Today in 1969: While on their North American Tommy tour, the Who played the first of three nights at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit.

Singles Released on May 9:

1989, Madonna releases “Express Yourself”

LPs Released on May 9:

1966, Paul Revere & The Raiders —— Midnight Ride (Including the hit single “Kicks”).
1973, The Carpenters —— Now & Then, featuring the #3 signle “Sing” and a second side featuring 8 1960s cover tunes.

Birthdays May 9

1935 – Nokie Edwards / (Nole Floyd Edwards) – Founding member and first bassist for seminal surf rock instrumental combo The Ventures. He died from complications of hip reconstruction surgery on 3/12/2018, age 82
1937 – David Prater / (David Prater, Jr.) – One half of top R&B/soul duo Sam & Dave, “Soul Man” (#2, 1967), died in a single-car accident on 4/9/1988, age 50
1937 – Sonny Curtis – Songwriter and teenage friend of Buddy Holly and sometime member of Holly‘s The Crickets, wrote songs for The Everly Brothers and Anne Murray before joining The Crickets full-time following Holly‘s death in 1959, penned “I Fought The Law” for them and The Bobby Fuller Four (#9, 1966), later wrote the theme song for TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, “Love Is All Around” (Country #29, 1980), in the 80s and 90s penned TV and radio commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Honda, Olympia Beer, Bell Telephone and Mattel Toys, among others, continues to write and record into the 10s.
1940 – John Hawken – Keyboards for British Invasion pop-rock The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” (#16, 1964)
1941 – Peter Birrell – Bassist for British Invasion novelty/comedy pop-rock ‘n’ roll Freddie & The Dreamers, “I’m Telling You Now” (#1, 1965), became a taxi driver and sometime bit-part TV actor
1941 – Danny Rapp / (Daniel Earl Rapp) – Frontman and singer for early rock ‘n’ rollers Danny & The Juniors, “At The Hop” (#1, 1958), committed suicide on 4/5/1983, age 41
1942 – Tommy Roe / (Thomas David Roe) – Rockabilly singer and songwriter turned archetypal bubblegum popster with “Sheila” (#1, UK #3, 1962) and “Dizzy” (#1, UK #1,1969)and four other Top 10 hits in between, shifted to a more country-oriented sound in the 70s but kept one foot in bubblegum pop while touring on the oldies circuit for many years before retiring in 2018.
1943 – Bruce Milner – Piano and organ for one hit wonder pop-folk Every Mother’s Son, “Come On Down To My Boat” (#6, 1967)
1944 – Don Dannemann – Co-founder, guitar and vocals for two hit wonder folk-pop The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (#2, 1966) and “Turn Down Day” (#16, 1966), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour, became a successful commercial “jingle” writer, including the “Uncola” song for 7Up
1944 – Richie Furay / (Paul Richard Furay) – Guitar and vocals, founding member of folk-rock Buffalo Springfield (“For What It’s Worth”, #17, 1967) and country-rock Poco (“You Better Think Twice”, #72, 1970), left in 1974 to co-found country-rock Souther Hillman Furay Band with Chris Hillman of The Byrds and J. D. Souther (“Fallin’ In Love”, #27, 1974), solo bandleader, became a Christian minister, reunited with Buffalo Springfield in 2010
1945 – Steve Katz – Guitarist and vocalist, founding member of jazz/-blues-rock fusion The Blues Project, “The Flute Thing” (1968), then founded Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Spinning Wheel” (#2, 1969), producer
1946 – Clint Holmes – One hit wonder novelty pop singer, “Playground In My Mind” (#2, 1973), briefly a TV personality with Joan Rivers’ The Late Show and on Entertainment Tonight, performed in Las Vegas and Atlantic City night clubs since the 70s
1949 – Billy Joel – Superstar pop-rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist with 17 US #1 albums and 35 Top 40 singles, including “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me” (#1, 1980)
1953 – John Edwards – Bassist since 1986 for long-lived Brit psych-boogie rock Status Quo, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (#12, 1968) plus 58 UK Top 40 singles including “Come On You Reds” (UK #1, 1994)

Actress (Sin City, Seven Pounds) Rosario Dawson is 43 today, born in 1975.
Actor (Northern Exposure, Raising Helen, Sex in the City, My Big Fat Greek Wedding) John Corbett is 61 today, born in 1957.
Actress (Murphy Brown, Gandhi) Candice Bergen is 76 today, born in 1942.
Producer/director/screenwriter (The Simpsons, As Good As It Gets) James L. Brooks is 82 today, born in 1936.
Politician/ actress (Sunday Bloody Sunday, Women in Love, Hopscotch) Glenda Jackson is 86 today, born in 1932.

Today in History May 9

1502: Christopher Columbus departed Cadiz, Spain on his fourth and final trip to the New World.
1763: The Seige of Detroit began in Odawa Chief Pontiac’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt by North American Indians to capture Fort Detroit.
1825: The Chatham Theatre, the first gas-lit theater in America, opened in New York City.
1887: In London, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show began the first of its eight tours of Europe.
1926: Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett were recognized as the first persons to fly an airplane over the North Pole, although Bennett later confessed to a friend that they actually came short of reaching the North Pole.
1937: Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy started their own radio show on NBC.
1949: Prince Rainier III became the leader of the Principality of Monaco. His reign of more than 55 years continued until his passing in April 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife of 26 years, Princess Grace, the former movie actress Grace Kelly, who was killed in a 1982 car accident.
1958: In San Francisco, Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Vertigo,” starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes, had its world premiere at the Stage Door Theater.
1959: Sixteen-year-old singer Wayne Newton began a two-week engagement at the Freemont Hotel in Las Vegas, and was such a popular attraction that he headlined at the venue for more than three years.
1960: The U.S. became the first country to use the oral birth control pill legally.
1961: U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton Minow criticized current television as being a “vast wasteland.”
1962: Brian Epstein met with EMI producer George Martin who signed the Beatles to record demos on June 4, 1962. It was the Beatles’ first recording contract.
1963: The Rolling Stones signed their first management contract with Andrew Loog Oldham’s Impact management company, agreeing to license their recording output to the UK’s Decca label.
1966: The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, auditioning to be the venue’s house band.
1966: Karen Carpenter, at age 16, signed with Magic Lamp Records, her first recording contract.
1966: The Righteous Brothers’ single “(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration” was certified Gold.
1970: In Washington, DC, nearly 100,000 Vietnam War protesters staged a demonstration in front of the White House.
1987: Actor Tom Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers. It was his first marriage and her second. They divorced less than three years later.
1988: Several U.S. department stores refused to stock the newly released Prince album, “Lovesexy,” because of its cover photo which featured a nude picture of him.
1992: Bruce Springsteen made his network television debut as the musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
1992: Actor Will Smith married songwriter Sheree Zampino. They had a son before divorcing in 1995.
1998: In St. Charles, Illinois where he was then residing and recording, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson performed his first solo concert.
2005: The Huffington Post weblog made its debut. The news website, content aggregator, and blog was acquired by AOL in February 2011 for $315 million.
2005: Country music singer Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger. After only four months of marriage, they announced plans for an annulment, which was finalized in December 2005.
2009: In Boston, Smokey Robinson and Linda Ronstadt received honorary degrees from the Berklee College of Music.
2011: The Texas Senate approved legislation allowing students to carry handguns on campus.
2012: Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to support same-sex marriage.
2012: In New York City, Andy Warhol’s painting “Double Elvis,” which shows Elvis Presley as a cowboy shooting from the hip, sold for $37 million at Sotheby’s auction house.