ON THIS DAY in 1892 Ralph Peer, the most notable talent scout of the 1920's, was born in Kansas City. His first session with Fiddlin' John Carson proved to be a landmark in country music. By 1927, Peer was working for Victor Records, and in August of that year assured himself a place in country music history by recording the first sessions of both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. He died in 1960 at age 68.
In 1926, the smash "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" by Gene Austin rose to #1 on the 1926 hit parade.
In 1941, actor Paul Winfield was born in Los Angeles. He had significant roles in early TV's Julia, and later the recurring role of Sam in Touched by an Angel. He won an Emmy for a guest spot in Picket Fences, and was featured in the mini-series King, Backstage at the White House, Scarlett, Queen, and Roots: Next Generation. One of his last assignments was as narrator on A & E's City Confidential. He died of complications from diabetes & a heart attack March 7 2004 at age 62.
In 1955, Jack Benny signed off his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years. Mr. Benny was devoting his time fully to TV. His program brought many of his old cronies to TV as well: announcer Don Wilson; bandleader Phil Harris; Eddie "Rochester" Anderson; singer Dennis Day; and Benny's wife, Mary Livingstone, although vanity as she got older curtailed Mary's TV appearances.
Also in 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancelled a Fats Domino concert over fears that a so-called 'rock 'n' roll riot' would ensue.
in 1958, singer Jerry Lee Lewis announced his marriage to his 14-year-old cousin, Myra, as he arrived in London. The resulting controversy caused Lewis to be booed off stage and forced the cancellation of all but three of his 37 scheduled British concerts. It would take years for Lewis's career to recover.
In 1960, the Seattle-based folksingers the Brothers Four sang "Greenfields' on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1961, actress/comedienne Joan Davis, who starred in several hit radio series and on the TV sitcom I Married Joan, died of a heart attack at age 53.
Also in 1961, Ernie K-Doe, aka Ernest Kador Jr., joined the growing list of one hit wonders. Mother-In-Law was Ernie’s one hit, and a number one tune on U.S. pop music charts.
In 1962, at the 14th Emmy Awards, top honors went to the Bob Newhart Show, best actor E G Marshall & best actress Shirley Booth.
In 1965, the Beatles got their eighth consecutive number one hit as Ticket to Ride rode to the top of the Billboard singles list. The song only topped the charts for one week.
Also in 1965, Columbia Records released Barbra Streisand's LP 'My Name is Barbra', three weeks after the award-winning CBS television special of the same name.
In 1966, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "When a Man Loves a Woman,'' by Percy Sledge. This was his only No. 1 song. A remake by Michael Bolton reached No. 1 in 1991.
Also in 1966, at the 18th Emmy Awards, top honors went to The Fugitive, Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore.
Still in 1966, New Westminster-born actor Raymond Burr starred as the last original Perry Mason episode titled The Case Of The Final Fade-Out began filming. It featured writer Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of the fictional lawyer, as the presiding judge.
Again in 1966, Bruce Springsteen, at age 16, began his songwriting career in the back of a '61 Mercury en route to a recording studio. It was titled, That's What You Get. The song was never released. Bruce was just practicing.
In 1967, what was to become the Public Broadcasting System's longest-running children's program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, made its debut.
Also in 1967, the final "To Tell the Truth" program was seen on CBS-TV. The panel game show had been on the air for over 10 years, with Bud Collyer as host. The show began a run in syndication in 1969 with Garry Moore as MC, and stayed intermittently on the air in various formats through 2002.
Still in 1967, on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show," Florence Ballard appeared as a member of The Supremes for the last time.
Again in 1967, The Monkees released their third album, "Headquarters," the one album on which they played their own instruments, and had also written some of the songs.
In 1968, Frank Sinatra appeared at the Oakland Coliseum in California backed by a full orchestra. The concert was a Democratic Party fundraiser.
Also in 1968, the second Cream LP "Disraeli Gears" was certified as a Gold Record.
In 1970, the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) introduced Canadian content program rules for radio and TV. The CanCon requirements (30% for radio, 55% for TV prior to 6 pm & 40% 6pm to midnight) took effect Sept. 1971 for the private sector.
