Music Almanac: May 18, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1911 - Big Joe Turner (d. 1985)
  • 1912 - Perry Como (d. 2001)
  • 1922 - Kai Winding (d. 1983)
  • 1936 - Leon Ashley (d. 2013) 
  • 1939 - Glen Hardin (79)
  • 1942 - Rodney Dillard (Dillards) (76)
  • 1944 - Albert Hammond (74)
  • 1946 - Bruce Gilbert (Wire) (72)
  • 1946 - George Alexander (Flamin' Groovies) (72)
  • 1948 - Joe Bonsall, Jr. (Oak Ridge Boys) (70)
  • 1948 - Butch Tavares (Tavares) (70)
  • 1949 - Rick Wakeman (Strawbs, Yes) (69)
  • 1949 - Bill Wallace (Guess Who) (69)
  • 1949 - Gary Scruggs (69)
  • 1950 - Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) (68)
  • 1952 - George Strait (66)
  • 1954 - Wreckless Eric (born Eric Goulden) (64)
  • 1957 - Michael Cretu (Enigma) (61)
  • 1958 - Victoria Wilcox (Toyah) (60)
  • 1961 - Hugh Whittaker (Housemartins) (57)
  • 1961 - Russell Senior (Pulp) (57)
  • 1969 - Martika (born Marta Marrero) (49)
  • 1970 - Billy Howerdel (A Perfect Circle) (48)
  • 1975 - Jack Johnson (43)
  • 1975 - Jem (born Jemma Griffiths) (43)
  • 1979 - David Nail (39) 
Deaths
  • 1975 - Leroy Anderson - Cancer (66)
  • 1980 - Ian Curtis (Joy Division) - Suicide (23)
  • 2004 - Clint Warwick (Moody Blues) - Liver disease (63)
  • 2004 - Elvin Jones - Heart problems (76)
  • 2006 - Andy Capps (Built to Spill) (37)
  • 2012 - Peter Jones (Crowded House) - Brain cancer (49)
  • 2014 - Jerry Vale (born Genaro Vitaliano) (83)
  • 2017 - Chris Cornell - Suicide (52)
On This Day 
  • 1957 - Rusty & Doug Kershaw made their debuts on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1963 - The Beatles started their first tour as the featured act. 
  • 1964 - A riot broke out at a Rolling Stones concert in Scotland after 4,000 fans showed up with forged tickets.
  • 1964 - Paul McCartney is interviewed by David Frost on the BBC.
  • 1966 - The Castiles with lead singer Bruce Springsteen made their first recordings.
  • 1967 - The Beatles agreed to do a worldwide satellite Broadcasts of them recording the song All You Need is Love.
  • 1968 - The North California Rock Festival was held with the Doors, the Grateful Dead, the Steve Miller Band, Taj Mahal, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish and the Jefferson Airplane.
  • 1978 - Bob Marley & the Wailers opened a U.S. tour in Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1978 - The movie The Buddy Holly Story with Gary Busey premiers in Dallas, TX.
  • 1981 - Diana Ross left Motown for a new contract with RCA. 
  • 1982 - Joe Strummer of the Clash reappears after going into hiding for a month in Paris.
  • 1986 - The made for TV movie Stagecoach starring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings aired.
  • 1993 - Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1998 - Berry Gordy received the inaugural ASCAP American Legend Award.
  • 2003 - The funeral of June Carter Cash was held in Hendersonville, TN. 
Marriages
  • 1964 - Ritchie Blackmore and Margrit Volkmar
  • 1996 - Brad Nowell (Sublime) and Troy Dendekker
  • 2007 - Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil
Recorded
  • 1963 - Louie Louie - Kingsmen
  • 1964 - House of the Rising Sun - Animals
  • 1966 - Bus Stop - Hollies
Released
  • 1968 - Tiptoe Through the Tulips - Tiny Tim (single)
  • 1999 - Millennium - Backstreet Boys
Broadcasts
  • 1986 - Stagecoach (CBS) - Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, June Carter Cash, John Schneider, Jessi Colter, David Allan Coe, Billy Swan
  • 1995 - Seinfeld (NBC) - Bette Midler
  • 2002 - Ultimate Manilow (CBS) - Barry Manilow
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1959 - Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison (2 weeks)
  • 1963 - If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul (2 weeks)
  • 1968 - Tighten Up - Archie Bell & the Drells (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Streak - Ray Stevens (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds (1 week)
  • 1991 - I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five (1 week)
  • 1996 - Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (8 weeks)
  • 2013 - Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton (5 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1985 - No Jacket Required - Phil Collins (2 weeks (4 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1991 - Out of Time - R.E.M. (1 week)
  • 2002 - Hood Rich - Big Tymers (1 week)
  • 2013 - Life on a Rock - Kenny Chesney (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1968 - Tighten Up - Archie Bell & the Drells (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - I'm in Love - Aretha Frankin (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Fresh - Kool & the Gang (1 week)
  • 1991 - It Should've Been You - Teddy Pendergrass (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1946 - New Spanish Two-Step - Bob Wills (1 week)
  • 1959 - The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton (10 weeks)
  • 1968 - I Wanna Live - Glen Campbell (1 week)
  • 1974 - Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith (1 week)
  • 1985 - Step That Step - Sawyer Brown (1 week)
  • 1996 - My Maria - Brooks & Dunn (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1968 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Hugo Montenegro (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1961 - On the Rebound - Floyd Cramer (1 week)
  • 1967 - Silence is Golden - Tremeloes (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes (4 weeks)
  • 2002 - If Tomorrow Never Comes - Ronan Keating (1 week)
  • 2017 - Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber (6 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1968 - Scott 2 - Scott Walker (1 week)
  • 1996 - 1977 - Ash (1 week)
  • 2013 - The Shocking Miss Emerald - Caro Emerald (1 week)
  • 2017 - For Crying Out Loud - Kasabian (1 week)

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