Music History: May 14
2014 Cubie Burke (singer and dancer of the Chicago soul group The Five Stairsteps) dies of complications from a brain injury at age 49.
2006 Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls has a daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell. The father is her boyfriend, Sacha Gervasi.
2006 Ashton "Family Man" Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.
2005 Bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer at age 77 in Nashville, Tennessee.
2005 #1 Billboard album: Bruce Springsteen's Devils & Dust
2004 Chris Martin of Coldplay and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, have a daughter they name Apple.
2001 After a six-season run, the last episode of Brandy's TV series Moesha airs. This final episode is a cliffhanger, with Moesha learning she is pregnant and her brother getting kidnapped.
1998 George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.
1993 The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.
1991 Primus' major label debut (and eventual commercial breakthrough), Sailing the Seas of Cheese, is released. The album spawns the alt-rock classics "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Tommy the Cat," and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers."
1988 Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden, featuring appearances from many famous artists on the label's roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis, and the event's main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, with John Bonham's son Jason taking over drums for his late father.
1988 Gloria Estefan scores her first US #1 hit when "Anything For You" hits the top spot.
1987 Frank Sinatra, who had played South Africa in the past, suddenly condemns the apartheid regime publicly, referring to president P.W. Botha as "a bum."
1987 Mötley Crüe hold a listening party for their album Girls, Girls, Girls at a strip club in Hollywood called The Body Shop. They are quite familiar with the venue, which is mentioned in the title track.
1977 Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" hits #1 in the US.
1976 Hunter Burgan (bass guitarist for AFI) is born in Grass Valley, California.
1976 Keith Relf (lead vocalist for The Yardbirds) dies at age 33 after being electrocuted while playing an improperly grounded guitar in his basement.
1973 Pop singer Natalie Appleton (of All Saints) is born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
1973 R&B singer-songwriter Shanice is born Shanice Lorraine Wilson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1971 Rapper Freaky Tah (of Lost Boyz) is born Raymond Rogers in Queens, New York.
1971 Honey Cone's "Want Ads" is certified Gold.
1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release "Ohio."
1969 Pop singer Danny Wood (of New Kids on the Block) is born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1968 John Lennon and Paul McCartney go on The Tonight Show to announce the formation of Apple Records. Unfortunately, Johnny Carson is on vacation and the guest host is the sportscaster Joe Garagiola, who has no idea what to talk about.
1968 The Rascals record "People Got To Be Free."
1966 Fabrice Morvan is born in Paris, France. Along with Rob Pilatus, he is the face of Milli Vanilli, a duo that is busted for not actually singing on their recordings.
1966 Mike Inez, bass player for Alice In Chains, is born in San Fernando, California.
1966 Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!) is born Charles Ray Wiggins in Oakland, California.
1965 Elvis Presley records "What Every Woman Lives For," "Petunia, The Gardener's Daughter," "Look Out, Broadway," and "Everybody Come Aboard."
1964 Elvis Presley records "Roustabout."
1964 Jan & Dean record "Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)."
1963 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy"
1962 C.C. DeVille (Poison) is born Bruce Anthony Johannesson in Brooklyn, New York.
1962 Ian Astbury (lead vocalist for The Cult) is born in Heswall, Cheshire, England.
1959 Jazz musician Sidney Bechet dies of lung cancer in Garches, France, on his 62nd birthday.
1956 Buddy Holly visits his optometrist's office to correct his horrible 20/800 vision with primitive contact lenses, but Buddy hates them, and decides to keep his signature glasses.
1956 The Platters release The Platters.
1955 Elvis Presley releases "Baby Let's Play House" b/w "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone."
1955 Les Baxter's "Unchained Melody" hits #1.
1955 Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley" enters the charts.
1952 David Byrne (frontman for Talking Heads) is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
1951 Howlin' Wolf records "Moanin' At Midnight."
1950 Arthur Grant (bassist for the Edgar Broughton Band) is born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.
1947 Al Ciner (guitarist for The American Breed) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1945 Gene Cornish (guitarist for The Rascals) is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1943 Jack Bruce (bassist, singer for Cream, Manfred Mann, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) is born in Bishopbriggs, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
1943 Derek Leckenby (lead guitarist for Herman's Hermits) is born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1942 Film composer Frank Churchill - who wrote several classic Disney numbers including "Heigh-Ho" from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 40.
1939 One-hit-wonder Troy Shondell, known for his 1961 chart-topper "This Time," is born Gary Wayne Schelton in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1936 Bobby Darin is born Walden Robert Cassotto in East Harlem, New York City. Teenage Nina Cassotto became pregnant out of wedlock and, to avoid scandal, had her mother raise the baby as her own while Nina passed him off as her younger brother. Bobby finds out years later that the woman he knew as his beloved mother was actually his grandmother.
1936 Rock and roll singer Charlie Gracie, known for the 1957 hit "Butterfly," is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1932 Record producer Bob Johnston, known for his work with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, and Simon & Garfunkel, is born in Hillsboro, Texas.
1925 Big Band trumpeter Al Porcino is born in New York City.
1921 Noël Coward sets sail for New York aboard the S.S. Aquitania.
1917 Norman Luboff, a film and TV composer who also recorded with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1916 Jazz saxophonist Skip Martin is born in Robinson, Illinois.
The Hot 100
Following the release of Beyoncé's Lemonade, all 12 tracks on the album debut on the Hot 100, breaking Taylor Swift's 2010 record for most songs on the chart at the same time by a female artist.
2015 B.B. King dies at age 89. Bonnie Raitt says, "Without a doubt, B.B. King has influenced more rock and blues musicians than anyone else in history."
2014 On American Idol, The Chainsmokers perform their hit "#Selfie" in a bit where they take selfies with the judges. After the performance, EDM notables trash them.More
2011 Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert get married, forming a country music power couple to rival the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill union. They divorce four years later.
1988 Frank Sinatra dies of a heart attack in West Hollywood, California, at age 82.
1985 Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a special Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House for his work against drunk driving. Footage of the ceremony is shown repeatedly when Jackson comes into legal trouble in the following years.