Music Almanac - May 4

Birthdays
  • 1905 - Al Dexter (born Clarence Poindexter) (d. 1984)
  • 1923 - Ed Cassidy (Spirit) (d. 2012)
  • 1928 - Maynard Ferguson (d. 2006)
  • 1930 - Katherine Jackson (mother of the Jacksons)
  • 1937 - Dick Dale (d. 2019)
  • 1938 - Tyrone Davis (d. 2005)
  • 1940 - Ronnie Bond (Troggs) (d. 1992)
  • 1941 - Nickolas Ashford (Ashford & Simpson) (d. 2011)
  • 1944 - Peggy Santiglia (Angels)
  • 1945 - George Wadenius (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1948 - Tim DuBois (songwriter/executive)
  • 1949 - Zal Cleminson (Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
  • 1949 - Stella Parton
  • 1950 - Darryl Hunt (Pogues)
  • 1951 - Jackie Jackson (Jacksons)
  • 1951 - Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
  • 1951 - Bruce Day (Santana, Pablo Cruise) (d. 1999)
  • 1953 - Oleta Adams
  • 1954 - Pia Zadora
  • 1954 - Don King
  • 1955 - Robert Ellis Orrall (songwriter)
  • 1959 - Randy Travis
  • 1961 - Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz)
  • 1966 - Anders Osborne
  • 1970 - Gregg Alexander (New Radicals)
  • 1972 - Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
  • 1978 - Luke Laird (producer/songwriter)
  • 1979 - Lance Bass (N'Sync)
  • 1984 - Ari Levine (songwriter/producer)
  • 1994 - RaeLynn (born Rachel Lynn Wood)

Deaths
  • 1987 - Paul Butterfield - Drug related heart failure (44)
  • 2004 - Clement Seymour Dodd (produced Bob Marley's first recordings) - Heart attack (72)
  • 2012 - Adam Yauch (MCA) (Beastie Boys) - Cancer of the salivary gland (47)

On This Day
  • 1956 - Lonnie Donegan quit the Cliff Barber Jazz Band.
  • 1957 - Alan Freed's TV series, The Big Beat, premiered on ABC. It would only last four episodes and was reportedly canceled when Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a white girl.
  • 1959 - Domenico Modugno won Record and Song of the Year at the first Grammy Awards for Nel Blu Del Pinto di Blu (Volare). Album of the Year went to Henry Mancini for The Music From Peter Gunn.
  • 1959 - Dick Clark announced the first movie that would be made by his production company would be called Harrison High.
  • 1964 - The Moody Blues formed.
  • 1968 - Mary Hopkin won her section of the British TV talent show Opportunity Knocks.
  • 1973 - Led Zeppelin opened their U.S. tour.
  • 1974 - Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton made their final appearance together at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1975 - Elvis Presley started a North American Tour in Lake Charles, LA.
  • 1977 - A benefit was held at CBGB's with Patti Smith, David Johansen, Blondie, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Suicide and others.
  • 1989 - Stevie Ray Vaughan opened his last tour in Vancouver, BC.
  • 1989 - Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays was arrested on cocaine possession charges.
  • 1990 - Madonna played the first date on the North American leg of the Blonde Ambition tour.
  • 1990 - Angela Bowie revealed that her husband, David Bowie, had slept with Mick Jagger.
  • 1991 - Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from the Berklee College of Music.
  • 1991 - Travis Tritt made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 1991 - The former Tennessee River Boys performed for the first time as Diamond Rio.
  • 1991 - Ahmet Ertegun received an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music.
  • 1991 - Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam XIV includes Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Ted Nugent, Joe Diffie, Steppenwolf and B.B. King.
  • 1997 - Courtney Love put the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain on the market.
  • 2000 - Metallica gave Napster the names of 335,000 people who they said had been illegally trading their songs through the service and demanded that they be cut off.
  • 2006 - Pearl Jam played one song on the David Letterman Show and, afterwards, played ten more for members of their fan club in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
  • 2008 - The house of Martha Reeves was broken into and $1 million in recording equipment was stolen. The thief was arrested later in the day.
  • 2010 - Due to flooding, the Grand Ole Opry was forced to move to the War Memorial Auditorium.
  • 2017 - Loretta Lynn suffered a stroke.
  • 2018 - Johnny Cash's boyhood home was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Marriages
  • 1942 - Patsy Stoneman (Stoneman Family) and Charles Streeks
  • 1955 - Merle Travis and Bettie Lou Robinson
  • 1963 - Patsy Stoneman (Stoneman Family) and Don Dixon
  • 1969 - Lynn Anderson and Glenn Sutton
  • 2011 - Marie Osmond and Steve Craig (remarried 26 years after they were divorced)
  • 2013 - James Righton (Klaxons) and Keira Knightley
  • 2016 - Randy Houser and Tatiana Starzynski

