Music Almanac: May 23, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1910 - Artie Shaw (d. 2004)
  • 1918 - Bumps Blackwell (d. 1985)
  • 1925 - Mac Wiseman (93)
  • 1928 - Rosemary Clooney (d. 2002)
  • 1934 - Robert Moog (d. 2005)
  • 1941 - General Norman Johnson (Chairman of the Board) (d. 2010)
  • 1944 - Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood (Parliament/Funkadelic) (d. 1979)
  • 1945 - Misty Morgan (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan) (73)
  • 1946 - Danny Klein (J. Geils Band) (72)
  • 1946 - Ruth Underwood (born Ruth Komanoff) (Mother's of Invention) (72)
  • 1947 - Bill Hunt (Electric Light Orchestra) (71)
  • 1951 - Judy Rodman (67)
  • 1952 - James Mankey (Concrete Blonde) (66)
  • 1953 - Rick Fenn (10cc) (65)
  • 1955 - Luka Bloom (63)
  • 1957 - Jimmy McShane (Baltimora) (d. 1995)
  • 1958 - Shelly West (60)
  • 1967 - Junior Waite (Musical Youth) (51)
  • 1967 - Phil Selway (Radiohead) (51)
  • 1970 - Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) (48)
  • 1972 - Brian McComas (46) 
  • 1973 - Maxwell (born Gerald Rivera) (45)
  • 1974 - Jewel (born Jewel Kilcher) (44)
  • 1975 - K.T. Tunstall (43)
  • 1978 - Scott Raynor (blink-182) (40)
  • 1981 - Gwenno Saunders (Pipettes) (37)
  • 1983 - Heidi Range (Atomic Kitten, Sugarbabes) (35)
Deaths
  • 1975 - "Moms" Mabley - Heart failure (81)
  • 2005 - Clifford Antone (ran Austin club Antone's) (56)
  • 2008 - Utah Phillips (born Bruce Phillips) - Complications of heart disease (73)
On This Date
  • 1960 - Merle Kilgore made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1963 - Paul Revere and the Raiders signed with Columbia Records. 
  • 1964 - Ella Fitzgerald had the first hit with a Beatles cover when Can't Buy Me Love reached #34 in the U.K.
  • 1966 - The Doors played their first show at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles. 
  • 1970 - The Grateful Dead played outside the U.S. for the first time in Lyme, England.
  • 1971 - Iron Butterfly broke up.
  • 1973 - The Jefferson Airplane were barred from playing Golden Gate Park in San Francisco after the city council banned electric instruments in public concerts.
  • 1974 - George Harrison announced the start of Dark Horse records.
  • 1977 - A San Francisco Jefferson Airplane concert is cancelled after the city bans all electric instruments in public. 
  • 1978 - Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band started the Darkness Tour in Buffalo, NY.
  • 1979 - Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy over a $575,000 dispute with his record company.
  • 1979 - The Who's Kids Are Alright documentary debuted in New York. 
  • 1982 - In the U.K., the musicians union tried to ban synthesizers and drum machines.
  • 1985 - It was Aretha Franklin day in Michigan. 
  • 1987 - Beastie Boys and Run-DMC opened a U.K. tour in London. 
  • 1987 - The Doobie Brothers reunited with Tom Johnston for a Veterans benefit, leading to a full tour. 
  • 1992 - It was announced that Freddie Mercury left the majority of his estate to long-time friend Mary Austin.
  • 2000 - A statement was released saying Noel Gallagher had left Oasis' European tour. 
  • 2000 - Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins would break up at the end of the year. 
  • 2002 - Madonna opened on London's West End in Up For Grabs.
  • 2002 - Buddy Guy was the big winner at the W.C. Handy Awards.
  • 2002 - U2's Walk On won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song while Mick Hucknall won for Best Song Collection and Kate Bush was given Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
  • 2006 - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were given the Polar Music Prize in Sweden.
  • 2007 - Paul Simon became the first person to win the Library of Congress' Gershwin Award. 
  • 2008 - Rapper Slick Rick gets a full pardon from the governor of New York on his charges of attempted murder. 
  • 2008 - Shirley Bassey had to undergo emergency abdominal surgery, missing the Nelson Mandella 90 concert. 
  • 2010 - Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill, Don Williams and Jimmy Dean were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2014 - The parents of the camera assistant killed on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic sued Allman and the film's director for wrongful death. 
Marriages
  • 2004 - Michelle Branch and Teddy Landau
Recorded
  • 1940 - I'll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey and the Pied Pipers
  • 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers
  • 1967 - See Emily Play - Pink Floyd (group's second single)
Released
  • 1966 - Paperback Writer/Rain - Beatles (single)
  • 1969 - Tommy - Who
  • 1979 - Dynasty - KISS
  • 2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
  • 2000 - Mer de Noms - A Perfect Circle (debut album)
  • 2006 - Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
  • 2010 - Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones (re-release)
Broadcasts
  • 1979 - Third Barry Manilow Special (ABC)
  • 2006 - Americna Idol (Fox) - Jordan Sparks (winner)
  • 2010 - The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) - Brett Michaels (winner)
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers (5 weeks)
  • 1998 - My All - Mariah Carey (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1960 - Sold Out - Kingston Trio (9 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1970 - McCartney - Paul McCartney (3 weeks)
  • 1992 - Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross (1 week)
  • 1998 - The Limited Series - Garth Brooks (2 weeks)
  • 2009 - Epiphany - Chrisette Michele (1 week)
  • 2015 - Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1960 - Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - I Get Lonely - Janet Jackson and Blackstreet (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1953 - Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves (5 weeks)
  • 1981 - Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash (1 week)
  • 1987 - Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You - O'Kanes (1 week)
  • 1992 - Some Girls Do - Sawyer Brown (1 week)
  • 2009 - It Happens - Sugarland (2 weeks)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1970 - Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens (3 weeks)
  • 1987 - La Isla Bonita - Madonna (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1998 - Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade - All Saints (1 week)
  • 2009 - Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles (3 weeks)
  • 1981 - Stars on 45 - Starsound (5 weeks)
  • 1987 - It's Better to Travel - Sing Out Sister (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Fear the Dark - Iron Maiden (1 week)
  • 1998 - Version 2.0 - Garbage (1 week)
  • 2009 - 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day (1 week)

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