22 May

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22 MAY

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1967 Florence Ballard makes her last appearance with The Supremes when the group performs on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

1966 R&B/pop singer Johnny Gill (of New Edition) is born in Washington, DC.

1966 Bruce Springsteen releases his first recording, "That's What You Get" by his group, The Castiles.

1965 "Ticket To Ride" becomes The Beatles' eighth #1 US single.

1962 Jesse Valenzuela (original vocalist, then guitarist for Gin Blossoms) is born.

1961 Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law," written by Allen Toussaint, hits #1 in America.

1959 Morrissey (frontman of The Smiths) is born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England.

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London for a tour. When a reporter for the Daily Mail notices a young girl in the entourage, he asks her who she is. "I'm Jerry Lee's wife," she replies, revealing their taboo union. Word spreads that Lewis has married his 13-year-old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, tanking the tour and sending him back home to America a pariah.

1955 Jerry Dammers (keyboardist for The Specials) is born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, South India.

1955 Police cancel a Fats Domino show at the Ritz ballroom in Bridgeport, Connecticut, fearing his music will lead to a riot.

1955 John Grimaldi (guitarist for Argent) is born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

1930 Jazz bandleader/trumpeter Kenny Ball is born Ilford, Essex, England.

1813 Richard Wagner is born in Leipzig, Germany.

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Sticky Fingers Zips To #1

1971

The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album, with a working zipper on the cover, hits #1 in the US.

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