Music Almanac - May 1

Birthdays
  • 1894 - Sam McGee (McGee Brothers) (d. 1975)
  • 1907 - Kate Smith (d. 1986)
  • 1924 - Big Maybelle (Smith) (d. 1972)
  • 1928 - Sonny James (born James Loden) (d. 2016)
  • 1930 - Little Walter (born Marion Jacobs) (d. 1968)
  • 1933 - Titus Turner (d. 1984)
  • 1939 - Judy Collins
  • 1944 - Reather Dixon (Bobbettes)
  • 1945 - Carson Whitsett (d. 2007)
  • 1945 - Rita Coolidge
  • 1946 - Nick Fortuna (Buckinghams)
  • 1946 - Jerry Weiss (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1947 - Carlos Ward (B.T. Express)
  • 1948 - James Wise (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 - Jim Clench (April Wine, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) (d. 2010)
  • 1953 - Glen Ballard
  • 1953 - Felix Hanemann (Zebra)
  • 1954 - Ray Parker Jr.
  • 1955 - Nick Feldman (Wang Chung)
  • 1957 - Rick Driscoll (Kenny)
  • 1959 - Phil Smith (Haircut 100)
  • 1959 - Steve Farris (Mr. Mister)
  • 1962 - Owen Paul
  • 1966 - Johnny Colt (Black Crowes)
  • 1967 - Tim McGraw
  • 1968 - D'arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1968 - Mark Scott (Trixter)
  • 1970 - Bernard Butler (Suede)
  • 1972 - Tammy Cochran
  • 1977 - Dan Regan (Real Big Fish)
  • 1980 - Jay Reatard (born James Lindsey, Jr.) (d. 2010)

Deaths
  • 1965 - Spike Jones - Emphysema (53)
  • 1984 - Gordon Jenkins - ALS (73)
  • 1986 - Hugo Peretti (songwriter, Can't Help Falling in Love With You, Shout) (69)
  • 1988 - Claude DeMetrius (songwriter) (71)
  • 1990 - Sergio Franchi - Brain Cancer (64)
  • 1992 - Sharon Redd - Pneumonia (46)
  • 2006 - Johnny Paris (Johnny & the Hurricanes) - Hospital-borne infection post-surgery
  • 2012 - Charles "Skip" Pitts - Cancer (65)
  • 2013 - Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) (34)

On This Day
  • 1954 - Andy Griffin made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1955 - Elvis Presley was on tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree.
  • 1955 - Chuck Berry was signed to Chess Records by Leonard Chess.
  • 1957 - The Kingston Trio formed in Palo Alto, CA.
  • 1957 - The first issue of 16 magazine is published with Elvis on the cover.
  • 1960 - Chicago's WLS moves to a rock format.
  • 1962 - The Beatles started a month-long string of dates at the Star Club in Hamburg.
  • 1964 - The Beatles signed to have their pictures on bubblegum cards in the U.S. for $140,000
  • 1966 - The Beatles played live for the last time in the U.K. for a paying audience at the NME Poll Winners concert. Also appearing were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.
  • 1967 - Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was arrested for draft evasion.
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan taped an ABC TV special.
  • 1969 - Jimi Hendrix is arrested for narcotics possession in Toronto.
  • 1970 - Diana Ross left the Supremes.
  • 1973 - It was Marvin Gaye Day in Washington, DC.
  • 1973 - The Carpenters performed for President Nixon at the White House.
  • 1975 - The Rolling Stones announced their U.S. tour while playing in the back of a flatbed truck going down 5th Avenue in New York.
  • 1977 - The Clash start their first tour of the U.K.
  • 1979 - Elton John was the first pop star to play in Israel.
  • 1979 - Mark Herndon became the drummer for Alabama.
  • 1980 - The South African government banned Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd when black children in the nation started to use it as a rallying cry.
  • 1980 - Loretta Lynn was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music
  • 1983 - Style Council played their first live show in Liverpool.
  • 1984 - Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.
  • 1988 - Billy Joel is cleared of libel charges. He had called another songwriter a "creep" over charges of plagiarism.
  • 1993 - Charley Pride joined the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1994 - John Denver performed in Viet Nam becoming the first western artist to do so since the end of the war.
  • 1995 - Nancy Sinatra appeared in Playboy Magazine.
  • 1997 - Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) had quadruple by-pass surgery.
  • 1998 - The Vocal Group Hall of Fame opened in Sharon, PA.
  • 1998 - Snoop Dogg was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
  • 1999 - An exhibit of Paul McCartney's paintings opened in Siegen, Germany.
  • 2000 - A writer sued Neil Young who blocked the publication of a biography to which he had previously agreed.
  • 2000 - A daughter was born to Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure.
  • 2003 - The Dixie Chicks opened their Top of the World tour in Greenville, SC.
  • 2010 - Kate Smith was honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
  • 2015 - The Gap Band received a writing credit on the song Uptown Funk.
  • 2015 - B.B. King announced on Facebook that he was in hospice care.

