19 May

Pick a Day

19 MAY

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1975 Lynyrd Skynyrd release the single "Saturday Night Special." The B-side is "Made in the Shade." It's the only single released from the Nuthin' Fancy album.

1973 Stevie Wonder hits #1 in America with "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," a song inspired by his wife (and sometimes co-writer) Syreeta Wright.

1972 Jenny Berggren (lead singer of Ace of Base) is born Jenny Cecilia Petrén in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1970 Rapper Prince Be (of P.M. Dawn) is born Attrell Cordes in Jersey City, New Jersey. His stepfather is Kool & the Gang's George Brown.

1964 Lawrence Wright dies in London. His death goes unreported by Melody Maker, the newspaper he founded in 1926.

1962 Iain Harvie (guitarist for Del Amitri) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1961 The Everly Brothers form their Calliope Records label (its first release is Don performing "Pomp And Circumstance" as "Adrian Kimberly").

1960 The Drifters record "Save the Last Dance for Me."

1960 Annette Funicello performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York, missing her high school graduation.

1958 Ritchie Valens records "Come On, Let's Go," "Peggy Lee," and "Fever."

1954 Phil Rudd (drummer for AC/DC) is born Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis in Melbourne, Australia.

1954 Modernist composer Charles Ives dies of a stroke.

1952 '70s funk singer Barbara Joyce Lomas (of B.T. Express) is born in Bessemer, Alabama.

1949 Dusty Hill (bassist, keyboardist, co-vocalist of ZZ Top) is born Joseph Michael Hill in Dallas, Texas.

1948 Music journalist and Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Marilyn Monroe Sings "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"


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.

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