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Friday, May 19, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1956 "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1958 Pianist Van Cliburn appears on the cover of Time magazine.

In 1958 The soundtrack to "South Pacific" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 31 nonconsecutive weeks.

In 1958 Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" becomes the first 8-track mastered recording released on vinyl.

In 1960 Alan Freed and seven others are indicted for payola.

In 1960 The Drifters record "Save the Last Dance For Me."

In 1961 The Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope.

In 1965 FBI agents visit Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to "Louie Louie."

In 1965 "King of the Road" by Roger Miller is certified gold.

In 1968 The Fifth Dimension perform "Stoned Soul Picnic" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1969 The Who's album "Tommy" is released.

In 1969 "Get Back" b/w "Don't Let Me Down" by the Beatles is certified gold.

In 1970 Led Zeppelin begins work on Led Zeppelin III in Hampshire, England.

In 1973 "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" by George Harrison, "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon and "Shambala" by Three Dog Night all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1976 Keith Richards crashes his car into a center divider in England and is arrested on drug charges when police find cocaine in his car.

In 1978 "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb is certified gold.

In 1979 Ex-Beatles Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr perform together at a party celebrating Eric Clapton's marriage to Patti Boyd.

In 1979 "Shine A Little Love" by the Electric Light Orchestra, "Gold" by John Stewart and "Sad Eyes" by Robert John all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1980 Barbara Mandrell goes for a ride with the Thunderbirds acrobatic flying team and breaks the sound barrier.

In 1980 Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash.

In 1984 "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner and "Legs" by ZZ Top both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1984 Pink Floyd's LP "Dark Side of the Moon" marks its 520th week (a total of 10 years) on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

In 1988 Steve Winwood's album "Chronicles" is certified platinum.

In 1989 Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn, marries Janine.

In 1990 "Vogue" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1993 Michael Jackson is honored by the Hollywood Guinness World of Records Museum for setting numerous show-business records.

In 1995 TLC's single "Waterfalls" is released.

In 1998 U2 performs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to promote the "yes" vote for the upcoming referendum on the Ulster peace settlement.

In 1998 Sonny & Cher receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1999 "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin is certified gold, while the Spice Girls' CD "Spice World" goes quadruple platinum.

In 2000 Toby Keith sings "Country Comes To Town" on CBS-TV's movie, "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood."

In 2000 Three ex-members of the Dead Kennedys are awarded $220,000 in damages after a San Francisco jury found that bandleader Jello Biafra had failed to pay them back royalties.

In 2000 Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate their 40th year together, kicking off a U.S. tour in Las Vegas.

In 2006 Freddie And The Dreamers frontman Freddie Garrity ("I'm Telling You Now") dies after suffering circulation problems. He was 65.

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