Music Almanac - May 20

Birthdays
  • 1915 - Bill McElhiney (arranger, trumpeter) (d.2002)
  • 1925 - Vic Ames (Ames Brothers) (d. 1978)
  • 1940 - Frederick "Shorty" Long (d. 1969)
  • 1942 - Jill Jackson (Paula of Paul & Paula)
  • 1944 - Joe Cocker (d. 2014)
  • 1946 - Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian)
  • 1947 - Steve Currie (T. Rex) (d. 1981)
  • 1950 - Warren Cann (Ultravox)
  • 1954 - James Henderson (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1954 - Guy Hoffman (BoDeans, Violent Femmes)
  • 1955 - Steve George (Mr. Mister)
  • 1958 - Jane Wiedlin (Go-Go's)
  • 1959 - Susan Cowsill (Cowsills)
  • 1959 - Israel Kamakawiwo?ole (d. 1997)
  • 1961 - Nick Heyward (Haircut 100)
  • 1961 - Dan Wilson (songwriter, Semisonic)
  • 1963 - Brian Nash (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • 1964 - Patti Russo (Meat Loaf)
  • 1966 - Thomas Gorman (Belly)
  • 1967 - Kit Clark (Danny Wilson)
  • 1972 - Busta Rhymes (born Trevor Smith, Jr.)
  • 1981 - Rachel Platten
  • 1981 - Sean Conlon (Five)
  • 1984 - Naturi Naughton (3LW)
  • 1985 - Jon Pardi

Deaths
  • 1964 - Rudy Lewis (Drifters) - Possible drug overdose (27)
  • 1968 - Manuel Fernandez (Los Bravos) - Committed suicide after his new wife died in a car accident (23)
  • 2007 - Ben Weisman (wrote 57 songs for Elvis Presley) (85)
  • 2012 - Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) - Colorectal cancer, kidney & liver failure (62)
  • 2012 - Ken Lyons (.38 Special) (59)
  • 2013 - Ray Manzarek (Doors) - Bile duct cancer (74)
  • 2013 - Zach Sobiech (A Firm Handshake) - Osteosarcoma (18)

On This Day
  • 1952 - Burl Ives testified in front of a congressional panel, denying any ties to communism.
  • 1958 - Don Gibson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1960 - Alan Freed was indicted for tax evasion as a result of the Payola scandal.
  • 1966 - John Entwistle and Keith Moon quit the Who after Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey took the stage without them in Windsor, England because they were late. The group ended up fighting with Townshend hitting Moon in the head with his guitar. They rejoined a week later.
  • 1966 - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band played their first show in San Francisco.
  • 1967 - George Harrison met the Maharishi Mehesh Yogi for the first time.
  • 1967 - The BBC banned the Beatles' A Day in the Life because of the line "I'd love to turn you on".
  • 1969 - Peter Cetera of Chicago was attacked by four Marines during a game a Dodger Stadium, breaking his jaw.
  • 1970 - The Beatles film Let It Be premiered in London and Liverpool. It had debuted in New York a week earlier.
  • 1977 - The show Beatlemania opened in New York.
  • 1978 - The Buddy Holly Story premiered in Holly's hometown of Lubbock, TX.
  • 1979 - Elton John performed in Leningrad to kick off the first tour by a western solo pop artist in the Soviet Union.
  • 1980 - Joe Strummer of the Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany for hitting a rowdy audience member with his guitar.
  • 1983 - Merle Hagger and two members of his group, The Strangers, were arrested in Asheville, NC after drinking on stage when the venue had no liquor license.
  • 1985 - Hall & Oates performed with the Temptations at the Apollo Theater. The show was turned into a live album.
  • 1994 - The movie Maverick opened in theaters. The film included appearances by Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black.
  • 1998 - Motley Crue's Tommy Lee was sentenced to six months in jail for spousal abuse.
  • 1998 - The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held in Beverly Hills.
  • 1998 - Black Sabbath's Bill Ward had a heart attack during band rehearsals.
  • 1998 - Royce Kendall of the Kendalls suffered a stroke before a Marquette, Iowa show.
  • 1999 - Over twenty acts sued K-Tel International for failure to pay royalties.
  • 1999 - The results of an autopsy on the exhumed body of Tammy Wynette showed she died from heart failure.
  • 2003 - James Brown was pardoned for past crimes in the state of South Carolina.
  • 2005 - Kylie Minogue underwent surgery for breast cancer.
  • 2006 - The Beach Boys' three Wilson brothers were immortalized in a statue in their hometown of Hawthorne, CA.
  • 2006 - Lordi became the first heavy metal band to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • 2006 - Woodstock, NY named this day for Levon Helm.
  • 2008 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution naming May 13 as Frank Sinatra Day.
  • 2009 - Michael Jackson forced the opening of his This Is It shows in London to be delayed by four nights due to needing more dress rehearsal.
  • 2009 - The Texas Legislature named Willie Nelson the Texas State Musician for the year.
  • 2011 - Pete Doherty was sentenced to six months in prison after he was filmed taking crack cocaine.
  • 2015 - The Rolling Stones played a surprise show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles including a full performance of Sticky Fingers.
  • 2017 - The Cranberries played their last show with Dolores O'Riordan before health issues caused the cancelling of the rest of the tour.
  • 2017 - Toby Keith played a show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the first public performance of music there in 25 years.

