16 May

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16 MAY

In Music History

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2012 Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," dies at age 75.

2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.

2007 Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.

2002 Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled "A.I.: Artificial Insemination."

2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.

2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.

1999 Diana Ross and Brandy star as mother and daughter in the made-for-TV movie Double Platinum.

1998 Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home; The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.

1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown's earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.

1990 Muppets creator Jim Henson dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at 53. Henson made music a key component of The Muppet Show, which featured a gnarly house band (The Electric Mayhem) and welcomed many superstars eager to interact with his creatures. Elton John, Julie Andrews, John Denver and Loretta Lynn all appeared on the show.

1990 Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.

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.

1986 Caitlin O'Riordan of The Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland. They divorce in 2002.

1981 Ernie Freeman, a pianist known for R&B and pop arrangements from the '50s through the '70s, dies at a heart attack at age 58. Won Grammy awards for his arrangements of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

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Michael Jackson Introduces The Moonwalk


Michael Jackson does the Moonwalk for the first time on TV when he breaks out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special.

Thanks to his videos for "Billie Jean" and "Beat It," Jackson has become known as much for his dancing as for his music, with a signature style incorporating toe stands, crotch grabs and funky leg kicks. At the special, he performs "Billie Jean," doing the choreography from the video as the crowd goes bananas. In the bridge, he breaks out a new move where he glides backward but looks like he is walking forward. This becomes Jackson's signature move, which he calls the Moonwalk. Jackson didn't invent the move - Jeffrey Daniel performed it on Soul Train in 1979 and claims he was brought in to teach it to Jackson before the special. Known as the Backslide, it is known to viewers of the show and aficionados of street dance, but for everyone else, Jackson's walk on the moon is the first sighting. This is also the first time Jackson performs "Billie Jean" live, and the first time he wears his single, sequined glove on stage. Other highlights of the show include one of Marvin Gaye's last performances, a Supremes reunion, and Adam Ant's new wave version of "Where Did Our Love Go," where he is joined by Diana Ross. The show was recorded March 25, 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. Jackson's album Thriller was the #1 album at the time of filming, and is still on top when the show airs.


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Lin from New ZealandCharlie Chaplin invented the back slide now called the moon walk.
Skeeter from NjHell, Bill Baily did it back in ‘55! Skip to the 2 min mark.
Jim from DoncasterJeffrey Daniels did it before Jackson - on an episode of Top of the Pops in 1982.

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