Music History: May 16
2012 Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," dies at age 75.
2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.
2007 Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.
2003 While undergoing dialysis, Barry White suffers a stroke, though his sister publicly claims he will soon perform again, it proves to be the end of White's public life.
2002 Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled "A.I.: Artificial Insemination."
2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.
2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.
1999 Diana Ross and Brandy star as mother and daughter in the made-for-TV movie Double Platinum.
1998 Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home, and The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.
1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown's earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.
1990 Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.
1990 Famous puppeteer Jim Henson, who was also a songwriter and musician, dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at age 53.
1987 David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles, with bandmate Stephen Stills giving away the bride and Graham Nash renewing his vows with wife Susan.
1986 Caitlin O'Riordan of The Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland.
1981 Kim Carnes' version of "Bette Davis Eyes," written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, hits #1 in America.
1981 Ernie Freeman, a pianist known for R&B and pop arrangements from the '50s through the '70s, dies at a heart attack at age 58. Won Grammy awards for his arrangements of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
1980 Brian May of Queen collapses onstage during a concert in and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed (for the second time) with hepatitis.
1980 The Carpenters' last TV special, Music, Music, Music, airs on ABC. Guest stars include Ella Fitzgerald, John Davidson, and Nelson Riddle.
1976 Mayor James H. McGee declares today "Ohio Players Day" in the band's hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
1970 Randy Bachman leaves The Guess Who to produce an album for Winnipeg band Brave Belt, which he eventually joins. At the suggestion of Neil Young, Bachman recruits fellow Winnipeg bassist and vocalist C.F. Turner, and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane is arrested on charges of drug possession in his Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room after police find him smoking pot. His eventual punishment in a $100 fine.
1970 The Who release their acclaimed album Live At Leeds, recorded three months earlier at the University of Leeds, in America.
1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's LP Deja Vu hits #1.
1969 Jack Casady, bassist for the Jefferson Airplane, is arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana and given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years.
1969 During The Who's set at the Fillmore East in New York, a plainclothes policeman rushes the stage to tell the audience that a fire has broken out, but guitarist Pete Townshend, figuring him for a rabid fan, kicks him off. Literally. The guitarist is arrested onstage and later charged $30.
1968 Ralph Tresvant (lead singer of New Edition) is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1968 Tony Joe White records "Polk Salad Annie."
1966 Janet Jackson is born Janet Damita Jo Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
1966 The Beach Boys release Pet Sounds.
1966 Bruce Springsteen's band The Castiles buys an hour of studio time at the Bricktown Recording Studio in the Brick Mall Shopping Center in New Jersey. They pay $50 to cut two songs written by the 16-year-old Springsteen.
1966 The Beatles record "Taxman" and "For No One."
1966 Frank Sinatra records "Summer Wind."
1965 Krist Novoselic (bass guitarist for Nirvana) is born in Compton, California.
1964 Mary Wells' "My Guy" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1963 At the fifth annual Grammy Awards, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" wins Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal, Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" gets Best R&B Recording, and Bent Fabric's instrumental "Alley Cat" takes Best Rock and Roll Record.
1960 Billboard magazine reports that Detroit music mogul Berry Gordy is thinking of starting three new record labels, including one called Motown.
1959 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City"
1955 New wave singer-songwriter Hazel O'Connor is born in Coventry, England.
1953 Richard Page (lead singer of Mr. Mister) is born in Keokuk, Iowa.
1953 Jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 43.
1953 Percy Faith's "Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" hits #1.
1951 Jonathan Richman (front man of The Modern Lovers) is born in Natick, Massachusetts.
1949 Rock guitarist William "Sputnik" Spooner (Grateful Dead, The Tubes) is born in Phoenix, Arizona.
1947 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) is born in Bournemouth, England.
1947 '60s singer Barbara Lee (of The Chiffons) is born in The Bronx, New York.
1946 Roger Earl (drummer for Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England.
1946 Robert Fripp (guitarist for King Crimson) is born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.
1945 Nicky Chinn, who penned hits with songwriting partner Mike Chapman throughout the '60s and '70s, is born in London, England.
1944 Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is born in Panama.
1938 R&B singer Pervis Jackson (of The Spinners) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1936 Doo wop singer Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson (of The Dell-Vikings) is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1932 Drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio) is born in Rosedale, Mississippi.
1929 Jazz singer Betty Carter is born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan.
1919 Liberace is born Władziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wisconsin, along with a twin who dies at birth.
1913 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1767 A piano is played for the first time in public in the UK. In a playbill for a performance of The Beggar's Opera at Covent Garden Theatre, London, it is announced a Miss Brickler sings "accompanied by Mr. Dibdin on a new instrument called piano-forte."
1983Michael Jackson introduces the Moonwalk for the first time on TV when he breaks out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special.
2000 Britney Spears' second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.
1980 Elvis Presley's doctor, George Nichopoulous, is brought before the Memphis medical board and officially charged with 14 counts of abusing his right to prescribe medication. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
1980 Alabama releases their first RCA Nashville single, "Tennessee River," which would become their first #1 hit on the country charts.
1966 Bob Dylan releases the "thin, wild mercury" sound of Blonde on Blonde, rock's first double album. Millions of minds are blown.