May 22

Today In Music History

1954 : Bob Dylan is bar mitzvahed in Hibbing, Minnesota

1955 : Bridgeport, Connecticut police cancel a dance featuring Fats Domino, fearing a riot when they discover that “rock and roll dances might be featured.”

1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public’s shock over Lewis’ marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

1961 : Ernie K Doe went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mother In Law’. The song was written and produced by Allen Toussaint who also played the piano solo. Huey Lewis and the News recorded the song for the 1994 covers album, Four Chords & Several Years Ago.

1965 : The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride’, the group’s eighth US No.1. The American single’s label declared that the song was from the United Artists release Eight Arms to Hold You. This was the original title of the Beatles’ second movie; the title changed to Help! after the single was initially released.

1966 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman”

1966 : Released on this day, Bruce Springsteen’s first recording, “That’s What You Get” by his group, The Castiles.

1967 : Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with The Supremes, on NBC-TV’s Tonight Show.

1968 : Cream’s Disraeli Gears is certified gold

1968 : Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Girl.’ The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only UK No.1.

1968 : Frank Sinatra appeared at Oakland Coliseum, California backed by a full orchestra. The concert was a Democratic Party fundraiser.

1970 : This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, ‘Daughter Of Darkness’, Tom Jones, No.4, ‘Question’, The Moody Blues, No.3, ‘Yellow River’, Christie, No.2, ‘Spirit In The Sky’, Norman Greenbaum and No.1, ‘Back Home’, The England World Cup Squad.

1971 : The Rolling Stones album ‘Sticky Fingers’ started a four-week run at No.1 on the US charts, the group’s second US No.1 album. The artwork for Sticky Fingers, which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro’s crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the “Tongue and Lip Design” designed by John Pasche.

1972 : Recorded on this day, The Guess Who – “Live At The Paramount” album in Seattle, Washington

1976 : Wings started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Silly Love Songs’, McCartney’s fifth US No.1 since leaving The Beatles. McCartney had often been teased by music critics as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, for writing lightweight songs and he wrote this number in response.

1977 : Television kicked off their first UK tour at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, Blondie were the support act.

1980 : U2 kicked off their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.

1991 : Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single ‘Move Any Mountain.’

2002 : Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm. Ant, (Stuart Goddard) had been arrested in January after an altercation at The Prince of Wales pub in London when a bouncer refused to let him in.

2002 : All the members from Alien Ant Farm were hospitalized after their tour bus was involved in a crash in Spain. The bands driver 26-year-old Christopher Holland was killed in the accident.

2003 : Soul singer Ruben Studdard won the second series of talent show American Idol after 24 million viewers voted in the final. Studdard beat fellow finalist Clay Aiken in a tense live showdown.

2005 : Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lyla’ giving the UK band their seventh No.1 single. Taken from the album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’.

2005 : Dave Matthews Band were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Stand Up.’ The album entered the chart at No.1 with sales of 465,000. Features the singles ‘American Baby,’ ‘Dreamgirl,’ and ‘Everybody Wake Up.’

2006 : Mary Wilson (The Supremes) has heart bypass surgery

2009 : White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White’s Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White’s other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.

2012 : British newspaper The Sun, reported that Mick Jagger’s lavish Caribbean holiday home on Mustique was available for hire, at £9,500 a week, but added that Mick, demanded full details of applicants’ backgrounds, including professions, before they were even considered. Bandmate Keith Richards’ beach-front Caribbean holiday home at Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands was also available for rent, at £35,000 a week.

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