Almanac: May 25, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1893 - Ernest "Pop" Stoneman (d. 1968)
  • 1921 - Hal David (d. 2012)
  • 1922 - Kitty Kallen (d. 2016)
  • 1927 - Norman Petty (d. 1984)
  • 1936 - Tom T. Hall (82)
  • 1936 - Donnie Elbert (d. 1989)
  • 1942 - Brian Davison (Nice, Gong) (d. 2008)
  • 1943 - Leslie Uggams (75)
  • 1943 - Poli Palmer (Family) (75)
  • 1944 - Charlie Harper (U.K. Subs) (74)
  • 1947 - Jessi Colter (71)
  • 1947 - Mitch Margo (Tokens) (71)
  • 1948 - Klaus Meine (Scorpions) (70)
  • 1950 - Jean Millington (Fanny) (68)
  • 1950 - Robert Steinhardt (Kansas) (68)
  • 1955 - John Grimaldi (Argent) (63)
  • 1956 - Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel) (62)
  • 1956 - Sugar Minott (d. 2010)
  • 1958 - Paul Weller (Jam, Style Council) (60)
  • 1959 - Rick Smith (Underworld) (59)
  • 1969 - Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond) (49)
  • 1976 - Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed) (42)
  • 1978 - Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace) (40)
  • 1980 - Joe King (Fray) (38)
Deaths
  • 1974 - Pam Morrison (widow of Jim Morrison) - Drug overdose
  • 1981 - Roy Brown - Heart attack (55)
  • 1994 - Eric Gale - Lung cancer (55)
  • 1995 - Dick Curless (63)
  • 1996 - Brad Nowell (Sublime) - Heroin overdose (28)
  • 2005 - Ben Peters (songwriter, Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Before the Next Teardrop Falls) (71)
  • 2005 - Domenic Troiano (James Gang, Guess Who) - Prostate cancer (59)
  • 2006 - Desmond Dekker - Heart attack (64)
  • 2013 - Marshall Lytle (Bill Haley and the Comets) - Lung cancer (79)
On This Day 
  • 1951 - Marty Robbins signed with Columbia Records.
  • 1965 - Dave Davies of the Kinks is knocked unconscious during a London concert.
  • 1969 - A benefit was held in London for the families of Fairport Convention member Martin Lamble and others who were killed in an auto accident. On the bill were Family, Pretty Things and Soft Machine.
  • 1970 - Peter Green played his last show with Fleetwood Mac.
  • 1973 - Carole King played a free concert in New York's Central Park for 100,000 people.
  • 1973 - Richard Branson launched Virgin Records.
  • 1978 - Paul McGuinness became the manager of The Hype who would soon change their name to U2.
  • 1978 - Keith Moon performed with the Who for the final time.
  • 1990 - Fleetwood Mac kicked off their Behind the Mask tour in Vancouver with opening act Squeeze.
  • 1991 - Billboard began using SoundScan technology for charting. 
  • 1992 - Khalil Rountree, the manager for Boyz II Men, was murdered by three gunmen in Chicago. 
  • 1994 - Barbra Streisand cancelled the first of six nights in Anaheim after coming down with viral laryngitis.
  • 1997 - Bob Dylan is admitted to a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains that turn out to be an inflammation of the sac around his heart.
  • 2000 - Wilson Pickett is the big winner at the W.C. Handy Awards taking three awards.
  • 2000 - Paul McCartney is given the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award at the Ivor Novello Awards.
  • 2000 - Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer in Houston.
  • 2002 - 25 people were injured in the mosh pit at an Eminem show in Washington, DC. 
  • 2004 - Madonna was forced to cancel three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her children.
  • 2004 - Tray Anastasio wrote to Phish fans that the band was breaking up. 
  • 2005 - Garth Brooks proposed to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans.
  • 2006 - Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Bee Gees, New Order and Ray Davies are honored at the Ivor Novello Awards.
  • 2007 - Wayne Fontana of the Mindbenders was arrested after pouring gas on over a bailiff's car and setting it on fire while the man was within.
Marriages
  • 1991 - Randy Travis and Lib Hatcher
Recorded
  • 1961 - You Don't Know What You've Got - Ral Donner 
  • 1969 - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - Hollies (Elton John on piano)
Released
  • 1962 - Twist & Shout - Isley Brothers
  • 1983 - Holy Diver - Dio
Broadcasts
  • 2005 - American Idol (ABC) - Carrie Underwood (named winner)
  • 2010 - Dancing With the Stars (ABC) - Nicole Scherzinger (named winner)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1946 - The Gypsy - Ink Spots (10 weeks)
  • 1985 - Everything She Wants - Wham! (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - I Don't Wanna Cry - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1946 - Benny Goodman Sextet - Benny Goodman Sextet (2 weeks)
  • 1968 - Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel (3 weeks)
  • 1991 - Time, Love & Tenderness - Michael Bolton (1 week)
  • 1996 - The Score - Fugees (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - Juslisen - Musiq Soulchild (1 week)
  • 2013 - Golden - Lady Antebellum (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1963 - I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (1 week)
  • 1985 - You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston (1 week)
  • 1991 - Kissing You - Keith Washington (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1946 - Guitar Polka - Al Dexter (1 week (15 previous weeks))
  • 1968 - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - No Charge - Melba Montgomery (1 week)
  • 1985 - Radio Heart - Charley McClain (1 week)
  • 1991 - In a Different Light - Doug Stone (1 week)
  • 2002 - Drive (For Daddy Gene) - Alan Jackson (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1963 - I Love You Because - Al Martino (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - Help Me - Joni Mitchell (1 week)
  • 1985 - Suddenly - Billy Ocean (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - Love is a Wonderful Thing - Michael Bolton (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1961 - You're Driving Me Crazy - Temperance Seven (1 week)
  • 1996 - Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit - Gina G (1 week)
  • 2002 - Just a Little - Liberty X (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K Albums
  • 1968 - John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - Journey to the Center of the Earth - Rick Wakeman (1 week)
  • 1985 - Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Older - George Michael (3 weeks)
  • 2002 - 18 - Moby (1 week)
  • 2013 - Time - Rod Stewart (1 week)
  • 2017 - Harry Styles - Harry Styles (1 week)

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