Recorded
  • 1956 - Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
  • 1961 - A Little Bit of Soap - Jarmels
  • 1978 - If Loving You is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right) - Barbara Mandrell


Released
  • 1959 - Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
  • 1999 - A Place in the Sun - Tim McGraw
  • 2004 - Horse of a Different Color - Big and Rich (debut album)

Broadcasts
  • 1957 - The Alan Freed Rock 'n' Roll Review (ABC) - Dell Vikings, Clovers, Guy Mitchell, Sal Mineo, Screamin' Jay Hawkins (debut)
  • 1957 - The Perry Como Show (NBC) - Gene Autrey, Patti Page
  • 1960 - American Bandstand (ABC) - Bobby Rydell
  • 1963 - The Wilburn Brothers' nationally syndicated television show premiered.
  • 1969 - The Andy Williams Magic Lantern Company (NBC) - Roger Miller, Aretha Franklin
  • 1973 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Tom T. Hall, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Raspberries
  • 2000 - Diagnosis: Murder (CBS) - Helen Reddy
  • 2003 - American Dreams (NBC) - Third Eye Blind (portrays the Kinks)

Awards
  • 1959 - Grammy Awards (Debut)
    • Record of the Year - Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
    • Album of the Year - The Music From Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini
    • Song of the Year - Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Female - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook - Ella Fitzgerald
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Male - Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como
    • Pop Vocal Performance, Group or Chorus - That Old Black Magic - Keely Smith & Louis Prima
    • R&B Performance - Tequila - Champs
    • Country & Western Performance - Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1946 - Prisoner of Love - Perry Como (3 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk (2 weeks)
  • 1996 - Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1959 - Gigi - Soundtrack (7 weeks)
  • 1963 - Days of Wine & Roses - Andy Williams (16 weeks)
  • 1974 - The Sting - Soundtrack (5 weeks)
  • 1996 - Evil Empire - Rage Against the Machine (1 week)
  • 2013 - Save Rock and Roll - Fall Out Boy (1 week)
  • 2019 - When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Billie Eilish (1 week* (1 previous week))

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1963 - Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson (3 weeks)
  • 1985 - We Are the World - USA For Africa (2 weeks)
  • 1991 - I'm Dreamin' - Christopher Williams (1 week)
  • 1996 - Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey (1 week)
  • 2013 - Can't Hold Us - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Ray Dalton (7 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1963 - Lonesome 7-7203 - Hackshaw Hawkins (1 week)
  • 1974 - Things Aren't Funny Anymore - Merle Haggard (1 week)
  • 1985 - There's No Way - Alabama (1 week)
  • 1991 - Rockin' Years - Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton (1 week)
  • 1996 - You Win My Love - Shania Twain (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1968 - Honey - Bobby Goldsboro (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB Featuring the Three Degrees (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - The Rhythm of the Night - DeBarge (1 week)
  • 1991 - Baby Baby - Amy Grant (3 weeks)
  • 2013 - Ho Hey - Lumineers (8 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1956 - No Other Love - Ronnie Hilton (6 weeks)
  • 1961 - Blue Moon - Marcels (2 weeks)
  • 1974 - Waterloo - ABBA (2 weeks)
  • 1985 - Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson (1 week)
  • 1991 - The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Cher (5 weeks)
  • 1996 - Fastlove - George Michael (3 weeks)
  • 2002 - Freak Like Me - Sugarbabes (1 week)
  • 2013 - Get Lucky - Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams (4 weeks)
  • 2017 - Symphony - Clean Bandit Featuring Zara Larson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1957 - The King and I - Soundtrack (6 weeks (22 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 1996 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (2 weeks)
  • 2002 - All Rise - Blue (1 week)

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