Music Almanac: May 27, 2018

Birthdays
  • 1924 - Brother John Sellers (d. 1999)
  • 1931 - Kenny Price (d. 1987)
  • 1932 - Junior Parker (d. 1971)
  • 1935 - Ramsey Lewis (83)
  • 1935 - Rudy Lewis (Drifters) (d. 1964)
  • 1935 - Len Chandler (83)
  • 1939 - Don Williams (d. 2017)
  • 1943 - Cilla Black (d. 2015)
  • 1945 - Bruce Cockburn (73)
  • 1947 - Marty Kristian (New Seekers) (71)
  • 1947 - Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) (71)
  • 1948 - Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship) (70)
  • 1950 - Dee Dee Bridgewater (68)
  • 1957 - Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Dallion) (Siouxsie & the Banshees) (61)
  • 1957 - Eddie Harsch (Black Crowes) (61)
  • 1958 - Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) (60)
  • 1966 - Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains) (52)
  • 1971 - Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) (d. 2002)
  • 1975 - Andre 3000 (born Andre Benjamin) (OutKast) (43)
  • 1975 - Judakiss (born Jason Phillips) (43)
  • 1976 - RJD2 (born Ramble Krohn) (42)
Deaths
  • 1971 - Bob Dunn (western swing, first musician to record an electrically amplified instrument) (63)
  • 2004 - Derek Frigo (Enuff Z' Nuff) - Drug overdose (36)
  • 2005 - Dave "Curlee" Williams (songwriter, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On) (84)
  • 2011 - Gil Scott-Heron (62)
  • 2017 - Gregg Allman - Liver cancer (69)
On This Day
  • 1950 - Frank Sinatra made his first TV appearance on NBC's Star Spangled Review.
  • 1961 - Johnny Cash appeared on the the NBC series The Deputy.
  • 1964 - Screaming Lord Sutch started the pirate radio station "Sutch" in the Thames River.
  • 1967 - Columbia and RCA Records increased the list price of albums for the first time in 14 years.
  • 1972 - Opryland Park opens in Nashville.
  • 1974 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley met for the first time. 
  • 1977 - Elvis Costello made his live debut in London.
  • 1988 - Van Halen's Monsters of Rock Tour opened in Wisconsin.
  • 1989 - Stevie Wonder received the Badge of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement.
  • 1994 - The Eagles played their first show in 14 years in Burbank, CA.
  • 1994 - Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander become the parents of a son, Miles Brockman.
  • 1999 - Rod Stewart received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Chrissie Hynde won Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the Ivor Novello Awards.
  • 1999 - B.B. King wins multiple prizes at the W.C. Handy Awards.
  • 2004 - The Bee Gees were made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire. 
  • 2008 - Paul McCartney received an Honorary Doctor of Music from Yale.
  • 2008 - Woolworths in the U.K. announced they would stop selling CD singles. 
  • 2010 - Dozens of fans were treated for an apparent reaction to bark mulch spread at a Wels, Austria airport for an AC/DC show. 
  • 2012 - Lady Gaga's performance in Jakarta, Indonesia is cancelled due to Islamic protests. 
  • 2014 - 50 Cent, rather unsuccessfully, threw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game. 
Marriages
  • 1996 - Stephen Stills and Kristen Hathaway
Released
  • 1954 - Honey Love - Drifters
  • 1957 - That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (single)
  • 1962 - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
  • 1963 - From Me to You - Beatles (single)
  • 1975 - Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney
  • 1977 - God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols (single)
  • 1982 - Fool Hearted Memory - George Strait (his first number 1 single)
  • 1983 - Cuts Like a Knife - Bryan Adams (single)
  • 1989 - The Best of Me - Cliff Richard (his 100th single)
  • 2016 - The Lexicon of Love II - ABC
Broadcasts
  • 1960 - Star Spangled Revue - Frank Sinatra
  • 2009 - George Strait: Artist of the Decade (CBS) - Sugarland, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jack Ingram, John Rich
Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1972 - Oh Girl - Chi-Lites (1 week)
  • 2017 - Despacito - Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Timberlake (16 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Albums 
  • 1950 - Young Man With a Horn - Doris Day & Harry James (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1957 - Love is the Thing - Nat King Cole (8 weeks)
  • 1995 - Cracked Rear View - Hootie & the Blowfish (4 weeks)
  • 2006 - Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2 weeks)
  • 2017 - Everybody - Logic (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles 
  • 1950 - Pink Champaigne - Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers (13 weeks)
  • 1978 - Use ta Be My Girl - O'Jays (5 weeks)
  • 1989 - My First Love - Atlantic Starr (1 week)
  • 2000 - I Wish - Carl Thomas (6 weeks)
  • 2017 - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars (5 weeks (5 previous weeks))
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles 
  • 1972 - (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1978 - Do You Know You Are My Sunshine - Statler Brothers (2 weeks)
  • 1989 - After All This Time - Rodney Crowell (1 week)
  • 1995 - What Mattered Most - Ty Herndon (1 week)
  • 2006 - Why - Jason Aldean (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles 
  • 1978 - Even Now - Barry Manilow (3 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles 
  • 1955 - Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Eddie Calvert (4 weeks)
  • 1965 - Long Live Love - Sandie Shaw (3 weeks)
  • 2000 - Day & Night - Billie Piper (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums 
  • 1967 - More of the Monkees - Monkees (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1995 - Stanley Road - Paul Weller (1 week)
  • 2000 - Greatest Hits - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)

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