May 16 – Today In Rock Music History

Happy Birthday Billy Cobham!

Musician’s Born On May 16

1919 Liberace (entertainer)
1938 Pervis Jackson (The Spinners)
1944 Billy Cobham (jazz/rock drummer)
1947 Barbara Lee (Chiffons
1949 William Spooner (Grateful Dead)
1955 Hazel O’Connor (Will You)
1958 Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
1966 Janet Jackson (Let’s Wait Awhile)

Deaths On May 16

1990 Sammy Davis Jr.

Number 1 In The Charts On May 16

1958 Connie Francis: Who’s Sorry Now UK 45
1964 Mary Wells: My Guy US 45
1970 England World Cup Squad: Back Home UK 45
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
1992 Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine : 1992-The Love Album : UK LP
1998 Catatonia : International Velvet : UK LP

Various Music Events On May 16

1958 DJ Alan Freed re-signs at WINS

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

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

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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