Rock 'n' Roll History for
May 22






1955 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut cancel a dance at the Ritz ballroom featuring Fats Domino. Authorities say the cancellation is because they discovered that "Rock and Roll dances might be featured" and justify their action by citing "a recent near riot at the New Haven Arena" where Rock 'n' Roll dances were held.

1958 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
After his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland because one the engines had caught fire, Jerry Lee Lewis finally arrives at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 13 year old, third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answers all questions about his private life, truthfully. The public's shock over Lewis' third marriage marks the start of a controversy which eventually ruins his Rock 'n' Roll career. The London Morning Star runs an editorial calling Lewis "an undesirable alien" and calls for his deportation, leading to his British tour being canceled after just three of the scheduled thirty-seven performances. Jerry Lee would later say, "When this so-called news broke, it was like I had committed an unforgivable sin. I did not."

1961 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Ernie K-Doe reached the top spot on the Billboard chart with "Mother-In-Law", a song that he took out of composer Allen Toussaint's discarded song pile. Ernie and his wife were having marital problems at the time, and Ernie wanted to express his frustration with his mother-in-law.

1965 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
The Beatles attained their eighth Billboard number one hit with "Ticket To Ride", on which Paul McCartney, not George Harrison, played lead guitar. The song was the third of six number one singles in a row on the American charts, a record at the time.

1968 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Cream earns their first Gold record with their second album, "Disraeli Gears", which includes "Sunshine of Your Love", "Strange Brew" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses".

1971 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
The Rolling Stones achieve the rare feat of having both the Number One LP ("Sticky Fingers") and Number One single ("Brown Sugar") in the US.

1976 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Paul McCartney answered critics who said his music was 'lightweight', by taking "Silly Love Songs" to the top of the US charts. The record would go on to be the biggest selling disc of the year. It reached #2 in the UK.

1981 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Hall And Oates' "Kiss on My List" is awarded a Gold record. The song will make it to #1 in the US and become the first of three chart toppers the duo will amass in the next 12 months.

1989 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Independent record promoter Ralph Tashjian became the first person ever convicted under the 29-year-old US 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.

1992 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
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.

1997 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
A reunited Fleetwood Mac performs the first of two MTV Unplugged specials which are taped to be aired later in the Summer.

2012 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
64-year-old Gregg Allman told TV host Piers Morgan of his plans to marry wife number seven, a 24-year-old British lass.

2014 - ClassicBands.com

May 22
Paul McCartney was hospitalized for a virus that caused him to cancel a string of dates in the Orient. He was treated in a Tokyo hospital and later made a complete recovery.






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