Today In Oldies Music History: May 16--
Births1913: Woody Herman
1929: Betty Carter
1932: Isaac "Red" Holt (Young-Holt Unlimited)
1935: Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson (The Del-Vikings)
1939: Pervis Jackson (The Spinners)
1945: Nicky Chinn
1946: Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
1946: Billy Cobham
1947: Darrel Sweet (Nazareth)
1947: Barbara Lee (The Chiffons)
1951: Jonathan Richman (The Modern Lovers)
Deaths1953: Django Reinhardt
1981: Ernie Freeman
1990: Sammy Davis Jr.
1993: Marv Johnson
Events1960: Billboard magazine reports that Detroit music mogul Berry Gordy is thinking of starting three new record labels, including one called Motown.
1963: At this year's Grammy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" wins Record Of The Year and Best Male Vocal, while Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You" is awarded Best R&B Recording. For some reason, Best Rock and Roll Record goes to the Bent Fabric instrumental "Alley Cat."
1965: The Rolling Stones' limo is attacked by female fans on the way back to their hotel after a show in Long Beach, CA, standing on the roof in such numbers that it caves in. While the band holds the roof up with their hands, the chauffeur speeds away, leaving fans to fall on the road.
1969: Jack Casady, bassist for the 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.
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 the Jefferson Airplane is arrested in his Bloomington, MN hotel room after police, responding to a noise complaint, find the singer smoking marijuana and having sex with teenage girls. His sentence is eventually reduced to a small fine.
1975: Tonight's episode of NBC-TV's The Midnight Special is a retro tribute hosted by Chubby Checker and featuring musical performances by Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Lesley Gore, The Angels, The Tymes, and Danny and the Juniors.
1976: Mayor James H. McGee declares today "Ohio Players Day" in the band's hometown of Dayton, OH.
1980: The Carpenters' last TV special, Music, Music, Music, airs on ABC.
1980: Brian May of Queen collapses onstage during a concert in and is rushed to the hospital, where he is diagnosed (for the second time) with hepatitis.
1980: Elvis Presley's doctor, George Nichopoulous, is brought before the Memphis medical board and officially charged with 14 counts of abusing his right to prescribe medication. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
1986: Johnny Paycheck is convicted of shooting a man in a misunderstanding occurring at a bar in Hillsboro, OH. The fan was only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck is pardoned after 22 months in prison.
1987: David 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.
1998: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones reaches for a book of artistic nudes in his library at home in Connecticut and falls from a ladder, breaking a few ribs and forcing the band to postpone its upcoming tour.
1999: Diana Ross stars in her last major TV role, portraying the estranged mother of R&B singer Brandy in the NBC movie Double Platinum.
2002: Cher is the guest star (for the second time) on tonight's "A.I.: Artificial Insemination" episode of NBC-TV's Will & Grace.
2003: Hoboken, NJ names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.
2003: While undergoing dialysis, Barry White suffers a stroke, though his sister publicly claims he will soon perform again, it proves to be the end of White's public life.
Releases1966: The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
Recording1966: The Beatles: "Taxman," "For No One"
1966: Frank Sinatra, "Summer Wind"
1968: Tony Joe White, "Polk Salad Annie"
Charts1953: Bill Haley and His Comets' "Crazy, Man, Crazy" enters the charts
1953: Percy Faith's "Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" hits #1
1964: Mary Wells' "My Guy" hits #1
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's LP Deja Vu hits #1