Thursday, May 21, 2015

This Date in Rock Music History: May 22

1958:  Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra.  

Ricky Nelson had a smash...(and another one entering the Top 10!)

1961:  "Mother-In-Law" moved to #1 for Ernie K-Doe, replacing the classic "Runaway" from Del Shannon.  "Daddy's Home from Shep & the Limelites was #3 followed by "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" by Gene McDaniels and Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Mama Said" from the Shirelles at #6, "Running Scared", up from 16 to 7 for Roy Orbison, "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart" by Connie Francis, Ricky Nelson moving from 15 to 9 with "Hello Mary Lou" and Linda Scott's "I've Told Every Little Star".
1965:  The Who performed at the Astoria Ballroom in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England
1965:  Marvin Gaye's "I'll Be Doggone" topped the R&B chart.
1965:  "Crying In The Chapel" was a huge hit for Elvis Presley on the Adult chart.  It moved to the top slot on this date and stayed there for 7 weeks.

1965:  The Four Tops had the biggest mover of the week, with "I Can't Help Myself" jumping from #67 to #32.  It would wind up as the biggest hit of their career.

1965:  "Ticket To Ride" became the Beatles' eighth number one song in their first two years.  The group overtook Herman's Hermits, who relinquished with "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter".  Gary Lewis & the Playboys were next with "Count Me In" while the Beach Boys were up to #4 with their new one, "Help Me Rhonda".  The rest of the Top 10:  "I'll Never Find Another You" from the Seekers, another Herman's Hermits hit--"Silhouettes", Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs with "Wooly Bully", the Righteous Brothers wouldn't budge with "Just Once in My Life" and Elvis Presley vaulted from 20-10 with "Crying In The Chapel".
1967:  With their current album More of the Monkees still #1, the Monkees released their third LP Headquarters.
1967:  Florence Ballard appeared with the Supremes for the final time on The Tonight Show.
1968:  Frank Sinatra performed with a full orchestra at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum for a Democratic fundraiser.
1968:  Gary Puckett, from Twin Falls, Idaho, & the Union Gap hit #1 in the U.K. with "Young Girl".
1970:  Elvis Presley signed a movie contract with MGM for three pictures.

1971:  "Me and You AndAa Dog Named Boo" was #1 for Lobo on the Adult Contemporary chart for the second week in a row.

1971:  Three Dog Night had one of The Top 1000 Songs of the Rock Era* with "Joy To The World", which remained at #1 for a sixth week.  
1972:  The Guess Who recorded their album Live at the Paramount in Seattle, Washington.
1973:  The Eagles performed at the Capitol Centre in Largo, Maryland.  (Note:  some websites claim the Eagles played at the Capitol Center in Largo.  There has never been any such facility.  The correct spelling of the venue is Capitol Centre.)
1976:  The Rolling Stones played at Earls Court in London.
1976:  "Kiss And Say Goodbye" was #1 on the R&B chart.
1976:  Wings moved into the #1 slot with "Silly Love Songs" as "Boogie Fever" by the Sylvers fell to #4.  Diana Ross was up to #2 with "Love Hangover" while Elvin Bishop slipped in with "Fooled Around And Fell In Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Silver Convention at #5 with "Get Up And Boogie", former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian fell with "Welcome Back", Pratt & McClain were celebrating as "Happy Days" moved up, Dorothy Moore made an impressive move with "Misty Blue", Henry Gross was up with "Shannon" and Barry Manilow was "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again".
1977:  Blondie opened for Television at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1980:  U2 began their "11 O'clock Tick Tock" tour in Islington, London at the Hope & Anchor.  (Note:  some websites claim the show was in London, as if to imply the show was in the city of London or in the vague county of London.  The Hope & Anchor is located in the Borough of Islington in the county of London.  The book 'U2:  A Diary' by Matt McGee confirms that the show was in Islington.) 1980:  Five Gold records belonging to Jimi Hendrix were stolen from the Electric Ladyland studios that he once owned in New York City.
1982:  Madness ("Our House") led the way on the U.K. Album chart with Complete Madness.

1982:  Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder made it three weeks at #1 with "Ebony And Ivory".  Rick Springfield was next with "Don't Talk To Strangers". 1993:  Janet Jackson spent a second week at the top of the Singles chart with "That's the Way Love Goes".
1993:  Ace of Base began a three-week stay at #1 in the U.K. with "All That She Wants".
1997:  Radiohead began the first of two shows at the Zeleste in Barcelona, Spain.
1999:  An astonishing 15 shows by Bruce Springsteen at Continental Airlines Arena (now the IZOD Center) in East Rutherford, New Jersey were sold out.

2000 - Steely Dan received the Founders Award for a lifetime of songwriting at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. 

2003:  A new wax model of J. Lo was revealed at Madame Tussauds in London.

2003:  U2 earned a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.  Coldplay was honored for Songwriters of the Year.
2005:  The Dave Matthews Band scored the top album with Stand Up, which nearly reached Gold status in its first week.
2005:  Oasis achieved their seventh #1 song in the U.K. with "Lyla".

2006:  Mary Wilson, former member of the Supremes, had heart bypass surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2010:  Jackson Browne was given the Strings & Voices For Dialogue and Civil Rights Award By the City of Sarzana, Italy.
2011:  Neil Diamond received the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

Born This Day:
1930:  Kenny Ball, who gave us the instrumental "Midnight In Moscow", was born in Ilford, Essex, England; died March 7, 2013 in Basildon, Essex, England after being treated for pneumonia.
1934:  Peter Nero (Bernard Nierow) was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1936:  Drummer Dallas Taylor, who played for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young among others, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1941:  Bruce Rowland of Fairport Convention was born in Park Royal, Middlesex, England.
1942:  Calvin Simon of Parliament and Funkadelic ("One Nation Under A Groove") was born in Beckley, West Virginia.
1948:  Doug Gray, lead singer of the Marshall Tucker Band, was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  (Note:  one website reports that Gray was born in May 2.  We believe they are missing a digit--according to the official website for the Marshall Tucker Band, Doug was born May 22.)

1950:  Bernie Taupin, the famed songwriter for Elton John, who has also written hits such as "We Built This City" for Starship, was born between Sleaford and Anwickin in a rural portion of the county of Lincolnshire, England.
1955:  Iva Davies of Icehouse was born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia.

1955:  Jimmy Lyon, guitarist for Eddie Money, was born in Tampa, Florida. 
1959:  Morrissey, lyricist and lead singer of the Smiths and a solo artist, was born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England.
1962:  Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms

1966:  Johnny Gill of New Edition and a solo artist, was born in Washington, D.C.
1967:  Dan Roberts, bass player for the Crash Test Dummies, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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