Brit rockers The Who perform live at the University of Leeds.
On May 16 they release first and only live album Live at Leeds, which makes UK#3,US#4. Among many fine tracks: a cover of Eddie Cochran hit Summertime Blues; two Townsend songs, Magic Bus (UK#26,US#25) and a 14-minute rendition of UK#2 My Generation (written for the Mods), Rolling Stone’s #11 of the Top 500 songs and a Grammy HoF inductee. ▷Songfacts▹
It’s widely regarded as one of the best live rock albums; Rolling Stone ranks it #170 of their Top 500.
The Who appearances at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival and 1969’s Woodstock really helped their US sales. They have charted 17 top-ten albums and 27 top-40 singles. ( Website )
Started as a play in Chicago, the musical version of Grease opens in off-Broadway in NYC at the Eden Theatre.
The story of ten 50s greasers moves to Broadway on June 7. Over seven years later it closes with a (then) record run of 3,388 performances.
The hit 1978 movie stars the odd couple of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The musical sees Broadway revivals in 1994 and 2007. A 2007 London revival runs for 4 years.
Summer Nights Magic Changes
US singer Whitney Houston‘s eponymous first album is released. (*)
A slow climber, in 1986 it tops the album charts for 14 weeks (UK#2). Three of its songs climb to US#1!! … Saving All My Love For You , How Will I Know, and Greatest Love Of All.
Houston releases six more albums, selling over 200M worldwide — all but one are international top-10 hits — before her untimely death in 2012. Guiness calls her the most awarded female artist of all time.
( Website ) ▷MCMS:Whitney albums▹