Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Today in Music History...May 30, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: May 30th:


2017 Bob Seger's Greatest Hits album, released in 1994, is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies. His music was kept off streaming services until 2017, which helped boost sales, at least half of which came after 2002.

2017 Olivia Newton-John postpones her US and Canadian tour to fight a recurrence of breast cancer, which has spread to her back. The 68-year-old singer had been in remission since 1992.

2017 NBC debuts its dance competition series World Of Dance, with executive producer Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough on the judging panel.

2010 Anita Humes, lead singer of The Essex ("Easier Said Than Done") dies at age 69.

2003 English record producer Mickie Most, who issued hits from The Animals, Herman's Hermits, and Hot Chocolate on his RAK Records label, dies of peritoneal mesothelioma at age 64.

2000 Tex Beneke (blues singer and saxophonist of The Glenn Miller Orchestra) dies of respiratory failure at age 86.

1997 Yanni becomes the first Western artist in modern times to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Despite strict regulations (including a 40-decibel sound limit), the show is a success as the Chinese welcome the Greek musician.

1996 John Kahn (bass guitarist for The Jerry Garcia Band) dies of a heart attack at age 48.

1993 Jazz composer Sun Ra, a pioneer of free improvisation and modal jazz, dies of pneumonia at age 79.

1992 Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell, a singer known for her song "What I Am," at a small ceremony in Montauk, Long Island. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, is 26 years older than Brickell.

1987 The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael Jackson has offered $50,000 for the bones of "The Elephant Man," John Merrick, who died in 1890. Said Jackson's manager: "Jackson has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick. He has read and studied all material about the Elephant Man, and has visited the hospital in London twice to view Merrick's remains."

1987 The Deep Purple House Of Blue Light tour is cancelled when Ritchie Blackmore breaks a finger showboating at a concert in Phoenix, Arizona.

1980 Rock bassist Carl Radle (of Derek and the Dominos) dies of a drug-and-alcohol-related kidney infection at age 37.

1971 Patrick Dalheimer (bassist for Live) is born in York, Pennsylvania.

1970 Ray Stevens, known for novelty hits like "The Streak," hits #1 in America with "Everything Is Beautiful."

1966 Dolly Parton marries Carl Thomas Dean, the owner of a Nashville asphalt road-paving business. The long-lasting pair celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2016.

1964 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles' "Love Me Do"

1964 Tom Morello (guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave) is born in Harlem, New York.

1964 Country singer Wynonna Judd is born Christina Claire Ciminella in Ashland, Kentucky. She rises to fame alongside her mom, Naomi Judd, in the duo The Judds.

1963 Lesley Gore makes her first TV appearance, performing "It's My Party" on American Bandstand.

1960 Stephen Duffy is born in Alum Rock, Birmingham, England. A founding member of Duran Duran, he leaves the band shortly before they are signed to EMI. He later finds moderate success as a solo artist under the name Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy with the song "Kiss Me."

1958 Marie Fredriksson (half of the pop-rock duo Roxette) is born in Össjö, Sweden.

1955 Topper Headon (drummer for The Clash) is born Nicholas Bowen Headon in Bromley, Kent, England. His nickname comes from the comic Topper because he looks like the character Mickey the Monkey.

1944 Lenny Davidson (guitarist for The Dave Clark Five) is born in Enfield, Middlesex, England.

Eminem Breaks Sales Record With The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem's second major-label album, The Marshall Mathers LP, becomes the fastest-selling rap album ever when it sells 1.76 million copies in its debut week.

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2002 Diana Ross enters a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

1989 Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) appears on a British TV show called Hypotheticals, where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."

1968 The Beatles begin recording their White Album.

1909 Benny Goodman is born in Chicago. At just 12 years old, he begins performing professionally as a clarinetist; by 14, he joins a musicians union. He records his first solo in 1926 and by 1934 he is the leader of a 12-piece big band.

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