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Monday, May 21, 2018

Music Calendar

In 1892 The opera "I Pagliacci," by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, is first performed, in Milan, Italy.

In 1959 "Gypsy," a musical inspired by Gypsy Rose Lee, opens on Broadway.

In 1963 Stevie Wonder records his first hit, "Fingertips," live in Detroit.

In 1964 The Drifters record "Under the Boardwalk."

In 1965 Time magazine features a story titled "Rock 'N Roll: Everybody's Tuned In." The Beach Boys, Peter Noone, Petula Clark and the Supremes were among those appearing on the cover.

In 1966 "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield and "Red Rubber Ball" by Cyrkle both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 Paul McCartney and Jane Asher attend an Andy Williams concert.

In 1968 Rolling Stone Brian Jones is arrested a second time for possession of marijuana in his London apartment.

In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in For Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

In 1971 Paul McCartney's "Ram" album, containing the single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" is released.

In 1973 "Pillow Talk" by Sylvia is certified gold.

In 1976 The Rolling Stones open a 6-night stand at London's Earl's Court Theatre.

In 1976 Aerosmith's album "Rocks" is certified gold.

In 1977 "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1980 The Clash's Joe Strummer is jailed for hitting a fan in the head with a guitar at a Hamburg show.

In 1981 Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann's, Jamaica.

In 1983 Former Doobie Brother Michael MacDonald marries Amy Holland.

In 1983 "Let's Dance" by David Bowie is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1985 Thailand bans Murray Head's "One Night In Bangkok," explaining the song "may cause misunderstandings about Thai society."

In 1985 Marvin Gaye's last album "Dream of a Lifetime" is released.

In 1985 The Power Station's album "The Power Station" is certified gold.

In 1989 Newsweek quotes Elvis Costello on England's Royal Family, "They're scum. I just don't understand why we subsidize people who go on holiday all the time."

In 1991 The Rolling Stones tape a video for their song "Sex Drive" in London. However, MTV would ban the video because of scenes featuring women in see-through cellophane dresses.

In 1992 Bette Midler becomes the last guest to appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."

In 1994 Trisha Yearwood and Robert Reynolds wed.

In 1994 "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" by Elton John enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1994 "I Swear" by All-4-One hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 11 weeks.

In 1996 George Harrison says he would produce Ravi Shankar's next album.

In 1997 Paul McCartney says he had a notebook of never-recorded songs he wrote with John Lennon.

In 1997 U2 shuts down stretches of downtown Kansas City freeways to shoot the video of "Do You Feel Loved?"

In 1997 The album "You Want It-The Best" by Kiss is certified gold.

In 1998 Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, and original members of the Platters, Danny & the Juniors, and other acts meet with members of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee to voice their concerns about about bogus "knock-off" groups.

In 1998 Duran Duran's album "Decade" is certified platinum by and Van Halen's album "Best Of, Volume I" is certified double platinum.

In 1999 George Martin's manuscript score for Elton John's "Candle In The Wind '97" is auctioned at Sotheby's in London, with proceeds going to 3 music-related charities.

In 1999 Bob Dylan's album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" is certified gold.

In 2000 Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland and Mary Forsberg marry.

In 2001 U2's Bono and wife Ali have their fourth child, a boy.

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