Music History: May 21
2008 Lou Pearlman, manager of Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.
2008 David Cook seems shocked to become the Season 7 winner of American Idol, beating 17-year-old David Archuleta. Cook got 56% of the record 97.5 million votes.
2003 Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.
2003 Ruben Studdard wins Season 2 of American Idol, beating out Clay Aiken.
2002 Little Big Town release their disastrous self-titled debut through Sony's Monument Records. Although the album produces some couple minor hits on the Country chart, the group is denigrated by critics as a fake country band, devoid of substance. LBT proves them wrong with their acclaimed 2005 album, The Road to Here.
2000 Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots marries the model Mary Forsberg. It's his second marriage, and this one is low-key, taking place at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Celebrity guests include Weiland's bandmates and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1993 Sliver starring Sharon Stone and William Baldwin is released in the US. The movie is panned by critics, but the prominent use of UB40's cover of the Elvis Presley original "Can't Help Falling in Love" in the film helps give the band their second #1 hit in the States. The song was originally released as the first single from their 1993 album, Promises and Lies.
1983 "Little Red Corvette" goes to #6 in the US, giving Prince his first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100. The video is one of the first by a black artist to go in hot rotation on MTV.
1981 Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann's, Jamaica.
1979 Time magazine runs a story on Rickie Lee Jones titled "The Duchess of Coolsville," a reference to the song "Coolsville" on her debut album. The moniker sticks.
1979 Elton John becomes the first western act to tour the U.S.S.R. when he plays the first of eight concerts at a show in Leningrad.
1977 Stevie Wonder hits #1 in America with "Sir Duke," a tribute to Duke Ellington, who died in 1974.
1972 The Notorious B.I.G. is born Christopher George Latore Wallace in Brooklyn, New York.
1964 The Drifters record "Under The Boardwalk" the day after their lead singer, Rudy Lewis, is found dead. He is replaced by former member Johnny Moore.
1962 Dee Dee Sharp records "Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)."
1957 Paul Anka records "Diana."
1955 Stan Lynch (original drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1955 Chuck Berry records his first single, "Maybellene."
1948 Leo Sayer is born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England.
1947 Bill Champlin (keyboardist, guitarist for Chicago) is born in Oakland, California.
1944 Marcie Blane, known for the '60s pop hit "Bobby's Girl," is born Marcia Blank in Brooklyn, New York.
1943 Hilton Valentine (original guitarist for The Animals) is born in North Shields, Northumberland, England.
1943 Vincent Crane is born in Reading, England. As a member of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, he co-writes "Fire," and later joins Atomic Rooster.
1941 Ronald Isley (of The Isley Brothers) is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1904 Fats Waller is born Thomas Waller in New York City.
ZZ Top Rule MTV With Babes And A Classic Car
ZZ Top release their video for "Gimme All Your Lovin'," marking the first appearance of The Eliminator, Billy Gibbons' 1933 Ford Hot Rod. The car appears in three other ZZ Top videos and becomes closely associated with the band. Gibbons has another one built just like it to bring on tour.
2016 Following the release of his album Views, Drake places a record 20 songs on the Hot 100, besting Justin Bieber's mark of 17 on December 5, 2015.
1994 R&B vocal group All-4-One hits #1 on the Hot 100 with "I Swear," a cover of a country song by John Michael Montgomery. The group is playing gigs at Disneyland when the song tops the chart; it stays at #1 for 11 weeks.
1992 MTV airs the first episode of The Real World, which gets huge ratings and begins a shift in programming away from music videos. It also encourages other networks to try this "Reality TV" thing.
1992 Bette Midler is Johnny Carson's last guest on The Tonight Show (his final show, the following night, has no guests). She serenades him with "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)."
1977 Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album takes over the #1 spot in the US from the Eagles' Hotel California.
1965 Ten years into the Rock Era, it looks like it's here to stay. Time magazine reports on the rock revival with the cover story, "Rock 'n' Roll: The Sound of the Sixties."More