16 May

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16 MAY

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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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Doris Day Sings "Que Sera, Sera" in The Man Who Knew Too Much


Doris Day introduces her signature song, "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Day and Jimmy Stewart play an American couple who get caught up in international intrigue while vacationing in Morocco. Songwriting duo Ray Evans and Jay Livingston wrote the breezy song "Que Sera, Sera" for Day's character to sing to the couple's little boy, who is kidnapped in the film. Day hated the childlike tune, and after recording it in one take, proclaimed, "That's the last you're going to hear of this song." Not only do we hear it again, but it also becomes her signature song, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 and serving as the theme to her '60s sitcom The Doris Day Show (she even sings it again in her films Please Don't Eat the Daisies and The Glass Bottom Boat). It also wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song.



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