This Week in Music History – Proud to be New Jersey Edition
May 20th, 1998 – Fank Sinatra’s funeral is held at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, California. Over 400 mourners came to pay respect along with hundreds of fans outside. Gregory Peck, Tony Bennett, and Sinatra’s son, Frank, Jr. addressed the mourners, who included many notable people from film and entertainment. Sinatra was buried with mementos from family members including cherry-flavored Life Savers, Tootsie Rolls, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, stuffed toys, and a dog biscuit.
May 17th, 1986 – Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’. It was Whitney’s third No.1 in the U.S., and hit No.8 in the UK.
May 18th, 1966 – Bruce Springsteen finishes his first day of recording at “Mr. Music Inc Studio” down in Bricktown. Recording with his band at the time, The Castiles, they cut their first song “That’s What You Get.”
May 21st, 1972 – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have a new album out named ‘Chameleon,’ it was notable for being their only album recorded for Motown. The album met with limited success in the US; no single was even issued from the album in America. “The Night”, however, met with success in the UK and peaked at No. 7 in 1975, becoming a Northern Soul mainstay.
May 23rd, 1993 – Jon Bon Jovi is about to become a dad. John and wife Dorothea Hurley are anxiously waiting for the birth of their first child, a baby girl, Stephanie Rose would be born on May 31st.