Wednesday, May 30, 2018

More Music History for May 30, 2018 (Ray Stevens achieved the first of his two Billboard #1 hits + others)

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1956 -

May 30
Time magazine prints an article entitled Teener's Hero, which tries to explain Elvis Presley's mystique. After a drawn-out description of his singing style, the writer says of Presley's appeal: "his movements suggest, in a word, sex."

1964 -

May 30
"Love Me Do" became The Beatles' fourth US number one hit. The version released in America is one that had session drummer Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo played the drums. An easy way to distinguish between the two versions is Starr's version does not include a tambourine.

1966 -

May 30
Anne Murray signed a contract with the CBC-TV show Singalong Jubilee. She would be paid $71.50 for each appearance on the show, and $99 if she soloed.

1968 -

May 30
The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album, a two disc set whose official title was simply "The Beatles". The first track they lay down is "Revolution".

1970 -

May 30
Ray Stevens achieved the first of his two Billboard number one hits when "Everything Is Beautiful" reached the top. His second came almost exactly four years later with "The Streak".

1972 -

May 30
John Ryanes of The Monotones passed away. The group had one big hit, "Book Of Love", which reached number 5 in the US in 1958.

1978 -

May 30
Led Zeppelin began work on their final album, "In Through the Out Door". One other Zeppelin album was released after that; "Coda", but it was composed of early recordings and outtakes.

1980 -

May 30
Carl Radle, bass guitarist for Derek And The Dominos, died of kidney failure. After The Dominos split, he continued to work with other artists such as George Harrison, Joe Cocker and J.J. Cale. He was just 37 years old.

1992 -

May 30
Paul Simon married Edie Brickell of the New Bohemians. He was previously married to Peggy Harper from 1970 to 1975 and actress Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars) from 1983 to 1984.

1999 -

May 30
Three thousand people had to be evacuated from Royal Albert Hall in London where Kenny Rogers was about to perform, after a bomb threat was made. No bomb was found and no injuries were reported.

2002 -

May 30
Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to "clear up some personal issues" before embarking on a Summer concert tour.

2003 -

May 30
British record producer Mickie Most, who is credited with producing more number one hits world-wide than any other producer, died of a rare form of cancer. He was 64. During a long career he recorded with The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Lulu, The Yardbirds, The Nashville Teens, Hot Chocolate, Kim Wilde and many others.

2009 -

May 30
81-year-old music legend Fats Domino made a rare appearance at a charity event in New Orleans that raises funds to rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Although he did not perform, The Fat Man watched his old friends Little Richard, B.B. King and Chuck Berry hit the stage and waved at the 3,000-strong crowd.

2010 -

May 30
Anita Humes, lead singer for The Essex on their 1963 hits "Easier Said Than Done" (#1) and "A Walkin' Miracle" (#12), passed away at the age of 69.

2012 -

May 30
According to Nielsen SoundScan, sales of Bee Gees albums jumped 339% during the week following Robin Gibb's death. Their best selling album, "The Ultimate Bee Gees", re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at #49, selling 9,000 copies.

2015 -

May 30
Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted The Beatles for their films A Hard Day's Night and Help!, passed away at the age of 94. She was once quoted as saying, "I must be one of the few people who can claim they have seen John, Paul, George and Ringo naked."

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