Also in 1970, The Guess Who from the Winnipeg area earned a gold record in the US for both the album and single, American Woman. It would be one of three million-seller awards for the group. Their other hits included, These Eyes, Laughing and No Sugar Tonight.
In 1971, the Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at No.1 on the Billboard charts. It was the group's second No.1 album, and the first full LP with guitarist Mick Taylor after he replaced Brian Jones. The set featured 'Brown Sugar', 'Bitch' and Wild Horses.'
In 1972, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Oh Girl,'' by the Chi-Lites.
Also in 1972, The Guess Who were in Seattle to record their "Live at the Paramount" album.
In 1976, Wings started a five week run at No.1 on the Billboard singles chart with 'Silly Love Songs', Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 hit since leaving The Beatles.
In 1979, the touring UK band The Police played their first concert in Vancouver.
Cheap Trick's 'breakthrough L-P 'Live at Budokan'' was certified gold in the U-S. It eventually sold more than one-million copies, delaying the release of the group's followup album, ''Dream Police.''
In 1980, a noteworthy event for the broadcast community as ctress Marlo Thomas and talk show host Phil Donahue got married.
In 1981, Darryl Hall & John Oates' second #1 single "Kiss on My List" was certified Gold.
In 1984, the final episode of "Hart to Hart" aired on ABC-TV.
In 1985, the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was "Everything She Wants,'' by Wham.In
In 1986, actor Martin Gabel suffered a fatal heart attack at age 63. He appeared as a panelist on TV's What's My Line on 113 Sundays, but his most noteworthy broadcast work was as narrator on the May 8, 1945 CBS radio broadcast of Norman Corwin's epic dramatic poem On a Note of Triumph, at the end of World War II in Europe. The broadcast proved so popular that the CBS, NBC, Blue and Mutual networks broadcast a second live production on May 13, which was also released on record.
Also in 1986, Cher called David Letterman an asshole as she guested on his NBC-TV "Late Night" show.
In 1987, singer Roy Orbison performed his smash hit 'Oh Pretty Woman' on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."
In 1989, independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old U-S payola law. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to distributing cash and cocaine to a radio station in order to get airplay for records by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Laura Branigan.
In 1991, the Memphis Commercial Appeal fired music critic Ron Wynn after he reviewed a performance by the hard rock band Lynch Mob. There was one only problem -- the group never showed up for the concert. Wynn said he arrived late for the show by Cinderella, Nelson and Lynch Mob, and gathered his information on the opening act from other concertgoers.
In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time. It was the end of three decades of late nights spent with Carson and his sidekick, Ed McMahon and bandleader, Doc Severinsen. Comedian Jay Leno replaced Carson the following week.
Also in 1992, Ringo Starr released "Time Takes Time," his first studio album in nine years. To promote it, Starr toured with an all-star band that included his son Zak on drums, along with Burton Cummings, Dave Edmunds and Todd Rundgren.
Still on this date in 1992, members of the rap group NWA were arrested after a brawl in a New Orleans hotel lobby. Police on horseback were brought in to control the fighting, which involved about 50 people. The battle started when some of the rappers and their entourage were denied entry to the hotel because they didn't have passes.
In 1993, more than 40-thousand fans packed a heavily-secured park along Tel Aviv's beachfront to see Guns N' Roses kick off a 15-country European tour. Tickets were 43-dollars -- the highest ever price for a rock concert in Israel.
In 1995, the Laverne and Shirley show had its 20th anniversary reunionn special, televised.
In 1996, Garth Brooks celebrated his 60-millionth album sold with a 1960's theme party in Nashville. The Recording Industry Association of America said Brooks was the best-selling country artist of all-time, and second to the Beatles among all artists in the U-S.
In 1997, the hit-making Fleetwood Mac lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks reunited for their first full-fledged public performance in 15 years. The show was one of two taped at the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank, California for an M-T-V special and a live album. Nicks stopped the concert -- twice -- because she forgot the words to "Dreams," Fleetwood Mac's only number-one single.
In 1998, iconic Los Angeles Top 40 disc jockey Robert W. Morgan, one of the original Boss Radio personalities at KHJ AM, who has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, succumbed to lung cancer at age 60.
In 1999, brisk ticket demand turned Bruce Springsteen's five show gig in July at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena into a 15 show stand. The reunion shows (with the E Street Band) set the record for one stay at a single arena.
