BORN ON MAY 16
1913 – Woody Herman, American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)
1919 – Liberace, American singer, pianist, and actor (d. 1987)
1922 – Eddie Bert, American trombonist (d. 2012)
1930 – Betty Carter, American singer (d. 1998)
1944 – Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American drummer and bandleader (Mahavishnu Orchestra, New York Jazz Quartet, Jazz Is Dead, and Bobby and the Midnites)
1946 – Roger Earl, English drummer (Savoy Brown and Foghat)
1946 – Robert Fripp, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (King Crimson, Fripp & Eno, and The League of Gentlemen)
1947 – Barbara Lee, American singer (The Chiffons) (d. 1992)
1947 – Darrell Sweet, English drummer (Nazareth) (d. 1999)
1950 – Ray Condo, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2004)
1951 – Jonathan Richman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Modern Lovers)
1958 – Gitane Demone, American singer-songwriter (Christian Death and Pompeii 99)
1958 – Glenn Gregory, English singer-songwriter (Heaven 17, Honeyroot, and ABC)
1964 – Boyd Tinsley, American singer-songwriter and violinist (Dave Matthews Band)
1965 – Krist Novoselic, American bass player, songwriter, author, and activist (Nirvana, Flipper, Sweet 75, and Eyes Adrift)
1966 – Janet Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress
1966 – Scott Reeves, American singer-songwriter and actor (Blue County)
1970 – Danielle Spencer, Australian singer-songwriter
1971 – Rachel Goswell, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Slowdive and Mojave 3)
1974 – Sonny Sandoval, American singer-songwriter (P.O.D.)
1977 – Emilíana Torrini, Icelandic singer-songwriter (GusGus)
DIED ON MAY 16
1953 – Django Reinhardt, Belgian guitarist (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (b. 1910)
1981 – Ernie Freeman, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1922)
1990 – Sammy Davis, Jr., American singer, dancer, and actor (b. 1925)
1993 – Marv Johnson, American singer-songwriter and pianist (b. 1938)
2010 – Ronnie James Dio, American singer-songwriter (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell, and Elf) (b. 1942)
2012 – Chuck Brown, American singer-songwriter, guitarist (b. 1936)
1965 – Driving away from a gig at the Civic Hall, Long Beach, California, the limo taking The Rolling Stones back to their hotel was besieged by fans who caved in the roof by standing on it. The band attempted to hold the roof up while their chauffeur drove off with bodies falling onto the road.
1966 – Bob Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts. Rock’s first double album, and Dylan’s seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ”
1969 – Pete Townshend spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East. What Townshend didn’t know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.
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.
1974 – Guitarist Brian May collapsed in New York while Queen were on a US tour and was flown back to England suffering from hepatitis.
1976 – Patti Smith made her UK debut at The Roundhouse, London. The American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
1977 – The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.
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.
1983 – Iron Maiden released their fourth studio album ‘ Piece of Mind.’ It was the first album to feature drummer Nicko McBrain, who had recently left the Paris-based band Trust and has been Iron Maiden’s drummer ever since. Behind the singles “Flight of Icarus” and “The Trooper,” ‘Piece of Mind’ was a critical and commercial success, reaching No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart and achieving platinum certification in the UK and North America.
1984 – Prince’s “When Doves Cry” was released.
1986 – Caitlin O’Riordan (Pogues) and Elvis Costello were married.
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.
2000 -Pearl Jam released their sixth studio album ‘Binaural.’ During the production of the album, the band encountered hindrances such as singer Eddie Vedder’s writer’s block, and guitarist Mike McCready’s entrance into rehabilitation due to an addiction to prescription drugs. The music on the record featured an experimental sound, evident on songs that used binaural recording techniques. The atmospheric tracks led the band to convey these themes with images of nebulas in the album artwork. ‘Binaural’ debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, it became the first Pearl Jam studio album to fail to reach Platinum status in the United States.
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.
2010 – Ronnie James Dio, singer with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio’s career began in 1957 with The Vegas Kings, which later changed to Ronnie and the Rumblers, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, then in 1961, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. In 1967, Dio and Prophets guitarist Nick Pantas formed the Electric Elves, which shortened its name to Elf. The band’s success eventually landed them an opening slot for Deep Purple which exposed Dio’s voice to Deep Purple’s guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who later recruited Dio and other members of Elf for his new band Rainbow.