Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Almanac: May 4, 2016

Birthdays:

  • 1905 - Al Dexter (born Clarence Poindexter) (d. 1984)
  • 1923 - Ed Cassidy (Spirit) (d. 2012)
  • 1928 - Maynard Ferguson (d. 2006)
  • 1930 - Katherine Jackson (mother of the Jacksons) (86)
  • 1937 - Dick Dale (79)
  • 1938 - Tyrone Davis (d. 2005)
  • 1940 - Ronnie Bond (Troggs) (d. 1992)
  • 1941 - Nickolas Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) (d. 2011)
  • 1944 - Peggy Santiglia (Angels) (72)
  • 1945 - George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (71)
  • 1949 - Zal Cleminson (Sensational Alex Harvey Band) (67)
  • 1949 - Stella Parton (67)
  • 1950 - Darryl Hunt (Pogues) (66)
  • 1951 - Jackie Jackson (Jacksons) (65)
  • 1951 - Mick Mars (Motley Crue) (65)
  • 1951 - Bruce Day (Santana, Pablo Cruise) (d. 1999)
  • 1953 - Oleta Adams (63)
  • 1954 - Pia Zadora (62)
  • 1954 - Don King (62)
  • 1959 - Randy Travis (57)
  • 1961 - Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz) (55)
  • 1970 - Gregg Alexander (New Radicals) (46)
  • 1972 - Mike Dirnt (Green Day) (44)
  • 1979 - Lance Bass (N'Sync) (37)
Deaths:
  • 1987 - Paul Butterfield - Drug related heart failure (44)
  • 2004 - Clement Seymour Dodd (produced Bob Marley's first recordings) - Heart attack (72)
  • 2012 - Adam Yauch (MCA) (Beastie Boys) - Cancer of the salivary gland (47)
On This Day:
  • 1956 - Lonnie Donegan quit the Cliff Barber Jazz Band.
  • 1957 - Alan Freed's TV series, The Big Beat, premiered on ABC. It would only last four episodes and was reportedly canceled when Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a white girl.
  • 1959 - Domenico Modugno won Record and Song of the Year at the first Grammy Awards for Nel Blu Del Pinto di Blu (Volare).  Album of the Year went to Henry Mancini for The Music From Peter Gunn.
  • 1959 - Dick Clark announced the first movie that would be made by his production company would be called Harrison High.
  • 1964 - The Moody Blues formed.
  • 1968 - Mary Hopkin won her section of the British TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
  • 1973 - Led Zeppelin opened their U.S. tour
  • 1975 - Elvis Presley started a North American Tour in Lake Charles, LA.
  • 1977 - A benefit was held at CBGB's with Patti Smith, David Johansen, Blondie, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Suicide and others. 
  • 1989 - Stevie Ray Vaughan opened his last tour in Vancouver, BC. 
  • 1989 - Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays was arrested on cocaine possession charges. 
  • 1990 - Madonna played the first date on the North American leg of the Blonde Ambition tour.
  • 1990 - Angela Bowie revealed that her husband, David Bowie, had slept with Mick Jagger.
  • 1991 - Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from the Berklee College of Music.
  • 1991 - Travis Tritt made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1997 - Courtney Love put the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain on the market.
  • 2000 - Metallica gave Napster the names of 335,000 people who they said had been illegally trading their songs through the service and demanded that they be cut off.
  • 2006 - Pearl Jam played one song on the David Letterman Show and, afterwards, played ten more for members of their fan club in the Ed Sullivan Theater. 
  • 2008 - The house of Martha Reeves was broken into and $1 million in recording equipment was stolen. The thief was arrested later in the day.
Marriages:
  • 2011 - Marie Osmond and Steve Craig (remarried 26 years after they were divorced)
  • 2013 - James Righton (Klaxons) and Keira Knightley
Recorded:
  • 1956 - Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps
  • 1961 - A Little Bit of Soap - Jarmels

Released:
  • 1999 - A Place in the Sun - Tim McGraw
  • 2004 - Horse of a Different Color - Big and Rich (debut album)
Broadcasting:
  • 1957 - The Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Review (ABC) - Dell Vikings, Clovers, Guy Mitchell, Sal Mineo, Screamin' Jay Hawkins (debut)
  • 1960 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Bobby Rydell
  • 1963 - The Wilburn Brothers' nationally syndicated television show premiered.
  • 2000 - Diagnosis: Murder (CBS) - Helen Reddy
  • 2003 - American Dreams (NBC) - Third Eye Blind (portrays the Kinks)
Awards:
  • 1959 - Grammy Awards (Debut)
    • Record of the Year - Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
    • Album of the Year - The Music From Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini
    • Song of the Year - Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Female - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook - Ella Fitzgerald
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Male - Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Group or Chorus - That Old Black Magic - Keely Smith & Louis Prima
    • R&B Performance - Tequila - Champs
    • Country & Western Performance - Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1946 - Prisoner of Love - Perry Como (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1963 - Days of Wine & Roses - Andy Williams (Mono Album Chart) (16 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Sting - Soundtrack (5 weeks)
  • 1996 - Evil Empire - Rage Against the Machine (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1956 - No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton (6 weeks)
  • 1961 - Blue Moon - Marcels (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - Waterloo - ABBA (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson (1 week)
  • 1997 - Love Won't Wait - Gary Barlow (1 week)
  • 2003 - Loneliness - Tomcraft (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1957 - The King and I - Soundtrack (6 weeks (22 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - Justified - Justin Timberlake (1 week)
  • 2008 - Hard Candy - Madonna (1 week)

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