MAY 20 BIRTHDAY
1944 – Joe Cocker
1946 – Cher (real name: Cherilyn Sarkasian)
1947 – Steve Currie (T. Rex/bass – died 1981 – car accident)
1955 – Steve George (Mr. Mister/keyboards)
1958 – Jane Wieldin (Go Go’s)
1951 – Nick Heyward (Haircut 100 -‘Love Plus One’)
ON THIS DAY
1966 – Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey got tired of waiting for band mates John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive at a gig in England, so they took the stage with the bass player and drummer from the band that had opened the show. When the two finally did arrive in the middle of the set, a fight broke. Pete hit Keith on the head with his guitar and Moon and Entwistle quit the band. They rejoined The Who a week later.
1967 – The Young Rascals began a two week run at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Groovin'”.
1968 – The Beatles – armed with a pile of new songs written during their recent trip to India, met at George Harrison’s home in Surray. There they taped 23 new songs on his 4 track recorder, some of which ended up on The White Album and Abbey Road.
1978 – The Buddy Holly Story starring Gary Busey premiered in Buddy’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas.
2003 – Soul Brother #1 James Brown was pardoned for his past crimes in the state of South Carolina. He had served two and a half years of a six year sentence on drug and assault charges and was granted the pardon by the State Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. After his appearance in front of board, he sand “God Bless America” after the decision.
2012 – Robin Gibb – one third of the Gibb Brothers trio that made up The Bee Gees, died from cancer. He was 62.
2013 – Ray Manzarek, keyboard player for The Doors lost his long battle with cancer. He was 74
1995 – Eagles member Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall in front of an all star guest list that included Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, David Crosby, Randy Newman, Timothy B. Schmidt, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Sting, and Sheryl Crowe. They are still married today.