Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Thursday, May 23, 2024

81 years ago (1943)Chairman of the Board’s General Johnson is born.
60 years ago (1964)Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop, already a hit in the U.K., enters the Hot 100 in the U.S. It stays on the charts for 12 weeks, climbing up to #2.
60 years ago (1964)Capitol releases The Beach Boys' I Get Around b/w Don't Worry Baby. I Get Around goes on to become the group's first #1 hit, topping the chart for two weeks.
58 years ago (1966)The Beatles' Paperback Writer b/w Rain single is released. The A-side was a tune written by Paul McCartney and featured John and George on backing vocals. The B-side was a Lennon song.
57 years ago (1967)Phil Selway of Radiohead is born.
56 years ago (1968)Oasis' Noel Gallagher is born.
54 years ago (1970)New Musical Express reports The Beatles' Let it Be has set a new record for initial U.S. sales, with 3.7 million advance orders. The album goes gold within days of its release.
54 years ago (1970)The Grateful Dead plays its first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. The Dead's four-hour set is preceded by a performance by Mungo Jerry, playing its big hit In the Summertime.
51 years ago (1973)Clive Davis is fired as president of Columbia Records. He was allegedly using company funds for his fun. They included $53,700 for alterations on his apartment and $20,000 for his son's bar mitzvah.
50 years ago (1974)Singer Jewel is born.
45 years ago (1979)Sister Sledge's We Are Family goes platinum. The album's title track, a #2 hit last month, is the rallying call for baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, who will go on to win the 1979 World Series in October.
45 years ago (1979)Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers, trying to get a new deal since his label ABC Records went out of business and was bought by MCA, files for bankruptcy.
45 years ago (1979)The Kids Are Alright, Jeff Stein's documentary compilation of film clips detailing the history of The Who, debuts in New York.
42 years ago (1982)The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union moves a resolution to band synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements. The resolution will be defeated.
24 years ago (2000)Billy Corgan reveals on KROQ-FM, Los Angeles that the Smashing Pumpkins will disband at the end of 2000 when they fulfill their musical commitments.
18 years ago (2006)Rob Thomas and Jewel kick off a seven-week tour in Clearwater, Florida. Thomas, from Matchbox Twenty, is promoting his 2005 debut solo album, …Something to Be, and Jewel is plugging Goodbye Alice in Wonderland, which was released May 2. The tour inmcludes stops in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Nashville, and San Diego.
18 years ago (2006)Joan Baez and tree-sitter Julia “Butterfly” Hill take up residence in a south Los Angeles tree to raise awareness about a 14-acre urban farm threatened with demolition. Hundred of farmers, mostly working-class immigrants from Central America, could face evictions after the Trust for Public Land came up $10 million short in its bid to buy the site.

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