Music Almanac - May 14

Birthdays
  • 1891 - Grant Clarke (songwriter) (d. 1931)
  • 1914 - Foy Willing (Riders of the Purple Sage) (d. 1978)
  • 1928 - Dub Jones (Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • 1930 - Marilyn Maye
  • 1932 - Bob Johnston (producer) (d. 2015)
  • 1936 - Charlie Gracie
  • 1936 - Bobby Darin (d. 1973)
  • 1939 - Troy Shondell (d. 2016)
  • 1940 - Troy Shondell (d. 2016)
  • 1943 - Derek Leckenby (Herman's Hermits) (d. 1994)
  • 1943 - Jack Bruce (Cream) (d. 2014)
  • 1946 - Gene Cornish (Rascals)
  • 1947 - Al Ciner (American Breed)
  • 1951 - Jerry Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra)
  • 1952 - David Byrne (Talking Heads)
  • 1953 - Tom Cochrane
  • 1956 - Steve Hogarth (Marillion)
  • 1960 - Shelley Preston (Bucks Fizz)
  • 1962 - C.C. Deville (Poison)
  • 1962 - Ian Astbury (Cult)
  • 1964 - Eric Peterson (Testament)
  • 1966 - Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! TonĂ©!)
  • 1966 - Mike Inez (Alice in Chains)
  • 1966 - Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli)
  • 1971 - Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block)
  • 1971 - Freaky Tah (born Raymond Rogers) (Lost Boyz) (d. 1999)
  • 1973 - Shanice (born Shanice Wilson-Knox)
  • 1973 - Natalie Appleton (All Saints)
  • 1976 - Hunter Burgan (AFI)
  • 1976 - Martine McCutcheon (born Martine Ponting)
  • 1979 - Dan Auerbach (Black Keys)
  • 1981 - George "Bubba" Strait Jr. (songwriter)
  • 1983 - Tom Welham (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1984 - Olly Murs
  • 1985 - Dustin Lynch
  • 1993 - Miranda Cosgrove
  • 1996 - Martin Garrix (born Martin Garritsen)

Deaths
  • 1968 - Beasley Smith (songwriter) (66)
  • 1976 - Keith Relf (Yardbirds) - Electrocution while tuning an improperly grounded guitar (33)
  • 1998 - Frank Sinatra - Heart attack (82)
  • 2005 - Jimmy Martin (Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys) - Bladder cancer (77)
  • 2014 - Cubie Burke (Five Stairsteps) - Complications from brain injury (49)
  • 2015 - B.B. King - Strokes as complication of diabetes (89)
  • 2016 - Tony Barrow (Beatles press officer) (80)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Bo Diddley entered the charts for the first time with Bo Diddley/I'm a Man.
  • 1956 - The optometrist for Buddy Holly has the singer try contact lenses, but he decides to stay with glasses.
  • 1957 - Elvis Presley was briefly hospitalized after swallowing a tooth cap while dancing for the film Jailhouse Rock.
  • 1959 - Cliff Richard's first movie, Serious Changes, is released.
  • 1966 - The Grand Ole Opry was aired in color for the first time on Nashville's WSM TV.
  • 1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear on The Tonight Show to announce the starting of Apple Records.
  • 1976 - A benefit concert for presidential candidate Jerry Brown includes appearances by the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne.
  • 1985 - Michael Jackson received a humanitarian award from Ronald Reagan at the White House.
  • 1988 - The 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records was celebrated with a show at Madison Square Garden featuring many of the biggest acts from the label, including a reunion of Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham on drums.
  • 1990 - Faron Young has an accident while mowing his grass in the dark, cracking three ribs.
  • 1998 - George Michael was fined stemming from his Los Angeles lewd act charge.
  • 2002 - We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, opened in London's West End.
  • 2003 - Britney Spears and the shoe company Sketchers came to an out-of-court agreement over a cross-filed advertising dispute.
  • 2003 - Mike Patton announced that his group Mr. Bungle had broken up.
  • 2004 - Phil Spector was arrested after fighting with his chauffeur.
  • 2004 - Pete Doherty entered drug rehab.
  • 2004 - Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have their daughter, Apple.
  • 2005 - 50 Cent was ordered by a judge to take an anger management course and stay clean to avoid prison time.
  • 2006 - Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who used to be the bassist for Bob Marley & the Wailers, loses his suit over back royalties against Island Records and Marley's family.
  • 2008 - Metallica opened a North American and European tour in Los Angeles.
  • 2013 - Randy Travis sued the government in Texas for releasing footage of his August 2012 arrest.
  • 2017 - Johnny Mathis came out publically as gay on CBS Sunday Morning.

Marriages
  • 1988 - Kim Forester (Forester Sisters) and Brian Keefe
  • 2007 - Bekka Bramlett and Tom Britt
  • 2011 - Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Divorces
  • 1976 - Ray and Della Robinson (filed by Della)
  • 1985 - Marie Osmond and Stephen Craig (filed by Osmond)

Recorded
  • 1937 - Caravan - Duke Ellington
  • 1951 - Moanin' at Midnight - Howlin' Wolf
  • 1952 - High Noon - Tex Ritter
  • 1964 - Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan and Dean
  • 1968 - People Got to Be Free - Rascals
  • 1969 - Ten Commandments of Love & Out of Sight, Out of Mind - Little Anthony & the Imperials

Released
  • 1956 - The Platters - Platters
  • 1991 - Spellbound - Paula Abdul
  • 1991 - Sailing the Seas of Cheese - Primus (major label debut album)
  • 1992 - Revenge - KISS (first with drummer Eric Singer)
  • 2002 - Vapor Trails - Rush

Broadcasts
  • 1967 - The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Turtles
  • 1968 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • 1969 - The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS) - Merilee Rush, Bill Medley, John Hartford
  • 1971 - David Frost Show (U.K.) - Johnny Cash
  • 1995 - Naiomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (NBC) (biopic of the Judds)
  • 2001 - Moesha - Brandy (final episode after six seasons)
  • 2004 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Brad Paisley and John Mayer
  • 2006 - 60 Minutes (CBS) - Dixie Chicks
  • 2009 - 30 Rock (NBC) - Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Earle

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1949 - (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) - Vaughn Monroe (11 weeks)
  • 1977 - When I Need You - Leo Sayer (1 week)
  • 1988 - Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S Albums
  • 1988 - Faith - George Michael (6 weeks)
  • 2005 - Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen (1 week)
  • 2016 - Lemonade - Beyonce (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1983 - Candy Girl - New Edition (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1977 - Some Broken Hearts Never Mend - Don Williams (1 week)
  • 1983 - Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love - B.J. Thomas (1 week)
  • 1988 - I'm Gonna Get You - Eddy Raven (1 week)
  • 1994 - If Bubba Can Dance (I Can To) - Shenandoah (1 week)
  • 2005 - My Give a Damn's Busted - Jo Dee Messina (2 weeks)
  • 2011 - A Little Bit Stronger - Sara Evans (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1988 - I Don't Want to Live Without You - Foreigner (1 week)
  • 2016 - Love Yourself - Justin Bieber (8 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1988 - Perfect - Fairground Attraction (1 week)
  • 1994 - Inside - Stiltskin (1 week)
  • 2005 - Lonely - Akon (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums

  • 1983 - True - Spandau Ballet (1 week)
  • 1994 - Our Town: The Greatest Hits - Deacon Blue(2 weeks)
  • 2005 - Trouble - Akon (1 week)

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