Keener Today – May 3

Singles Released on May 3:

  • 1966, The Temptations • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” • Soul • Getting’ Ready • “You’ll Lose A Precious Love”
  • 1973, Diana Ross • “Touch Me In The Morning” • Soul-Pop • Touch Me In The Morning • “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”
  • 1974, The First Class • “Beach Baby” [UK] • Power Pop • The First Class • “Both Sides Of The Story”
  • 1977, Eagles • “Life In The Fast Lane” • Country-Rock • Hotel California • “The Last Resort”
  • 1979, Joe Jackson • “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” • Post-Punk • Look Sharp! • “(Do The) Instant Mash”
  • 1984, Bruce Springsteen • “Dancing In The Dark” • Heartland Rock • Born In the U.S.A. • “Pink Cadillac”

LPs Released on May 3:

1969, Sly & The Family Stone —— Stand!

Birthdays May 3

  • Today marks the 119th birthday of crooner Bing Crosby, was on this date in 1903. He recorded 318 chart hits in his lifetime including Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’, for many years the biggest selling single in history. He was an early investor in the Ampex magnetic recording tape system and became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows. He died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977.
  • American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger was born today in 1919. After being blacklisted during the McCarthy Era, he re-emerged in the 1960s as an activist for international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes. He died on 27 January 2014 at the age of 94.
    The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, was born on this date in 1933. He demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing un-shined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. James Brown died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73.
  • 4 Seasons lead solo singer Frankie Valli was born on this date in 1934. He’s 88 today.
  • The Troggs Pete Staples, was born today in 1944. The band hit three times on Keener with ‘Wild Thing’, ‘With a Girl Like You’, and ‘Love Is All Around’. He is 78 today.
  • Television sportscaster/host (Inside the NFL) Greg Gumbel was born on this date in 1946. He’s 76 today.
  • Singer (Those Were The Days) Mary Hopkin was born on this date in 1950. She turns 72 today.
  • Singer (Sailing Ride Like The Wind) Christopher Cross was born on this date in 1951. He’s 71 today.
  • REO Speedwagon’s Bruce Hall was born today in 1953. Michiganders know that the band is named for an early Oldsmobile flat bed truck. He is 69 today.

