Friday, May 18, 2012

This Date in Rock Music History: May 19

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1958:  Brenda Lee recorded the great song "Fever".

1958:  This group debuted on the chart with their first single.  Lead singer Dion would score 33 hits into the 1980's.  The first release from Dion & the Belmonts was "I Wonder Why".

1958:  An influential surf-rock duo that formed in high school as the Barons recorded their first song in a garage.  They scored 26 hits until a tragic accident to Jan Berry cut their recording career short.  On this date, the first single from Jan & Dean, credited as Jan & Arnie, debuted on the chart--"Jennie Lee".
1960:  The Drifters recorded "Save the Last Dance For Me".
1961:  The Everly Brothers began their own record label, Caliope Records.
1962:  Dee Dee Sharp remained at the top of the R&B chart for a fourth week with "Mashed Potato Time".

1962:  "Soldier Boy" by the Shirelles was #1 for a third week, holding off the great instrumental "Stranger On the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk.  Dee Dee Sharp was all about "Mashed Potato Time" at #3 while Shelley Fabares loomed close to the top with "Johnny Angel" at #4.
1967:  The Beatles held a launch party in London for the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1968:  The 5th Dimension were guests on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1972:  Elton John released the album Honky Chateau.
1973:  "Daniel" by Elton John spent a second week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.


1973:  "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", one of the Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era* by Stevie Wonder, was the new #1, trading places with Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree".  "Little Willy" from Sweet was #3 followed by Edgar Winter Group's classic instrumental Frankenstein".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Daniel" from Elton John, Paul McCartney & Wings climbed from 13 to 6 with "My Love", Dobie Gray's great song "Drift Away" was song #7, Stealers Wheel had #8 with "Stuck in the Middle With You, Sylvia moved from 14-9 with "Pillow Talk" and Skylark's one and only hit "Wildflower" entered the Top Ten.
1976:  Trouble is his middle name.  Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones crashed his car in Buckinghamshire, England.  Police found cocaine and marijuana in the car--small wonder.

1978:  Dire Straits released the single "Sultans of Swing".


1979:  "Just When I Needed You Most" by Randy Vanwarmer became the new #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1979:  Rex Smith moved from 59 to 30 with "You Take My Breath Away".
1979:  ABBA once again had the #1 album in the U.K., moving into the top position with their latest Voulez Vous.
1979:  Peaches & Herb was #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart with "Reunited".

1979:  "Reunited" remained #1 for the third week out of four it would spend at the top for Peaches & Herb.  Donna Summer was making a bid with the disco rock song "Hot Stuff".

             Supertramp reached #1

1979:  The classic album Breakfast in America took over at #1 for the first time on this date, replacing Minute by Minute from the Doobie Brothers, which fell to #4.  Peaches & Herb had #2--2 Hot! while Bad Company came in third with Desolation Angels.  The rest of the Top Ten:  Spirits Having Flown, the great album from the Bee Gees, Van Halen's second album at #6, We Are Family from Sister Sledge at #7, Go West by the Village People at 8, Blondie's Parallel Lines at #9 and Bad Girls by Donna Summer, moving from 39 to 10.
1980:  Olivia Newton-John released the single "Magic".
1981:  Sting was honored as Songwriter of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards.

1984:  The Cars released the single "Magic".
1984:  ZZ Top released "Legs" on Dusty Hill's birthday.
1984:  "The Longest Time" from Billy Joel took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1984:  "Hello" by Lionel Richie spent a third week at #1 on the R&B chart.

1984:  Richard Carpenter married his wife Mary in Downey, California.
1984:  The Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon made it 10 consecutive years on the album chart.
1985:  The television special Motown Returns to the Apollo aired on NBC.
1988:  James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, charged with assault, resisting arrest and carrying illegal weapons.
1990:  "Vogue" became Madonna's eighth #1 song on this date, taking over from "Nothing Compares 2 (sic) U (sic) by Sinead O'Connor.  Heart moved up with "All I Wanna' Do Is Make Love To You" at #3 and Wilson Phillips were at 4 with "Hold On".  
1990"  This Old Heart Of Mine" by Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley, was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the fifth week in a row, making it one of the top AC hits of the 90's.
1991:  Odia Coates, who sang "Having My Baby" and others with Paul Anka, died of cancer at the age of 49.
2003:  Aretha Franklin organized a candlelight vigil and prayer service for the great Luther Vandross, who suffered a stroke in April.
2004:  Gretchen Wilson debuted on the album chart at #2 with Here for the Party.

2006:  Freddie Garrity of Freddie & the Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now") died in Bangor in North Wales at the age of 69.
2007:  Frank Guida, who produced "Quarter To Three" for Gary U.S. Bonds and "If You Wanna' Be Happy" for Jimmy Soul, among others, died in Norfolk, Virginia shortly before his 85th birthday.
2009:  Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff received a lifetime songwriting achievement award from BMI.

Born This Day:

1945:  Elite guitarist and leader of the Who, Pete Townshend was born in Chiswick, England.
1947:  Greg Herbert of Blood, Sweat and Tears; died of a drug overdose on January 31, 1977.
1947:  Jerry Hyman, trombone player of Blood, Sweat and Tears was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1948:  Great saxophone player Tom Scott was born in Los Angeles, California.

1949:  Dusty Hill, bass guitarist and vocalist of ZZ Top, was born in Dallas, Texas.
1952:  Joey Ramone, songwriter and lead singer of the Ramones, was born in Forest Hills, New York.
1952:  Barbara Joyce Lomas of B.T. Express ("Express") was born in Bessemer, Alabama.
1960:  Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, was born in Melbourne, Australia.
1962:  Iain Harvie, guitarist with Del Amitri, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1970:  Prince Be (Attrell Cordes) of P.M. Dawn was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1972:  Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base was born in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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