Music History: May 22
2015 Jana Kramer marries former NFL player Mike Caussin.
2011 Donald Trump names John Rich of Big & Rich winner of The Celebrity Apprentice, Season 11.
2011 Joseph Brooks, who wrote the title hit to the 1977 film You Light Up My Life, commits suicide at age 73 while awaiting a rape trial. He was accused of committing a series of rapes by luring aspiring actresses to his apartment under the guise of conducting movie auditions.
2010 Alanis Morissette marries the rapper Souleye (Mario Treadway). They have their first child seven months later.
2009 Meg White marries guitarist Jackson Smith, son of Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith, in the backyard of her former husband (and White Stripes bandmate), Jack White, in Nashville. The ceremony is a double wedding, with the Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence marrying his photographer girlfriend Jo McCaughey.
2007 Joey Fatone of 'N Sync comes in second to Apolo Anton Ohno on Dancing With The Stars.
2006 Mary Wilson (The Supremes) has heart bypass surgery.
2000 Aaron Tippin releases "Kiss This," his third and final #1 hit on the country chart.
1976 "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney & Wings goes to #1 in America, where it stays for five weeks.
1972 The Guess Who record their Live At The Paramount album in Seattle, Washington.
1968 Cream's Disraeli Gears is certified gold.
1967 Dan Roberts (bass guitarist for Crash Test Dummies) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1967 Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with The Supremes, on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
1966 R&B/pop singer Johnny Gill (of New Edition) is born in Washington, DC.
1966 Bruce Springsteen releases his first recording, "That's What You Get" by his group, The Castiles.
1965 "Ticket To Ride" becomes The Beatles' eighth #1 US single.
1962 Jesse Valenzuela (original vocalist, then guitarist for Gin Blossoms) is born.
1961 Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law," written by Allen Toussaint, hits #1 in America.
1959 Morrissey (frontman of The Smiths) is born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England.
1955 Bridgeport, Connecticut, police cancel a dance featuring Fats Domino, fearing a riot when they discover that "rock and roll dances might be featured."
1955 John Grimaldi (guitarist for Argent) is born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1954 Jerry Dammers (The Specials)
1930 Kenny Ball
1813 Richard Wagner is born in Leipzig, Germany.
1971The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album, with a working zipper on the cover, hits #1 in the US.
1967 The Monkees release Headquarters, proving they're more than a group of actors who just play a band on TV. Although it's their third album, it's the first that allows them creative control over songwriting and performing without relying on session musicians. The album goes to #1 on the Billboard 200.
1954 Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) has his bar mitzvah in Hibbing, Minnesota.
1950 Bernie Taupin is born in Lincolnshire, England. He becomes Elton John's lyricist, and also co-writes #1 hits for two other acts: "These Dreams" for Heart and "We Built This City" for Starship.