Marriages
  • 1950 - George Jones and Dorothy Bonvillion
  • 1968 - Pete Townshend (Who) and Karen Astley
  • 1977 - Hoagy Carmichael and Wanda McKay
  • 1995 - Don Henley and Sharon Summerall
  • 2000 - Scott Weiland and Mary Forsberg
  • 2000 - Jennifer Kinley (the Kinleys) and

Recorded
  • 1957 - Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
  • 1968 - Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin
  • 1969 - Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin

Released
  • 1954 - Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets (released again a year later)
  • 1980 - My Home's in Alabama - Alabama
  • 1980 - Unmasked - KISS
  • 1997 - The Colour And The Shape - Foo Fighters

Broadcasts
  • 1961 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (ITV) - Cliff Richard (television debut)
  • 1968 - The Pistol Shot (BBC 2) - David Bowie (as an actor)
  • 1980 - Mac Davis 10th Anniversary Special - Anne Murray
  • 1989 - Kenny, Dolly & Willie: Something Inside So Strong (NBC) - Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson
  • 2012 - The Simpsons (ABC) - Lady Gaga

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1967 - Groovin' - Young Rascals (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1950 - Cinderella - Soundtrack (1 week (1 previous week))
  • 2006 - 10,000 Days - Tool (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1967 - Respect - Aretha Franklin (8 weeks)
  • 1995 - I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige (3 weeks)
  • 2017 - I'm the One - DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil' Wayne (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1978 - She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime) - Johnny Duncan (1 week)
  • 1989 - If I Had You - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1995 - Gonna Get a Life - Mark Chesnutt (1 week)
  • 2000 - The Way You Love Me - Faith Hill (4 weeks)
  • 2006 - Wherever You Are - Jack Ingram (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1972 - The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. (2 weeks)
  • 1978 - Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams (1 week)
  • 1989 - Second Chance - .38 Special (2 weeks)
  • 1995 - Believe - Elton John (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1965 - Where Are You Now (My Love) - Jackie Trent (1 week)
  • 1972 - Metal Guru - T. Rex (4 weeks)
  • 1989 - Ferry 'Cross the Mercy - The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gary Marsden and Scott Aitken Waterman (3 week)
  • 1995 - Unchained Melody / (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) White Cliffs of Dover - Robson Greene & Jerome Flynn (7 weeks)
  • 2000 - Don't Call Me Baby - Madison Avenue (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1967 - The Sound of Music - Soundtrack (1 week (62 previous weeks))
  • 1972 - Bolan Boogie - T. Rex (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - Ten Good Reasons - Jason Donovan (2 weeks)
  • 2000 - Reload - Tom Jones (1 week)
  • 2006 - Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers (3 weeks)

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