Music Almanac - May 2

Birthdays
  • 1895 - Lorenz Hart (d. 1943)
  • 1924 - Theodore Bikel (d. 2015)
  • 1929 - Link Wray (d. 2005)
  • 1933 - Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention)
  • 1936 - Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold Dorsey)
  • 1944 - Bob Henrit (Argent, Kinks)
  • 1944 - John Ware (Michael Nesmith's First National Band, Emmylou Harris' Hot Band)
  • 1945 - Judge Dread (born Alexander Hughes) (d. 1998)
  • 1945 - Randy Cain (Delfonics, Blue Magic) (d. 2009)
  • 1945 - Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) (d. 2017)
  • 1945 - R.C. Bannon
  • 1946 - Bob Henrit (Kinks, Argent)
  • 1946 - Lesley Gore (d. 2015)
  • 1948 - Larry Gatlin
  • 1950 - Lou Gramm (Foreigner)
  • 1951 - Jo Callis (Human League)
  • 1951 - John Glascock (Jethro Tull) (d. 1979)
  • 1954 - Prescott Niles (Knack)
  • 1961 - Dr. Robert (Blowmonkeys)
  • 1962 - Ty Herndon
  • 1967 - David McAlmont
  • 1969 - Ben Leach (The Farm)
  • 1974 - Wyatt Durrette (songwriter)
  • 1976 - Jeff Gutt (Stone Temple Pilots)
  • 1985 - Lily Allen
  • 1987 - Justin Hayward-Young (Vacines)

Deaths
  • 1972 - Les Harvey (Stone the Crows) - Electrocuted when he touched an ungrounded mike with wet hands (27)
  • 1974 - Roy Lee Centers (Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys) - Shot and killed in fight (29)
  • 1989 - Bennie Benjamin (songwriter) (81)
  • 1998 - Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (X-Japan) - Suicide (33)
  • 2000 - Bobbi Martin - Cancer (56)
  • 2004 - Curtis Gordon (73)
  • 2013 - Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - Liver failure (49)
  • 2014 - Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) - Stroke (65)

On This Day
  • 1956 - Sonny Burgess signed with Sam Phillips and Sun Records.
  • 1960 - Ben E. King left the Drifters to sign with Atco Records.
  • 1960 - Production began on G.I. Blues, Elvis Presley's first movie since being released from the Army.
  • 1960 - Dick Clark testified before congress on Payola.
  • 1965 - The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on Ed Sullivan.
  • 1967 - Capitol Records announced that the Beach Boys have abandoned their sessions for the album Smile.
  • 1969 - The Who gave a preview of Tommy to the press at Ronnie Scott's in London.
  • 1972 - Bruce Springsteen auditioned for Columbia's A&R man John Hammond both in his office and at the Gaslight Club in New York at night.
  • 1979 - The Who performed their first concert since the death of Keith Moon. Kenny Jones replaced Moon on drums.
  • 1979 - The Who's movie Quadrophenia debuted in London.
  • 1980 - Joy Division played their last show with lead singer Ian Curtis in Birmingham, England.
  • 1982 - Adam and the Ants split up.
  • 1988 - Clint Black signed with RCA.
  • 1989 - Police were called when a man walked into a Los Angeles jewelry store wearing a wig and false mustache and teeth. It turned out to be Michael Jackson.
  • 1991 - R.E.M.'s video for Losing My Religion was banned in Ireland for its religious imagery.
  • 1992 - Bonnie Raitt received an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music.
  • 1998 - Loretta Lynn announced she was going to return to college to get her degree.
  • 2000 - L.A. Reid replaced Clive Davis as the head of Arista Records.
  • 2000 - LeAnn Rimes sued her father and former manager for allegedly embezzling funds.
  • 2001 - Terri Clark was arrested in Nashville for DUI.
  • 2002 - The funeral of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was held in Atlanta.
  • 2003 - Kings of Leon played their first U.K. date in Blackpool.
  • 2003 - Barry White suffered a stroke.
  • 2003 - The new edition of Entertainment Weekly had the Dixie Chicks on the cover naked with slogans painted on them.
  • 2005 - Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker reunited as Cream for the first of four nights at Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • 2006 - Keith Richards was released from the hospital in New Zealand after suffering a mild concussion falling from a tree.
  • 2007 - Britney Spears hit the stage for the first time after her rehab stint.
  • 2008 - Chad Kroeger of Nickelback lost his driving license for a year after being convicted of DUI in Vancouver.
  • 2009 - Bob Dylan managed to mingle with a bunch of tourists in Liverpool to go on at tour of John Lennon's childhood home.
  • 2009 - LeAnn Rimes is the first major music star to sing the National Anthem at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby.
  • 2010 - Nashville flooded causing millions in damage including historical artifacts from country music.
  • 2013 - The funeral of George Jones was held in Nashville.
  • 2014 - Mick Jagger sang at the funeral for his girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

Marriages
  • 1977 - Buck Owens and Jana Grief (Buckaroos)

Divorces
  • 2005 - Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) (filed)

Recorded
  • 1958 - Carol - Chuck Berry
  • 1960 - Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
  • 1969 - Something - Beatles
  • 1977 - Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • 1991 - Nevermind - Nirvana (first day of recording)

Released
  • 1985 - The Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
  • 1991 - Rush Rush - Paula Abdul (single)

Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones (U.S. television debut)
  • 1974 - Music Country USA (NBC) - Charlie Rich, Tammy Wynette, Dionne Warwick, Donna Fargo, Mac Wiseman
  • 1981 - Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters (NBC) - Bellamy Brothers, Bobby Goldsboro
  • 2006 - Law & Order: SVU (NBC) - Natalie Cole
  • 2008 - Ringo Starr: Off the Record (HBO)
  • 2011 - Castle (ABC) - Gene Simmons

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1981 - Morning Train (Nine-to-Five) - Sheena Easton (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1960 - Theme From a Summer Place - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (1 week)
  • 1964 - The Beatles' Second Album - Beatles (5 weeks)
  • 2009 - Hannah Montana: The Movie - Soundtrack (1 week)
  • 2015 - Handwritten - Shawn Mendes (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1970 - Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis (2 weeks)
  • 1987 - Don't Disturbe This Groove - The System (1 week)
  • 1998 - Too Close - Next (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1970 - My Woman, My Woman, My Wife - Marty Robbins (1 week)
  • 1981 - Rest Your Love on Me / I Am the Dreamer (You Are the Dreamer) - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1987 - Don't Go To Strangers - T. Graham Brown (1 week)
  • 1998 - You're Still the One - Shania Twain (1 week)
  • 2009 - It's America - Rodney Atkins (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1981 - Morning Train (Nine-to-Five) - Sheena Easton (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1963 - From Me To You - Beatles (7 weeks)
  • 1970 - Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - All That I Need - Boyzone (1 week)
  • 2009 - Number 1 - Tinchy Stryder Featuring N-Dubz (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1964 - The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (12 weeks)
  • 1992 - Wish - Cure (1 week)
  • 1998 - Mezzanine - Massive Attack (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - Stages - Josh Groban (1 week)

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