MAY 18: The Daily Flashback

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1964: The Animals recorded “House of the Rising Sun.”
1968: Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” was released. It was originally a No. 1 hit for Nick Lucas in 1929.
1974: Ray Stevens hit No. 1 in America with “The Streak,” his novelty song about a streaker.
1981: After nearly 20 years with Motown Records, Diana Ross left the label and signed a record $20 million contract with RCA.
2003: Les Miserables closed after 6,680 shows and 16 years on Broadway.

BIRTHDAYS
1897: Frank Capra
1902: Meredith Willson
1911: Big Joe Turner
1912: Perry Como
1922: Kai Winding
1942: Rodney Dillard
1944: Albert Hammond
1949: Rick Wakeman
1950: Mark Mothersbaugh
1952: George Strait
1954: Wreckless Eric
1970: Tina Fey
1975: Jack Johnson

DEATHS
1911: Gustav Mahler died. His last word was “Mozart.”
1980: Ian Curtis
2004: Elvin Jones
2014: Jerry Vale

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