Friday, May 19, 2017

Today in Music History...May 19, 2017 (Now with more info & links)

Music History: May 19

2010 David Guetta's "Gettin' Over You" becomes the billionth track to be Shazamed.

2007 At Porter Wagoner's 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton sings "I Will Always Love You" to Wagoner, whom she wrote the song about in 1974.

2007 Frank Guida, a Sicilian-American songwriter and music producer whose first hit was Tommy Facenda's "High School U.S.A.," dies in Norfolk, Virginia, at age 84.

2006 Freddie Garrity (frontman of Freddie & the Dreamers) dies at age 69 while on holiday in North Wales.

2004 Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Mississippi, at age 90.

2000 Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a US tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.

2000 The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: "sadly, there are creative differences."

1998 Jewel releases a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor.

1997 Backstreet Boys release "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," their breakthrough single in the US.

1996 Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons.

1992 Pop/soul singer Sam Smith is born in London, England.

1991 Odia Coates, known for a string of '70s duets with Paul Anka, including the #1 "(You're) Having My Baby," dies of breast cancer at age 49.

1990 Five weeks after debuting at #39 on the Hot 100 chart, Madonna’s "Vogue" moves into the #1 spot.

1979 Two months after they are married, Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd finally get a wedding reception, as Clapton gets a break in touring. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are guests, and jam together for the first time in almost 10 years.

1979 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter become the parents of Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings.

1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases the single "Saturday Night Special." The B-side is "Made in the Shade." It's the only single released from the Nuthin' Fancy album.

1973 Stevie Wonder hits #1 in America with "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," a song inspired by his wife (and sometimes co-writer) Syreeta Wright.

1972 Jenny Berggren (lead singer of Ace of Base) is born Jenny Cecilia Petrén in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1970 Rapper Prince Be (of P.M. Dawn) is born Attrell Cordes in Jersey City, New Jersey. His stepfather is Kool & the Gang's George Brown.

1965 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride"

1964 Lawrence Wright dies in London. His death goes unreported by Melody Maker, the newspaper he founded in 1926.

1962 Iain Harvie (guitarist for Del Amitri) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1961 The Everly Brothers form their Calliope Records label (its first release is Don performing "Pomp And Circumstance" as "Adrian Kimberly").

1960 The Drifters record "Save the Last Dance for Me."

1960 Annette Funicello performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York, missing her high school graduation.

1958 Ritchie Valens records "Come On, Let's Go," "Peggy Lee," and "Fever."

1954 Phil Rudd (drummer for AC/DC) is born Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis in Melbourne, Australia.

1954 Modernist composer Charles Ives dies of a stroke.

1952 '70s funk singer Barbara Joyce Lomas (of B.T. Express) is born in Bessemer, Alabama.

1949 Dusty Hill (bassist, keyboardist, co-vocalist of ZZ Top) is born Joseph Michael Hill in Dallas, Texas.

1948 Music journalist and Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1948 Grace Jones is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

1947 Jerry Hyman (former trombonist of Blood, Sweat & Tears) is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1947 Steve Currie (bass player for T. Rex) is born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England.

1940 Mickey Newbury, who penned a record-breaking string of hits across four different charts in 1968, including The First Edition's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," is born in Houston, Texas.

Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"

1962Less than three months before her death, Marilyn Monroe makes one of her last public appearances at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration, where she famously sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in his honor.
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Featured Events

2009 The first episode of the TV show Glee airs, featuring a Glee Club performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" that brings the song back to the charts. The Glee version lands at #4 - which is five spots higher than Journey's original.

1998 Sonny and Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Sonny, who died January 5, 1998, it's a posthumous honor.
1993 Depeche Mode begin their Devotional tour in Lille, France. They reach new levels of excess on the trek, culminating with lead singer Dave Gahan having a heart attack during a show.More

1992 Billy Ray Cyrus releases his debut album, Some Gave All, featuring his signature song "Achy Breaky Heart." The album dominates the Billboard 200 chart for 17 consecutive weeks, and the single's music video spawns a line-dancing trend across the US, where a new breed of country music is already becoming a phenomenon. More

1951 Jeffrey Ross Hyman is born in Queens, New York. He forms the Ramones and takes the stage name Joey Ramone.

1945 Pete Townshend of The Who is born in Chiswick, United Kingdom.


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