Music Almanac - May 21

Birthdays
  • 1904 - Thomas "Fats" Waller (d. 1943)
  • 1937 - Luise King (King Sisters) (d. 1997)
  • 1940 - Tony Sheridan (d. 2013)
  • 1941 - Ronald Isley (Isley Brothers)
  • 1941 - Martin Carthy
  • 1943 - Hilton Valentine (Animals)
  • 1943 - John Dalton (Kinks)
  • 1943 - Vincent Crane (Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster) (d. 1989)
  • 1944 - Marcie Blane
  • 1947 - Bill Champlin (Sons of Champlin, Chicago)
  • 1948 - Leo Sayer
  • 1955 - Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
  • 1958 - Mike Barson (Madness)
  • 1963 - Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
  • 1963 - Tim Lever (Dead or Alive)
  • 1964 - Martin Blunt (Charlatans)
  • 1969 - Pete Sandoval
  • 1972 - Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace) (d. 1997)
  • 1974 - Havoc (born Kejuan Muchita) (Mobb Deep)
  • 1975 - Lee Gaze (Lostprophets)
  • 1976 - Deron Miller (CKY)
  • 1978 - Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace)
  • 1980 - Gotye (born Wouter De Backer)
  • 1985 - Mutya Buena (Sugarbabes)
  • 1987 - Cody Johnson

Deaths
  • 1931 - Charlie Poole - Heart attack (39)
  • 1973 - Vaughn Monroe - Complications from stomach surgery (61)
  • 2001 - Tommy Eyre (producer) - Cancer (51)
  • 2006 - Billy Walker - Car accident (77)
  • 2013 - Trevor Bolder (Spiders From Mars) - Pancreatic cancer (62)
  • 2015 - Louis Johnson (Brothers Johnson) (60)
  • 2015 - Twinkle (born Lynn Ripley) - Cancer (66)
  • 2016 - Nick Menza (Megadeth) - Heart attack (51)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Web Pierce quit the Grand Ole Opry saying he was never given a half-hour segment for any of his appearances.
  • 1956 - Brenda Lee signed with Decca Records.
  • 1968 - Brian Jones of the Rollings Stones appeared in a London court on charges of marijuana possession.
  • 1971 - Free announced their split.
  • 1980 - The Electric Lady studios in New York were robbed with gold records for five Jimi Hendrix albums going missing.
  • 1980 - Joe Strummer of the Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany after hitting a fan with his guitar during a show.
  • 1980 - Waylon Jennings ended a performance at the Charlotte Motor Speedway early when audience members started throwing bottles at police.
  • 1981 - Bob Marley was buried with state honors in St. Ann's, Jamaica.
  • 1991 - Tracy Lawrence signed with Atlantic Records.
  • 1998 - A U.S. Senate hearing is held into "impostor groups" who perform under names for which they don't have a claim. Testifying are Sam Moore, Mary Wilson and others.
  • 1998 - The will of Frank Sinatra was filed leaving the majority of his assets to his wife, Barbara and his three children.
  • 1999 - Little Big Town performed in public for the first time at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2001 - Bono and his wife became the parents of a new baby boy.
  • 2002 - Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow taped a CMT Crossroads special.
  • 2003 - James Brown was pardoned by the state of South Carolina for past crimes in the state.
  • 2003 - Ike Turner was not allowed to enter Japan because of past drug convictions.
  • 2003 - Paul McCartney received an honorary doctorate from St. Petersburg (Russia) State University.
  • 2005 - Brian Harvey of East 17 was taken to the hospital after his second suicide attempt in a month.
  • 2007 - Scott Stapp of Creed was arrested in Florida on assault charges.
  • 2008 - Lou Pearlman, the man who created New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for cheating thousands out of their life savings.
  • 2008 - Steven Tyler checked into a rehab facility to recover from multiple leg surgeries.
  • 2008 - Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd had hip surgery.
  • 2010 - U2's Bono had spinal surgery, delaying the 360 degree tour.
  • 2013 - Chris Brown was charged with misdemeanor hit and run in the San Fernando Valley, CA.
  • 2014 - Gregg Allman and the producers of his biopic Midnight Rider were sued by the parents of a woman killed during the film's production.

Marriages
  • 1994 - Trisha Yearwood and Robert Reynolds (Mavericks)
  • 2000 - Scott Weiland and Mary Forsberg

Recorded
  • 1955 - Maybellene - Chuck Berry
  • 1957 - Diana - Paul Anka
  • 1961 - Dum Dum - Brenda Lee
  • 1962 - Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) - Dee Dee Sharp
  • 1964 - Under the Boardwalk - Drifters
  • 1970 - Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • 1973 - Please Come to Boston - Dave Loggins
  • 1973 - Half Breed - Cher
  • 1974 - Love Me For a Reason - Osmonds

Released
  • 1971 - Ram - Paul McCartney
  • 1985 - Dream of a Lifetime - Marvin Gaye (final studio album)
  • 2002 - Little Big Town - Little Big Town (debut album)
  • 2002 - Emerson Drive - Emerson Drive (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1977 - Saturday Night Live (NBC) - Jennifer Warnes
  • 1992 - The Tonight Show (NBC) - Bette Midler (Johnny Carson's final guest)
  • 2000 - The Simpsons (Fox) - Willie Nelson
  • 2000 - King of the Hill (Fox) - Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Lisa Hartman Black, Terri Clark, Wynonna, Randy Travis, Martina McBride
  • 2013 - Dancing With the Stars (ABC) - Kellie Pickler (winner)
  • 2016 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Luke Bryan, Jason Derulo

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1977 - Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder (3 weeks)
  • 1983 - Let's Dance - David Bowie (1 week)
  • 1994 - I Swear - All-4-One (11 weeks)
  • 2011 - Rolling in the Deep - Adele (7 weeks)
  • 2016 - One Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kayla (10 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1966 - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - Mamas & the Papas (1 week)
  • 1977 - Rumours - Fleetwood Mac (8 weeks (2 previous weeks))
  • 1994 - Not a Moment Too Soon - Tim McGraw (2 weeks)
  • 2005 - With Teeth - Nine Inch Nails (1 week)
  • 2016 - Views - Drake (9 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1955 - Unchained Melody - Roy Hamilton (3 weeks)
  • 1977 - Whodunit - Tavares (1 week)
  • 1983 - Beat It - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 1988 - Mercedes Boy - Pebbles (1 week)
  • 1994 - Back & Forth - Aaliyah (3 weeks)
  • 2016 - Once Dance - Drake Featuring Wizkid & Kayla (18 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1966 - Distant Drums - Jim Reeves (4 weeks)
  • 1977 - Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings (6 weeks)
  • 1983 - Common Man - John Conlee (1 week)
  • 1988 - Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses - Kathy Mattea (2 weeks)
  • 1994 - Your Love Amazes Me - John Berry (1 week)
  • 2016 - H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line (18 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1966 - Band of Gold - Mel Carter (2 weeks)
  • 1983 - My Love - Lionel Richie (4 weeks)
  • 1988 - Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1964 - Juliet - Four Pennies (1 week)
  • 1977 - I Don't Want to Talk About It/The First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart (4 weeks)
  • 1998 - With a Little Help From My Friends/She's Leaving Home - Wet Wet Wet, Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey (4 weeks)
  • 1994 - Come On You Reds - Manchester United Football Club (1 week)
  • 2011 - The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums

  • 1983 - Thriller - Michael Jackson (5 weeks (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1988 - Lovesexy - Prince (1 week)
  • 2005 - Heart & Soul - Steve Brookstein (1 week)

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