Friday, May 25, 2018


  • The late Mitch Margo of the Tokens ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight") is born in 1947
  • The late Donnie Elbert ("Where Did Our Love Go") is born in 1936
  • Jessi Colter ("I'm Not Lisa" and former wife of Duane Eddy and Waylon Jennings) is 75
  • Tom T. Hall ("I Love") is 82
  • The late Kitty Kallen ("My Coloring Book") is born in 1922
  • The late Norman Petty (produced Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox and the Fireballs, among others) is born in 1927
  • The late lyricist Hal David (wrote most of Dionne Warwick's hits with partner Burt Bacharach) is born in 1921
  • Desmond Dekker ("Israelites") dies of a heart attack, 2006
  • 19 year-old Little Willie John marries his wife, Darlynn, in Detroit, 1957
  • Dave Davies of the Kinks falls and injures himself onstage in Cardiff, Wales, forcing cancellation of the group's tour, 1965
  • Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones undergoes successful surgery to remove a lesion on his lung, 2017
  • "Ramsey Lewis Week" is declared in Chicago, 1998
  • The Michigan state legislature passes a resolution honoring Tommy James for his "contributions in the music and recording world," 2010
  • Marty Robbins signs with Columbia Records, 1951
  • Carole King gives a free concert for 100,000 fans in New York's Central Park, 1973
  • Keith Moon performs for the last time with the Who at the Shepperton Film Studio in England for the movie, "The Kid's Are Alright", 1978
  • The James Darren movie, "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" premieres in Honolulu, 1961
  • Bobby Darin's film, "Cop Out" debuts in 1967
  • Ral Donner records "You Don't Know What You've Got" in 1961