Saturday, May 22, 2010

This Date In Music History - May 22


Bruce Rowlands - Fairport Convention (1941)

Calvin Simon - Funkadelic (1942)

Bernie Taupin (1950)

Jerry Dammers - Specials (1954)

Iva Davis - Icehouse (1955)

Steven Morrissey - Smiths, solo (1959)

Dana Williams - Diamond Rio (1961))

Jesse Valenzuela - Gin Blossoms (1962)

Johnny Gill - New Edition (1966)

Dan Roberts - Crash Test Dummies (1967)


Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1954.

In 1955, a Fats Domino concert was canceled in Bridgeport, CT because policed feared a rock 'n' roll riot would occur.

In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

Ernie K Doe went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1961 with "Mother In Law."

In 1964, the Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of screaming fans. Also on this day The Beatles scored their second US #1 album with 'The Beatles Second Album'. It displaced 'Meet The Beatles!' from the top of the charts.

The Beatles went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1965 with "Ticket To Ride," the group's eighth US #1.

Frank Sinatra appeared at Oakland Coliseum, California in 1968 and was backed by a full orchestra. The concert was a Democratic Party fundraiser.

Cream’s 'Disraeli Gears' goes gold in 1968 . Containing the war-horse “Sunshine of Your Love” it’s the group’s second album.

Now firmly ensconced as the “World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band,” the Rolling Stones’ 'Sticky Fingers,' containing “Brown Sugar,” begins a four week run at #1 on the US chart in 1971. It’s guitarist Mick Taylor’s first full album with the group since replacing Brian Jones.

Wings started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1976 with "Silly Love Songs," McCartney's fifth US #1 since leaving The Beatles.

The Doobie Brothers album, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” peaked at #8 in 1976 and sells over a million copies.

Cheap Trick’s breakthrough album “Live At Budokan” featuring “I Want You To Want Me” goes platinum in 1979. The album does so well as an import, Epic Records releases it in the US.

In 1980, in New York, five gold records that belonged to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios.

In 1989, Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its members, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.

Fleetwood Mac begin recording their “live” concert on an L.A. soundstage in 1997. The performance was played on both MTV and VH1.

In 1999, ticket demand turns a five show gig in July at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena into a fifteen show stand for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The reunion shows set the record for one stay at a single arena.

The final manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which was annotated by the composer, sold at an auction for $3.47 million in 2003.

In 2004, dozens of people were sent to the hospital and more than 200 are treated for heat exhaustion (temperatures near 90 degrees) at a music festival in Washington, D.C. An estimated crowd of 60,000 attend the show, which includes performances by the Offspring, Lostprophets, P.O.D. and Papa Roach.

In 2006, the J. Geils Band's entire original lineup performed together in their hometown of Boston at a private party celebrating bassist Dick Klein's 60th birthday. It reportedly was the first time the six members play together onstage in more than 20 years.

Led Zeppelin received the Polar Music Prize -- Sweden's most prestigious music award, in 2006. The award was the result of the group's "playful and experimental music [whose] eclectic elements" helped "define the genre of Hard Rock." The surviving members are presented with a check worth $123,000 by the King of Sweden.

Ozzy Osbourne's "Black Rain" was released in 2007. "It's a well-put-together album," says Ozzy. "I took my time on (it) and (guitarist) Zakk (Wylde) plays some amazing stuff as always." "I Don't Wanna Stop" is the lead single. "People keep saying to me, 'You'll be quitting soon, retiring.' I don't wanna stop!" adds Ozzy. "I'd miss the fans. I'd miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy." The album was recorded at Osbourne's home studio in L.A.

In 2008, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Radiohead were recognized for their songwriting accomplishments at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London. Gilmour takes a Lifetime Achievement trophy. "It's been a long, bumpy and exhilarating road," says Gilmour. Radiohead receives the Album Award for "In Rainbows."

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