Sunday, May 08, 2016

Almanac: May 8, 2016

Birthdays:

  • 1911 - Robert Johnson (d. 1938)
  • 1940 - Rick Nelson (d. 1985)
  • 1942 - Jack Blanchard (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan) (74)
  • 1942 - Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood (Mothers of Invention) (74)
  • 1943 - Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille) (73)
  • 1943 - Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds) (73)
  • 1944 - Gary Glitter (72)
  • 1944 - Bill Legend (T-Rex) (72)
  • 1945 - Keith Jarrett (71)
  • 1947 - Rick Derringer (69)
  • 1947 - Phil Sawyer (Spencer Davis Group) (69)
  • 1950 - Eric Brittingham (Cinderella) (66)
  • 1951 - Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) (65)
  • 1951 - Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) (65)
  • 1953 - Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac) (63)
  • 1955 - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) (61)
  • 1964 - Peter Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (52)
  • 1966 - Blag Dahlia (born Paul Cafaro) (Dwarves) (50)
  • 1968 - Del Gray (Little Texas) (48)
  • 1972 - Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) (443)
  • 1975 - Enrique Iglesias (41)
  • 1976 - Martha Wainwright (40)
  • 1976 - Ian "H" Watkins (Steps) (40)
  • 1977 - Joe Bonamassa (39)
  • 1978 - Ana Maria Lombo (Eden's Crush) (38)
  • 1980 - Michelle McManus (36)
  • 1983 - Matt Willis (Busted) (33)
Deaths:
  • 1967 - Laverne Andrews (Andrews Sisters) - Cancer (65)
  • 1974 - Graham Bond - Suicide (36)
  • 1982 - Neil Bogart (Founder of Casablanca Records) - Cancer (39)
  • 2008 - Eddy Arnold (89)
On This Day:
  • 1954 - The BBC banned the record Such a Night by Johnny Ray due to its suggestiveness.
  • 1965 - The video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues was shot next to the Savoy Hotel in London.
  • 1967 - Gerry & the Pacemakers announced they were breaking up.
  • 1969 - John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed a management agreement with Gary Klein of ABKCO.
  • 1972 - Billy Preston became the first rock artist to headline at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1976 - Johnny Cash received an honorary degree from National University in San Diego. 
  • 1977 - Olivia Newton-John appeared in New York for the first time, playing the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • 1990 - Tom Waits was awarded $2.5 million by a Los Angles Court in a case against Frito-Lay over the use of a sound-alike singer.
  • 1993 - Mark Knopfler was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Newcastle on Tyne.
  • 1996 - Def Leppard's Rick Allen has spousal abuse charges refiled against him in Los Angeles after he failed to complete a substance abuse counseling program.
  • 1998 - Johnny Winter was added to the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 2001 - The manager of the Insane Clown Posse was arrested in Omaha, NB after choking a member of the audience who had on an Eminem t-shirt and was throwing M&M candies at the band on stage. 
  • 2005 - Mindy McCready's boyfriend was charge with attempted murder and burglary after breaking into the singer's home. 
  • 2006 - The Rolling Stones were forced to call off their European Tour when Keith Richards has emergency brain surgery due to a fall from a coconut tree in Fiji.
  • 2013 - Ja Rule was released from prison after two year incarceration for gun and tax evasion charges. 
  • 2014 - Chuck Berry was named one of the winners of the Polar Music Prize.
Marriages:
  • 1978 - Donny Osmond and Debra Glenn
  • 1992 - Will Smith and Sheree Zampino
  • 2009 - Kian Egan (Westlife) and Jodi Albert
Released:
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles
Broadcasting:
  • 2011 - Why Not? With Shania Twain (OWN) - Shania Twain (premier)
  • 2012 - The Voice (NBC) - Lady Antebellum
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1976 - Welcome Back - John Sebastian (1 week)
  • 1982 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis (1 week)
  • 1999 - Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1993 - Get a Grip - Aerosmith (1 week)
  • 1999 - Fanmail - TLC (1 week)
  • 2010 - Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna - Glee Cast (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1976 - Fernando - ABBA (4 weeks)
  • 1994 - Inside - Stiltskin (1 week)
  • 2005 - Lonely - Akon (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1971 - Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (4 weeks)
  • 1976 - Greatest Hits - ABBA (9 weeks)
  • 1985 - Tug of War - Paul McCartney (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 2005 - Trouble - Akon (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))

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