Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1931 "Out Of Nowhere" by Bing Crosby is #1 on charts.

In 1946 The musical "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring songs by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, opens on Broadway.

In 1960 Producer Berry Gordy Jr. announces plans to form Motown Records.

In 1964 "My Guy" by Mary Wells hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1965 The Beach Boys perform "Help Me Rhonda" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1965 The Rolling Stones appear with Chuck Berry on "Hollywood A-Go-Go."

In 1966 Frank Sinatra, working with arranger Nelson Riddle, records "Summer Wind."

In 1966 The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" album is released.

In 1969 In New York, Pete Townshend unknowingly kicks a plain clothes cop offstage and spends the night in jail for assault.

In 1969 Ringo Starr boards the Queen Elizabeth II to sail to the U.S. for the filming of "The Magic Christian." He travels with wife Maureen, their two children, Peter Sellers, George Harrison and Patti Boyd.

In 1969 "This Magic Moment" by Jay & The Americans is certified gold.

In 1970 Guitarist Randy Bachman quits the Guess Who.

In 1970 Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin is arrested in Bloomington, MN, for marijuana possession and for having several girls aged 12-17 in his hotel room.

In 1975 Chubby Checker hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Lesley Gore, Danny & the Juniors, the Angels and Bo Diddley.

In 1980 Former Buggles members Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn join Yes replacing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.

In 1980 Paul McCartney's "McCartney II" album is released containing the single "Coming up."

In 1980 Dr. George Nichopoulos is charged with overprescribing drugs for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other patients.

In 1980 Brian May of Queen, suffering from hepatitis, collapses on stage.

In 1981 The Pretenders' Martin Chambers marries Tracy Atkinson.

In 1981 "The One That You Love" by Air Supply and "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 9 weeks.

In 1983 Michael Jackson debuts the "moonwalk" step on Motown's 25th Anniversary TV Show.

In 1983 Styx's single "Mr. Roboto" is certified gold.

In 1985 Madonna performs her first concert in Cleveland at the Public Hall.

In 1985 The United Support of Artists for Africa receives $6.5 million from Columbia Records, the first royalty payment for the single "We Are the World."

In 1986 Willie Nelson undergoes surgery for a broken left thumb. He'd been injured in a fall from a bicycle.

In 1986 Johnny Paycheck is convicted for shooting a man during a barroom fight in Hillsboro, OH, from the previous December. The victim suffered a scalp wound. Paycheck was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, but was released in 1991.

In 1987 Johnny Cash cuts short his show in Council Bluffs, Iowa, suffering from exhaustion and an irregular heartbeat.

In 1987 David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend, Jan Dance.

In 1987 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston and "Alone" by Heart both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1987 "With Or Without You" by U2 hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1989 Madonna's single "Like A Prayer" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1990 Chicago grants Chess Studios historical landmark status.

In 1992 Procol Harum reunites for a concert tour that begins in Washington.

In 1994 Tanya Tucker's album "Soon" is certified gold.

In 1995 Annie Lennox's album "Medusa" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1997 Michael Bolton's single "Go The Distance" is released.

In 1997 Aerosmith's album "Nine Lives" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1998 Keith Richards falls while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall breaks a rib causing the Rolling Stones to postpone several dates on their Bridges To Babylon tour.

In 2000 The artist formerly known as Prince announces that he will be, now and forever, known again as Prince.

In 2000 Britney Spears' album "Oops... I Did It Again" is released and sets a 1-week sales record for a female artist with 1.3 million copies.

In 2003 Barry White suffers a stroke while waiting for a kidney transplant because of complications from years of high blood pressure. His speech and right side were affected.

In 2003 Joe Jackson ("Steppin' Out) comes out against New York's ban on smoking in public places.

In 2004 Britney Spears appears on the cover of TV Guide: "Loving Las Vegas."

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