Music Almanac - May 8

Birthdays
  • 1911 - Robert Johnson (d. 1938)
  • 1928 - Benny Martin (fiddler) (d. 2001)
  • 1940 - Rick Nelson (d. 1985)
  • 1942 - Jack Blanchard (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan)
  • 1942 - Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood (Mothers of Invention) (d. 2011)
  • 1943 - Toni Tennille (Captain & Tennille)
  • 1943 - Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds)
  • 1944 - Gary Glitter
  • 1944 - Bill Legend (T-Rex)
  • 1945 - Keith Jarrett
  • 1947 - Phil Sawyer (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1950 - Eric Brittingham (Cinderella)
  • 1951 - Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)
  • 1951 - Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • 1953 - Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac)
  • 1955 - Alex Van Halen (Van Halen)
  • 1964 - Peter Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • 1966 - Blag Dahlia (born Paul Cafaro) (Dwarves)
  • 1968 - Del Gray (Little Texas)
  • 1972 - Darren Hayes (Savage Garden)
  • 1975 - Enrique Iglesias
  • 1976 - Martha Wainwright
  • 1976 - Ian "H" Watkins (Steps)
  • 1977 - Joe Bonamassa
  • 1978 - Ana Maria Lombo (Eden's Crush)
  • 1980 - Michelle McManus
  • 1983 - Matt Willis (Busted)

Deaths
  • 1967 - Laverne Andrews (Andrews Sisters) - Cancer (65)
  • 1968 - George D. Hay (Country Music Hall of Famer) (72)
  • 1974 - Graham Bond - Suicide (36)
  • 1982 - Neil Bogart (Founder of Casablanca Records) - Cancer (39)
  • 2008 - Eddy Arnold (89)
  • 2008 - Steve Kirby (Ace) (55)

On This Day
  • 1954 - The BBC banned the record Such a Night by Johnny Ray due to its suggestiveness.
  • 1961 - Ricky Nelson officially changed his name to Rick Nelson.
  • 1965 - The video for Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues was shot next to the Savoy Hotel in London.
  • 1967 - Gerry & the Pacemakers announced they were breaking up.
  • 1969 - John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed a management agreement with Gary Klein of ABKCO.
  • 1969 - Elvis Presley made the decision to stop making movies.
  • 1972 - Billy Preston became the first rock artist to headline at Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1976 - Johnny Cash received an honorary degree from National University in San Diego.
  • 1977 - Olivia Newton-John appeared in New York for the first time, playing the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • 1990 - Tom Waits was awarded $2.5 million by a Los Angles Court in a case against Frito-Lay over the use of a sound-alike singer.
  • 1993 - Mark Knopfler was given an honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Newcastle on Tyne.
  • 1996 - Def Leppard's Rick Allen has spousal abuse charges refiled against him in Los Angeles after he failed to complete a substance abuse counseling program.
  • 1998 - Johnny Winter was added to the Hollywood Rock Walk.
  • 2001 - The manager of the Insane Clown Posse was arrested in Omaha, NB after choking a member of the audience who had on an Eminem t-shirt and was throwing M&M candies at the band on stage.
  • 2003 - June Carter Cash lapsed into a coma at a Nashville hospital.
  • 2004 - Charley Pride underwent surgery of a subdural hematoma.
  • 2005 - Mindy McCready's boyfriend was charge with attempted murder and burglary after breaking into the singer's home.
  • 2006 - The Rolling Stones were forced to call off their European Tour when Keith Richards has emergency brain surgery due to a fall from a coconut tree in Fiji.
  • 2009 - Jimmy Buffett performed at Miami's Dolphis Stadium as it is renamed Land Shark Stadium (although temporarily).
  • 2012 - Willie Nelson turned down Roseanne Barr who wanted him to run for Vice President as her running mate.
  • 2013 - Ja Rule was released from prison after two year incarceration for gun and tax evasion charges.
  • 2014 - Chuck Berry was named one of the winners of the Polar Music Prize.

Marriages
  • 1978 - Donny Osmond and Debra Glenn
  • 1992 - Will Smith and Sheree Zampino
  • 2009 - Kian Egan (Westlife) and Jodi Albert

Released
  • 1970 - Let It Be - Beatles

Broadcasts
  • 1960 - The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Browns
  • 1975 - The Mac Davis Show (NBC) - John Sebastian, Loretta Lynn
  • 1980 - Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years (CBS) - eorge Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Acuff, June Carter, The Carter Family, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Anne Murray, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tom T. Hall, Larry Gatlin, Johnny Paycheck
  • 2005 - Elvis (CBS) (part 1 of 2)
  • 2011 - Why Not? With Shania Twain (OWN) - Shania Twain (premier)
  • 2012 - The Voice (NBC) - Lady Antebellum

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1976 - Welcome Back - John Sebastian (1 week)
  • 1982 - Chariots of Fire - Vangelis (1 week)
  • 1999 - Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin (5 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1993 - Get a Grip - Aerosmith (1 week)
  • 1999 - Fanmail - TLC (1 week)
  • 2010 - Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna - Glee Cast (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1976 - Movin' - Brass Construction (1 week)
  • 1993 - That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1961 - Hello Walls - Faron Young (9 weeks)
  • 1971 - How Much More Can She Stand - Conway Twitty (1 week)
  • 1976 - My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You - Charley Pride (1 week)
  • 1982 - Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson (2 weeks)
  • 1999 - Wish You Were Here - Mark Wills (1 week)
  • 2004 - You'll Think of Me - Keith Urban (2 weeks)
  • 2010 - Gimmie That Girl - Joe Nichols (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1976 - Don't Pull Your Love/Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Glen Campbell (1 week)
  • 1982 - Shanghai Breezes - John Denver (1 week)
  • 2004 - 100 Years - Five For Fighting (8 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1954 - Secret Love - Doris Day (8 weeks)
  • 1976 - Fernando - ABBA (4 weeks)
  • 2010 - Good Times - Roll Deep (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1971 - Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (4 weeks)
  • 1976 - Greatest Hits - ABBA (9 weeks)
  • 1985 - Tug of War - Paul McCartney (2 weeks)
  • 1993 - Automatic For the People - R.E.M. (1 week (1 previous week at number 1))
  • 2004 - D12 World - D12 (1 week)
  • 2010 - The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B (1 week)

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