Monday, May 09, 2016

Almanac: May 9, 2016

Birthdays:

  • 1911 - Harry Simeone (d. 2005)
  • 1914 - Hank Snow (d. 1999)
  • 1935 - Nokie Edwards (Ventures) (81)
  • 1937 - Sonny Curtis (Crickets) (79)
  • 1937 - Dave Prater (Sam & Dave) (d. 1988)
  • 1941 - Pete Birrell (Freddie & the Dreamers) (75)
  • 1941 - Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) (d. 1983)
  • 1942 - Bobby Lewis (country singer) (74)
  • 1943 - Tommy Roe (73)
  • 1944 - Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) (72)
  • 1944 - Don Dannemann (Cyrkle) (72)
  • 1945 - Steve Katz (Blood Sweat & Tears) (71)
  • 1949 - Billy Joel (67)
  • 1952 - Tom Petersson (Cheep Trick) (64)
  • 1953 - John Edwards (Status Quo) (63)
  • 1962 - Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) (54)
  • 1962 - Paul Heaton (Housemartins, Beautiful South) (54)
  • 1969 - Peter Wilkinson (Cast) (47)
  • 1970 - Ghostface Killah (born Dennis Coles) (46)
  • 1971 - Paul McGuigan (Oasis) (45)
  • 1975 - Tamia (born Tamia Hill) (41)
  • 1975 - Ryan 'Nik' Vikedal (Nickelback) (41)
  • 1979 - Andrew W.K. (born Andrew Wilkes-Krier) (37)
  • 1979 - Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan) (37)
Deaths:
  • 1989 - Keith Whitley - Alcohol poisoning (33)
  • 1998 - Lester Butler - Drug overdose (38)
  • 2001 - John E. Myers (writer Rock Around the Clock, Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie) (81)
  • 2010 - Lena Horne - Heart failure (92)
On This Day:
  • 1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis became the governor of the state of Louisiana. 
  • 1958 - Alan Freed was indicted in a Boston court for inciting unlawful destruction of property at one of his concert reviews.
  • 1962 - The Beatles signed their first contract with EMI.
  • 1963 - Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time after a show at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1964 - Chuck Berry opened his first U.K. tour in London.
  • 1964 - Louis Armstrong dethroned the Beatles at the top of the American Singles chart after 14 weeks with Hello Dolly.
  • 1966 - The Doors auditioned to become the house band at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood.
  • 1967 - It was Damita Jo Day in Austin, TX.
  • 1974 - John Landau saw Bruce Springsteen opening for Bonnie Raitt in Cambridge, MA. He wrote of the show "I have seen rock & roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen."
  • 1978 - Fee Waybill of the Tubes broke his leg falling from the stage in London.
  • 1980 - At the Ivor Novello Awards in London, I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats won Best Pop Song and Outstanding British Lyric while Supertramp's The Logical Song won Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
  • 1988 - Stores in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis refuse to stock his new album Lovesexy because of the picture of the nearly nude singer on the cover.
  • 1990 - Sinead O'Connor said she wouldn't perform on Saturday Night Live after she heard Andrew Dice Clay would be the host. 
  • 2000 - A U.S. appeals court upheld a $5.4 million suit saying that Michael Bolton had plagarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing from an Isley Brothers song of the same name.
  • 2001 - Kenny Rogers won a Career Achievement honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 2001 - Michael Jackson released a statement saying he had no plans to sell the Beatles catalog.
  • 2008 - Foxy Brown plead guilty to assaulting a neighbor with her BlackBerry phone.
  • 2010 - Blake Shelton proposed to Miranda Lambert.
  • 2011 - Whitney Houston checked herself into rehab. 
  • 2012 - Tim McGraw signed with Big Machine Records. 
Marriages:
  • 2005 - Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger
Recorded:
  • 1928 - Keep on the Sunny Side - Carter Family
  • 1968 - Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
  • 1982 - Infidels - Bob Dylan (completed)
Released:
  • 1953 - These Foolish Things - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (single)
  • 1969 - Electronic Sounds - George Harrison
  • 1970 - Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
  • 1985 - Sussudio - Phil Collins (single)
  • 1988 - Lovesexy - Prince
Broadcasting:
  • 1992 - Saturday Night Live - Tom Hanks
  • 1998 - Saturday Night Live - Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jimmy Page
  • 2008 - CMT Crossroads - Sara Evans and Maroon 5
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
  • 1942 - Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey (6 weeks)
  • 1964 - Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong (1 week)
  • 1970 - American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - Guess Who (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums:
  • 1959 - Gigi - Soundtrack (7 weeks)
  • 1981 - Paradise Theater - Styx (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2009 - Deeper than Rap - Rick Ross (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
  • 1981 - Stand and Deliver - Adam & the Ants (5 weeks)
  • 1987 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (4 weeks)
  • 1999 - I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
  • 1987 - Keep Your Distance - Curiosity Killed the Cat (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Stars - Simply Red (1 week)
  • 1999 - Head Music - Suede (1 week)
  • 2004 - Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2010 - Songs From the Tainted Cherry Tree - Diana Vickers (1 week)

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