunstall (41)
- 1978 - Scott Raynor (blink-182) (38)
- 1981 - Gwenno Saunders (Pipettes) (35)
- 1983 - Heidi Range (Sugarbabes) (33)
- 1975 - "Moms" Mabley - Heart failure (81)
- 2005 - Clifford Antone (ran Austin club Antone's) (56)
On This Date:
- 1960 - Merle Kilgore made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1964 - Ella Fitzgerald had the first hit with a Beatles cover when Can't Buy Me Love reached #34 in the U.K.
- 1970 - The Grateful Dead played outside the U.S. for the first time in Lyme, England.
- 1971 - Iron Butterfly broke up.
- 1973 - The Jefferson Airplane were barred from playing Golden Gate Park in San Francisco after the city council banned electric instruments in public concerts.
- 1974 - George Harrison announced the start of Dark Horse records.
- 1978 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band started the Darkness Tour in Buffalo, NY.
- 1979 - Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy over a $575,000 dispute with his record company.
- 1982 - In the U.K., the musicians union tried to ban synthesizers and drum machines.
- 1987 - Beastie Boys and Run-DMC opened a U.K. tour in London.
- 1992 - It was announced that Freddie Mercury left the majority of his estate to long-time friend Mary Austin.
- 2000 - A statement was released saying Noel Gallagher had left Oasis' European tour.
- 2000 - Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins would break up at the end of the year.
- 2002 - Madonna opened on London's West End in Up For Grabs.
- 2002 - Buddy Guy was the big winner at the W.C. Handy Awards.
- 2002 - U2's Walk On won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song while Mick Hucknall won for Best Song Collection and Kate Bush was given Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
- 2006 - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were given the Polar Music Prize in Sweden.
- 2010 - Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill, Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 2014 - The parents of the camera assistant killed on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic sued Allman and the film's director for wrongful death.
- 2004 - Michelle Branch and Teddy Landau
- 1940 - I'll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey and the Pied Pipers
- 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers
- 1967 - See Emily Play - Pink Floyd (group's second single)
- 1966 - Paperback Writer/Rain - Beatles (single)
- 1969 - Tommy - Who
- 1979 - Dynasty - KISS
- 2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
- 2010 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones (re-release)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers (5 weeks)
- 1998 - My All - Mariah Carey (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
- 1970 - McCartney - Paul McCartney (3 weeks)
- 1992 - Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross (1 week)
- 1998 - The Limited Series - Garth Brooks (2 weeks)
- 2009 - Epiphany - Chrisette Michele (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1999 - Sweet Like Chocolate - Shanks & Bigfoot (2 weeks)
- 2010 - Nothin' But You - B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (3 weeks)
- 1981 - Stars on 45 - Starsound (5 weeks)
- 1987 - It's Better to Travel - Sing Out Sister (2 weeks)
- 1992 - Fear the Dark - Iron Maiden (1 week)
- 1999 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA (2 weeks (3 previous weeks at number 1))
- 2010 - Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones (1 week)