Music Almanac: May 13, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1914 - Johnnie Wright (Johnnie and Jack) (d. 2011)
  • 1921 - Terry Fell (d. 2007) 
  • 1927 - Fred Hellerman (Weavers) (d. 2016) 
  • 1929 - Creed Taylor (89)
  • 1933 - Harold Winley (Clovers)  (85)
  • 1935 - Teddy Randazzo (d. 2003)
  • 1940 - Richard Brooks (Impressions) (78)
  • 1941 - Joe Brown (77)
  • 1941 - Ritchie Valens (born Richard Valenzuela) (d. 1959)
  • 1943 - Mary Wells (d. 1992)
  • 1944 - Carolyn Franklin (d. 1988)
  • 1945 - Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz (J. Geils Band) (73)
  • 1947 - Pete "Overend" Watts (Mott the Hoople) (d. 2017)
  • 1950 - Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Morris) (68)
  • 1950 - Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac) (68)
  • 1950 - Ronnie Foster (68)
  • 1951 - Paul Thompson (Roxy Music) (67)
  • 1954 - Johnny Logan (64)
  • 1955 - Andy Pask (Landscape) (63)
  • 1963 - Julian Brookhouse (Curiosity Killed the Cat) (55)
  • 1964 - Lorraine McIntosh (Deacon Blue) (54)
  • 1964 - Chris Maitland (Porcupine Tree) (54)
  • 1965 - Lari White (d. 2018)
  • 1966 - Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish) (52)
  • 1966 - Alison Goldfrapp (52)
  • 1966 - Lee Altus (Heathen) (52)
  • 1967 - Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied) (d. 2001)
  • 1967 - Melanie Thornton (La Bouche) (d. 2001)
  • 1968 - PMD (born Parrish Smith) (50)
  • 1969 - Buckethead (born Brian Carroll) (49)
  • 1976 - Ana Popovic (42)
  • 1979 - Michael Madden (Maroon 5) (39)
Deaths
  • 1975 - Bob Wills - Pneumonia (70) 
  • 1981 - Joan Weber - Heart failure (45)
  • 2006 - Johnnie Wilder, Jr. (Heatwave) - Cause unknown (56)
  • 2011 - Jack Richardson (producer) (81)
  • 2012 - Donald "Duck" Dunn (70)
On This Day
  • 1952 - The Royals, who would become Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, signed with Federal Records. 
  • 1955 - Elvis Presley had most of his clothes torn off at a concert in Jacksonville, FL. It was the first time a frenzy had broken out at one of his shows. Johnny Tillotson opened. 
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley started filming Jailhouse Rock. 
  • 1960 - Platinum High School, starring Conway Twitty, premiered in New York. 
  • 1965 - Elvis Presley's movie Tickle Me premiered. 
  • 1966 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band played live for the first time in Orange, CA.
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney did an interview tour to publicize the newly formed Apple Corps, Inc. 
  • 1970 - The Beatles documentary Let It Be premiered in New York.
  • 1971 - Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane drove her car into a wall near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The band was forced to postpone recording on their new album. 
  • 1971 - Stevie Wonder turned 21 and was released from his recording contract per the law.  He resigned with the Motown organization anyway. 
  • 1973 - That'll Be the Day starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Billy Fury and Keith Moon opened in the U.K. 
  • 1974 - 43 people were arrested and over fifty were injured outside a Jackson 5 concert in Washington, DC. 
  • 1977 - Hustler unsucessfully tried to get Linda Ronstadt to pose for them for $1 million. 
  • 1996 - Oasis sold 330,000 tickets for their summer tour in nine hours making them the fastest selling group in U.K. history to that date. 
  • 2002 - Madonna made her London West End debut in Up For Grabs.
  • 2003 - Michael Jackson filed a suit against Motown Records seeking back royalties. 
  • 2003 - Tommy Chong pled guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the internet. 
  • 2004 - Courtney Love plead not guilty to assault charges of hitting a concert goer in the head with her mic stand. 
  • 2005 - Jason Aldean performed for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 2007 - Brian May was put under surveillance after a man threatened to kill him. 
  • 2007 - Bo Diddley suffered a stroke and was hospitalized in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 2008 - A Frank Sinatra commemorative stamp was issued in the U.S.
  • 2008 - The Turtles' Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman sued Capitol records for letting Ice Cube sample their song Buzzsaw. 
  • 2008 - Remy Ma was sentenced to eight year in prison for assault and weapons possession. 
  • 2013 - Aretha Franklin cancelled two months of shows to undergo an unspecified treatment. 
  • 2016 - Tower of Power played at a California prison where there own Rick Stevens served 36 years for homicide. 
Marriages
  • 1985 - Bruce Springsteen and Julianne Phillips
Divorces
  • 1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Jane Mitcham (six months after marrying his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown)
Recorded
  • 1966 - Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
  • 1970 - No Matter What - Badfinger
  • 1971 - Hot Pants - James Brown
Released
  • 1983 - Hand in Glove - Smiths (debut single)
  • 1997 - Lee Ann Womack - Lee Ann Womack (debut album)
Broadcasts
  • 1979 - A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll Special (ABC) - Donny & Marie Osmond, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker
  • 1993 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler, Barry White
  • 2000 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Britney Spears (host and musical guest)
  • 2002 - The King of Queens (CBS) - Eddie Money
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1967 - The Happening - Supremes (1 week)
  • 1978 - If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman (1 week)
  • 1989 - I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi (1 week)
  • 2006 - SOS - Rihanna (3 weeks)
  • 2017 - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1950 - Young Man With a Horn - Doris Day & Harry James (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - Friday - Soundtrack (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - IV - Godsmack (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1950 - I Need You So - Ivory Joe Turner (2 weeks)
  • 1967 - Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (1 week)
  • 1978 - Take Me to the Next Phase (Part 1) - Isley Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Start of a Romance - Skyy (2 weeks)
  • 2017 - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (1 week (4 previous weeks))
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1967 - Sam's Place - Buck Owens (3 weeks)
  • 1972 - Grandma Harp - Merle Haggard (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - Is It Still Over? - Randy Travis (1 week)
  • 2000 - Buy Me a Rose - Kenny Rogers With Billy Dean & Alison Krauss (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporsry Singles
  • 1972 - Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens (1 week)
  • 1978 - Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione (1 week)
  • 2006 - Bad Day - Daniel Powter (18 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1955 - Stranger in Paradise - Tony Bennett (2 weeks)
  • 1965 - King of the Road - Roger Miller (1 week)
  • 1978 - Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M (5 weeks)
  • 1989 - Hand on Your Heart - Kylie Minogue (1 week)
  • 1995 - Dreamer - Livin' Joy (1 week)
  • 2000 - Oops!...I Did It Again - Britney Spears (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1967 - More of the Monkees - Monkees (1 week)
  • 1972 - Machine Head - Deep Purple (1 week (2 previous weeks)
  • 1989 - Street Fighting Years - Simple Minds (1 week)
  • 1995 - Nobody Else - Take That (2 weeks)
  • 2006 - Eyes Open - Snow Patrol (1 week)

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