Marriages
  • 1917 - Jimmie Rodgers and Stella Kelley
  • 1967 - Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
  • 1993 - Adam Clayton (U2) and Naomi Campbell - Engagement announced (they never married)
  • 1999 - Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) and Charlie Robison

Divorces
  • 1978 - Mick and Bianca Jagger (filed by Bianca)

Recorded
  • 1956 - Fever - Little Willie John

Released
  • 1956 - I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash (single)
  • 1965 - Back In My Arms Again - Supremes (single)
  • 1981 - Feels So Right - Alabama (single)
  • 2001 - Survivor - Destiny's Child (single)
  • 2007 - Snakes & Arrows - Rush
  • 2007 - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Miranda Lambert
  • 2012 - Blown Away - Carrie Underwood

Awards
  • 2010 - Governor General's Performing Arts Award
    • Bryan Adams

Broadcasts
  • 1960 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Johnny Horton
  • 1961 - The Andy Griffith Show (CBS) - Roland and Clarence White
  • 1963 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Leslie Gore
  • 1966 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - James Brown (first appearance)
  • 1968 - The Kraft Music Hall (NBC) - Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Margaret Whiting
  • 1969 - Johnny Cash Show - Bob Dylan
  • 1970 - The Trail Of Tears (PBS) - Johnny Cash (acting debut)
  • 1979 - The People's Command Performance (CBS) - Rod Stewart, Chubby Checker, Anne Murray, Roy Clark
  • 1987 - The Last Resort (U.K. Channel 4) - Tom Jones
  • 1991 - MTV Unplugged (MTV) - De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J
  • 1994 - Married With Children (Fox) - Waylon Jennings
  • 1998 - Father Ted (British) - Brian Eno
  • 2000 - That 70's Show (Fox) - Mac Davis
  • 2015 - The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS) - Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Ralph Stanley, Amos Lee, Steve Martin, Mark O'Connor

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1965 - Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers (1 week)
  • 1993 - Freak Me - Silk (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Nothin' On You - B.o.B. Featuring Bruno Mars (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1971 - Jesus Christ Superstar - Various Artists (2 weeks (1 previous week))
  • 1976 - Presence - Led Zeppelin (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1965 - We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton (3 weeks)
  • 1971 - Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5 (3 weeks)
  • 2004 - If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1965 - This Is It - Jim Reeves (2 weeks)
  • 1976 - Don't the Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time - Mickey Gilley (1 week)
  • 1982 - Mountain Music - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1993 - Alibis - Tracy Lawrence (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1965 - Cast Your Fate to the Wind - Sounds Orchestral (3 weeks)
  • 1976 - Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again - Barry Manilow (1 week)
  • 1993 - I Have Nothing - Whitney Houston (2 weeks)
  • 2004 - The First Cut is the Deepest - Sheryl Crow (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1971 - Double Barrel - David & Ansil Collins (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Five Live EP - George Michael & Queen With Lisa Stansfield (3 weeks)
  • 1999 - Swear It Again - Westlife (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Once - Diana Vickers (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1965 - Beatles For Sale - Beatles (3 weeks (8 previous weeks))
  • 1976 - Rock Follies - TV Soundtrack (1 week (2 previous weeks))
  • 1985 - Barry Live in London - Barry Manilow (1 week)
  • 1993 - Cliff Richard: The Album - Cliff Richard (1 week)
  • 1999 - Gold: Greatest Hits - ABBA (2 week (2 previou weeks))
  • 2010 - Iron Man II Soundtrack - AC/DC (1 week)

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