Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MAY 16

Janet Jackson
No.1
1970 Crosby. Stills, Nash and Young: Déjà Vu US LP
1981 Kim Carnes: Bette Davis Eyes US 45
1987 U2: With or Without You UK 45
1998 Catatonia : International Velvet : UK LP
2004 Keane : Hopes And Fear : UK LP
2009 Bob Dylan : Together Through Life : US LP

Births
1944 Billy Cobham  
1946 Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
1947 Barbara Lee (Chiffons)
1949 William Spooner (Grateful Dead)
1955 Hazel O'Connor  
1958 Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
1965 Krist Novoselic
1966 Janet Jackson

Deaths
1990 Sammy Davis Jr.
2010 Ronnie James Dio

Miscellany
1960 Billboard reports that Berry Gordy is forming his own record label, to become Tamla Motown
 
1969 Pete Townshend spends a night in jail for assault when he mistakenly kicks a policeman offstage at Fillmore East, thinking he is a fan
Ronnie James Dio
 
1972 Fillmore, the film documentary, opens in New York
 
1974 Brian May collapses onstage in New York with hepatitis
 
1976 Patti Smith makes her UK debut with Stranglers
 
1980 Former Buggles Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn join Yes, staying to record Drama LP
 
1980 Dr. George Nickopoulas is indicted on fourteen counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine others
 
1983 NBC TV broadcasts Motown 25 show
 
1984 Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for ‘staggering drunk’ down Beale Street.
 
1986 Toyah marries Robert Fripp
 
1987 With Kim Wilde following Supremes and Vanilla Fudge, You Keep Me Hanging On becomes the first song of the rock era to hit the Top 10 in the US with three different versions
 
1987 As U2 hit top of Hot 100 with With Or Without You, the band score double-top and create their biggest American chart success to date
 
1998 The Rolling Stones are forced to cancel a few dates on the European leg of their "Bridges To Babylon" tour. Keith Richards has fallen off a chair while reaching for a book in his Connecticut home and injured his chest and ribs.

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