Sunday, May 16, 2010

This Date In Music History - May 16


Billy Cobham - jazz drummer, worked with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, James Brown, Santana (1944)

Robert Fripp - King Crimson (1946)

Jonathan Richman (1951)

Richard Page - Mr Mister (1953)

Boyd Tinsley - Dave Matthews Band (1964)

Chris Novoselic - Nirvana (1965)

Janet Jackson (1966)

Ralph Tresvant - New Edition (1968)

Simon Katz - Jamiroquai (1971)

They Are Missed:

The late Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson of the Dell-Vikings (sang lead on "Whispering Bells") was born in 1935 (died June 22, 1990).

Sammy Davis, Jr. died of throat cancer in 1990.

Born today in 1947, Barbara Lee, singer, The Chiffons. Lee died on May 15, 1992.

Soul singer Marv Johnson died of a stroke in 1993. He had the US Top 10 single "I Love The Way You Love." Johnson's recording of Berry Gordy's song "Come To Me" became Motown Records first ever-single release in May 1959.

Born on this day in 1919, Liberace, (Wladziu Valentinon Liberace). He died on February 4, 1997.

Born today in 1947, Darrell Sweet, Nazareth. Died on April 30, 1999 after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana.

Born today in 1939, Pervis Jackson, vocals, The Detroit Spinners. Died of cancer on 18th Aug 2008.


Buddy Holly signed with Coral Records in 1957.

Motown Records was formed in 1960.

In 1963, the Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children's program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed "From Me to You" and a shortened version of "Please Please Me."

Mary Wells started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1964 with "My Guy."

In 1965, while driving away from a gig at the Civic Hall, Long Beach, California, the limo taking the Rolling Stones back to their hotel was besieged by fans who caved in the roof by standing on it. The band attempted to hold the roof up while their chauffeur drove off with bodies falling onto the road. Cool....

Also in 1965 - The Rolling Stones appeared with Chuck Berry on the television show "Hollywood A-GO-GO."

The Beach Boys appeared on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1965 and performed "Help Me Rhonda."

The Beach Boys released the album 'Pet Sounds' in the US in 1966. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music

Tony Joe White recorded the swamp classic "Polk Salad Annie" in 1968.

In 1969, a man rushed on stage and grabbed the microphone. The Who’s Pete Townshend thinks it’s just some crazy guy from the audience and boots him off the stage. Turns out, the fellow is a NY policeman who ran on stage to tell the Fillmore audience the building next door was on fire. Townshend was dragged from the stage by police officers and spent the night in jail. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offense.

Randy Bachman left the Guess Who in 1970.

Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to #1 on the US album chart in 1970 with 'Deja Vu.'

Al Green, Etta James and Joe Simon with J.J. Malone, Little Denise, Harvey Mandel and Paul Lagos appeared at Oakland Coliseum, California. It was billed as 'The Baddest Soul Show Of 1972.'

In 1974, Neil Young made an unannounced appearance at The Bottom Line in New York and played songs from his new album 'On The Beach.'

Dr. George C. Nichopoulous was indicted in Memphis in 1980 on 14 counts of overprescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients.

Former New Christy Minstrels member (with Kenny Rogers), Kim Carnes started a nine week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1981 with "Bette Davis Eyes."

In 1983, Michael Jackson introduced the "moonwalk" at the taping of the Motown 25th Anniversary TV special.

Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee in 1984 for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street.

U2 started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1987 with the cut "With Or Without You," the group's first US #1 hit.

The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over Tour ended in 1995. It’s seen by over 2 million fans and earns $135 million. Not bad for guys who said they never play together again.

In 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall broke his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their Bridges To Babylon tour.

The Britney Spears album "Oops!..I Did It Again" was released in 2000.

The world breathed easier in 2000 when Prince announces that he will resume using his name (Prince) rather than a symbol to identify himself. The use of the symbol was his response to all sorts of corporate dealings that he had a problem with (to put it mildly). Now that the contracts have expired he’s back to being Prince again.

Usher was at #1 on the US singles chart in 2004 with "Burn," his second US #1 single of the year.

In 2006, Red Hot Chili Peppers' ninth album, 'Stadium Arcadium,' sells 442,000 copies in its first week of release to earn the group its first #1 on the Billboard 200 monitor. The album tops the charts in 16 other countries as well.

Also in 2006, Paul McCartney and his second wife, Heather Mills McCartney announce they’re separating, confirming a spate of rumors. "Both of us still care about each other very much," the couple claim in a joint statement. "But [we] have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives." The couple married in ’02 and had a daughter, Beatrice Milly, the following year.

Money for injuries. In 2006, Mark Knopfler files suit against the female motorist who knocked him off his motorcycle in London some three years earlier. The former Dire Straits frontman broke his collarbone, his shoulder and seven ribs in the accident. He also had to cancel a scheduled European tour while he recovered. The woman was convicted of careless driving and later deported to Ecuador. Knopfler seeks approximately $566,000 in damages. 2006

Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars 2 exhibit opened in Dearborn, MI in 2009. On display are Pete Townshend's ‘56 Lincoln and a smashed Rickenbacker guitar sculpture; costumes and guitars from KISS, including Gene Simmons' "Axe" bass guitar and Paul Stanley's "Star" guitar; Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's Lola/Cosworth T297 race car; a ‘68 Ford Mustang Fastback, "Bullitt," driven by Sheryl Crow for her music video, "Steve McQueen; " ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons' 1932 Ford Coupe, "Eliminator;" and a ‘53 Buick Skylark owned by Metallica's James Hetfield.

Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US album chart in 2009 with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album.

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