Music Almanac - May 16

Birthdays
  • 1913 - Woody Herman (d. 1987)
  • 1919 - Liberace (d. 1987)
  • 1929 - Betty Carter (d. 1998)
  • 1932 - Isaac "Red" Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited)
  • 1936 - Kripp Johnson (Del-Vikings) (d. 1990)
  • 1944 - Billy Cobham
  • 1945 - Nicky Chinn (songwriter)
  • 1946 - Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
  • 1946 - Roger Earl (Foghat)
  • 1947 - Darrell Sweet (Nazareth) (d. 1999)
  • 1947 - Barbara Lee (Chiffons) (d. 1992)
  • 1950 - Jock Bartley (Firefall)
  • 1951 - Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers)
  • 1953 - Richard Page (Mr. Mister)
  • 1955 - Hazel O'Conner
  • 1958 - Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
  • 1964 - Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band)
  • 1965 - Krist Novoselic (Nirvana)
  • 1966 - Janet Jackson
  • 1968 - Ralph Tresvant, Jr. (New Edition)
  • 1971 - Rick Trevino
  • 1971 - Simon Katz (Jamiroquai)
  • 1971 - Rachel Goswell (Slowdive)
  • 1973 - Will White (Propellerheads)
  • 1974 - Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.)
  • 1983 - Mince Fratelli (Fratellis)
  • 1992 - Kirstin Maldonado (Pentatonix)

Deaths
  • 1931 - Grant Clarke (songwriter) (40)
  • 1953 - Django Reinhart - Brain hemorrhage (43)
  • 1981 - Ernie Freeman - Heart attack (58)
  • 1990 - Sammy Davis, Jr. - Throat cancer (64)
  • 1993 - Marv Johnson - Stroke (54)
  • 1999 - Jean Davis (co-founder of the Glastonbury Festival) - Cancer (60)
  • 2001 - Brian Pendleton (Pretty Things) - Lung cancer (57)
  • 2010 - Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell) - Stomach cancer (67)
  • 2012 - Chuck Brown - Multiple organ failure (75)
  • 2012 - Doug Dillard (the Dillards) - Lung infection (75)

On This Day
  • 1953 - Jimmy Dean made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 1964 - A concert at New York's Madison Square Garden brings the best of country music with Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb, Bill Monroe, Webb Pierce, Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, Skeeter Davis, Carl Smith, Hank Snow, Ray Price, Porter Wagoner and Leon McAuliffe.
  • 1965 - The limousine carrying the Rolling Stones away from a show in Long Beach, CA was attacked by fans who started to cave the roof in while standing on it.
  • 1969 - Jack Casady of the Jefferson Airplane was arrested for marijuana possession. He was given a 2-1/2 year suspended sentence.
  • 1969 - Pete Townshend was jailed for assaulting a man who, unbeknownst to him was a plain clothes police officer, who jumped on the stage during their show to warn the crowd of a fire. He was fined $30.
  • 1970 - Randy Bachman left the Guess Who.
  • 1970 - Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane was arrested in Bloomington, MI for drug possession.
  • 1972 - The Oakland Coliseum hosted The Baddest Soul Show of 1982 with Al Green, Etta James, Joe Simon with J.J. Malone, Little Denise, Harvey Mandel and Paul Lagos.
  • 1973 - Willie Nelson made his first ever New York appearance at Max's Kansas City.
  • 1974 - Brian May was flown back to England, leaving Queen's tour of the U.S., when he collapsed from hepatitis.
  • 1976 - Patti Smith played her first show in Britain at the Roundhouse in London.
  • 1976 - It was Ohio Players Day in Dayton, OH.
  • 1980 - Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of the Buggles joined Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman and Jon Anderson.
  • 1980 - Dr. George C. Nichopoulous, personal physician to Elvis Presley, was indicted in Memphis of 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs.
  • 1980 - Brain May collapsed on stage and was hospitalized for hepatitis.
  • 1983 - The special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever aired, including the first performance of Michael Jackson's Moonwalk.
  • 1984 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Dallas for public intoxication while walking down Beale Street.
  • 1992 - Kiss started the European leg of their Revenge World Tour in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1998 - The Rolling Stones were forced to cancel a number of stops on their Bridges to Babylon Tour when Keith Richards fell reaching for a book in his home and broke a number of ribs.
  • 1999 - Eddy Arnold did his final concert at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.
  • 2000 - Prince announced that he will begin using his name again.
  • 2000 - An exhibition of art called What My Heart Has Seen opens in London. The artist is Tony Bennett.
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke while having surgery.
  • 2003 - The post office in Hoboken, NJ was named after Frank Sinatra.
  • 2009 - David Nail made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2013 - George Michael was injured when he fell from a car.

Marriages
  • 1965 - Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson
  • 1981 - Martin Chambers (Pretenders) and Tracy Atkinson
  • 1986 - Elvis Costello and Caitlin O'Riordan (Pogues)
  • 1986 - Robert Fripp and Toyah
  • 1987 - David Crosby and Jan Dance
  • 2006 - Fieldy (Korn) and Deena Beber

Recorded
  • 1966 - Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
  • 1966 - Taxman, For No One - Beatles
  • 1968 - Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
  • 1969 - Me and Bobby McGee - Roger Miller
  • 1969 - Workin' Man Blues - Merle Haggard
  • 1971 - Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell

Released
  • 1966 - Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
  • 1970 - Live at Leeds - Who
  • 1978 - ...But Seriously Folks - Joe Walsh
  • 1980 - McCartney II - Paul McCartney (U.K. Release)
  • 1980 - Tennessee River - Alabama (single)
  • 1984 - When Doves Cry - Prince (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1959 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - LaVern Baker, Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1980 - Music, Music, Music (ABC) - Carpenters
  • 1980 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Roy Orbison, Patti LaBelle, Billy Preston
  • 1999 - Double Platinum (NBC) - Diana Ross, Brandy
  • 2002 - Will & Grace (NBC) - Cher

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1953 - The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) - Percy Faith (10 weeks)
  • 1964 - My Guy - Mary Wells (2 weeks)
  • 1981 - Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (9 weeks)
  • 1987 - With or Without You - U2 (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1960 - Theme From A Summer Place - Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 1970 - Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1 week)
  • 1981 - Hi Infidelity - R.E.O. Speedwagon (6 weeks (9 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1998 - Before These Crowded Streets - Dave Matthews Band (1 week)
  • 2009 - Together Through Life - Bob Dylan (1 week)
  • 2015 - Jekyll + Hyde - Zac Brown Band (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1970 - Love On a Two-Way Street - Moments (5 weeks)
  • 1981 - A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - Always - Atlantic Starr (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) - En Vogue (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1960 - Please Help Me, I'm Falling - Hank Locklin (14 weeks)
  • 1964 - My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens (3 weeks)
  • 1970 - My Love - Sonny James (3 weeks)
  • 1981 - I Loved 'Em Every One - T.G. Sheppard (1 week)
  • 1987 - To Know Him Is To Love Him - Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris (1 week)
  • 1998 - This Kiss - Faith Hill (3 weeks)
  • 2009 - She's Country - Jason Aldean (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1981 - Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - Just to See Her - Smokey Robinson (1 week)
  • 1992 - Hold On My Heart - Phil Collins (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1958 - Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis (6 weeks)
  • 1970 - Back Home - England World Cup Squad "70" (3 weeks)
  • 1998 - Turn Back Time - Aqua (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1992 - 1992: The Love Album - Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (1 week)
  • 1998 - International Velvet - Catatonia (1 week)
  • 2015 - Wilder Mind - Mumford & Sons (2 weeks)

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