Rock & Roll History, May 14th


1988Gloria Estefan scores her first US #1 hit when "Anything For You" hits the top spot.

1987Frank Sinatra, who had played South Africa in the past, suddenly condemns the apartheid regime publicly, referring to president P.W. Botha as "a bum."

1987Mötley Crüe hold a listening party for their album Girls, Girls, Girls at a strip club in Hollywood called The Body Shop. They are quite familiar with the venue, which is mentioned in the title track.

1977Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" hits #1 in the US.

1976Hunter Burgan (bass guitarist for AFI) is born in Grass Valley, California.

1976Keith Relf (lead vocalist for The Yardbirds) dies at age 33 after being electrocuted while playing an improperly grounded guitar in his basement.

1973Pop singer Natalie Appleton (of All Saints) is born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

1973R&B singer-songwriter Shanice is born Shanice Lorraine Wilson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1971Rapper Freaky Tah (of Lost Boyz) is born Raymond Rogers in Queens, New York.

1971Honey Cone's "Want Ads" is certified Gold.

1969Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1968John Lennon and Paul McCartney go on The Tonight Show to announce the formation of Apple Records. Unfortunately, Johnny Carson is on vacation and the guest host is the sportscaster Joe Garagiola, who has no idea what to talk about.

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