15 May, 2020 Grupo Stereo Siete
2012.- Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” dies at age 75.
2010.- Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.
2007 Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.
2002Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled “A.I.: Artificial Insemination.”
2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.
2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.
1999Diana Ross and Brandy star as mother and daughter in the made-for-TV movie Double Platinum.
1998Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home; The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.
1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown’s earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.
1990Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.
1990Muppets creator Jim Henson dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at 53. Henson made music a key component of The Muppet Show, which featured a gnarly house band (The Electric Mayhem) and welcomed many superstars eager to interact with his creatures. Elton John, Julie Andrews, John Denver and Loretta Lynn all appeared on the show.
1987David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles, with bandmate Stephen Stills giving away the bride and Graham Nash renewing his vows with wife Susan.
1986 Caitlin O’Riordan of The Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland. They divorce in 2002.
1981 Kim Carnes’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes,” written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, hits #1 in America.
1981.- Ernie Freeman, a pianist known for R&B and pop arrangements from the ’50s through the ’70s, dies at a heart attack at age 58. Won Grammy awards for his arrangements of Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
1980Elvis Presley’s doctor, George Nichopoulous, is arrested for abusing his licence to prescribe controlled drugs. Nichopoulous wrote Elvis prescriptions for over 10,000 doses of narcotics in 1977, the year Elvis died). He is acquitted, but in 1992 the Tennessee Medical Board revokes his license.
1980 The Carpenters’ last TV special, Music, Music, Music, airs on ABC. Guest stars include Ella Fitzgerald, John Davidson, and Nelson Riddle.
1980Alabama release their first RCA Nashville single, “Tennessee River,” which becomes their first #1 hit on the Country chart.
1978Joe Walsh releases his fourth album, But Seriously, Folks…, where he indulges in an underwater meal in the artwork.
1976 Mayor James H. McGee declares today “Ohio Players Day” in the band’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
1974Queen cut their first US tour short when guitarist Brian May comes down with hepatitis. They return to action November 30, touring behind their third album, Sheer Heart Attack.
1970 Randy Bachman leaves The Guess Who to produce an album for Winnipeg band Brave Belt, which he eventually joins. At the suggestion of Neil Young, Bachman recruits fellow Winnipeg bassist and vocalist C.F. Turner, and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1970 Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane is arrested on charges of drug possession in his Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room after police find him smoking pot. His eventual punishment in a $100 fine.
1970The Who release their acclaimed album Live At Leeds in America. It was recorded three months earlier at the University of Leeds in England.
1970Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young land their first US #1 album when Deja Vu hits the top spot. Tracks include “Teach Your Children,” “Our House” and “Woodstock,” a song written about the festival by Joni Mitchell.
1969 Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane, is arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana and given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years.
1969 During The Who’s set at the Fillmore East in New York, a plainclothes policeman rushes the stage to tell the audience that a fire has broken out, but guitarist Pete Townshend, figuring him for a rabid fan, kicks him off. Literally. The guitarist is arrested onstage and later charged $30.
1968 Ralph Tresvant (lead singer of New Edition) is born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
1968 Tony Joe White records “Polk Salad Annie.”
1966.- Frank Sinatra records “Summer Wind.”
1965 Krist Novoselic (bass guitarist for Nirvana) is born in Compton, California.
1964 Mary Wells’ “My Guy” hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1963 At the fifth annual Grammy Awards, Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” wins Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal, Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” gets Best R&B Recording, and Bent Fabric’s instrumental “Alley Cat” takes Best Rock and Roll Record.
1960Billboard magazine reports that Detroit music mogul Berry Gordy is thinking of starting three new record labels, including one called Motown.
1955 New wave singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor is born in Coventry, England.
1953 Richard Page (lead singer of Mr. Mister) is born in Keokuk, Iowa.
1953 Jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt dies of a brain hemorrhage at age 43.
1953Percy Faith’s “Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)” hits #1.
1951 Jonathan Richman (frontman for The Modern Lovers) is born in Natick, Massachusetts.
1949 Rock guitarist William “Sputnik” Spooner (of Grateful Dead, The Tubes) is born in Phoenix, Arizona.
1947 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) is born in Bournemouth, England.
1947 ’60s singer Barbara Lee (of The Chiffons) is born in The Bronx, New York.
1946 Roger Earl (drummer for Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England.
1946 Robert Fripp (guitarist for King Crimson) is born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.
1945.- Nicky Chinn, who penned hits with songwriting partner Mike Chapman throughout the ’60s and ’70s, is born in London, England.
1944 Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is born in Panama.
1938 R&B singer Pervis Jackson (of The Spinners) is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1936 Doo wop singer Corinthian “Kripp” Johnson (of The Dell-Vikings) is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1932 Drummer Isaac “Redd” Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited, The Ramsey Lewis Trio) is born in Rosedale, Mississippi.
1929 Jazz singer Betty Carter is born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan.
1919 Liberace is born Władziu Valentino Liberace in West Allis, Wisconsin, along with a twin who dies at birth.
1913 Woody Herman, jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1767 A piano is played for the first time in public in the UK. In a playbill for a performance of The Beggar’s Opera at Covent Garden Theatre, London, it is announced a Miss Brickler sings “accompanied by Mr. Dibdin on a new instrument called piano-forte.”