Music Almanac - May 5

Birthdays
  • 1898 - Blind Willie McTell (born William McTier) (d. 1959)
  • 1922 - Jay D Miller (producer & songwriter) (d. 1996)
  • 1925 - Sonny Parker (d. 1957)
  • 1928 - Marshall Grant (Tennessee Three) (d. 2011)
  • 1933 - Bobby Austin
  • 1934 - Ace Cannon (d. 2018)
  • 1934 - Johnnie Taylor (d. 2000)
  • 1938 - Roni Stoneman (Stoneman Family)
  • 1942 - Tammy Wynette (born Virginia Pugh) (d. 1998)
  • 1942 - Jim King (born Alec Woodburn) (Family) (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Robin McNamara
  • 1948 - Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
  • 1948 - Frank Esler-Smith (Air Supply) (d. 1991)
  • 1950 - Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje Spijker) (Mouth & MacNeal)
  • 1950 - Eddy Amoo (The Real Thing)
  • 1951 - Rex Goh (Air Supply)
  • 1952 - Louis Cortelezzi (Mink DeVille)
  • 1956 - Dick Kemper (Vandenberg)
  • 1959 - Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen)
  • 1961 - Sean McLuskey (JoBoxers)
  • 1962 - Gary Daly (China Crisis)
  • 1962 - Kevin Paul Mooney (Adam and the Ants)
  • 1963 - James LaBrie (Dream Theater)
  • 1964 - Kevin Saunderson (Inner City)
  • 1966 - Shawn Drover (Megadeth)
  • 1981 - Craig David
  • 1984 - Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire)
  • 1988 - Adele (born Adele Adkins) (
  • 1989 - Chris Brown

Deaths
  • 1972 - Reverend Gary Davis - Heart attack (76)
  • 2008 - Jerry Wallace - Congestive heart failure (79)
  • 2015 - Craig Gruber (Rainbow, Elf) - Prostate cancer (63)

On This Day
  • 1900 - Billboard became a weekly magazine after six years as a monthly.
  • 1947 - Tex Ritter was involved in a plane crash but still managed to perform that night.
  • 1963 - Dick Rowe, head of A&R for Decca, took the advice of George Harrison and went to see the Rolling Stones. They were signed within a week.
  • 1965 - Alan Price announced he was leaving the Animals.
  • 1965 - The Warlocks made their first appearance in a pizza restaurant in Menlo Park, CA. They went on to change their name to the Grateful Dead.
  • 1968 - Buffalo Springfield broke up.
  • 1969 - Stevie Wonder met President Richard Nixon at the White House and received a Distinguished Service Award for his work with the handicapped.
  • 1973 - Led Zeppelin set the record, to that date, for the largest paying crowd in U.S. history, performing before 56,800 at Tampa Stadium.
  • 1977 - Loretta Lynn was on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • 1983 - The Stranglers' Golden Brown won the Ivor Novello Award for most performed work.
  • 1986 - Cleveland, OH was announced as the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • 1990 - The John Lennon Memorial Concert was held in Merseyside, England with Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
  • 1995 - Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses was arrested for possession of heroin.
  • 1995 - Faron Young was arrested for DWI
  • 1997 - Bruce Springsteen was given Sweden's Polar Music Prize.
  • 1997 - Oasis' management company threatened to sue over 100 Oasis fan sites over copyright infringement.
  • 1997 - A music publisher sued Aaliyah over the song Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, saying that she had copied it from Bobby Caldwell's What You Won't Do For Love.
  • 2000 - Rod Stewart had a growth on his thyroid removed.
  • 2001 - Blake Shelton made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • 2005 - Justin Timberlake had surgery to remove nodules on his vocal chords.
  • 2005 - The prosecution in the Michael Jackson child molestation case wrapped their portion of the trial.
  • 2009 - Dolly Parton was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for 9 to 5: The Musical.
  • 2013 - The R&B Hall of Fame inducted its first group of artists including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and the O'Jays.
  • 2013 - Bernie Taupin was arrested for suspected DUI.
  • 2014 - Scotty McCreery was the victim of a home invasion.

Marriages
  • 1975 - Don Everly and Karen Prettyman
  • 1984 - Chrissie Hynde (Pretenders) and Jim Kerr (Simple Minds)
  • 2013 - Russell Dickerson and Kailey Seymour

Recorded
  • 1962 - Let's Dance - Chris Montez

Released
  • 1958 - Yakety Yak - Coasters (single)
  • 1969 - Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival (single)
  • 1978 - Powerage - AC/DC
  • 1992 - Drill - Radiohead (debut EP)
  • 2015 - Traveller - Chris Stapleton (debut album)
  • 2017 - From A Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton

Broadcasts
  • 1965 - Shindig! (ABC) - Glen Campbell, Sonny & Cher, Linda Gail Lewis (tribute to Elvis Presley)
  • 1978 - The Captain & Tennille in Hawaii (ABC) - Kenny Rogers
  • 1978 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Bonnie Tyler, Rubicon, Walter Egan, Yvonne Elliman
  • 1992 - Full House (ABC) - Beach Boys

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1962 - Soldier Boy - Shirelles (3 weeks)
  • 1979 - Reunited - Peaches & Herb (4 weeks)
  • 2007 - Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1945 - Song of Norway - Original Cast (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (10 weeks)
  • 1962 - West Side Story - Soundtrack (7 weeks)
  • 1973 - Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite - Elvis Presley (1 week)
  • 2007 - The Best Damn Thing - Avril Lavigne (2 weeks)
  • 2018 - KOD - J.Cole (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1958 - Where My Ring Around Your Neck - Elvis Presley (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - Hello - Lionel Richie (3 weeks)
  • 1990 - Poison - Bel Biv DeVoe (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1945 - Shame on You - Spade Cooley (2 weeks (3 previous weeks))
  • 1962 - She's Got You - Patsy Cline (1 week (4 previous weeks))
  • 1979 - Backside of Thirty - John Conlee (1 week)
  • 1984 - I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes - Oak Ridge Boys (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1979 - Love is the Answer - England Dan & John Ford Coley (2 weeks)
  • 2007 - How to Save a Life - Fray (1 week (1 previous week))

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1960 - Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers (7 weeks)
  • 1966 - Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann (3 weeks)
  • 1984 - The Reflex - Duran Duran (4 weeks)
  • 2001 - Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7 (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1973 - Aladdin Sane - David Bowie (5 weeks)
  • 2001 - Free All Angels - Ash (1 week)
  • 2007 - Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys (3 weeks)
  • 2012 - Blunderbus - Jack White (1 week)
  • 2016 - Lemonade - Beyonce (1 week)

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