Music Almanac - May 3

Birthdays
  • 1903 - Bing Crosby (d. 1977)
  • 1919 - Pete Seeger (d. 2014)
  • 1921 - Joe Ames (born Joe Urick) (Ames Brothers) (d. 2007)
  • 1928 - Dave Dudley (d. 2003)
  • 1933 - James Brown (d. 2006)
  • 1934 - Frankie Valli
  • 1938 - Napoleon XIV (born Jerry Samuels)
  • 1944 - Pete Staples (Troggs)
  • 1948 - John Richardson (Rubettes)
  • 1950 - Mary Hopkin
  • 1951 - Christopher Cross
  • 1953 - Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon)
  • 1953 - Van McLain (Shooting Star)
  • 1954 - Angela Bofill
  • 1955 - Steve Jones (Sex Pistols)
  • 1957 - Scott "Cactus" Moser (Highway 101)
  • 1959 - David Ball (Soft Cell)
  • 1965 - Simon Smith (Wedding Present)
  • 1968 - Jay Darlington (Kula Shaker)
  • 1968 - Shane Minor (songwriter)
  • 1971 - John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band)
  • 1972 - Josey Scott (Saliva)
  • 1973 - Brad Martin
  • 1977 - Eric Church
  • 1978 - Paul Banks (Interpol)
  • 1979 - Hell Rell (born Durrell Mohammad) (Diplomats)
  • 1979 - Danny Foster (Hear'Say)
  • 1981 - Farrah Franklin (Destiny's Child)
  • 1997 - Desiigner

Deaths
  • 1996 - Patsy Montana (87)

On This Day
  • 1947 - Ernest Tubb's Record Shop opens in Nashville where it still operates today.
  • 1958 - The police ended a Jerry Lee Lewis show early in Boston, resulting in a riot and the banning of rock shows by the mayor.
  • 1964 - Gerry & the Pacemakers made their U.S. Broadcasts debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
  • 1967 - The Walker Brothers announced they were splitting up.
  • 1967 - The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson went to court on draft evasion charges.
  • 1968 - The Beach Boys opened a U.S. tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi opening for them.
  • 1969 - Jimi Hendrix was arrested by Canadian customs after they found heroin in his bag.
  • 1971 - New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced it would be putting on concerts with pop, rock and jazz artists along with their regular classical offerings.
  • 1976 - Paul McCartney played his first show in the U.S. in almost ten years.
  • 1977 - Paul Simon and Phoebe Snow did a benefit concert for the New York Public Library.
  • 1978 - Ronnie Milsap bought U.S. Recording Studio from Roy Orbison.
  • 1983 - Kajagoogoo began their first tour of the U.K.
  • 1986 - Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, opened in Pigeon Forge, TN.
  • 1995 - The Nevile Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair are inducted onto the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame.
  • 1997 - Katrina and the Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest for Love Shine a Light.
  • 2000 - D.M.X. was sentenced to 15 days in jail and a $350 fine for drug possession in Cheektowaga, NY.
  • 2000 - Metallica gave Napster 60,000 pages of violations of their copyrighted music.
  • 2004 - The U.S. Supreme Court turned down bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake who had sued Ozzy Osbourne over royalties.
  • 2006 - A member of the entourage of T.I. was shot and killed in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2006 - Ricky Van Shelton announced to his fans that he was retiring from the road to "be close to our families".
  • 2006 - Lynn Anderson was arrested for DUI in New Mexico.
  • 2008 - Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy aka P. Diddy) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2008 - The Judds reunited at the Stagecoach Festival.
  • 2009 - Pete Seeger's 90th birthday was celebrated at Madison Square Garden with Bruce Springsteen, Bela Fleck, Del McCoury, Tom Paxton, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Jack Elliott, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle.
  • 2010 - Chely Wright became the first country star to come out as gay.
  • 2010 - Flooding in Nashville engulfs the Grand Ole Opry House and shuts down the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2011 - Alabama played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time in 29 years.
  • 2013 - Keith Urban was the guest at the Rolling Stones' Los Angeles concert, performing Respectable.
  • 2017 - The Eagles sued a Mexico hotel that named itself Hotel California.

Marriages
  • 1986 - Annette Funicello and Glen Holt
  • 1991 - Andy Williams and Debbie Haas
  • 1995 - Doug Supernaw and Debbie Lubbe

Divorces
  • 2006 - Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) and Donna D'Errico (filed)

Recorded
  • 1952 - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
  • 1967 - Carrie-Anne - Hollies
  • 1968 - Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • 1978 - Sleeping Single In A Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell

Released
  • 1972 - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right - Luther Ingram (single)
  • 1976 - Rocks - Aerosmith
  • 1994 - Don't Turn Around - Ace of Base (single, U.S. release)

Broadcasts
  • 1954 - I Love Lucy (CBS) - Tennessee Ernie Ford
  • 1958 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Jimmie Rodgers
  • 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Gerry & the Pacemakers (U.S. TV debut)
  • 1970 - The Engelbert Humperdinck Show (ABC) - Roger Miller
  • 1977 - Country Music Hit Parade (NBC) - Jimmy Dean, Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, Crystal Gayle, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Mel Tillis, Don Williams, The Statler Brothers, The Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Ray Stevens
  • 1981 - Country Comes Home (NBC) - Glen Campbell, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Lee Greenwood, David Frizzell & Shelly West, Charley Pride, Mickey Gilley, The Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark
  • 2002 - American Bandstand 50th Anniversary (ABC)
  • 2004 - Yes, Dear (CBS) - John Hiatt
  • 2006 - Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (XM Satellite Radio) - First show

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1958 - Witch Doctor - David Seville (2 weeks)
  • 1975 - He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn (3 weeks)
  • 1986 - Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer (1 week)
  • 1997 - Hypnotize - Notorious B.I.G. (3 weeks)
  • 2008 - Lollipop - Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1975 - Chicago VIII - Chicago (2 weeks)
  • 1980 - Against the Wind - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (6 weeks)
  • 2003 - Thankful - Kelly Clarkson (1 week)
  • 2008 - E=MC2 - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1952 - 5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown (7 weeks)
  • 1975 - What Am I Gonna Do With You - Barry White (1 week)
  • 1986 - I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love - Stephanie Mills (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - 21 Questions - 50 Cent Featuring Natt Dogg (7 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1952 - Easy on the Eyes - Eddy Arnold (1 week)
  • 1975 - Roll On Big Mama - Joe Stampley (1 week)
  • 1980 - Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again - Debby Boone (1 week)
  • 1986 - Once in a Blue Moon - Earl Thomas Conley (1 week)
  • 2008 - I Saw God Today - George Strait (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1975 - Only Yesterday - Carpenters (1 week)
  • 1997 - For the First Time - Kenny Loggins (2 weeks)
  • 2014 - Happy - Pharrell Williams (6 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1975 - Oh Boy - Mud (2 weeks)
  • 1980 - Geno - Dexy's Midnight Runners (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson (1 week)
  • 2003 - You Said No - Busted (1 week)
  • 2014 - Waves - Mr Probz (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1969 - Best of the Seekers - Seekers (1 week (5 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1975 - Once Upon a Star - Bay City Rollers (3 weeks)
  • 1980 - Sky 2 - Sky (2 weeks)
  • 1997 - Tellin' Stories - Charlatans (2 weeks)
  • 2003 - American Life - Madonna (1 week)
  • 2008 - The Age of the Understatement - Last Shadow Puppets (1 week)

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