In 2001, actor Whitman Mayo, best remembered as Grady on TV's Sanford and Son, died after a heart attack at age 70.
Also in 2001, the final episode of "3rd Rock from the Sun" aired on NBC.
In 2002, Rosie O'Donnell hosted the last of her talk shows. The syndicated daytime hit had run six years.
In 2004, actor Richard Biggs, who played doctors on TV's Strong Medicine & on Babylon 5, died from an aortic tear at age 44.
In 2005, country music singer-songwriter Terry Carisse, known for penning songs including "Sparkle in Her Eyes,'' "Love Sweet Love'' and "Windchip, '' died of cancer at age 62. The Ottawa singer released seven albums in the 1970s and '80s and had 32 charted singles in Canada during his career.
Also in 2005, voice actor Thurl Ravenscroft (below) who was Tony The Tiger in more than 500 Kellogg's TV commercials, and who sang "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" in the animated special "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!," died of prostate cancer at age 91.
Still in 2005, Mamma Mia!, the longest-running show in the 98-year history of Toronto's Royal Alexandra theatre, ended after 2,044 performances and 200-million dollars in ticket sales.
Again in 2005, Dave Matthews Band were at No.1 on the Billboard album chart with 'Stand Up.' The album entered the chart at No.1 with sales of 465,000. Features the singles 'American Baby,' 'Dreamgirl,' and 'Everybody Wake Up.'
In 2007, the Smashing Pumpkins played their first show in more than six years in Paris. Original members, frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, were augmented by Ginger Reyes (bass), Jeff Schroeder (guitars) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards).
In 2009, ABC's Good Morning America kicked off their summer concert series with a live performance by Green Day in New York's Central Park.
French singer Charles Aznavour (CNN Entertainer of the Century) is 88.
Actor Michael Constantine (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Room 222) is 85.
Jazz trumpeter/bandleader Kenny Ball (Midnight In Moscow) is 82.
Pianist/conductor Peter Nero is 78.
Actor-director Richard Benjamin (He & She, Quark) is 74.
Actor Frank Converse (NYPD, Movin' On) is 74.
Quebec-born actor Michael Sarrazin (Frankenstein: True Story, The City, Beulah Land) is 72.
Former CBS/CNN correspondent Bernard Shaw is 72.
Vancouver-born actress Barbara Parkins(Peyton Place, Scene of the Crime) is 70.
Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 62.
Actor-producer Al Corley (Dynasty) is 56.
Singer Morrissey is 53.
Actress Ann Cusack (Jeff Foxworthy Show, Brotherhood of Poland New Hampshire) is 51.
Bassist Dana Williams of Diamond Rio is 51.
Guitarist Jesse Valenzuela of Gin Blossoms is 50.
Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence (Chuck) is 48.
Singer Johnny Gill is 46.
Bassist Dan Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 45.
Model Naomi Campbell (Cosby Show, New York Undercover) is 42.
Actress Anna Belknap (CSI:NY, Medical Investigation) is 40.
Actress Alison Eastwood (Lesser Evil, They Are Among Us, I'll Be Seeing You) is 40.
Singer Donell Jones is 40.
Actor Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) is 38.
Actress A.J. Langer (My So-Called Life, Three Sisters) is 38.
Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time, Big Love) is 34.
Actress Maggie Q. (Nikita) is 33.
Seattle's Olympic gold-medal speed skater and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Apolo Anton Ohno is 30..
Chart Toppers - May 22
1950 My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson) Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake - Eileen Barton Birmingham Bounce - Red Foley
1959 Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison A Teenager in Love - Dion & The Belmonts Dream Lover - Bobby Darin The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
1968 Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals I Wanna Live - Glen Campbell
1977 Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder Couldn’t Get It Right - Climax Blues Band I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings
1986 Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston Why Can’t This Be Love - Van Halen What Have You Done for Me Lateley - Janet Jackson Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Hank Williams Jr.
1995 This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? - Bryan Adams Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men Gonna Get a Life - Mark Chesnutt
2004 Naughty Girl - Beyoncé Knowles The Reason - Hoobastank I Don’t Wanna Know - Mario Winans featuring Enya & P. Diddy Mayberry - Rascal Flatts