May 22nd: On this day
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.
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.
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.
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. Paul 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.
1989, Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its members, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.
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.’
1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All That She Wants’, a No.2 hit in the US.
2000, Robbie Williams set up a children’s charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, ‘Give It Sum’, boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.
2000, Travis swept the board at the Ivor Novello awards. Singer Fran Healy won two awards for Best Contemporary Song for the single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me” And Songwriter Of The Year for the Travis album ‘The Man Who.’
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.
2003, A new model of J.Lo was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. It was part of a new “A list” celebrity area that also featured Naomi Campbell and Samuel L Jackson. J.Lo’s waxwork cost £52,000 to make.
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.
2004, Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, England on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey’s return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs.
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.’
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.
2010, Alanis Morissette married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home.
2011, Four dead dogs in ‘sealed containers’ were found in the Tennessee home of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.
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.
2014, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie was honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards. McVie played with Fleetwood Mac for 28 years and wrote some of their most famous songs, including ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Little Lies’. Other winners at the ceremony in London included London Grammar, The Chemical Brothers and Nile Rodgers.
May 22nd: Born on this day
1924, Born on this day, Charles Aznavour, French singer, actor, public activist and diplomat, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘She’). He is one of France’s most popular and enduring singers and has been dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, selling more than 180 million records.
1931, Born on this day, Kenny Ball, (1961 UK & US No.2 single ‘Midnight In Moscow’). Ball died on 7 March 2013 at Basildon Hospital, Essex, where he was being treated for pneumonia.
1941, Born on this day, Bruce Rowland, drummer, best known for his memberships of The Grease Band (he played for Joe Cocker’s performance at the Woodstock Festival) and folk rock band Fairport Convention as well as Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. He was also a prolific session musician. He died on 29 June 2015.
1942, Born on this day, Calvin Simon, a former member of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).
1950, Born on this day, Bernie Taupin, English lyricist, poet, and singer and Elton John’s long-time song writing partner. Rod Stewart, Cher, The Motels, John Waite, Starship and Alice Cooper have all recorded his songs. In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement placed in the UK music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records, a company that was seeking new songwriters, Elton John responded to the advertisement, and the pair were brought together.
1954, Born on this day, Jerry Dammers, founder member and keyboard play with The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Ghost Town’). He contributed to the founding of the Coventry based 2 Tone Records.
1955, Born on this day, Iva Davis, Icehouse, (1983 UK No.17 single ‘Hey Little Girl’).
1955, Born on this day, Mary Black, Irish singer, songwriter, (1991 album ‘Babes In The Wood’).
1959, Born on this day, Steven Morrissey, vocals, songwriter, The Smiths, who scored the 1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles’. As a solo artist he scored the 1988 UK No.5 single ‘Suedehead’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. Widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene and he has also attracted media attention for his advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights.
1962, Born on this day, Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, (1994 UK No.24 single ‘Hey Jealousy’).
1966, Born on this day, Johnny Gill, US singer, (1992 UK No.17 single, ‘Slow And Sexy’).
1967, Born on this day, Dan Roberts, bass, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘MMM MMM MMM MMM’).
1979, Born on this day, Russell Pritchard, bass guitar, The Zutons. 2004 UK No. 6 album, ‘Who Killed ‘The Zutons’, 2006 UK No.9 single ‘Valerie’ (also a hit for Amy Winehouse).
1981, Born on this day, Su- Elise Nash, (Mis-Teeq), (2001 UK No.2 single ‘All I Want’).