Thursday, May 12, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: May 12

1958:  The movie Let's Rock, starring Paul Anka, Danny & the Juniors and the Royal Teens opened to audiences.

1960:  Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley appeared on Sinatra's Welcome Home Elvis television special on ABC.  Elvis sang "Witchcraft" while Sinatra sang Elvis's hit "Love Me Tender".

1962:  Billboard announced that "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean was the top jukebox song of 1961.
1962:  "Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp was the top R&B song for a third week.
1962:  Mr. Acker Bilk continued to hold down the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart for a fourth week with "Stranger on the Shore".
1963:  Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for The Ed Sullivan Show after CBS censors told him he could not perform "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues".

1964:  "The Days of Wine and Roses" was named Best Song at the Grammy Awards.
1967:  Pink Floyd played Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, experimenting with quadrophonic sound.
1967:  A British radio station debuted Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety.

1967:  Archie Bell of the Drells was drafted into the United States military for a tour of Vietnam.
1971:  Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his cousin Myra.
1971:  Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez.  Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and the other members of the Stones were in attendance. 
1972:  The Rolling Stones released the album Exile on Main Street.
1973:  "Daniel" hit #1 for Elton John on the Adult Contemporary chart.
   
  Dobie Gray could only reach #5 amidst stiff competition.

1973:  It was one of the best times for music in rock history.  "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" spent a fourth week at #1 for Dawn, with Stevie Wonder moving up to #2 with "You Are the Sunshine of My Life".  Sweet's "Little Willy" remained at #3, War was at 4 with "The Cisco Kid" and Dobie Gray had #5 with "Drift Away".  The rest of the Top Ten:  "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel, the Edgar Winter Group's classic "Frankenstein" at #7, Vicki Lawrence at #8 with her former #1 "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", "Daniel" entering the top ten at #9 for Elton John and Donny Osmond at #10 with "The Twelfth Of Never".

1975:  10cc released the single "I'm Not in Love".
1975:  Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York City's Central Park to commemorate the group's 10th anniversary.


1977:  The song "Hotel California" by the Eagles was certified gold.
1979:  Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in San Francisco, introducing new lead singer Mickey Thomas.

1979:  "Love Is the Answer", the timeless song from England Dan & John Ford Coley, remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1979:  Peaches & Herb remained at the top of the R&B chart for a third week with "Reunited".
1983:  Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy.
1984:  "Hello" spent a sixth week at #1 for Lionel Richie on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1984:  "Hello" also hit #1 on the popular chart, taking down the great Phil Collins song "Against All Odds".  The Thompson Twins had #3 "Hold Me Now" while Deniece Williams was climbing fast with "Let's Heart It For the Boy", another single from the movie Footloose.  The rest of the Top Ten:  Rick Springfield's rocker "Love Somebody", Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson teamed up for #6 "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", the Cars held steady at 7 with "You Might Think", "Footloose" was #8 for Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry's first solo hit "Oh Sherrie" entered the top 10 at #9 and Cyndi Lauper had #10--"Time After Time".

1985:  Lionel Richie earned an honorary Doctor of Music degree from his Alma mater of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
1986:  Janet Jackson released the single "Nasty".
1990:  Former Eagles members Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmidt performed together at a rock and roll convention in Los Angeles.
1990:  Sinead O'Connor topped the chart for a fourth week with "Nothing Compares 2 (sic) U" (sic).

      Ummm--perhaps Man of the Century?


1992:  Paul Simon and Billy Joel met with the great Mikhail Gorbachev, who gave so many people freedom.
1995:  Peter Tork of the Monkees made an appearance on the ABC-TV show Boy Meets World.
1998:  Garbage released their second album Version 2.0.
2000:  Thieves stole the gates to the famous children's home Strawberry Fields in Liverpool, England.  A scrap dealer later saves the day by turning them in.

2001:  The great Perry Como, whose recording and television career spanned 50 years and whose popularity spanned generations, died shortly before his 89th birthday.
2002:  Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport after baggage screeners found 11 marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container.
2002:  Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton found out that his Cape Cod home was destroyed by fire.  The house was under construction at the time.

2003:  The great jazz artist and pianist Diana Krall confirmed her engagement to Elvis Costello.
2004:  John Whitehead of the duo McFadden & Whitehead ("Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", the platinum single from 1979) was shot dead while fixing his car by an unknown assailant.  He was 55.
2006:  Guns N' Roses played at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, previewing six songs from their upcoming Chinese Democracy album.
2011:  Stevie Wonder received an honorary degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.


Born This Day:

1929:  Burt Bacharach, who wrote "Close To You" and many of Dionne Warwick's hits, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1935:  Steve Knight, keyboardist of Mountain, was born in New York City; died January 19, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's disease.

1942:  Billy Swan, who gave us "I Can Help" in 1974, was born in Cape Giradeau, Missouri .
1944:  James Purify (of James & Bobby Purify--"I'm Your Puppet") was born in Pensacola, Florida.
1946:  Ian McLagen of Small Faces and Faces was born in Hounslow, England.

Winwood joined the Spencer Davis Group at age 15

1948:  Steve Winwood, member of Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic and huge solo star, was born in Birmingham, England.

1950:  Billy Squier was born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.
1958:  Eric Singer, drummer for Kiss, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1961:  Billy Duffy, guitarist and songwriter of the Cult, was born in Hulme, Manchester, England.
1967:  Paul D'Amour, bass guitarist of Tool, was born in Spokane, Washington.

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