On this day, May 22 In Music History

On this day, May 22 In Music History


On this day, May 22 in 1961 – With ‘Mother-in-law’Ernie K Doe went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He also topped the Billboard R&B chart that year with the same tune.

1965 – With John Lennon‘s song ‘Ticket to Ride’The Beatles went to number on the US singles chart for the eight time. Also a chart topper in six other countries, including the UK, Canada and Ireland.

1967 – The Monkees released their third studio album ‘Headquarters’ on this day, May 22 in music history. The record went on to top the US albums chart and it sold more than 2 million copies in the first two months of release. Also a successful story in the UK where it peaked at number two.

1967 – Motown singer Florence Glenda made her last live performance for The Supremes before leaving the band in July the same year.

1968 – British rock band and supergroup Cream received their first Gold record for their second studio album ‘Disraeli Gears’. The album was a chart topper in Finland,  Australia  and the United States in 1967 and 1968.

1968 – With ‘Young Girl’ Gary Puckett & The Union Gap went to number one on the UK singles chart. Also a chart topper in Canada, New Zealand and Ireland. While in the US it peaked at #2.

1971 – With their eleventh studio album Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones started a four week run at number one in the US. Also a chart topper in 8 other countries, including the UK and a Top 10 in 3 more.

1972 – Canadian rock group The Guess Who performed at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. A performance they also recorded and released as a live album in August called ‘Live At The Paramount’.

1976 – With ‘Silly Love Songs’Paul McCartney and Wings went to number one on the US singles chart. He wrote the song as a response to the heavy critic towards him that he only writes insubstantial love songs. Or as John Lennon used to call them “granny songs”.

Paul McCartney & Wings – Silly Love Songs

The song topped the charts in Canada and Ireland as well while in the UK it peaked at #2. Furthermore, it finished No.1 on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 chart and became one of the biggest selling records of the year. Some people just want to make silly love songs, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

1981 Hall & Oates received a Gold record for their single ‘Kiss on My List’, a song from their ninth studio album Voices. They also topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart few months earlier with the track.

1989 – Because of his anti-semitic comments, hip-hop group Public Enemy fired one of its founding members Professor Griff. In an interview for a UK magazine he said ‘Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world’. However, shortly afterwards he returned to the group and apologized for the remarks.

1992 – After nine years of hiatus, Ringo Starr released his tenth studio album called ‘Time Takes Time’ through Private Music.

1993 – Swedish pop group Ace of Base went to number one on the UK singles chart with ‘All That She Wants’. Also a hit in the US where it peaked at #2.

2000 – Country musician Aaron Tipping released ‘Kiss This’ a single from his album People Like Us. The song became his third and last (so far) number one hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart.

2005 – Ten days after releasing their sixth studio album ‘Stand up’, the Dave Matthews Band went to number one on the US album chart.

2014 – At the annual Ivor Novello Awards, Fleetwood Mac‘s Christine McVie received a Lifetime Achievement award for her songwriting.


1813 – German composer, conductor and theater director Richard Wagner was born on this day, May 22 in music history.

1930 – English jazz musician, bandleader and lead trumpet player Kenny Ball was born on this day, May 22 in Ilford, Essex.

1941 Jackie Landry Jackson of the black female pop music group The Chantels was born in the Bronx, New York City.

1941 – English rock drummer Bruce Rowland was born on this day, May 22 in music history. Best known for his work with The Grease Band and Fairport Convention.

1942 – Former member of Parliament and FunkadelicCalvin Simon was born in Beckley, West Virginia. Also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1997.

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1947 – American rock music drummer Bill Lordan was born on this day, May 22 in music history. Best known for his work with bands such as Sly & The Family Stone, The Mystics, Gypsy and others.

1950 – English lyricist, poet, and singer Bernie Taupin was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Best known for his collaboration with Elton John for whom he has written most of the singer’s songs.

1954 – Founding member and keyboardist of The SpecialsJerry Dammers was born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India

1959 Steven Morrissey was born on this day, May 22 in music history. Best known as frontman for The Smiths and his solo career.

1962 – American rock musician and singer Jesse Valenzuela was born on this day in music history. Best known as the original vocalist and then guitarist for Gin Blossoms.

1966 – American singer-songwriter and actor Johnny Gill also known as J. Skillz or Johnny G  was born  in Washington, DC.

1967 – Bassist for the Canadian rock band Crash Test DummiesDan Roberts was born on this day, May 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1981 – English singer Su-Elise Michelle Nash was born on this day in Dulwich, London. Best known as member of the girl group Mis-Teeq.

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