Today in History May 3

  • 1901, In Jacksonville, Florida, the Great Fire of 1901 left nearly 10,000 residents homeless.
  • 1919, Air passenger service began in the U.S. when pilot Robert Hewitt flew two women from New York to Atlantic City and back, aboard an Aeromarine Model 50 S Flying Boat.
  • 1921, America’s first state sales tax was imposed in West Virginia.
  • 1937, Author Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, ‘Gone With The Wind.’
  • 1939, The Andrews Sisters recorded ‘Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel).’
  • 1952, The Kentucky Derby horse race was televised nationally for the first time on CBS-TV.
  • 1958, At the Boston Arena, one of the first major rock ‘n’ roll concert riots broke out during Alan Freed’s ‘Big Beat Spring 1958’ stage show after local police threatened to shut down the event because of dancing. Freed told the crowd, ‘The police don’t want you to have fun.’ He was arrested for inciting a riot.
  • 1960, The musical ‘The Fantasticks,’ starring Jerry Orbach and Rita Gardner, opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, a small off-Broadway theater in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The show became the longest running musical in theater history on May 13, 1984 with performance number 10,000. The production finally closed on January 13, 2002 after a record-shattering 17,162 performances.
  • 1964, Gerry and the Pacemakers made their U.S. television debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on CBS singing ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.’ Stevie Wonder sang ‘Fingertips,’ and Burt Lancaster, Patti Page, Louis Gossett and Bill Dana also appeared on the program.
  • 1965, The Beatles filmed scenes with the British Army’s Third Tank Division for their movie ‘Help!’
  • 1966, The Temptations released the single ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.’
  • 1967, The Walker Brothers disbanded.
  • 1968, The Beach Boys began a 17-date tour of the U.S. with a show in New York. The second half of the concert featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who lectured the audience on ‘spiritual regeneration.’ The reaction was so negative that more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.
  • 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested when Canadian customs officials at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport found heroin and hashish in his luggage. After being released on a $10,000 cash bail and being required to appear in court at a later date, he was allowed to play his concert at Maple Leaf Gardens. In his trial defense, Hendrix claimed that that the drugs were slipped into his bag by a fan without his knowledge. He was acquitted.
  • 1971, Four days of demonstrations by anti-war protesters began in Washington, DC.
  • 1971, Grand Funk Railroad ‘consented’ to meeting with members of the press, who had never treated the group with respect despite their string of hit records. One hundred and fifty reporters were invited to New York’s Gotham Hotel for the meeting. Only six showed up.
  • 1971, In Denmark, Led Zeppelin played their song ‘Four Sticks’ in concert for the first and only time.
  • 1971, U.S. National Public Radio began operations, with 112 station affiliates, mostly at colleges and universities.
  • 1972, Actor (King Kong, Diamonds Are Forever, Angel and the Badman, Fury, Cat Ballou, Chisum, The Green Berets, McLintock!, Hatari, The Comancheros, The Quiet American, Sorrowful Jones, Big Jake, WUSA, Ann Vickers, The Last of the Mohicans, Fallen Angel, Hellfighters, The Undefeated, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, The Chase, Fancy Pants, In Harm’s Way) Bruce Cabot died of lung cancer at age 68.
  • 1973, Three years after construction was started, work was completed on Chicago’s 108-story Sears Tower, then the world’s tallest building.
  • 1973, The New York Times revealed that the mother’s face pictured on packages of Ivory Soap was that of porn actress Marilyn Chambers.
  • 1976, Paul McCartney made his first American stage appearance in almost 10 years as the 32-date ‘Wings Over America’ tour began at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  • 1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Against The Wind’.
  • 1986, Dolly Parton opened her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Since 1961, the park grounds previously had been called Rebel Railroad, Goldrush Junction, and Silver Dollar City Tennessee.
  • 1986, At the age of 54, Bill Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. ‘The Shoe’ was atop Ferdinand for the win. It had been 32 years since Shoemaker’s first Derby victory in 1955.
  • 1986, Robert Palmer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Addicted To Love’. He originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed.
  • 1987, The Miami Herald reported that U.S. Senator Gary Hart spent Friday and Saturday with an unnamed woman who was not his wife, the first public step toward the end of Hart’s bid for the presidency.
  • 1988, The White House acknowledged that First Lady Nancy Reagan had sought astrological advice to help her schedule the president’s activities.
  • 1991, Andy Williams married his second wife, Debbie Haas. They remained together until his death in 2012.
  • 1991, Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declared it ZZ Top Day in her state.
    2006, In Alexandria, Virginia, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
  • 2006, Bob Dylan hosted his first show on XM Satellite Radio, playing favorite tracks by Prince, Wilco, Blur, Billy Bragg, Blur, and LL Cool J, among others.
  • 2010, United Airlines and Continental Airlines announced their upcoming merger, creating the world’s largest airline.
  • 2011, Donny and Marie Osmond released a self-titled CD, their first studio album in 30 years.
  • 2013, In Los Angeles, the Rolling Stones began their 17-date 50 and Counting anniversary tour with a show for a capacity crowd at the Staples Center. Guest performers included Keith Urban, who played guitar and sang backup on ‘Respectable,’ and former Stones member Mick Taylor who added his guitar to ‘Midnight Rambler.’
  • 2017, The Eagles were suing a hotel in Mexico that calls itself the Hotel California, after the band’s hit song and album. The rock band claim the 11-room hotel, in Todos Santos, “actively encourages” guests to believe it is associated with them in order to sell merchandise. They claim the hotel plays Eagles songs in the lobby and sells t-shirts describing the venue as “legendary”.