19 May

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19 MAY

In Music History

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2010 David Guetta's "Gettin' Over You" becomes the billionth track to be Shazamed.

2007 At Porter Wagoner's 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton sings "I Will Always Love You" to Wagoner, whom she wrote the song about in 1974.

2007 Frank Guida, a Sicilian-American songwriter and music producer whose first hit was Tommy Facenda's "High School U.S.A.," dies in Norfolk, Virginia, at age 84.

2006 Freddie Garrity (frontman of Freddie & the Dreamers) dies at age 69 while on holiday in North Wales.

2004 Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Mississippi, at age 90.

2000 Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a US tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.

2000 The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason given: "sadly, there are creative differences."

1998 Jewel releases a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor.

1997 Backstreet Boys release "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," their breakthrough single in the US.

1996 Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton and Cypress Hill appear on the "Homerpalooza" episode of The Simpsons.

1992 Pop/soul singer Sam Smith is born in London, England.

1991 Odia Coates, known for a string of '70s duets with Paul Anka, including the #1 "(You're) Having My Baby," dies of breast cancer at age 49.

1990 Five weeks after debuting at #39 on the Hot 100 chart, Madonna's "Vogue" moves into the #1 spot.

1979 Two months after they are married, Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd finally get a wedding reception, as Clapton gets a break in touring. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are guests, and jam together for the first time in almost 10 years.

1979 Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter become the parents of Waylon Albright "Shooter" Jennings.

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Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"

1962

Less than three months before her death, Marilyn Monroe makes one of her last public appearances at President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration, where she famously sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in his honor.

Doubling as a fundraising gala for the Democratic Party, the event is held ten days before the president's actual birthday at the third Madison Square Garden indoor arena in New York City, where over 15,000 guests attend. After an introduction by Peter Lawford making light of her notorious tardiness, Marilyn finally takes the stage wearing an ermine fur coat, which she quickly sheds to reveal a skin-tight, flesh-colored gown covered with 2,500 shimmering rhinestones. Accompanied by jazz pianist Hank Jones, she eases into a breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday to You," including a snippet with new lyrics to the tune of "Thanks For The Memory":

Thanks, Mr. President
For all the things you've done
The battles that you've won
The way you deal with U.S. Steel
And our problems by the ton
We thank you so much


The event is produced by Broadway composer and lyricist Richard Adler and choreographed by Carol Haney, both known for the popular Broadway production The Pajama Game. Marilyn dies months later, on August 5, of a barbiturates overdose at age 36. Her famous Jean Louis gown from the iconic performance is sold for over $1.26 million at a New York auction in 1999.

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