On this day, May 23 In Music History

On this day, May 23 In Music History


On this day, May 23 in 1960 – With ‘Cathy’s Clown’The Everly Brothers started a five a week run at number one on the US singles chart. Also a big hit in the UK where it topped the singles chart for seven consecutive weeks.

1962 Elvis Presley started a five week run at number one on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’. The King’s eleventh #1 hit in the UK. He also topped the U singles chart the previous month with the same song.

1964 – With her version of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist besides The Beatles to chart a Beatles’s song.

1969 – Canadian rock band The Guess Who made their debut appearance on US television when they performed their recent chart topping hit ‘American Woman’ on American Bandstand. However, despite the name, the song is actually a tribute to Canadian women.

1969 – With ‘Get Back’The Beatles ft. Billy Preston started a five week run at number on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The only Beatles song that credits another artist. Also a chart topping hit in dozen more countries around the world.

1970 – While Paul McCartney topped the US album chart with his debut solo record ‘McCartney’The Beatles went to number one in the UK with their final studio album ‘Let It Be’.

1971 – After playing their last tour date at the Community College in Oregon, Iron Butterfly broke up. However they reunited in 1974 and as of May, 2019 they still tour.

1974 – The former Beatle George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label called ‘Dark Horse’. The record label still works to this day even after the passing of Harrison in 2001.

1976 – At Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado, Bob Dylan finished recording his live album called ‘Hard Rain’.

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1977 – Jefferson Airplane‘s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park got interrupted by San Francisco officials who outlawed electronic instruments in public. For which as a response the band wrote ‘We Built this City’.

1979 – Only a month after releasing it, Sister Sledge‘s single ‘We Are Family’ went Platinum. The song topped the Billboard R&B chart while it peaked at #2 on the Pop Singles chart.

1979 – After multiple lawsuits because he refused to transfer his contract to another label, Tom Petty had to file for bankruptcy.

1987 – Five years after parting ways, The Doobie Brothers reunited for a greater cause. They did a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for Vietnam veterans and raised over $350,000. However, instead of a one-night show the Doobie Brothers actually reunited for good and started touring again.

1991 – One of the most iconic album covers was shot on this day, May 23 at jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. It was photographer Michael Lavine who shot the cover for Nirvana‘s second studio album Nevermind‘ which featured a baby chasing money on a hook while swimming.

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1996 – Heavy metal band Metallica released ‘Until It Sleeps’, a lead single from their sixth studio album called ‘Load’.

2000 – American rock band A Perfect Circle released their debut studio album ‘Mer de Noms’ through Virgin Records.

2006 – The Dixie Chicks released their seventh studio album called ‘Taking the Long Way’ through Sony Music Nashville. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and also won 5 Grammy Awards in 2007.

2010 – Frontman of the glam metal band Poison, Bret Michaels won the 9th season of Donald Trump’s show The Celebrity Apprentice.


1910 – American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor Artie Shaw was born on this day, May 23 in New York City.

1928  American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born on this day in Maysville, Kentucky. Best known for her hits during the 1960s like ‘Come On-a My House’, ‘Mambo Italiano’ and others.

1934 – Engineer and pioneer of electronic music Dr Robert Moog was born in New York City. Best known for inventing the first commercial synthesizer – the Moog synthesizer.

1943 – Frontman of Chairmen of the Board, General Norman Johnson was born on this day, May 23 in music history.

1944 – American musician Ramon ‘Tiki’ Fulwood was born on this day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Best known for his work as drummer for Parliament-Funkadelic with whom he was also inducted in the Rock and Roll HoF.

1946 – American musician Daniel ‘Danny’ Klein was born on this day, May 23 in The Bronx, New York City. Best known as the bass guitar player for The J. Geils Band.

1946 – Musician Ruth Komanoff was born on this day, May 23 in music history. Best known for her work as percussionist with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

1952 – American musician James Andrew Mankey was born on this day in Washington. Best known for his work as guitarist for Concrete Blonde and Sparks.

1953 – Guitarist for rock band 10cc since 1976, Richard ‘Rick’ Fenn was born on this day, May 23 in the United Kingdom.

1967 – Founding member, multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist for RadioheadPhillip Selway was born in Oxfordshire, England.

1970 – American musician Matthew Flynn was born on this day in Woodstock, New York. Best known for his work as drummer for Maroon 5 since 2006.

1973 – Neo-soul singer-songwriter and record producer, Gerald Maxwell Rivera was born on this day, May 23 in music history.

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