Almanac: May 7, 2016

Birthdays:
  • 1927 - Jim Lowe (89)
  • 1931 - Teresa Brewer (d. 2007)
  • 1939 - Jimmy Ruffin (d. 2014)
  • 1939 - Johnny Maestro (Crests, Brooklyn Bridge) (d. 2010)
  • 1942 - Lorrie Collins (Collins Kids) (74)
  • 1943 - Ricky West (Tremeloes) (73)
  • 1943 - Thelma Houston (73)
  • 1943 - Terry Allen (73)
  • 1945 - Christy Moore (71)
  • 1946 - Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) (70)
  • 1946 - Bill Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) (70)
  • 1948 - Pete Wingfield (68
  • 1950 - Prairie Prince (Tubes) (66)
  • 1951 - Carlos Alomar (David Bowie band) (65)
  • 1956 - Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) (60)
  • 1961 - Phil Campbell (Motorhead) (55)
  • 1970 - Scooter Ward (Cold) (46)
  • 1971 - Eagle-Eye Cherry (45)
  • 1986 - Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) (30)
Deaths:
  • 1989 - Ron Wilson (Surfaris) - Brain aneurysm (43)
  • 1992 - Nigel Preston (Cult) (28)
  • 1998 - Eddie Rabbitt - Lung Cancer (56)
  • 2011 - John Walker (born John Maus) (Walker Brothers) - Liver cancer (67)
On This Day:
  • 1954 - Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters was drafted.
  • 1966 - Johnny Cash started his first U.K. tour in Liverpool. 
  • 1972 - Reginald Dwight officially changed his name to Elton Hercules John.
  • 1978 - David Bowie kicked off his Low/Heroes tour in New York.
  • 1982 - Diana Ross received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1983 - Paul Weller introduced his new group Style Council.
  • 1991 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for driving with open bottles of alcohol. He had driven across the mayor of Englewood, NJ's front lawn, ran into an 86 year old man and yelled death threats.
  • 1991 - Ozzy Osbourne is cleared in a suit by a couple who claimed his music influenced their son to try to commit suicide.
  • 1998 - Steve Perry left Journey for the second time.
  • 2000 - Patti Page plays the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2002 - The Rolling Stones announce their 2002-03 tour by coming into New York's Central Park in a blimp.
  • 2003 - Fleetwood Mac begin their Say You Will tour in Columbus, OH.
  • 2003 - Pete Townshend's nightmare over child pornography charges comes to an end with an official warning from the London Metropolitan Police Service.
Marriages:
  • 1995 - Sean Cassidy and Susan Diol
  • 2005 - Billy Dean and Stephanie Paisley
  • 2012 - Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan
Recorded:
  • 1941 - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller
  • 1968 - Aretha in Paris - Aretha Franklin
Released:
  • 1955 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
  • 1971 - Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones (U.S. release)
  • 1972 - Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones
Broadcasting:
  • 1972 - Special London Bridge (TV) Special - Tom Jones, Carpenters
  • 2002 - Gilmore Girls (WB) - Carole King
  • 2008 - Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (PBS) (documentary)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1966 - Monday Monday - The Mamas & the Papas (3 weeks)
  • 1977 - Hotel California - Eagles (1 week)
  • 1988 - Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby (1 week)
  • 1994 - The Sign - Ace of Base (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani (4 weeks)
  • 2011 - E.T. - Katy Perry Featuring Kanye West (1 week-to-date (3 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1960 - Theme From a Summer Place - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (mono albums) (2 weeks)
  • 1960 - The Sound of Music - Original Cast (stereo albums) (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - ...Something to Be - Rob Thomas (1 week)
  • 2011 - 21 - Adele (1 week-to-date (4 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1954 - Secret Love - Doris Day (8 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1964 - Don't Throw Your Love Away - Searchers (2 weeks)
  • 1977 - Free - Denice Williams (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - Dreamer - Livin' Joy (1 week)
  • 2000 - Oops!...I Did It Again - Britney Spears (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1988 - Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - Parklife - Blur (1 week)
  • 2006 - Eyes Open - Snow Patrol (1 week)

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