Music Almanac - May 9

Birthdays
  • 1911 - Harry Simeone (d. 2005)
  • 1914 - Hank Snow (d. 1999)
  • 1935 - Nokie Edwards (Ventures) (d. 2018)
  • 1937 - Sonny Curtis (Crickets)
  • 1937 - Dave Prater (Sam & Dave) (d. 1988)
  • 1941 - Pete Birrell (Freddie & the Dreamers)
  • 1941 - Danny Rapp (Danny & the Juniors) (d. 1983)
  • 1942 - Bobby Lewis (country singer)
  • 1943 - Tommy Roe
  • 1944 - Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield)
  • 1944 - Don Dannemann (Cyrkle)
  • 1945 - Steve Katz (Blood Sweat & Tears)
  • 1949 - Billy Joel
  • 1952 - Tom Petersson (Cheep Trick)
  • 1953 - John Edwards (Status Quo)
  • 1962 - Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)
  • 1962 - Paul Heaton (Housemartins, Beautiful South)
  • 1967 - Jason White
  • 1969 - Peter Wilkinson (Cast)
  • 1970 - Ghostface Killah (born Dennis Coles)
  • 1971 - Paul McGuigan (Oasis)
  • 1971 - Mike Myerson (Heartland)
  • 1975 - Tamia (born Tamia Hill)
  • 1975 - Ryan 'Nik' Vikedal (Nickelback)
  • 1979 - Andrew W.K. (born Andrew Wilkes-Krier)
  • 1979 - Pierre Bouvier (Simple Plan)

Deaths
  • 1984 - Nudie Cohn (tailor to country stars) (81)
  • 1989 - Keith Whitley - Alcohol poisoning (33)
  • 1998 - Lester Butler - Drug overdose (38)
  • 2001 - John E. Myers (writer Rock Around the Clock, Rock-a-Beatin' Boogie) (81)
  • 2004 - Olive Osmond (mother of the Osmond clan) - Complications from 2002 stroke (79)
  • 2010 - Lena Horne - Heart failure (92)
  • 2015 - Johnny Gimble (88)

On This Day
  • 1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis became the governor of the state of Louisiana.
  • 1955 - Future star Marvin Rainwater won the top prize on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.
  • 1958 - Alan Freed was indicted in a Boston court for inciting unlawful destruction of property at one of his concert reviews.
  • 1962 - The Beatles signed their first contract with EMI.
  • 1963 - Paul McCartney met Jane Asher for the first time after a show at London's Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1964 - Chuck Berry opened his first U.K. tour in London.
  • 1964 - Louis Armstrong dethroned the Beatles at the top of the American Singles chart after 14 weeks with Hello Dolly.
  • 1965 - Bob Dylan played Royal Albert Hall in London with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in attendance.
  • 1966 - The Doors auditioned to become the house band at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood.
  • 1967 - It was Damita Jo Day in Austin, TX.
  • 1970 - Lynyrd Skynyrd played Free Bird for the first time.
  • 1974 - John Landau saw Bruce Springsteen opening for Bonnie Raitt in Cambridge, MA. He wrote of the show "I have seen rock & roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen." It was also the first time that Springsteen performed Born to Run.
  • 1978 - Fee Waybill of the Tubes broke his leg falling from the stage in London.
  • 1980 - At the Ivor Novello Awards in London, I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats won Best Pop Song and Outstanding British Lyric while Supertramp's The Logical Song won Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
  • 1988 - Stores in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis refuse to stock his new album Lovesexy because of the picture of the nearly nude singer on the cover.
  • 1990 - Sinead O'Connor said she wouldn't perform on Saturday Night Live after she heard Andrew Dice Clay would be the host.
  • 2000 - A U.S. appeals court upheld a $5.4 million suit saying that Michael Bolton had plagarized parts of the song Love is a Wonderful Thing from an Isley Brothers song of the same name.
  • 2001 - Kenny Rogers won a Career Achievement honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 2001 - Michael Jackson released a statement saying he had no plans to sell the Beatles catalog.
  • 2008 - Foxy Brown plead guilty to assaulting a neighbor with her BlackBerry phone.
  • 2009 - Linda Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson received honorary docterates from the Berklee School of Music.
  • 2010 - Blake Shelton proposed to Miranda Lambert.
  • 2011 - Whitney Houston checked herself into rehab.
  • 2012 - Tim McGraw signed with Big Machine Records.
  • 2013 - David Bowie's video for The Next Day was temporarily removed from YouTube over graphic content.
  • 2014 - Jett Williams was arrested for DUI in Wilson County, TN.
  • 2017 - The Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville premiered in La Jolla, CA.

Marriages
  • 1997 - Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Michael Tarabay
  • 2005 - Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger

Recorded
  • 1928 - Keep on the Sunny Side - Carter Family
  • 1968 - Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
  • 1982 - Infidels - Bob Dylan (completed)

Released
  • 1953 - These Foolish Things - Billy Ward & the Dominoes (single)
  • 1969 - Electronic Sounds - George Harrison
  • 1970 - Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
  • 1985 - Sussudio - Phil Collins (single)
  • 1988 - Lovesexy - Prince

Broadcasts
  • 1959 - The Dick Clark Show (ABC) - Paul Anka, Skyliners, Jesse Belvin, Johnny Horton
  • 1975 - The Midnight Special (NBC) - Roxy Music, Ohio Players, Larry Gatlin
  • 1979 - The Johnny Cash Spring Special (CBS) - June Carter, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Earl Scruggs, Martin Mull
  • 1998 - Saturday Night Live - Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jimmy Page
  • 2008 - CMT Crossroads - Sara Evans and Maroon 5

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1942 - Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey (6 weeks)
  • 1964 - Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong (1 week)
  • 1970 - American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - Guess Who (3 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1960 - Sold Out - Kingston Trio (1 week)
  • 1981 - Paradise Theater - Styx (1 week (2 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2009 - Deeper than Rap - Rick Ross (1 week)
  • 2015 - Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1981 - Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey (1 week)
  • 1987 - There's Nothing Better Than Love - Luther Vandross with Gregory Hines (1 week)
  • 1992 - All Woman - Lisa Stansfield (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1970 - The Pool Shark - Dave Dudley (1 week)
  • 1981 - Am I Losing You - Ronnie Milsap (1 week)
  • 1987 - The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder - Michael Johnson (1 week)
  • 1992 - Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn (2 weeks)
  • 1998 - Two Pina Coladas - Garth Brooks (1 week)
  • 2015 - Girl Crush - Little Big Town (13 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1970 - For the Love of Him - Bobbi Martin (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Hazard - Richard Marx (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1981 - Stand and Deliver - Adam & the Ants (5 weeks)
  • 1987 - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (4 weeks)
  • 1992 - Please Don't Go / Game Boy - KWS (5 weeks)
  • 1998 - Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade - All Saints (1 week)
  • 2015 - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) - Omi (4 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1987 - Keep Your Distance - Curiosity Killed the Cat (2 weeks)
  • 1992 - Stars - Simply Red (1 week)
  • 2009 - Together Through Life - Bob Dylan (2 weeks)
  • 2015 - The Magic Whip - Blur (1 week)

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